State of FINCOM September 2012

State of FINCOM September 2012

State of
FINCOM – September 2012

It’s been
busy here in the FINCOM department!! The
QM is really busy getting things stocked, sold, and recorded. The QM store is now holding stocks of many of the ribbons marines
require. We are trying to make the QM a *one stop shop* as best we can, to
minimize the need to source the more generic SFMC uniform material you may need. Check the QM store first and save yourself
some money!

While you are there, don’t forget
to check out the range of new metal devices and other items, such as the beret
flash – already sold out once and now well into its second shipment. If any Marine has any ideas of items they
would like to see our QM store stock, please let us know. We would be most keen
to hear your idea!

Financials for September—

Bank of America SFMC Checking Account

Balance 8/30/2012



8/30/12 – Transfer from PayPal



9/4/12 – PinPros


9/4/12 – Refund


9/5/12 – USPS


9/19/12 – Vanguard


9/25/12 – Walmart


9/27/12 – USPS


Net Change
in Checking Account


Balance 9/28/2012


of America SFMC Scholarship Account

Balance 8/30/2012



8/31/12 – Interest Earned




Net Change
in Scholarship Account


Balance 8/29/2012


Respectfully submitted,

LGN Patrick McAndrew, SFMCR

Commanding Officer, Finance

State of FORCECOM September 2012

State of FORCECOM September 2012

Greetings Marines,
I hope you have all had a great month, I know my report is late but it
is better late than never.
I would like the following units to the corps
The 126th Stormriders from the 1st Brigade
The 340th Time Keepers from the 3rd Brigade
The 805th Einerjar from the 6th Brigade
The 809th Arctic Wolves from the 6th Brigade
I would also like to take this moment to thank MGN Tom Webster for his
service to the corps as the 6th Brigade OIC as he decided to step down
for personal reasons, Tom I wish you all the best in your future
I have had marines send me emails asking me about old awards. For
example the 20th Anniversary Ribbon this ribbon was issued from August
2003 to August 2004 which was the corps 20th Anniversary asking for it
just before IC 2012 which is on the eve of the 30th anniversary does
not make sense. Even if you can prove that you were a marine during
2003 and 2004 what has taken you 9 years to ask for the award?
Here is what the SFMC Policy is on awards
It is found on page 38 of the 2010 SFMC Policy Manual
7.01 SFMC Awards Nomination Policy
Award nominations must be made no more than six (6) months after the
event leading to the
nomination. The only exceptions to this policy are nominations for
Honor and Valor awards which
are, by necessity, made for actions over the course of the preceding
year. Any nominations
for awards older than six (6) months (except for Valor and Honor Award
nominations), will be
summarily denied based on this policy.
While I am talking about awards when you put someone in for an award
write down what they did to deserve the award, the more information
you write the better
Here is what the manual says about submitting for awards
Award nominations must include as much specific information as
possible (i.e., dates, times,
names of individuals, specific actions of the individuals and any
other information which may be
necessary to show that the basic criteria for that award has been
met). Award nominations will
be considered, but may be denied if requisite information is omitted
from the nomination. It is
the responsibility of the nominator to include all necessary
information for proper consideration
of the award; the Issuing Authority will not be required to conduct
any additional investigation
or send out requests for additional information, but is strongly
encouraged to do so if the award
nomination is unclear or subject to misinterpretation as to whether
the award is justified or not.
We realize it may not be possible to include everything that would
apply to an award nomination,
but any additional information that may be helpful and which can be
easily obtained should be
included to help the Issuing Authority understand the events
surrounding the nomination.

As necessary and wherever possible, supporting statements from
witnesses, victims, etc… and
other readily available information should be included with the award
nomination. This does
not mean you need to include statements from others for all awards
(i.e., Initial Entry Training
Ribbon, Great Barrier Award, etc…), but some awards (Gold and Silver
Nebula, Wounded Lion,
etc…) are of a type that this outside information greatly aids the
decision making process and
gives a much clearer view of what went on and how events transpired
leading to the award
nomination. The more information and details you can provide, the
stronger the nomination and
the better the chance that it will be awarded.
Sometimes awards can be denied and here is what the manual has to say
about that as well
In the event that an award is denied, for whatever reason, the person
may not be resubmitted for
that award based on that particular action/event for reconsideration.
This is why it is necessary
to include everything that may be pertinent to the award being
submitted for consideration.

