State of TRACOM June 2012

State of TRACOM June 2012

Greetings, Marines;

I have to apologize for the lateness of this State of address; I became a tad overwhelmed when I was asked to be Acting COTRACOM and continue my duties as DCOTRACOM at the same time. I have some very large shoes to fill as my mentor and close friend, LGEN Mike McGowan, has been called to step up into the role of the illustrious DepDant billet. Mike, I hope I do you proud for as long as I have this job!

I am excited to say your General Staff has been hard at work designing and having fabricated lovely new qualification badges! Thus far, we are proud to offer our very own and exclusive to the SFMC qualification badges for IN-20 Advanced Infantry Badge, IN-30 Expert Infantry Badge, and the BEAUTIFUL AE wings. The pictures just simply do not do them justice and the price point is extremely economical. If you are qualified to wear one of these badges, I urge you to cruise on over to the QM Site (qm.sfi-sfmc.org) and order yourself one or two! Your General Staff has many more ideas for qualification badges in the works, so pay attention to the Corps List for those announcements!

We here at the SFMC-A have been working hard to expand our offerings of courses (for those of you who have taken all of them), and I as I write this, there are SEVERAL courses going to be made available to you, the student, over the next few months. This is one of several things I am excited about.

I want to thank everyone for their offers of assistance while I am Acting COTRACOM. At this time, with the acting status, I cannot hire nor fire a staff member. The outpouring of support has been phenomenal and truly shows what being a Marine really means.

I’d like to mention again that, thanks to the dedicated folks at INFOCOM, the Course Request System is working without a hitch. I would encourage students who had their academic activities delayed by the previous difficulties to consider resuming their programmed activities. You can now access *all* manuals via the new and improved SFMC-A site as well, as well as the applications for MURP and MOSC. Head on over to www.sfmca.sfi-sfmc.org to check us out if you haven’t done so yet!

I want to give a hearty welcome to the nine new students who have taken PD-10 and earned the Initial Entry Training Award during the month of June. Our wishes here at the SFMC-A and TRACOM are that you will continue your studies at our academy as we have many branches of interest to choose from and even more in the works! If you ever have any questions, always feel free to drop the branch directors an email.

Now for some names and numbers:
For June, we had 33 grades of PASS, 19 grades of HONORS, and 35 grades of DISTINCTION. YEAH!!

Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel Jordan Reinleib for earning his Advanced Studies Device in Military History and his Special Operations Branch device!! Congratulations are also due to Lieutenant Colonel Jim Hutley for earning his Advanced Studies Device in Combined Arms and to Lieutenant Colonel Rodney Billings for earning his Bachelors of Military Science in Aerospace! Lieutenant Commander Kevin Johnson is now a graduate of the SFMC War College. HOO-RAH Marines!!

One final note in closing: I want to remind all Marines that when you are authorized to wear a ribbon or a qualification badge, the Corps does not supply them to you. We do have most, if not all, of the ribbons available for purchase via the SFMC Quartermaster as well as a few of the qualification badges I mentioned earlier. When the Corps presents you with an award, it is an authorization to wear such award or ribbon; it is up to the individual Marine to acquire it.

As always, if you ever have any questions for your General Staff, we are here to serve. Our individual email addresses can always be found on the main SFMC site (www.sfi-sfmc.org).

In Service to the Corps,

Gary Hollifield, Jr.
Major General, SFMC
Acting Commanding Officer, TRACOM
tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FORCECOM June 2012

State of FORCECOM June 2012

Greetings Marines, Well we are just over a month away from the 2012 International Conference and International Muster, if you are going to be attending I hope you travel plans are progressing nicely and I will look forward to see you there.

During this month we lost a valued member of the Corps Brigadier Joseph Gallagher of the 128th MSG in the 1st Brigade, I knew Joe not only thru STARFLEET but we were friends outside of the organization last year Joe and myself and our friend Sandy went to Kentucky Down Under in Horse Cave, KY and had a get day together one of the events at the Kentucky Down Under was a vegemite eating contest, and Joe decided that he was going enter the challenge and they both decided I needed to enter it as well. In the end it was a draw between me and Joe, I will miss his friendship as we had planned on meeting up again this October and taking our wives to Kentucky Down under and then on the Sunday going and visiting The Hermitage in Nashville as well. Enjoy discovering the Undiscovered Country my friend and I will look forward to chatting with you about your discoveries when we next catch up In the last 2 months we have had 5 new units join the corps They are as follows

110th MSG of the USS Peleliu joining the 1st Brigade

131st MSG of the Station Robert De Bruce joining the 1st Brigade

177th MSG of the USS Star League joining the 1st Brigade

176th MSG of the USS Rodger Young joining the 1st Brigade.

