State of FORCECOM May 2013

State of FORCECOM May 2013

At Ease, Marines,

First off I want to thank all the members of the General Staff and BGN Bruce OBrian [Commandant/SFMC] for having the confidence in me to invite me to ‘join the ranks’ as the new Commanding Officer Forces Command. As with any period of transition, things may take just a bit more time to get done then before, but anything brought to me will be addressed so please bare with me for just a bit. Just know that my door is always open and my goal is to support and serve the members of the Corps.

I want to touch on a few things to make sure we’re all on the same page.

Personal Records:
With the Marine Muster coming I’m sure everyone out there wants to look their best, with their uniforms in tip top condition and all ribbons, badges and such in their proper places. But it’s amazing how fast the time will fly by. It’s never a good thing to wait until the last moment to review your database records to make sure everything is there that should be on there.

There are policies in place to enter awards that you have been issued but, for some reason, were not entered at that time. But it needs to be made clear that the responsibility of proof rests on the individual themselves. If you request an award to be entered, you will need to produce a copy of the award certificate, an email statement from the original issuing individual, a notation pointing to where it was announced in a newsletter, something that shows it was issued.

I am always willing to discuss things and will do everything I can to assist the individual, but one of my personal guidelines has always been ‘Trust, but Verify’.

Communication:
Beside individual Brigade email lists, the SFMC has an electronic presence as well. The most recent Status of Command reports can be found on the front page of the SFMC website[ http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/front ]. You can also follow the Corp on Facebook [ https://www.facebook.com/groups/3275293079/ ] and on the SFMC email list [ http://lists.sfi-sfmc.org/listinfo.cgi/corps-l-sfi-sfmc.org ]. Each of these will provide a more immediate contact with what’s happening within the Corps and with your fellow Marines. They are good resources and easy to use.

Disasters:
Suffice it to say that disasters seem to be occurring just about everywhere. If you find yourself in a place where you can lend a hand, please do so. And keep your Command informed as to what you and those around you are doing. ‘Pay it Forward’ because no one knows when it may be their neighborhood next.

To close I want to leave you with some fast statistics. As I write this the SFMC Strength as listed on the database currently stands at 1432 individuals [856 Active and 576 Reserve] spread out through 153 units or on unassigned status. We just keep on growing and growing. ;}

As you were, Marines.

BDR Jari James SFMC
COFORCECOM

State of the SFMC – May 2013

State of the SFMC – May 2013

Greetings to all marines

Once again, I apologize for the lateness of this report. No excuses form me other real life duties interfering..

Heading towards IC and time for those Spring/Summer Musters. Have you got all your gear?? Are you ready to present yourselves as you should? Have you got your nominations in to reward your worthy fellow Marines? Lots to do and the time to do it is now!

SFMC MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS
While there have always been historical discrepancies within the database when reflecting Corps membership numbers, ‘drilled-down’ research has thrown up some exciting figures
By taking the actual totals from all brigades rosters, current SFMC strength is thus:
Total Active Marines – 843
Total Reserve Marines – 602
Giving us a current Corps total of 1,445 personnel

If we can presume that FLEET numbers recorded are reasonably accurate, this means the SFMC currently represent almost 30% of total STARFLEET International membership – and continues to grow
And the point to this ? Well it is simply that we while we continue to expand in numbers of marines, it is important for each and everyone of us to help ensure our fellow marine is having fun and gaining as much enjoyment from their membership to the Corps as we can. It is up to us all collectively – not just the leadership – to make sure we are still recruiting and importantly , retaining our numbers.
By presenting good example of the behavior , manner, dress, bearing and goodwill and fellowship

COMMANDING OFFICER – FORCES COMMAND
A reminder here (which will be also posted in full detail elsewhere) that we seek applications to the post of COForceCom.
Currently, the DCO ForceCom is holding position as Acting CO and I am looking for all applications to have been received and receipted by midnight 19th May
If you have interest in learning more of this role, either follow through with the application notices posted on Corps list, STARFLEET list – or simply drop me a line and I can provide necessary detailing

