State of FINCOM August 2012

State of FINCOM August 2012

State of FINCOM – August 2012

Well, another IC/IM has come and
gone. I would to take a moment to thank
Kiwi Kane for allowing me to participate in the awards presentation at the
International Muster. I had an
enjoyable time, including having the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Rod
Roddenberry (and get a picture with him J!).

We are keeping busy in the FINCOM
department… we are still getting things restocked, shipped, and new things
inventoried. Keep those orders
coming! By ordering from the QM, you are
contributing the continued ability to keep the QM so that the future of the
SFMC can happen!!

Financials for August—

Bank of America SFMC Checking Account

Balance 7/28/2012



7/30/12 – Transfer from


8/23/12 – Counter Credit



7/30/12 – USPS


7/30/12 – Walmart


8/10/12 – USPS


8/15/12 – Flagmaker


8/15/12 – USPS


8/15/12 – Flagmaker


8/28/12 – USPS


Change in Checking Account


Balance 8/29/2012


of America SFMC Scholarship Account

Balance 7/28/2012



7/31/12 – Interest Earned




Change in Scholarship Account


Balance 8/29/2012


Respectfully submitted,

LGN Patrick McAndrew

Commanding Officer, Finance Comman

State of INFOCOM August 2012

State of INFOCOM August 2012

State of INFOCOM August 2012

Unlike the last few SOTRs, I’m going to keep this one short.

As we all found out earlier in the week, BDR Mike Timko has resigned from
COINFOCOM. Those of us in INFOCOM thank him for his service and wish him
well on his future endeavors. At his request, he’s asked to remain in
INFOCOM as the G3 officer, which I have graciously agreed to allow him to
remain on.

If you are interested in becoming the next COINFOCOM, please send in your
application to our Commandant, Bruce O’Brien at dant at

There’s been no downtime that is recordable for the last four weeks, which
brings us within our 99.9% up-time record. If you are having a problem
accessing the website or any of the sfmc services please contact me at
infocom at so I can look into it.

The SFMC WebTeam has been hard at work with our new website.
We are not quite ready to start beta-testing the site just yet, but we’re
making extremely good progress.

Unfortunately, the SFMC Website Design Challenge that I issued a month ago
proceeded along with no submissions. Due to this unfortunate result, I have
only ONE design available for the new site, which will be provided with the
beta site. Since there is only one design, I will not be opening any voting
for the membership to decide which design(s) would have been best.

Hopefully we will have a beta site available within the next three to four
weeks (before my next SOTR) and we will announce that when it goes online.

Semper Fi Marines!

BGEN Joe Brouhard


infocom at

State of the NCO Corps August 2012

State of the NCO Corps August 2012

State of the NCO Corps August 10, 2012

Greetings Marines!

As usual, I am coming to you from in the booth in the back in the corner in the dark of my local NCO club, where the annual IC Pity Party featured no unfortunate incidents thanks largely due to the success of the Temporary Prigal Containment System (consisting mainly of a portable lavatory, a transporter inhibitor, several hundred meters of cargo tape, and SGT Bear, my dog, sitting right outside the door daring Prigal to come out) and the latest sign above the bar reads “Phaser beams travel at light speed. Unless your sorry tail can go FTL, pay your tab on time.”

Now, let’s take a look at some of the NCO/enlisted news from IC/IM, with special attention to the Star of Honor and Cadet Star of Honor winners. It’s time to learn a little more than Name, Rank, and SCC Number about these two.

