State of FINCOM November 2012

State of FINCOM November 2012

My apologies for the delay in this report. Subspace interference…

The password
is “holiday shopping.”That’s right, get
your marine attire and supplies today at the SFMC Quartermaster! So head on over to www.qm.sfi-sfmc.org to see what you can
give your favorite Marine this holiday season!

November 2012 Financial Data-

Bank of America SFMC Checking Account

Opening
Balance 10/30/2012

$4,160.29

Credits

11/27/12 – Transfer from PayPal

$41.63

Debits

11/14/12 – USPS

($0.90)

11/28/12 – USPS

($5.85)

Net Change
in Checking Account

$34.88

Ending
Balance 11/28/2012

$4,195.17

Bank
of America SFMC Scholarship Account

Opening
Balance 10/30/2012

$2,727.28

Credits

10/31/12 – Interest Earned

$0.12

Debits

None

Net Change
in Scholarship Account

$0.12

Ending
Balance 10/29/2012

$2,727.40

State of TRACOM November 2012

State of TRACOM November 2012

Hello everyone!

Little has gone on or changed this month, so this will be short and sweet. So, let�s begin!

While our illustrious leader is taking some time away from the office, I have been appointed as the Acting COTRACOM, and I will be updating you once again this month.

There have been no permanent staffing changes in the past month, and the only change was my appointment as Acting CO.

So far in November, there have been 21 different students that have completed a total of 41 exams.

As we are heading into the holiday season, there will be some shutdowns of TRACOM so that the staff can celebrate the holidays. During these times we would ask that you please be patient, as we are all volunteers, just like you, and will be celebrating the holidays as well.

With that said, just let me remind you that all of the schools are open for business, and are here to serve you.

We here at TRACOM have some exciting new stuff coming up in the next several months, including new exams, updated manuals and more, so keep your eyes peeled for what we have in store for you.

Until next time,

BGEN Travis Littou
DCOTRACOM-Administration

State of FORCECOM November 2012

State of FORCECOM November 2012

Greetings Marines,

I trust you all had a great Thanksgiving and if you decided to brave
the black Friday shopping you managed to escape with some good
bargins.

I was reminded on Wednesday how fragile life is when I found out that
a good friend of mine had passed on, it was a surprise as he was
younger than me we had lost touch and recently we reconnected and we
were looking forward to some fun and fellowship in the following
months, Rest in Peace Ike, you have earned it

At this time of the year, one of the activities chosen by the
commandant for the commandants challenge takes place and that is
participating with Toys for Tots

To participate you just need to collect new, unwrapped toys and drop
them off at an official toys for tots collection point you can find
this information at the official website
http://www.toysfortots.org/Default.aspx

To be eligible for the SFMC award you need to do the following
The consideration period runs from 1 Jan. 2012 to 31 Jan 2013 for this
cycle only. Information needs to be to FORCECOM no later than the
February 2013 reporting cycle when data collection for the 2012 ‘year’
is completed.

Entries received after that date _will not_ be considered for the 2012 awards.

OICs will need to provide the following information in your reports up
the Chain of Command.

Name, Rank, SCC#, unit & activity: date of activity and what was actually done.
Like any SFMC service award, it’s the physical support given in
volunteering time to the project that counts. Simply giving cash or
donating items does not count for purposes of this award. You can’t
simply write a check. You can’t simply pick up one more toy during
your holiday shopping and drop it into the collection box on the way
out of the store. You must be physically involved in the activity for
a minimum of 4 hours to be recognized.

Bottom line: any notation that reads along the lines of ‘The unit did
stuff for Toys for Tots’ will simply be rejected. FORCECOM will not
spend days and weeks back tracking incomplete submissions as we have
done for the past two years. It is the responsibility of the OICs to
make sure all the required information is provided.

Details, folks. We need the details.

Also if you were a Marine during 2002 and 2003 and you do not have the
SFMC Anniversary ribbon and you can prove you were a marine during
that time by having a sfmc award issued in the database or you have a
copy of a unit, battalion or brigade report or you were mentioned as a
marine in the cq, please let your brigade OIC know as the deadline to
get the 20th anniversary award is 31st of December 2012

All members who are marines in 2012-2013 will have 30th anniversary award
If you have been a marine for more than 3 years and you have not
applied for your Marine Good Conduct award you can apply for that as
well, but you can only apply for the award for the current 3 years so
if you have been a marine since Oct 17 2000 and you suddenly realized
that you are due 3 good conduct awards I am sorry to tell you that you
are too late you will only receive the one for Oct 17 2009 thru Oct 17
2012

This means you have to take responsibility for applying for award.