SPEC-OPS BRANCH METAL DEVICE
Continuing our objective to phase out as much of the real-world material as we can and have this replaced with SFMC-designed accoutrement’s, we announce the release of SO branch device, which is approved for wear for those having graduated SO-30 at the SFMCA. This excellent and well manufactured device is in same vein of design as those of its predecessors and helps keep the SFMC accoutrement’s in line with their overall presentation
This device – like all other material mentioned here – is now available from the SFMC QM store

SFMC BELT BUCKLE
Also now available, is the SFMC metal cast belt buckle. This excellent addition to everyday wear has come about as a result to the recent survey conducted as to interest – which was undeniably high! We expect the buckles to sell through very quickly as they are we–priced and will be a wonderful addition to everyday wear. This buckle is not compulsory uniform wear and is more so designed for something to be worn to show pride of membership in the SFMC.
Get them while they are hot! They look great. Again, a visit to the QM store will settle your interest and purchase

ANNOUNCING THE SOE PIN
We wish to present to you, a unique pin that is identical is design to newly released SO Branch Device (refer above) in both style, color, and manufacture – only sized considerably smaller. This pin was manufactured as an error in specification (the cost to which has since been reimbursed to SFMC) and it has been decided that there is indeed some unique value in adding this as a ‘one-off’ to our range of devices.
It has been named the SOE pin with a bow of acknowledgment to the real-world SOE (Special Operations Executive – formed by the British Government during WW2 in 1940 and then absorbed into the SIS/ Mi6 after the War . James Bond anyone?)
In almost identical size to the SFMC collar brass, these pins are now released for wear by authorized SO-30 graduates, and may be worn to replace any other single SFMC globe & anchor pin where it is called for wear on our uniforms (e.g. as one collar brass, beret pin etc)
While this is classed officially as a “non uniform” item, it means it may also be worn on the Awards Case if desired
As this pin was manufactured in error, it will not be replaced. Nor will there be any intention to replicate this pin for any of the other branches. This is simply an error to which we can add some value and are available for purchase from the SFMC QM store

SFMC MEMBERSHIP PIN
While on the subject of pins and the QM store – a reminder to check-out the SFMC lapel-pins which are still available. This pin was designed to also show pride of membership but also as an acknowledgment and accompaniment to our 30th Anniversary year. These pins really are little beauties and I urge Marines to go and check them out.

CORPS COMMUNICATIONS
A little note to remind you that we are always looking for content for AoD!E. This very worthy publication should be at the very forefront of print-media communication for marines and we can only produce a reasonable publication if we have plenty to publish
While we need a good “home” for the various Commands’ reports, I am sure that we could greatly expand readership of this newsletter if we could look to include elements of general interest from around the Corps.
The editorial team over at InfoCom would be most pleased to get your submissions so you should you feel free to drop them a line to see if the material you may have available, is suitable. Images help immensely and with the various Musters that will be going on at any particular point in time, reports and first-hand copy on these would be of great interest to us all I’m sure
So if you want to know more, drop a line to COInfoCom (infocm@sfi-sfmc.org) and he will point you in the right direction

SFMC UNIFORM DRESS CODES
In mention of Musters etc, it is timely that I again bring attention to SFMC Dress Codes. We have policy covering the wear of SFMC uniforms that has been designed not only to ensure ‘uniformity’ but to also ensure we do not offend nore confuse.
The STARFLEET Marine Corps has a wide variety of uniforms authorized in the Marine Force Manual (MFM), suitable for any Trek era, as well as designs whose primary value is that they are relatively inexpensive and consist of components widely available through a variety of commercial sources.

Remember that at no time is any uniform requires, but if a STARFLEET Marine Corps uniform is worn, it should be one of the designs authorized in the MFM and the uniform should be worn “correctly”
The MFM contains a caution that bears repeating often: Uniforms should not be worm to functions where the majority of attendees would not recognize it as some type of fan uniform. The Mess White and Class C uniforms are not readily recognizable as non-military uniform. Marines should avoid wearing the uniform in nay context where it may appear paramilitary or intimidating to the public..

