State of FINCOM March 2017

State of FINCOM March 2017

SFMC Checking Account

The SFMC checking account opened the month of February with a balance of $8252.96

Credit -$138.47 PayPal transfer
Debits total -$38.92  QM postage
Closing balance for the account was $8352.51

SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)

Opened with $2730.45
Credits – Interest earned .$0.04
Debits – 0
Current balance on account -$2,730.49

We had 6 orders in the month of February.

LGEN Barry Jackson

COFINCOM

State of FORCECOM March 2017

State of FORCECOM March 2017

Fellow Marines!

It’s March – time for madness, ides, St. Paddy’s, and snow from Stella. As I glance over the situation board, I see our Nor’western Marines are mired in up to five feet of the white stuff, and from the look of it might see more this weekend. Brigade and unit Leaders, let’s make sure we are checking on our Marines’ welfare to ensure they’re okay.

As for me, as I sit in my field office in the desert southwest, I’m basking in sunny 80° weather. Thought I’d rub that in. <grin>

Muster Season – Regardless of what it’s doing outside, it’s muster time across the Corps. MSG/MEU Leaders, if your brigade is currently planning muster, get off your tuft and submit your awards ASAP. If you’re behind the 8-ball, and muster is a week away, then you’ve let your Marines down. Nothing squashes motivation and feeds apathy quicker than busting your butt for what seems nothing. Get those awards in!

Commandant’s Campaign Award – Leaders, I’ve received and forwarded not less than ten (10) recommendations for the CCA to the ‘Dant for approval. I know, deep down in my SFMC issue blood pumping mechanism, there are a boot-full more eligible folks out there in our brigades! Where are those recommendations?

I’m currently going back thru February’s reports to identify those folks that might be eligible but were not formally recommended. This take a lot of time. Please, look at what your folks have done and submit your recommendations thru your Brigade OIC not later than the end of March. Here are the criteria:

– Minimum four (4) hours supporting USMC/(R) Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics, the March for the Disabled, and newly added for the 2017 nomination year, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Recruiting and Retention – I’m not sure if anyone noticed but we have started a campaign for R&R called ‘To the Corps!’. This is a push to bring to the forefront the stories and histories of our MSGs/MEU for all in STARFLEET to see, read and hear. To bridge the distance between the Fleet and the Corps, and foster an understanding of who and what the members of the Corps are and represent. These histories and stories will be posted on all our Facebook pages for the entire Fleet to see.

There’s also a call out to all those graphic artists I know you’re hiding in your units to create SFMC recruiting posters to post online in the several Facebook pages we all maintain. There’s even a competition, in which the best posters will be printed and displayed at IC2017 in Louisiana.

So, support the Corps and forward your works thru your Brigade OIC, and get the word out to all of Fleet about the great things you and the Corps has been doing!

In closing – I’m coming to the end of my first 90-days in position as the CO of Forces Command. In that time, I have noticed a lot of great folks, great units and great Leaders in our ranks. The level of activity of some of our units is amazing, and noteworthy. Keep up the momentum, keep moving forward, and press the fight!!

I’ve also found a few areas in which we can do better, and in working with the brigades, will fix. One such area is communications up and down the chain of command. Information should flow freely from the ‘Dant down to the individual Marine in our smallest unit, and back up the chain just as easily. This happens when we all get involved, and ensure communication happens. For my part, I will make sure at a minimum all brigade Leaders are kept up to date on the latest information, and I’m assured they’ll do the same for you – the small unit Leader. It is then up to you to ensure our Marines are consistently communicated with and never left uniformed. And, lastly, my door is always open, to everyone and every member. Have a question, please ask.

In Service to the Corps!

COL Brian “Tusker’ Allen

COFORCECOM

 

—  BRIAN K. ALLENCOL, SFMCCOFORCECOM “Old School Solutions to Modern World Problems”

State of TRACOM March 2017

State of TRACOM March 2017

Hello and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am sure like everyone else, they are looking toward the upcoming holiday spending time with Family and friends. I wish everyone the best. TRACOM has been a busy command over the last month. We completed various staff positions, reviewing the manuals, and processing the regular tests. I would like to thank everyone who has continued to take course and also let us know what your thoughts on the various courses that you’re taking. One of my goals is to continue to keep a pulse on everyone’s enjoyment on the course.

I would like to also ask everyone to contact us if they have issues with tests issues or grading issues. All the directors, deans, and leadership want to resolve issues in a timely manner. I have noticed through some resent issues, that this is being reported to members in the various chapter and brigade chains. I want to ensure that we are able to resolve issues in a timely manner. If you have not gotten a grade,  E-cert, or an answer to a questions. Please let us know or contact DCO, SGM, or myself to resolve it. Thank you.

