State of Forces Command January 2017

State of Forces Command January 2017

Fellow Marines!

Welcome to 2017!It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new command group.Congratulations to BG James and my General Staff teammates on your selection to comprise the ‘13^th Team’.Great year, great team, awesome Corps!

Stepping out sharply on the left foot…

* _Brigade staffing changes_:We’ve had two changes in the staffing with the turn of the year.After very successful stints, Brigadier Generals TJ Allen and Dan Toole have relinquished command of the 1^st and 13^th Brigades, respectively.My thanks and gratitude go out to these fine officers and I wish them continued success in their new ventures and positions.I would like to thank General Wade Larkin for stepping up from his deputy position to lead the 1^st Brigade until a new Skipper is selected.

On 3 January, I posted the vacancies on all available communications media and have received a number of able, and qualified applications, making the decision that much more difficult.As per policy, I will be seeking the advice and recommendations of the General Staff and, as such, I have left the application window open until the 28 February.This is to allow time for any delays in communication.

If you’re interested, please contact me privately and provide your resume noting both SFI/SFMC and real life skills and experiences that would be beneficial to this position. Also, a brief but reasonable detailed Letter of Intent of what you believe would make you the best candidate and what you would bring to this position.

*_Commandant’s Campaign Award CY16_:The data collection cycle for calendar year (CY) 16 CCA closed on 31 December, so it is an opportune time to start collecting your information and submitting it to your Brigade OIC for the February 2017 report.Remember, tho, the activities authorized for the CY 16 CCA are the USMC Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics and the Corps Sergeant Major’s March for the Disabled.You must have volunteered at least four hours of *time* to one of these activities to be considered.Submit the following information:name and rank; SCC#; the activity you were involved in; where the activity took place; what you did for the activity and how much time you spent doing it.Don’t procrastinate!Get your information in now!

* _Database Issues_:Just as in the past, please continue to email me with any issues you may find in the SFMC database.Currently our database is humming right along, but I do suggest to all Marines that you go into your personal file and take either a screenshot of your ‘Member Eligibility’ page, or downloading a printable version for your own files.This is a failsafe in the event the database should crash and become unrecoverable.

As per guidance in the past, DO NOT USE THE ONLINE DATABASE REPORTING FORM!It’s not authorized for reporting purposes, but we’ll notify you when it is.Submitting your report via this form is a ‘no-go’ and doing so will not relieve you of responsibility in the event of a late report.So, please, don’t risk receiving a Failure to Report (FTR) by not following guidance.

Currently, I am not able to adjust a member’s affiliation status, that is, changing them to active or reserve.Yep, another quirk of the database.Please let your members know where and how to change their status in the database themselves.This is particularly important when it comes to issuing awards and decorations.Let’s stay on top of this.

* _Special Projects_:I have been given the ‘green light – go’ by the ‘Dant for our first special project for the new calendar year, and it is called ‘To the Corps!’.This project is designed to bring special attention to the Corps and its members, while promoting esprit and motivation throughout the Fleet (perhaps some good old competition as well).‘To the Corps!’ will be executed in two phases.

The first phase is a call out to all the graphic artists in the Corps to design, and produce, original Trek-style ‘recruiting posters’, much like the one I’ve posted with my report on the SFMC Facebook page.The staff will collect these posters here at Forces Command, and the best will be printed and displayed during the Corps Muster at IC 2017.Additionally, all posters will be posted on the SFMC and SFI Facebook pages for all to see.These posters can highlight the Corps as a whole, or your MSG/MEU and Brigade.Entries must be submitted thru your MSG OIC, to Brigade, and on to Forces Command for consideration.Entries must pass the ‘reasonable person’ standard, and follow these rules:

  • is not sexually explicit or suggestive, violent, or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, and does not contain nudity;
  • does not promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any political agenda or message;
  • is not obscene or offensive and does not endorse any form of hate or hate group;
  • does not defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about STARFLEET, the STARFLEET Marines or its members, or other people or groups;
  • does not contain trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, without written permission;
  • does not contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including photographs, sculptures, paintings and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media or musical material) without written permission;
  • does not contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, other than the entrant, without written permission;
  • does not depict, and is not itself in, violation of any law or regulation.

Phase two consists of Brigade and unit ‘Shout Outs’.These are reports from the field about the accomplishments and feats performed by our members and units.These reports can include pictures, videos, and sound bites for dramatization.Just like the posters, ‘Shout Outs’ will be posted on the SFMC and SFI Facebook pages, and any videos will be included in a presentation shown during the Corps Muster at IC 2017.

We would like to present a new unit or poster every month, or even several units or posters every month, but the only way this project will succeed is if you, the membership, makes it happen!Let’s show our pride in our Corps, in our Marines, and share it with every member of our great Fleet!