The decision of the Issuing Authority may be appealed, in accordance
with the SFMC Appeal
Policy found in Section 2 of this manual if you feel the denial was in error.
I would like to ask all the marines that currently hold or have been
in charge of a unit and if your unit had a unit logo if they can
please send it to me at forcecom at as we are trying to
create a webpage with all the unit logos so that we can honour all the
units that exist in the corps and those that have left us as well
Well that is all for this report

Until next time

Be safe out there

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

State of the NCO Corps September 2012

State of the NCO Corps September 2012

(Note: I apologize for the lateness of this report. I have been sick off and on for a week, and did not get it sent off in a timely fashion.)

State of the NCO Corps September 9, 2012

Greetings Marines!

Once again, it’s time for me to take a little break from all my other duties and settle into the booth in the back in the corner in the dark of my local NCO club, where the Meteorology types have unveiled their new technology (instead of a dart board, they are now using a fancy random number generator cross indexed with a list of possible weather conditions), and the cook is recovering from being pelted with the Brussels Sprouts he tried to foist off as bar snacks- next time, try dipping them in chocolate.

As you probably know, for over a year now, I have been tracking a sizeable sample of the SFMC consisting of 5 BDEs from all over, and of various sizes to estimate the percentage of enlisted members of the Corps. The latest data point is more or less good news/bad news. The good news is the sample still supports an estimate of 25 percent of the SFMC holding enlisted ranks. The bad news is that the percentage of enlisted members in the sample dropped from the previous data point by a fairly significant amount. The February reports showed 31.8 percent enlisted in the sample, but the June reports dropped to 27.8 percent- which is very close to what they were in June of 2011 (28.0 percent).

So, what does that mean? All along, I had suspected that the percentage from earlier in the year might mark a high point for the enlisted percentage that was probably not going to be sustainable, and my best guess is the sample will continue to show roughly 27 to 28 percent enlisted members if everything stays the same.

Of course, there is no need for everything to stay the same. One of the duties SFMC NCOs are charged with is recruiting and retention, and, as always, retention is the key word here. One of the best ways you can make a difference in recruiting and retention is to simply provide a good example for everyone on your unit/chapter-officers and enlisted alike. There are many ways to do this, but one of the simplest is by simply showing up and presenting a positive attitude and a squared away appearance.

While we are on the subject of appearances, I need to take a moment to talk about rank insignia for enlisted Marines. I completely understand that sometimes USMC chevrons may be all that you can get your hands on, and frankly, for most enlisted ranks it takes a pretty sharp eye to spot the difference when it is a small pin on the collar, But, fairly recently some Marines have started wearing the Mecha Black uniform, complete with the sleeve stripes that are not in the text, but are shown in the picture in the ME manual. In this case, those stripes are not a small silver pin, but are large fabric appliques on the sleeve, and if you use USMC stripes there – well – I get emails about it. The large sleeve stripes leave no doubt that USMC, not SFMC insignia are being worn, and that understandably bothers some people. Feel free to wear the uniform, but, please, if you are going to make the effort of having a custom uniform like that made, do it right, and use proper SFMC rank insignia.

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.

Now, what is the surest way to get recognized for community service activities? Every unit in the SFMC has to file a report every other month. Make sure that your activities get into that report, and those activities get reported up the Chain of Command. And, don’t let it stop there. If you are aware of community service by a fellow Marine who prefers to fly under the radar, write an award recommendation yourself. Remember: the Other Guy is almost certain to drop the ball.

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. Beginning on the night of October 24, 1942, a force of US Marines and US Army troops fought a desperate battle against enemy forces determined to retake the airfield on the island of Guadalcanal. Over the next two nights, the fighting was fierce, and often devolved into hand to hand combat in the dark. Students of history might recall the heroic actions of SGT “Manila John” Basilone during that frantic defense (and if not, rest assured I will be covering him in this space at some point in the future), but you may not have heard of another Marine NCO who went above and beyond the call of duty during that long fight.

At 0300 on October 26, 1942, the enemy launched a final attack- this time against the more or less isolated forces of the 3rd BN, 7th Marines, who were deployed forward of the main defensive line for the airfield. The brunt of the regimental strength attack fell on one unit- Company F of the 3rd BN, and in particular on the company’s machine gun section, led by Platoon Sergeant Mitchell Paige.

For two hours in the darkness, Paige directed the fire of his guns, but one by one the men of his section fell, dead or wounded. Finally, there was nobody left standing but Paige, who continued to fire on the enemy. When his gun was destroyed, he simply moved to another one. Moving from gun to gun, he prevented the enemy from exploiting the hole they had opened in the Marines’ line. In the darkness, the enemy had no idea that all that fire was coming from one Marine. Finally, a little after 0500, a few hastily scraped up reinforcements arrived. What happened next was something out of a bad war movie, or a comic book.