The Star of Honor for this year went to SSGT Frank “Uncle Grumpy” Stevens In late 2010, an infection forced an emergency amputation of the lower part of his left leg, and given his age and generally frail health, the outlook seemed bleak- to everybody but SSGT Stevens. In 2011, he put in three to ten hours every month on various community service projects despite his new “tin leg”, spearheaded gatherings and fun activities for his local detachment of the SFMC, and drove 12 hours each way to attend his regional summit. He constantly leads by example, and has one simple standard: The best is good enough. He also tries to fly under the radar, preferring that credit go to others- which made his reaction to being informed of his winning the Star of Honor typical of him: “They did WHAT to me?” (There was more, but that’s all I can print)

The winner of the Cadet Star of Honor is, by coincidence, another SSGT, in this case CDT SSGT Samantha “Sam” Tolleson. By another coincidence, she also spent part of the year in the hospital, and did not let that slow her down. She takes a strong leadership role among the cadets of her chapter, and often works the recruiting table at events. She has begun taking cadet courses through SFA and the SFMCA, and done well – not surprising since she is also an above average student at school. Dedication and hard work are everyday words to CDT SSGT Tolleson and the members of her MSG and chapter are proud of her efforts. She also recently received her first challenge coin, and in the sprit of NCOs throughout the Corps is looking to try it out. No need for a coin here, Sam- if ever we meet, the first diet root beer is on me.

As I watched the feed from IC, I noted with pride that the nominations for STARFLEET Enlisted Member of the Year included the names of a lot of the members of the Corps I have come to know during my time as SGM/SFMC, including the eventual winner: SSGT Frank Stevens, whose cover has officially been permanently and completely blown now.

Another one of those names was that of 1SGT Philip Muller, who this year at IC ran a panel on enlisted members in STARFLEET. Initial reports are that it went well, and I would like to thank 1SGT Muller again for making it happen. I encourage you all to consider a similar panel at your regional summits/musters. 1SGT Muller has made his notes for the panel available on the SFMC Facebook group, and I am sure he would be willing to lend you the benefit of his experience.

Continuing on with awards, MGSGT John “Kiwi” Kane received an SFMC Service Commendation, SGM Mark “Gambit” Polanis can add a black double knot to his shoulder cord as one of the newest members of Team Delta, and MGSGT James “Fireball” Maarsingh added an SFMC Achievement Award to his honors The list of those receiving the Commandant’s Campaign Ribbon for their work with Toys for Tots and/or Special Olympics is a long one, and rather than thank each of them individually for their efforts, I will issue a general Bravo Zulu to them all at this time, and ask that everyone take time to congratulate those in your area.

Finally, a bit of a milestone: for the first time since its inception, the SFMC Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to an enlisted Marine. This Marine wishes it known that his long service to the Corps would not have been possible without the support, encouragement, and example set by his fellow NCOs, and the opportunities given him by many fine officers to excel.

Every month I take the time to remind you that community service is something the SFMC encourages (and rewards), but I also want to remind you that the biggest encouragement and reward one can get from community service is the simple knowledge that you have made a difference for someone, however small. With that in mind, please remember that almost everyone can do a simple act of community service by looking out for your friends and neighbors in times of severe weather or natural disaster. Charity, as they say, begins at home.

In that spirit, I would like to congratulate the winner of this year’s Shield of Honor, GEN Wade Hoover, whose outstanding and steadfast efforts to assist the residents of a small town recover from a tornado even after media attention turned elsewhere were just part of a year of exemplary community service efforts on his part. Well done, sir!

In a final note from IC, I had a list of my goals for the upcoming year presented. Since those will be published separately, let me just say that in addition to those goals, I have some projects in the works that concern enlisted members of STARFLEET in general and the SFMC in particular. I will certainly keep you posted on those projects as they develop through all the usual channels.

As always, remember that the SFMC General Staff is here to serve you. The email addresses are ALL on the SFMC web page, and their doors are always open. Your questions and input are always welcome and needed. And, remember that some of us tend to read and follow the SFMC group on Facebook, so feel free to comment and share with your fellow Marines there.

Now, it’s time for Top’s History Lesson. One of the marks of a good NCO is the ability to think quickly in a time of crisis. Another is personal courage. In February of 2008, LCPL Matthew Croucher of the Royal Marines Reserve demonstrated both to an incredible degree.