In closing, and as always, if you have questions, please, push them up your chain of command.All of us from your MSG/MEU OIC, to your Brigade OIC, to the members of the General Staff are here to help.We can’t answer questions or lend assistance if we don’t know!

 

In Service to the Corps!

 

COL Brian “Tusker’ Allen

COFORCECOM

State of TRACOM January 2017

State of TRACOM January 2017

Hello and best wishes to you and your families in the new year. I have been walking the walls of SFMC TRACOM for the past couple of weeks, seeing the great work that everyone has done. I hope to continue and keep the high Traditions. I want to thank Travis Littou,John Radle, Josiah Smiddy and Jared Fielder for their hard work in their command staff duties. I especially want to thank all the staff within TRACOM, they are in many ways the unsung heroes.  It is my best hope and wish to continue the efforts that they have paved the path for others to follow.

A short bio on myself and time in SFI is… I joined SFI on July 29, 2005.  I joined the organization and immediately joined the USS Bortas in Campaign, IL. I Was also a member of the 229th MSG upon joining. Became a Executive officer with the chapter and served as an executive officer for 5 years. I also had Been TRACOM’s ADC clerk and also the ADC Director. I had worked with many chapters in the areas that i was stationed at for the US Army. I retired from the US Army in 2015. I also Serve as a Team leader with Alorica, Inc., which i have been with the company for over 5 years.  I also reserved for a time as Deputy Surgeon general, Region 12 SFI,

Plans that I have for the Command is listed below in additions to TRACOM monthly reporting statistics. I want to thank each and every Marine for the time that they have taken for their fellow marines, and also their work in teaching, mentoring and also taking care of each other. I also want to thank you all for input in the Organization training and also taking courses. My door is always open please feel free to reach out to me with comments and concerns about TRACOM.\

Lastly i am still taking applications for the following positions:

Xeno-Vulcan director, Combat Engineer Director, ADC Clerk, Xeno Studies (Cardassian) Director, Infantry Director

Monthly Reporting statistics:

95 Tests sent

65 test graded

Average request 1.87 hours

Overall return average was 3.12 hours

Plans for TRACOM

*Continued communications and resolutions of issues in a timely manner. I.e. issues regarding Tests graded and reported issues.

*Revision of Manuals and tests. We will review and revise manuals and tests as needed. This will take some time, but I would like to work on updating them.  I will be looking for beta testing help on this- further details will be at a later date

Current Chain of Command for TRACOM is:
Shane Russell, BGN, COTRACOM

Julie Mcgowan, MG, DCO ( she is both the Admin and Doctrine)

John Radle, SMAJ, TRACOM SGM

Shane russell

BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC

CO, USS Orion

OIC, 229th MSG

E-mail: tracom.admin@sfi-sfmc.org

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of FINCOM Ending 2016

State of FINCOM Ending 2016

The SFMC checking account opened the month of December with a balance of $8126.70
Credit -$101.98 Paypal transfer
Debits total – $40.30 USPS – QM postage

Closing balance for the account was $8188.38

SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)

Opened with $2730.35
Credits – Interest earned .05
Current balance on account -$2,730.40

2016 Totals

Total of Quartermaster site orders – 76

Total Debits (Sales) – $2393.68

Total Credits (Expenses) – $1671.35

Total Profit – $722.33

Average Bank Account Balance – $8017.42

The old design BOS pins have come up again.  We need to sell these pins in a timely manner.  You can buy these pins from the SFMC Quartermaster site even if you have not earned them.  You should not wear them unless you have earned them.

From the Quartermaster, Linda Olson:

“It is going to take a long time to move all of these pins.  I have been selling them to anyone who requests them, not just the folks who have earned them.”

Start you BOS pin collection today.  You may order at will.

MGEN Barry Jackson

COFINCOM

State of the SFMC January 2017

State of the SFMC January 2017

Good evening, Marines.

With the start of the new year and the new Command cycle, I want to thank FADM Robert Westfall for his faith in my abilities and his decision to place me in command of the Starfleet Marine Corps. I am looking forward to service both the Corps and Fleet in this upcoming solar cycle.

My job, as before, is still to provide support to the individuals of the STARFLEET Marine Corps so they may enjoy this ‘world’ we gather in to it’s fullest. My office door is always open. Baring acts of natural disaster I will respond to all emails sent to me within 48-72 hours. I may not have an answer to your questions; I may need to forward it on to the specific command but I will let you know I got it. If you don’t receive a return email from me within that time, please try again. I’m out here in the Wildes of SW Idaho and sometimes the string breaks, the tin can rusts and my Intrawebz falls apart. If it’s time sensitive, please contact either the DepDant or COFORCECOM. We’ll take care of you. I promise.