Realizing that soon it would be light enough for the enemy to see how few Marines were facing them, he ordered the riflemen to fix bayonets, and then PICKED UP the massive water cooled Browning .30 caliber machinegun next to him, slung a couple of extra belts of ammunition across his shoulders and led a bayonet charge against the surprised enemy, hammering away with his Browning and driving them back.

For his actions that night, Paige was given a field promotion to 2LT less than a month later, and in May of 1943, was awarded the Medal of Honor. He stayed in the Marines, served in Korea, and eventually retired in 1959 as a Colonel. In his later years, he served to ferret out imposters wearing or selling the Medal of Honor. On November 15, 2003, Paige died of congestive heart failure at his home in La Quinta, California at the age of 85

But before that, in 1998, the Hasbro company was preparing to issue a special series of 12 inch GI Joe action figures. The series of Medal of Honor Winners featured each branch of the US armed services, and for the Marines, the box shows a Marine in WW2 uniform firing a Browning machinegun from the hip – Mitchell Paige. The figure’s accessories included the Springfield rifle and long bayonet the Marines were using at the time, and of course, a big water cooled Browning .30 with 2 belts of ammo, and the figure itself is a decent likeness of Paige. A quick internet search shows that they can still be found today.

Excuse me while I update my holiday wish list.

Semper Fi!

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

State of the SFMC September 2012

State of the SFMC September 2012

Greetings to all Marines

In the last month, there has been a lot going on as the GS staff have been finalizing some of the many projects we have swinging about.

Key element in this has been the review and editing to the MFM and SFMC Policy Manuals and these will very shortly be published and posted to website.
The format used for these publications is a temporary measure as it is more important that we get these critical manuals edited and published first. We are working on other
software options to ensure that to the future, we have a more easily editable yet professionally finished article than that which we are using currently. We have simply been spoiled over recent years by the excellent publications previously presented but at this time, we simply do not to have the staffing skills necessary to be able to replicate them.
Manuals are a crucially important part of the SFMC
and we must do better in making regular review and publication than we have been and it is our clear intention to do so.

The GS Objectives outlined at the IM have also been packaged and are ready for publication to the website. This too will occur and you will be able to find this publication in the SFMC Library portion of the current website It is intended that the 2011 Objectives folder will also be retained in the Library for review – as will next year’s set of objectives

This last month has seen a solid flow of purchases through the SFMC QM and I would thank you for your continued interest and support for the material we are making available. The metal devices have been strong sellers, as too the SFMC beret flash which has sold out with new stock about to arrive.
We are also building stocks of
the *standard* ribbons to complement the SFMC specifically designed material, to make your shopping activities as easy as we can
We have – or will be – stocking other items such as the 4-diamond, small and large, Brigadiers pins and looking to add a few other elements that are currently in research/review

We have also been reviewing the next year’s Commandant’s Campaign (CC)in discussion with Brigades and have come up with a few options that we are considering for inclusion into the next year’s program. The CC runs from January to December and it will be my intention to revert to award announcement in early March each year, rather than hold off until the IC/IM has been the case recently. This is in line with the current policy associated with the CC and should make it a more sensible presentation than what has been done in the last couple of years. This will mean that announcement of the 2012 Campaign Awards will be made in March 2013 – so
Marines who have
participated in this year’s programs (or are still to do so) should make certain that their activities and involvement are reported through the chain of command as appropriate.

Work is being done on a resurgence of the SFMC Physical Challenge and we are a fair way through creating a program that we believe will be of benefit and value to all Marines who chose to participate. Details on this will be published prior to year end when we announce the full details associated with both this and the Commandant’s Campaign for 2013

Acting COInfoCOm Joe Brouhard, has been hard at work in presentation of a new SFMC website, and I am advised that this is not “far off”. Once this is completed, we will be looking to a key review and update to SFMC QM site with intention of improving on-line sales processing.

The DepDant has been very busy pulling together the several suggested new and ‘adjusted’ SFMC
uniforms designs he has received. While announcements on these will naturally come from the DepDant’s office, I would like to comment that we are thankful to those Marines who have been forwarding either designs, queries or specific information related to uniform designs. Your input is always most welcome I assure you

And lastly – a perennial reminder that the GS is here to serve you. We welcome all communication of ideas, comments, criticisms and inf act anything at all that will assist us in helping Marines to enjoy their SFCM experience and to have fun. At the end of the day, that is what we are all here for and it is up to each and every one of us to participate as much as we can. Do not ever hesitate to get in touch with the appropriate member of the GS should you have something you believe to be of value you wish to forward

Bruce O’Brien
Brigadier General, SFMC
Commandant, STARFLEET Marine Corps
dant at