Croucher had already served three tours in Iraq, and had distinguished himself during his tour in Afghanistan by tending to a severely wounded comrade while under heavy fire until the medics could arrive. On February 9, 2008, he was part of a four man patrol cautiously investigating a compound suspected of being a production center for IEDs when things went bad in a hurry.

They had done a 30 minute sweep in the dark with no sign of the enemy, and were in the process of extracting to rejoin the rest of their unit nearby when Croucher felt pressure against his legs. In the low light, he had missed a tripwire, and an armed grenade landed right next to him. In that instant, he knew he had just accidentally put all four men in deadly danger.

He shouted “Grenade!” followed immediately by “Tripwire!” so the other three Marines would know what they were dealing with, and then had a split second to make a decision. If he tried to run, odds were he would still catch part of the blast, and at least one of his fellow Marines had no chance at all of avoiding any part of it, So, Croucher did the only thing he could think of- he fell backwards on the grenade, pinning it underneath his pack, and pulled his legs up out of the way. He had to trust his training and his body armor that there was a slim chance that he would survive. He didn’t have much hope for himself but at least it gave the other three better odds.

When the grenade went off, the rest suffered only a few cuts and bruises, and to their amazement, Croucher was still alive. His backpack and body armor had absorbed most of the blast, and incredibly his own injuries were minor enough that he refused evacuation so he could join the reception party for the enemy that came to see what their booby trap had caught.

Croucher was nominated for the Victoria Cross, but the VC specifies that is for actions in the face of the enemy, and technically speaking, there was no enemy present at the time. But, there was a ready alternative: the George Cross, whose requirements are the same as the better known Victoria Cross, except that no direct presence of the enemy is necessary. There was some grumbling from the public about that, but rules are rules, and there was certainly no grumbling from Croucher, who had expected to lose a limb at best when he made the decision to put his body on the line to protect his comrades. He said “I thought, ‘I’ve set this bloody thing off and I’m going to do whatever it takes to protect the others,'”

In a place of honor next to his George Cross is the backpack Croucher kept as a trophy of the day he “beat the grim reaper”. He told one reporter “When I see it I’m constantly reminded how lucky I am,” I suspect that at least three other Royal Marines consider themselves lucky that the person who triggered that trap was also quick thinking enough, brave enough, and willing to risk it all rather than let his comrades suffer from what he felt was his mistake.

For those who would like a compilation of all the History Lesson segments to date, feel free to email me, and let me know whether you would prefer a Word document or a pdf file.

Semper Fi!

MGSGT Jerome A. “Hawk” Stoddard
Sergeant Major of the Starfleet Marines
sgm_sfmc at

State of FORCECOM August 2012

State of FORCECOM August 2012

Greetings Marines,

Well the 2012 International Conference and Muster is now behind us and
I would like to thank all of you that were there and who worked at the
event and attended the Marine Dress Mess and the Muster I hope you
enjoyed yourselves

I would like to congratulate the following Marines
Cross of Honor
Bobbie Baxter 506th MEU, 5BDE
Sword of Honor
Josiah Smiddy 287th MSG, USS Krakatoa, 12 BDE
Shield of Honor
Wade Hoover 226th MSG, USS Hellfire & Brimstone, 12 BDE
Star of Honor
Frank Stevens 503rd MSG, USS Thermopylae, 5BDE
Legion of Honor
225th MSG ,USS Bortas, 12 BDE
Cadet Cross of Honor (Grade 2)
Sean Smith 399th MSG, USS Issac, 20 BDE
Cadet Cross of Honor (Grade 4)
Victoria Gahrmann 173rd MSG, USS Dakota, 1BDE
Cadet Star of Honor (Grade 3)
Samantha Tolleson 300th MSG, USS Navras, 3 BDE

I would also like to give a shout out to my friend Jerry Stoddard on
being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross
I would like to at this time congratulate the following Marines for
their participation in the SFMC Reading Challenge