Well until next time

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

State of the NCO Corps November 2012

State of the NCO Corps November 2012

Greetings Marines!

After a busy month, it’s time to head to the booth in the back in the corner in the dark of my local NCO club, where we can stay warm just off the hot air from all the No (Spit) There We Was stories, and in spite of local hunting season, the grounds are full of wildlife because nobody wants to see if the large signs all around the place that say, No Hunting -Firing into this property is likely to draw massive return fire- If you can read this, you’re in range, are a joke.

As I write this, cleanup and relief efforts continue in the US in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and one question I have been asked by several of you when disaster strikes so many is “What can I do to help?”. Truthfully, the best thing you can do is send money to well organized relief agencies such as the Red Cross, but what if, like so many of us, your own funds are limited?

This is where AIO (Adapt, Improvise, Overcome) should be your watchword. Almost all of us do something for fun with friends. Find a way to turn that fun activity into some sort of fundraiser for disaster relief, or any charity you want to support. Think outside the box, and you might be surprised what you can do. And, don’t be discouraged if what you raise seems like a tiny drop in a very large bucket. Those tiny drops can add up fast (as anyone with a leaky roof can tell you).

One very simple idea (assuming the weather permits) is to simply have you and your friends clear out some of their clutter and hold a garage or yard sale, with all the proceeds going to the cause of your choice. (and who knows, you might even be able to do a bit of recruiting in the process)

Feel free to pass on your own ideas to me, and I’ll share some of them in this space in the future. And, don’t forget to pass the news of your activities up the line in your reports so you can get the recognition the SFMC likes to give for those efforts. R&D is still working on that Omniscience Module, but for now the only way the Corps has to know about what you’re doing is those reports every unit files.

As I’m fond of reminding you- no matter how small your local community is, if you look around you’ll probably find a way to put in a couple of hours or so every once in a while giving someone who needs it a hand, and from where I sit, that’s the essence of community service.

With winter coming on, I would like to ask you to do what you can to help those who need warmer clothing. Remember HUGS (hats, gloves, underwear, socks)

Next month, I will be going through the BDE reports from my sample and getting another data point on my ongoing project to estimate and track the number of enlisted members of the SFMC, which I still estimate to be about 25 percent, based on the sample, One of my goals for 2013 is to finally find a way to reduce the labor involved in this task, but to be honest, that probably won’t be happening until SFI gets a new database.

But, there is another project I have in the works, and I’m going to be needing your help. SGM Mark Polanis (SGM TRACOM) and I are working on a “recruiting video” and we need images of enlisted members of STARFLEET doing ” well” just about everything you do- community service, attending events, or just having fun with your fellow members of STARFLEET. Uniforms are optional. (Clothing is not. The market research I did on the SFMC NCO Swimsuit Calendar was discouraging at best.) We ask that you email your photos to us (as always, larger and higher resolution images are preferred, but we’ll take anything you want to send us) at the usual email addresses (found on the shiny new SFMC website- hat tip to BGEN Joe Brouhard, our hardworking COINFOCOM), and please include a list of who is in the photo so we can properly label it. SGM Polanis and I have a Plan, but it’s going to take a fair number of images to make work.

Here in the US, Thanksgiving is coming up, and I’d like to take this time to thank each and every one of you for the enthusiasm and esprit de corps that you show in places like the SFMC Facebook group and the Corps-l list. As some of you know, in real life my disability and my isolated place of residence means I don’t have as much face to face interaction with my fellow STARFLEET Marines as I would like. So, that communication and interaction means a great deal to me, and I am sure there are others in similar situations that value it as much as I do. Keep up the good work, Marines!

Speaking of communication, please remember that the SFMC General Staff needs your input and ideas in order to properly do our jobs. Don’t hesitate to contact the appropriate GS member with your questions, comments and ideas. You can find all the email addresses at the SFMC website, and, of course, we monitor the Corps-l list, and the SFMC Facebook group.

Now it’s time for Top’s History Lesson, When it comes to the importance of clear orders and proper lines of communication, you’d have trouble finding a better example of how a lack of these can lead to disaster than the charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. But, in spite of that, there is no denying the courage of the troops involved.

When the Victoria Cross was established as Britain’s highest award for valor ‘in the face of the enemy in 1856, Queen Victoria awarded a total of nine medals for that battle. Six of those went to members of the Light Brigade. Five of those VCs were given to enlisted troopers (three of them for the same action – see below), and the sole officer so honored, Colonel Alexander Dunn of the 11th Hussars (all of 21 at the time), earned his for actions which saved the life of a sergeant (he took on two Cossacks attacking the sergeant from behind).