** For those who may have missed the previous announcement, once again here is the upcoming General Staff of the USMC. This information is also available on the USMC website under ‘Commands’. http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/

Commandant – BGN Jari James
Deputy Commandant – GEN Mike McGowan
CO Finances Command – MGN Barry Jackson
CO Forces Command – COL Brian Allen
CO Information Command – MGN Mark Anderson
CO Training Command – BGN Shane Russell
Sargent Major/SFMC – MGSGT Jerry Stoddard

Email addresses for all of the above can be found on the SFMC website. Please allow each Command a minimum of 48-72 hours to reply to your emails. We all have ‘additional duties as assigned’ [Real Life] that sometimes gets in the way of things.

** Commandant’s Campaign Award: This is the reporting cycle for units to report activities for the Commandant’s Campaign Challenge. Don’t know what that is? To quote the ‘Marine Force Manual’: This ribbon is given for completing or participating (certain criteria may have to be met to qualify) in a Commandant’s Campaign. Still not much? This award is issued by the Commandant for those who volunteer in support of specific designated charities and programs.

The current ongoing activities that will be accepted for the Commandant’s Campaign Award starting on 1 Jan 2017 running through 31 Dec 2017 are:

USMC-R Toys for Tots
Special Olympics
March for the Disabled
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

There will be a new addition to the list of charities eligible for the Commandant’s Campaign Award [CCA] for the 2017 cycle. That is the SPCA [Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – aka: Humane Society]. It is a charity with international organizations under it’s umbrella and will give our ‘out of the US members’ another volunteer outlet as well as Gunny’s ‘March for the Disabled’.   And I’ve always had a soft spot for those who can’t speak for themselves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humane_society

As with any of the charities the CCA supports,  a minimum of 4 documented volunteer hours are required to qualify.  Simple purchases and donations are not accepted. There will be more information on this later.

If someone wants to use another project, there is no guarantee that it will count – that will be on a case by case basis as decided by myself. Do ‘NOT’ wait until the end of this year to find out if it will be accepted.

Please have this information to your BDE OIC in the Feb 2017 report. This way COL Allen can make sure I get a report all the needed information from every brigade and nothing gets missed.

** With Brigade Musters and Award cycles coming up over the next few month make sure your Unit OICs know what you’ve accomplished so it can be reported up the chain. It is always rewarding to see good deeds recognized. We can’t thank you if we don’t know what you’ve done.

Keep it safe out there and be nice to each other.

Stand Easy, Marines.

With Regards,

BGN Jari “Gato” James
Commandant/SFMC

State of FORCECOM December 2016

State of FORCECOM December 2016

Marines.

With the start of the New Year and the beginning of the new Command cycle just around the corner this will be my last Status report as CO FORCECOM. I have handed over my office records to COL Brian Allen who will be taking over the position as Commanding Officer Forces Command.

** For those who may have missed the previous announcement, here is the upcoming General Staff of the USMC.

Commandant – BGN Jari James Deputy Commandant – GEN Mike McGowan CO Finances Command – MGN Barry Jackson CO Forces Command – COL Brian Allen CO Information Command – MGN Mark Anderson CO Training Command – BGN Shane Russell Sargent Major/SFMC – MGSGT Jerry Stoddard

Email addresses for all of the above can be found on the SFMC website.

Please allow each Command a minimum of 48-72 hours to reply to your emails. We all have ‘additional duties as assigned’ [Real Life] that sometimes gets in the way of things.

** The current ongoing activities that will be accepted for the Commandant’s Campaign Award starting on 1 Jan 2017 running through 31 Dec 2017 are:

USMC-R Toys for Tots

Special Olympics

March for the Disabled

There will be a new addition to the list of charities eligible for the Commandant’s Campaign Award award for the 2017 cycle. That is the SPCA [Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – aka: Humane Society]. It is a charity with international organizations under it’s umbrella and will give our ‘out of the US members’ another volunteer outlet as well as Gunny’s ‘March for the Disabled’. And I’ve always had a soft spot for those who can’t speak for themselves.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humane_society

As with any of the charities the CCA supports, a minimum of 4 documented volunteer hours are required to qualify. Simple purchases and donations are not accepted. There will be more information on this later.

** There will be various Brigade Musters coming up over the next few months, along with the 2017 Marine Muster in August. Make sure your Unit OICs know what you’ve accomplished so it can be reported up the chain.

It is always rewarding to see good deeds recognized.

Keep it safe out there and be nice to each other.

Stand Easy, Marines.

With Regards,

BGN Jari “Gato” James

COFORCECOM – outgoing

Commandant/SFMC – incoming