The top 3 Readers in the Corps are
Joseph C Dorffner Jr from the 777th MSG with 71,318 pages
Leah Morgan from the 555th MSG with 56,027 pages
Mary Kane from the 161st MSG with 53,968 pages

The Top Cadet Readers as follows
Cadet Grade 2
Anya Walker from the 173rd MSG with 3341 pages
Benjamin Mabbit from the 380th MSG with 2164 pages
Sean Smith from the 399th MSG with 529 pages

Cadet Grade 3
Samantha Tolleson from the 300th MSG with 5119 pages
Ethan Schaffer from the 102nd MSG with 1515 pages

Cadet Grade 4
Victoria Gahrmann from the 173rd MSG with 519 pages
Marisa Glenn with the 225th MSG with 218 pages

The Top Readers from each Brigade not counting the Top Readers from
the Corps are
1st Brigade
John McLaughlin from the 173rd MSG with 25,251 pages
2nd Brigade
Anne Zecca from the 631st MSG with 9,442 pages
3rd Brigade
JJ Kelley from the 318th MSG with 24,391 pages
5th Brigade
Jari James from the 503rd MSG with 24,464 pages
7th Brigade
Pauline Lazarek from the 777th MSG with 44,550 pages
12th Brigade
Shirley Kolb from the 225th MSG with 36,808 pages
15th Brigade
E. Jerry Beaulieu from the 95th MSG with 12,025 pages
17th Brigade
Jennie Sontag from the 888th MSG with 8,898 pages
20th Brigade
Robert Mabbitt from the 380th MSG with 8,542 pages

The 3 Units in the Corps are as follows
1st 777th MSG from the 7th Brigade with an average of 35,195 pages
read per marine
2nd 161st MSG from the 1st Brigade with an average of 27,907 pages
read per marine
3rd 333rd MSG from the 3rd Brigade with an average of 9,028 pages
read per marine

Here are the Totals for the Top Units from each Brigade that
participated in the Reading Challenge
2nd Brigade 631st from the 2nd Brigade with an average of 1,578 pages
read per marine
5th Brigade 555th MSG from the 7th Brigade with an average of 8,004
pages read per marine
12th Brigade 286th MSG from the 7th Brigade with an average of 2,659
pages read per marine
15th Brigade 980th MSG from the 7th Brigade with an average of 1,315
pages read per marine
17th Brigade 888th MSG from the 7th Brigade with an average of 481
pages read per marine
20th Brigade 380th MSG from the 7th Brigade with an average of 1,190
pages read per marine

The Top 3 Brigades are as follows
1st Brigade with an average of 2,045 pages read per marine
7th Brigade with an average of 1,937 pages read per marine
5th Brigade with an average of 1,210 pages read per marine

Here is the Brigade Totals for the rest of the Brigades that
participated in the Reading Challenge
12th Brigade with an average of 1,054 pages read per marine
3rd Brigade with an average of 1,033 pages read per marine
20th Brigade with an average of 943 pages read per marine
15th Brigade with an average of 780 pages read per marine
17th Brigade with an average of 268 pages read per marine
2nd Brigade with an average of 156 pages read per marine

I was really impressed with the totals for this year’s reading
challenge as we had an increase of 151,972 pages and in the 2010 –
2011 reading challenge we had 7 Brigade participating whereas in the
2011-2012 reading challenge we had 9 brigades participating and this
time one of the brigades was one of the international brigades.