Bruce O’Brien
Brigadier General, SFMC
Commandant, STARFLEET Marine Corps
dant@sfi-sfmc.org

State of INFOCOM May 2013

State of INFOCOM May 2013

In the few short weeks I have been assigned as COINFOCOM, I have been busy. Currently I’m trying to fill several key staff positions in INFOCOM. If you or If you know anyone who has the skills required to fill a vacant position, please encourage them to join the team, there’s still time.
We are continuing to improve the SFMC website with additional features. I have had a few requests and suggestions from members of the Corps for additional items to be added. I’m compiling a list and once we have a full staff we will discuss, prioritize and set a project plan in motion with time lines to complete each item on the list. The website isn’t the only area we will be striving to improve once our vacant staff positions are filled and the new staff members become familiar with their new duties, we will be able to address these open issues.
As mentioned above we are looking to fill the following INFOCOM vacant staff positions.
DCOINFOCOM, Web team and the G-3 Publications Officer. I have posted the requirements for each position so I will not duplicate that information here. If you are interested in any of the open staff position or have any questions please contact me at infocom@sfi-sfmc.org.

With IC coming up in a few months, I want to request submissions for the Communications Achievement award. The COINFOCOM issues this award. If you have accomplished something you feel qualifies you for this award or if you know somebody who has done something that you think qualifies that person for this award, please submit your request. Submissions can be made for several different areas. Such as designing a website or publishing a newsletter, writing a story, making a video. Some might think their work wasn’t good enough or significant enough to qualify for this award. Let me just say, I’ll be the judge of that. As they say on TV you can’t win if you don’t enter.

In closing, INFOCOM has some work to do and I look forward to getting this work completed.
Thank you,

BGEN Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Commanding Officer, Information Command (COINFOCOM)
STARFLEET Marine Corps

State of the NCO Corps May 2013

State of the NCO Corps May 2013

Greetings Marines!

Please join me in the booth in the back in the corner in the dark of my local NCO club, where April showers sometimes mean some fool on the mortar range scored a direct hit on the water reservoir AGAIN, and May flowers aren’t an approved uniform item, but nobody much cares.

As I write this, I’ve been Sergeant Major of the STARFLEET Marines for over five years, and I recently answered two questions that I thought I’d share with you. The first was personal: What did I think was my greatest achievement after all those years as Top Soldier of the Corps?

In those five years, I’ve received a fair number of awards relating to my service, and helped many Marines either directly through sorting through questions or problems with them, or indirectly by working with the SFMC General Staff on various issues and programs. But, the thing that has meant the most to me is the large number of simply incredible people I have come into contact with while performing the duties of my office. I likely would never have grown as close to some of them as I have if we hadn’t been thrown together by my duties as SGM/SFMC, and that’s a side benefit of the job that nobody ever mentioned to me going into it. My thanks to all of you.

The second question was more general: If I could offer only ONE piece of advice to someone embarking on the path of an SFMC NCO, what would it be? After some thought, I decided my answer would be: Have fun.

That doesn’t mean be some sort of irresponsible jerk. It means approaching the SFMC with an attitude that every award you get, every act of community service, every minute you spend socializing with friends in STARFLEET, every class you take at SFA or the SFMCA, is just part of the fun you’re having. It’s supposed to be fun, otherwise, why are we doing it? I checked – SFMC has never stood for STARFLEET Martyr Collective.

Part of having fun, and helping others have fun is keeping a positive attitude, and refusing to take the “low road” when confronted with negativity or adversity. If you simply make being in the Corps fun for you and others, then things like recruiting and retention become easy, and community service becomes just another part of the game.

Just remember- the game does have some rules. As STARFLEET members, we have certain responsibilities that go along with our membership rights. One of those is to play by the rules laid out in various handbooks, etc. As STARFLEET Marines, we find our specific rules in places like the MFM, Policy Manual, etc., and we all have to do our best to follow them if we’re going to play the game. Where the rules aren’t clear, they point out where to go ask for clarification- such as asking the current Deputy Commandant about uniform items or awards.

If you’d like to learn more about the game we‘re playing together, I invite you to look over the SFMC website, Corps-l mailing list, or even the SFMC Facebook group where you can find reports, information, and comments from the SFMC General Staff and the Corps in general.

Semper Fi!

MGSGT Jerome A. “ Gunny Hawk” Stoddard
Sergeant Major of the Starfleet Marines
sgm_sfmc@sfi-sfmc.org