Seahorses in Afghanistan
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Colonel Stevens recently told me that he had his men place Seahorse stickers an any job or operation they were working on in Afghanistan. I boldly asked him for some of them and he sent me enough for all on the roster and today I got them I will send each of you one of them and to as many of the men who respond to the reunion letter that just went out.

 

Now let Taliban quail in fear when they see the Seahorse.

 

 

36 Engineers are rugged......John Fallon II. Capt. USA Ret.

 

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Beware the seahorse. See thee and tremble!

John got my patch yesterday! :armata_PDT_37:

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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From: "Stevens, Richard L USA COL USA CTF Rugged" To: "John Fallon" Subject: RE: seahorse Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 05:19:40 -0000

 

Captain Fallon, thanks very much for the note. By the way, I'm told that the Rugged Seahorse stickers are "in the mail". But I'm not sure if they're coming from Afghanistan or Texas. Still, you should be getting them shortly at your address.

 

I have some other news that you may find interesting. I have been asked to temporarily take command of a task force responsible for completing the transition of our base in Kandahar, home to some 10,000 US and coalition soldiers, over to NATO control. This will include things like property and facilities transfers, base defense operations, airfield operations, etc. I have brought with me select members of my staff and am being augmented with over 100 other soldiers, sailors, and airmen. I have taken the liberty of naming our team "Task Force ANZIO".

 

I chose ANZIO for the obvious significance that battle has for the Rugged Seahorse engineers, but also because of some of the other parallels...Kandahar is within the British sector of Afghanistan, many members of our ANZIO team are from the 82nd Airborne, and so on. Of course, some historians will argue that the ANZIO landings were not without flaws in higher echelon leadership and planning. Still, I felt it appropriate to honor the courageous and inspiring soldiers who fought there. Our motto will be "Stand and Fight!", which are apparently words attributed to Gen Clark during the ANZIO campaign.

 

I hope we will do justice to the ANZIO name.

 

As an aside, the Rugged Seahorse Brigade continues to perform magnificently here in Afghanistan. While I am on this temporary assignment, my deputy commander and command sergeant major are leading their efforts.

 

Best wishes...and do stay in touch...and STAY RUGGED! Rick

 

-----Original Message----- From: John Fallon Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 2:03 AM To: Richard Stevens Subject: seahorse

 

I am sending out the first announcement of our annual reunion this week and am sending you one just to keep in touch even though I know you won't fly over for the weekend.

 

I ordered a 36th engineer baseball cap for you and had it sent to Fort Hood so you might not get it for a long long time. They are very nice and you just might be able to wear it to a Bar-B-Que. Or maybe you can show it to some young Lieutenant who thinks he has been overseas too long. I has the story very compactly next to the Seahorse, all the Arrowheads and Stars.

 

 

36 Engineers are rugged......John Fallon II. Capt. USA Ret.

 

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Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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Further correspondence. This is from Col Chris Stevens as sent to John Fallon and 1LT Dellavalle and others:

 

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Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 04:06:57

 

Captain Fallon...one thing is for certain. Rugged Engineers are family, no matter what the generation. We are proud of you and honor you with our service.

 

Captain Berge...thanks again for assisting.

 

1LT Dellavalle...please ensure that our alumni get a copy of our Rugged newsletter.

 

The legacy of the 36th is now well represented in both Task Force Rugged and Task Force Anzio in Sharana and Kandahar, Afghanistan respectfully.

 

Attached are a photo of the Brigade headquarters personnel on Memorial Day - the day we chose to don the Rugged patch on our right shoulders to denote former wartime service... as well as the press release reference the formation of TF Anzio.

 

Enjoy and STAY RUGGED!

 

V/r, Rugged 6

(Rick)

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Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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