The total pages read in the 2010-2011 reading challenge was 765,217 pages read
The total pages read in the 2011-2012 reading challenge was 917,189 pages read

The biggest improvement came from the 3rd Brigade in 2010-2011
challenge they read 50,089 pages and in the 2011-2012 challenge they
read 168,340 pages Congratulations to the 3rd Brigade

I would like to give a shout out to the 20th Brigade as well as in
their 1st year in the challenge they reported 24,508 pages read
I would like to challenge all the Brigades to see if we can break the
1 million pages read mark for the 2012-2013 reading challenge
I get asked all the time what are the rules for the reading challenge
so here are the rules and stuff

To be considered an eligible submission all the following information
must appear on a Brigade’s report to FORCECOM for each marine:
Marine’s full name
Marine’s SCC number
Marine’s age (for Cadets)
Title of Book
Author of Book
Page count
ISBN number or publishers information

Failure to include all the above information will result in that
submission being discarded. COFORCECOM is not responsible for any lost
or incomplete submissions.

Contest Eligible Material:
Books in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, mystery, sci-fi,
thriller, romance, etc… are eligible and can be either in printed or
electronic form (Kindle, Nook, PDF, etc..). Books and materials such
as newspapers, magazines, comic books, cook books, and other such
books are not eligible. Audio Books can only be used if the
participant has a physical impairment or condition (blindness,
dyslexia, etc…) which prevents them from reading a printed book.
Marines using audio books must include the same information as a
printed book. Page counts for audio books are determined by using the
page count from the latest printed edition of the audio book in
I would like to encourage all Unit and Brigade OIC’s to encourage the
cadets to participate in the Reading challenge and also to recommend
them for the cadet awards at the Brigade Level
Well that is all for this time
Remember Marines be safe out there and have fun as well

John Kiwi Kane
Master Gunnery Sergeant, SFMC
Commanding Officer, Forces Command
STARFLEET Marine Corps
forcecom at

It is Difficult to be a Good Non Commissioned Officer, if it was Easy
then they would have given it to the Officer Corps
– SMA William A. Connelly


State of TRACOM August 2012

State of TRACOM August 2012

State of TRACOM
“Semper Docens, Semper Erudito”
August, 2012

Greetings Marines!

I want to give everyone a fair warning that this State of Address
might be lengthy but is full of important and key information you will
want to know! I will not go over the TRACOM Annual Awards here as the
listing can be found at: but I will offer my
congratulations once again to the Team Delta inductees and the
students who earned their awards.

If you missed my announcement about the new Deputy Commanding Officers
for TRACOM, they are Colonel Brian Pickett of 5BDE for Doctrine and
Brigadier General Travis Littou of 12BDE for Administration. At the
writing of this address, the email forwarders for these two gentlemen
have not yet been set up but I will post the information to the Corps
L and the SFMC Facebook page as soon as they are. Travis, Brian, my
Sergeant Major/TRACOM SGM Mark Polanis, and myself are all looking
forward to serving the most important and key element to the

Now, I have a few open branch director positions and a few staff
positions that I want to announce. *However*, please pay attention to
a few guidelines. I will not accept an application that simply says
“I’ll work in whatever billet you need me to” because while I
sincerely appreciate the enthusiasm, the command team wants to make
sure that any potential candidate for any position in TRACOM and the
SFMCA are good fits.

Open Branch Director Billets

Back at the end of July, longtime SFMCA staff member (former COTRACOM
and Commandant nonetheless) decided to retire from his final SFMCA
post as branch director of Strategy & Tactics. The Command Team and
Staff here at TRACOM wish Lieutenant General John Roberts all the best
and send our warmest regards with thanks and much respect for all he
has done for the Corps and for the academy. Bon Voyage, General

Also, earlier this month, I was approached by Colonel Eric Schulman
who expressed an interest to let someone else have the reins at the
Aerospace branch, and with a heavy heart, I accepted his resignation.
He asked to stay on until a new branch director is appointed and I
happily agreed. I have great confidence and faith in Colonel Schulman
that the transition process to a new director will be a smooth and
uneventful one without an interruption in service from Aerospace.

Master Gunnery Sergeant James “Fireball” Maarsingh has asked for a
reassignment within TRACOM due to his personal life and real world
military commitments. No one applied for or expressed an interest in
the XenoStudies: Cardassian School so I turned it over to him on 06
August 2012.

