State of FORCECOM February 2016
Good evening, Marines.
The weather techs here at Caldwell Station still haven’t made up their minds about what’s going on outside. So far the daytime temps have been in the 50’s to 60’s when they should be in the 30’s to 40’s. I’m waiting to see the true harbingers of Spring – the brightly colored ‘Yard Sale’ signs that begin to pop up everywhere. Then I’ll know the weather has truly changed.
This is a short month and this report will also be short as I’m up to my tukus in real life classes.
With various Musters taking place and the SFMC Muster coming in a few months I want to touch on awards.
It’s real simple: no one can submit you for anything if they don’t know something happened. Make sure your Unit OIC makes note of what you and the rest of your unit members have done in their Unit reports. The world of records and reports run on the theory of ‘If it ain’t in writing, it didn’t happen’. Make sure things get written down so your BDE OICs and the General Staff can find out what you’ve been up to.
Please know that both the Commandant, COINFOCOM and myself are aware that they online award nomination forms occasionally act up. If you’ve submitted someone for an award, and did not receive the auto-generated reply in your email inbox, it’s your responsibility to follow up to make sure that it got to the correct individual. FORCECOM has blank forms in text and document format that you can fill in and submit as an email attachment. And please, let FORCECOM or INFOCOM know things didn’t work so we can try to figure things out.
Can’t fix things if we don’t know they’re broken.
For those already wondering, the submission window for the SFMC Honor Awards is not yet open. Rest assured an announcement will be made when it is, but look for it someone where around the end of May.
And always remember if you’ve got questions, always remember to use your chain of command. Everyone from your Unit OIC up to the members of the General Staff are here to help you. Just run your thoughts and concerns up the chain and we’ll help you out.
That’s all for now. Keep it safe out there and be nice to each other.
Stand Easy, Marines.
BGN Jari “Gato” James
State of FINCOM January-February 2016
Here are the numbers for the SFMC bank accounts for January.
SFMC Checking Account
The SFMC checking account opened the month of January with a balance of $7466.05 Credit – $214.23 Debits total – $19.96 breakdown of debits USPS -$19.96 QM postage
Closing balance for the account was $7660.32
There were 4 orders in January.
SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)
Opened with $2,729.85
Credits – Interest earned $0.05
Debits – 0
Current balance on account -$2,729.90
The SFMC checking account opened the month of February with a balance of $7660.32
Credit – $273.15 paypal transfer of funds Debits total – $57.10 breakdown of debits USPS -$47.90 QM postage Walmart – $5.32 envelopes for mailing qm merchandise Echeck refund – $3.88
Closing balance for the account was $7876.37
There were 9 orders in February.
SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)
Opened with $2,729.90
Credits – Interest earned .$0.04
Current balance on account -$2,729.94
State of INFOCOM February 2016
Luckily this year is leap year so I got an extra day. I just got back yesterday from the Region 2 Summit in Navarre Florida. I always have a good time seeing friends that I usually see once a year and meeting new ones. It was quite a drive from Tampa but I made it back in one piece despite the best efforts of some of the drivers I encountered on my way there and back.
I made a stop by the Air Force Armament Museum next to Eglin Air Force Base on my way up to Summit on Friday. They have a very impressive collection. If you are ever in that area, it is well worth the stop. I took a lot of pictures and I hope to get them posted to the USS Victorious website as soon as I can.
I assisted with the Second Brigade muster and handed out awards that the second Brigade marines had earned over the last year. That is always one of the best thing I like to do is to recognize deserving Marines for their efforts in supporting their local units, chapters, Regions and the SFMC as a whole.
In closing, this is where I usually put the pingdom status. As of January 28th 2016 pingdom no longer offers this free service. I’m going to check and see if I can find a no costs replacement service.
Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Major General, SFMC