In the initial charge, Captain Webb of the 17th Lancers was hit and mortally wounded. Troop Sergeant-Major John Berryman saw that his Captain was unable to remain in the saddle, tried to lift him out, and sent LT Percy Smith of the 13th Light Dragoons off with his horse to get a stretcher while Berryman remained with the wounded officer, ignoring the urging of Captain Webb to save himself. He was soon joined by Sergeant John Farrell of the 17th, whose horse had been shot out from under him. The two NCOs stayed with the wounded officer as the battle raged, and then Lance Sergeant Joseph Malone of the 13th, who had also been dismounted in the battle came upon them. The three sergeants remained with Captain Webb for some time while heavy fighting raged around them, and then worked together to carry him back to their own lines, despite the extreme risk to themselves as the rest of the Light Brigade retreated around them and the enemy continued to pour fire into the field.

Captain Webb died of his wounds shortly thereafter, but the courage and devotion to duty of the three NCOs who stayed by him and then carried him off the field was undeniable. After the Crimean War, all three remained in the service. Berryman rose to the rank of Major, and died in Surrey in 1896 at the age of 70. Malone was appointed a Riding Master in 1858 (later upgraded to Captain) and died at the age of 50 in South Africa. Farrell rose to the rank of Quartermaster Sergeant, and was killed in action in India in 1865 at the age of 39.

But all three men would be forever joined by that day at Balaclava, where in the chaos of a battle gone wrong, they upheld the ideal of “Service before Self” as they attempted to rescue a wounded officer instead of saving themselves.

Semper Fi!

MGSGT Jerome A. ” Gunny Hawk” Stoddard
Sergeant Major of the Starfleet Marines

State of the SFMC November 2012

State of the SFMC November 2012

Greetings to all Marines

With but only several weeks before we hit the end of 2012, and with the Festive Season rushing at us all at warp speed, it is timely for us to gather our resources as we look towards that time of year when we traditionally begin to think of others than ourselves.

The 2012 Commandant’s Campaign is also coming to an end, and yet it is probably the most active period for those participating because of the Christmas Season. It is therefore a good time for a reminder that to qualify, you must participate (simply giving money does not qualify) in one of the outlined activities –
* Toys For Tots (or equivalent program in other countries)
* Directly raising funds or participating in fund raising programs for Special Olympics

If you or other members of your Brigade or Unit are thinking of participating, then this is the time to get started. Don’t delay as the next few weeks will pass in a blur. Remember also, that you must make sure your Unit OIC reports your involvement and what you have done in the bi-monthly report that passes up the line to ForceCom. This must be included at the very latest, within the February 2013 cycle as any reports received after that time will mean you cannot be awarded for the 2012 Campaign

But this “time of giving” does not always have to be about awards and recognition. The end of any year can be a hard and difficult time for many people – especially those who are alone in this world or who have little in terms of finance or health.
As Marines, we should consider of giving of our ourselves – our own time, energy, support or whatever it may be – that will help those in need and who are worse off then ourselves
It is a great time for us to reach out and to lend a hand in whatever way we can, not necessarily for a ribbon or an award, but for the simple reason that as members of the SFMC, we are well known for our acts of generosity, kindness and good community spirit.

And in speaking of awards, the recent Superstorm Sandy has been and gone and bought with it mass destruction and heartbreak. Again, I am equally confident that many of our Marines will have been involved, or will become involved, in efforts to directly provide assistance and activities that will lead to supporting the many victims in their local communities.
Be reminded that such activity is not only worthy of our recognition but that we would also like to hear and to publicize any such good work.
Your stories and records of community spirit cannot come at any better time than right now so please make sure you share these with us where and when possible.

The newly revised website has been commissioned and is up and running. Likely it will need a “settling in” period, but as soon as the bugs have been ironed out i am sure the team at InfoCom will breathe a sigh of relief and we can look forward to an updated system of communication being available. With the new STARFLEET database also soon to be launched upon us, we are looking forward to continually expanding and developing these resources so as to provide an even better service to Marines.

On a final note to this brief report, I want to once again remind you all of the need for your input , comments and ideas. The SFMC can only continue to grow and expand while we have the direct participation, communication and involvement from our Marines.
The members of the General Staff and their staffs put in lots of hours on your behalf but we do need inspiration, input, intelligent criticism and even the wildest of ideas. This is YOUR Corps and it needs your involvement, so please do not ever hesitate to drop a line to any of us on the General Staff. We are here to serve your needs and we honestly welcome your input.
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Bruce O’Brien
Brigadier General, SFMC
Commandant, STARFLEET Marine Corps
dant@sfi-sfmc.org