Now, on to the meat of this section: I am searching for branch
directors on a permanent basis for the following schools:
-Aerospace (AE)
-Infantry (IN)
-Leadership Development (LD)
-Strategy and Tactics (ST)

Here are the MINIMAL guidelines –
1. All TRACOM Staff members must have completed PD-10 (Marine Basic
Training), PD-20 and OTS;
2. Must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET;
3. Be at least 18 years of age;
4. Branch Directors must have completed every course offered by their
Branch up to and including the –30 level coursework (Bachelor’s of
Military Science);
5. If a staff member is appointed to a position within TRACOM, and
that person has not completed the requirements for the position,
he/she shall have 60 days to complete the requirements or be asked to
resign the position;
6. All candidates should review the TRACOM Policies and Procedures
Manual paying close attention to the duties outlined in sections 3.01,
3.02, 3.04 Doctrine Section sub-section Branch Directors, and section
3.05 IN FULL.

Please send your ‘Fleet resume, a letter of intent, and why you feel
you would make a valuable addition to the Training and Doctrine Staff
to me at tracom at

Open Staff Billets

Brigadier General Bruce O’Brien, our current Commandant, has expressed
a desire to turn over the directorship of his two charter programs,
namely the Marine Occupational Specialty Certification Program (MOSC)
and the Marine Unit Readiness Program (MURP). These two programs will
require an exquisite attention to detail and prolific record keeping.

The MURP is described as: The purpose of this program is to combine
the efforts of Starfleet crews taking Academy classes (SFA or SFMCA).
In the past, members took classes individually for their own
edification, receiving promotion points and/or ribbons for earning
each diploma. (OTS and OCC were the only Academy courses that affected
the entire Vessel.) The MURP is designed to provide a platform in
which Starfleet members can pool their diplomas for the good of the

The MOSC is described as: The Marine Occupational Specialty
Certification Program (MOSC) has been set-up to compliment the Marine
Unit Readiness Program (MURP) which enables marines to receive
acknowledgement for the successful training completed for certain
jobs, through the various Branches. Such acknowledgement gives clear
indication of an individual’s qualification for certain posts or
specialities in the Branch of Service (BOS) within which they have
chosen to operate. This can be applied to a range of BOS thus making
the Marine a highly-qualified, multi-trained soldier of great value to
his unit.

BEFORE YOU SEND ME YOUR INFORMATION **please** go to the websites and
read the entire job description and make absolutely sure that if
appointed, you will have the time and commitment necessary for the
successful completion of either billet. They may not seem labor
intensive, but be aware there are currently 594 different MOSs
currently in existence and it will be a part of your job as MURP or
MOSC to assist the COTRACOM, along with the branch directors, in the
maintenance of the MOS Manual and descriptions.

Please send a STARFLEET/SFMC resume and a letter of intent to me at
tracom at

The next staff positions we are looking for right now are staff
writers. A staff writer is someone who likes to research a provided
topic, compile the information either for inclusion into an already
existing manual OR create a whole new manual, and possibly create a
course (or courses) from the information. You will work under the
supervision of the DCO-DOCTRINE and can be asked to work on a
collaboration effort or as an individual. Please note a staff writer
position will not be considered “full time” and will be used on an “as
needed” basis.

The application process will close at midnight CDT on 05 September
2012 (Wednesday) and I will announce the branch directors and staff by
the following Sunday at the latest. Good luck and I look forward to
making difficult decisions!

In closing, I want to remind everyone that the members of your General
Staff are always here to help you, guide you, and instruct you in any
way we can. Always feel free to ask us a question and our individual
email addresses are provided on the main SFMC site (

Until next time, Tiny out!

In Service,
Gary “Tiny” Hollifield, Jr.
Major General, SFMC
Commanding Officer, TRACOM
tracom at