State of the SFMC March 2015

State of the SFMC March 2015

Greetings Marines,

Its been a while since I was able to talk to you all in this form. My email problems have, thankfully, finally been resolved. I’m seriously hoping nothing like this takes place again.

First off, I want to mention that the Commandant’s Campaign Awards for the 2014 calendar year have been delayed somewhat due to the email problems I was experiencing. I hope to have that list finalized and the awards issued soon.

Second, I’m creating a post in the Commandant’s office to assist marines in solving problems specific to members outside of the United States.

This Special Assistant post will be responsible for receiving these issues from marines, doing the research to find out what can be done to resolve them, and getting proposals ready and in the pipeline for approval and implementation. Some things we just can’t do. Some things we can. Until we know the details its hard to determine which is which.

Persons interested in applying to serve in this post must meet the following standard requirements:

All members of the staff of the Office of the Commandant must be at least 18 years of age

be identified in the STARFLEET database as Marines (either Reserve or


completed the following courses: OTS (OCC is recommended); PD-100 and


an Officer rank is specifically NOT required.

Specific circumstances of this post add the following requirements for successful applicants:

Email service that is checked, at a minimum, daily

be a member of a Brigade outside of the contiguous United States

be a resident outside of the contiguous United States

I will be accepting applications from those interested in this post until Midnight (Central Daylight Time) on 27 APRIL, 2015 and expect to announce an appointment to the post shortly thereafter.

Summit season is upon us again. Marines are reminded that, according to the current MFM,  although only certain persons can actually authorize each of these awards, they can be nominated by anyone in the Chain of Command . Nominations for all level of awards may come from any source.

If you are, or know, a marine deserving of recognition you should nominate. There have been some issues with the online nomination forms on the SFMC site. Those issues are being investigated for repair. In the meantime, if you have difficulty using the online form, your Brigade OIC has text version os the forms that can be used and sent to the appropriate issuing authority. Be as detailed as possible when telling what action is deserving of recognition. It really helps out if all the information required is included in the first attempt at nominating.

Finally, and still on the subject of Summits. If you wish to have me or any member of the GS speak at your Brigade Muster, contact us and we’ll do what we can to set it up. In many cases, we won’t be able to be there in person, but we are happy to make ourselves available to speak remotely if at all possible.

That’s all I have for right now. Talk to you again soon.


Michael McGowan


OIC, 225th MSG


State of FINCOM March 2015

State of FINCOM March 2015

The numbers for the Quartermaster Account for the month of February are as follows:


Opening checking account balance for the month of February $6226.22 Credit – $253.25 PayPal transfer Debits total – $609.80


USPS – $29.30 QM postage


Flag Makers – $580.50


Closing balance for the account was $5869.67


There were 6 orders this month.

Scholarship interest   $0.04.  The current balance $2729.39


A Word To the Wise.

About a week ago, I went to the teller machine of my local bank.  A lady was just finishing when I walked up.  She had turned to go to her car, when she said she had to check her account balance.  Once she had re-accessed her account and her balance, she turned and left.  When I walked up to the machine, there was an option available,  Would you like another transaction .  Had I been a dishonest person, I would have pushed  Yes  and accessed her account and got some spending money.  I pushed the  No  button and signed onto my account.

The word to the wise is always finish your transactions on a teller machine and make sure it returns to the  Sign On  screen and you won t have to worry about unauthorized withdrawals from your account.


MGEN Barry Jackson



State of INFOCOM March 2015

State of INFOCOM March 2015

Greetings Marines,

I’m still recovering from a long weekend at Daytona Beach attending the Region 2 Summit.  It was great seeing some friends I only see a couple of times a year.  I had a great time and I want to thank those who put the Summit together.  It is never an easy task to host a Summit.  I have assisted in hosting a Summit and it is a lot of work.  The hotel was also great, it is the same hotel where Klingon Feast is held every year.  I look forward going back in September to attend the Klingon Feast.

And now to the report.  I’m still working on getting the State of Reports posted back on the SFMC website.  Just when I think I have everything worked out, I run into another issue.  It’s a harder issue encrypting the newsbot password that I thought and getting it to work correctly is my main goal.  I hope to have everything posted back by report time next month.

If you have any questions please contact me at the email address below.

In closing here’s the pingdom stats for February 2015.


Uptime: 100%

Outages: 0

Downtime: 0 Minutes

Response time: 471 ms


Mark “Slayer” Anderson

Brigadier General, SFMC


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