598th MEU joining the 5th Brigade

The SFMC Strength at current stands at

TOTAL ACTIVE MEMBERS : 557
TOTAL RESERVE MEMBERS : 556
TOTAL UNITS : 155

The Largest Unit in the Corps as of the last Brigade Report is

The 888th Tiger Sharks out of the 17th Brigade

The Brigade with the largest number of Units is the

1st Brigade with 24 units

The corps has 26 units that have between 10 and 20 members and it has 5 units that has over 20 members

Another part of the Corps that you might not know anything about is the SFMC Wilderness Challenge

What is the SFMC Wilderness Challenge you ask? The Wilderness Challenge is a yearly event meant to encourage physical
activity. Its purpose is to challenge the participants by pitting them against nature, physical or mental difficulties. It should be
physically or mentally challenging in nature but should be based A on good clean fun.

The Wilderness Challenge is a yearly event. The overall event includes all the individual Challenges put on by the Brigade’s within the
Corps. Each may be different but they all must represent the true nature of why the event was started. It must be physically challenging
and promote fellowship. Challenges can be planned around any number of physical activities including sports but is not intended to be a win
or lose contest. Anyone who participates receives the same reward. It is not to pit member against member, but members against themselves or
nature. The first three official Challenges were hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains, but they can consist of training sessions, obstacle
courses, treasure hunts or biking, swimming, hiking, skiing or any number of physically challenging events.

If you want more information about the Wilderness Challenge there is a manual that is full of information or how to apply to get one approved:

http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/portal/index.php?option=com_remository&Itemid=76&func=select&id=2&orderby=2&page=2

Until next time
Stay safe out there

John Kiwi Kane
Master Gunnery Sergeant, SFMC
Commanding Officer, Forces Command
STARFLEET Marine Corps
forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of INFOCOM June 2012

State of INFOCOM June 2012

Greetings all,

Please excuse the tardiness of this office, I have been writing this
report the past week now, but with the recent passing of my
mother-in-law and SFMC member, Donna Leavitt its been hard to finish,
but I knew I had to. Right now, I am on a leave of absence from the
GS and my DCO, Joe Brouhard is sitting in the center seat as Acting
CoInfocom. I plan to return, so Joe don’t get too comfortable in “my”
office.

With May behind us and June coming to a close, its time to start
thinking about the IC and beyond. Where do we see Infocom and where
is it going. Is it going anywhere?

One reality is we did not accomplish as much as I wanted to this year.
During my first year in office, I wanted to have a new WordPress site
started and in testing. We had to keep pushing that project off due
to multiple site breakdowns between the main SFMC site & the SFMCA
site.

On a brighter note, Infocom, in coordination with the G3 office, is in
the process of updating the manuals. We have the MFM in progress and
the Policy Manual on deck.

Other up ticks include that we have kept ZenCart updated with new
items as the GS has approved them and my DCO gave the SFMCA site a new
and better form handler for the requesting of courses

For next year, I would like to see…
1) Get the WordPress site back on schedule
2) Get more of the SFMC manuals updated
3) Update and change out the SFMC reporting system (this one was on
the list for the db update, but we shall see).

Let’s now talk about other stuff that’s going on:

PINGDOM:
The Pingdom report for May reported 2 outages. February is still our
best month with no outages. The two outages gave us an uptime of
99.87%. This is
0.10% below last month. We still are still striving for 100% uptime
every month, but its a challenge.

ATTENTION ON DECK: EXTRA (AODE)
Tom has told me he is putting the finishing touches on the next issue.
I am just waiting for it to hit the Infocom DropBox account, so that
I can turn it into a pdf.

NOW HIRING:
Infocom is seeking a CGI/PHP Programmer role. We need a member with
this knowledge to update the code for the Ribbon Rack Builder and
Guidon Builder. If you can help in this area, then please send an
email to michaelj.timko@gmail.com.

COMMUNICATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
The COINFOCOM awards the Communications Achievement Award.

Have you done or do you know somebody who has done something worthy of
this award? Submissions can be made for designing a website or
newsletter, writing a story or song, composing music, making a video.
The sky is really the limit. Some might say my work wasn’t good
enough or significant enough. To that, I say, you won’t know until it
gets submited.

Even though this award has a nominator & nominee section on the awards
form, this award can be a self nomination. Who better to know what
you did, than yourself. If you feel you have accomplished a worthy,
don’t hesitate to nominate yourself.

Well, thats all I got for this month.

Semper Fi.
BDR Michael Timko
COINFOCOM, SFMC
michaelj.timko@gmail.com