I want to thank everyone for their applications to the Vulcan and Medical Director positions. I have selected medical director BDR Steven Bice, Jr. This was a hard choice based on the applications that I received. Welcome aboard BDR Bice.  Also BDR Liam Smith has assumed duties as the Xeno-Vulcan Director, Welcome aboard sir!

This month I would acknowledge a few marines that have completed a lot of course this month! Great job!

James Herring – 11 courses

Jude Peace – 13 courses

Jan Bovier – 24 courses

Michael Stelzer- 25 Courses

Chris Lovejoy – 29 courses
Shane Russell

BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC
CO, USS Orion

OIC, 229th MSG

Team Delta

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

State of the Commandant March 2017

State of the Commandant March 2017

Good evening, Marines.

With Spring just around the corner it’s time to look forward to your Regional Summits and Brigade Marine Musters. This is the time of year when nominations go in for local Valor awards so look around you and speak up for those individuals who have been active and supportive of both Corps and Community.

Also, this is the time to nudge your Brigade Officer in Charge to review Unit reports for 2016 in regards to the upcoming issue of the Commandant’s Campaign Award. I bring this up specifically because … well … it’s one of ‘my’ opportunities to personally thank those of you out there who have stepped up to help those around you.

Community service is something near and dear to my heart so that puts the Commandant’s Own Projects that much closer.  But I have to admit some confusion. The last 6 years, while I’ve been a part of Forces Command, I was used to seeing 40 to 60+ names come across my desk to go into the report I sent up to the ‘Dant’ for his review and decision each year.

This year?  Ten.  I simply do not believe that only ten individuals, over a period of 365 days, found a way to support Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics and Gunny Hawk’s March for the Disabled.

Come on, folks. Only ten?

Let me provide a reminder.
The Commandant’s Campaign Ribbon is awarded to marines who are active in community service projects that are of of particular interest to the Commandant of the SFMC. That is… me. The programs eligible for inclusion into the 2016 program were: Toys for Tots, Special Olympics and the Sergeant Major’s March for the Disabled.

To be consider for this award you must provide the following information:
** Who: name, rank, SCC# and unit
** What: what program you were involved in. It must be one of the above three.  You can’t go off o a private project and expect it work out for this award.  Those hours ‘can’ go toward a personal Community Service award [individual] or a Unit Community Service streamer [both issued by BDE OIC]
** Where: where the activity physically took place.
** When: the date/dates things happened.
** How Long: a minimum of 4 physical volunteer hours is required for this activity.

This is an example:
Who: MGN Jari James, SCC#99999, 503 MSG 5BDE
What: Toys for Tots, sorting toys for delivery
Where: USMC Reserve Drill Hall at Gowan Field, Idaho
When: December 15, 2016
How Long: 6 hours

How do I get this information you might ask? From your Brigade OIC.
Okay, BDE OIC’s, if you weren’t one who kept track as the year progressed, it’s time to sit down and go back through each and every report from last year that covered 1 Jan through 31 Dec 2016.

Unit members, contact your BDE OIC’s with you information.

To give folks a chance, I’m holding submissions upon until the first of May 2017. That will give everyone through the next reporting period to get the info in. Please send as a separate email to COL Brian Allen, COFORCECOM  [forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org] so he can collate the awards list for my review.

Come on, people. Do me proud.  I want to see those blue and gold ribbons on those uniforms.

That’s all for now. Keep it safe out there and be nice to each other.

Stand Easy, Marines.

Jari

MGN Jari “Gato” James
Commandant, Starfleet Marine Corps

State of INFOCOM February 2017

State of INFOCOM February 2017

Greetings Marines,

I’m pleased to announce that Major General Edward C. Tunis III will be joining the INFOCOM staff as ADOIC-Web.  Ed has been a big help in assisting me with the new SFMC WordPress Website and his continued support with further updates will speed up our time deployment times.  Congratulations and welcome aboard Ed.

I’m looking for an Attention on Deck! /Attention on Deck! Extra editor.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send me an email with you experience in relation to this position.  I will be accepting application until the end of March.

I will be attending the Region 2 Summit on March the 10th – 12th.  If you are planning on attending, please flag me down and say hi.

As always if you have any questions, please let me know.  I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

In closing, here’s the pingdom stats for January 2017.

Uptime: 99.97%
Outages: 1

Downtime: 15m

Response time: 456 ms

 

Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Lieutenant General, SFMC
COINFOCOM
Team Delta

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org