State of INFOCOM July 2017

State of INFOCOM July 2017

Greetings Marines,

Sorry for the delay in announcing the new Attention on Deck! /Attention on Deck Extra editor position.  I’ve been tie up with getting the new SFMC website up and running.  I hope I can get the announcement made after IC.

Speaking of the new SFMC WordPress site it is up and running.  All the basics are there, we wanted to get the new site up to resolve some issues I had previous mentioned.  We not finished yet, will be making improvements as we go along.

I have been working on a new WordPress STARFLEET Marine Corps Academy site.  I plan to launch this new site sometime in September.  I don’t have an exact date yet because it will take some time to get everything tested.

The timer is counting down and I’m looking forward to IC this year.  It looks like a great place to hold an IC and there’s no shortage of things to do in New Orleans.

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 June 2017.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime: 0m
Response time: 362 ms

Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Lieutenant General, SFMC
Team Delta

State of FINCOM July 2017

State of FINCOM July 2017


May 2017

The SFMC checking account opened the month of May with a balance of $8570.22 Credit – $76.50 Debits total -$13.30 Closing balance for the account was $8633.42

There were 2 orders

SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)

Opened with $2,730.58

Credits – Interest earned $0 .05

Debits – 0

Current balance on account -$2,730.63


June 2017


Opened the month of June with a balance of $8,633.42 Credits equaled -$61.70 paypal transfer of funds from quartermaster sales Debits equaled – $234.02 Closed the month of June with a balance of $8,461.10

There were 5 orders

SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of June with a balance of $2,730.63 Credits equaled $0.04 Debits – $0 Closed the month of June with a balance of $2,730.67

There have been no scholarships awarded from this account in several years.


There has been some Ransomware attacks over the last few months.  The following articles was taken from Wikipedia and the AARP sites.


Ransomware is a type of hateful software from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransom ware may lock the system in a way which is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called cryptoviral extortion, in which it encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt them. In a properly implemented cryptoviral extortion attack, recovering the files without the decryption key is an intractable problem – and difficult to trace digital currencies such as Ukash and Bitcoin are used for the ransoms, making tracing and prosecuting the perpetrators difficult.


Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan that is disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. However, one high-profile example, the “WannaCry worm”, traveled automatically between computers without user interaction.


Starting from around 2012 the use of ransomware scams has grown internationally.  In June 2013, security software vendor McAfee released data showing that it had collected more than double the number of samples of ransomware that quarter than it had in the same quarter of the previous year.[8] CryptoLocker was particularly successful, procuring an estimated US $3 million before it was taken down by authorities, and CryptoWall was estimated by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to have accrued over US $18m by June 2015.[


To prevent Ransom ware from infecting your computer:


  1. Update Windows XP or any other older Microsoft operating systems in order to limit your vulnerability. In fact, you should always update all your software. In general, always download the latest version of a software once it becomes available.
  1. Back up your files remotely every day, but only on a hard drive that is not connected to the internet. So long as you back up files on an external hard drive, you won’t lose any information if hit by a ransomware attack.
  1. Never open a suspicious email attachment. And never download an app that you haven’t verified with an actual store. Read reviews before installing programs.
  1. Finally, antivirus programs have the ability to scan files to see if they might contain ransom ware. Make use of them before downloading.


LTGEN Barry Jackson


State of Forces Command July 2017

State of Forces Command July 2017

Fellow Marines!

We are one month from International Muster, and Mess! As many of you know, I was directed by our commandant, Major General Jari James, to plan and coordinate our events, and I think we are going to have a bit of fun! With a month to go, there is still time to make plans to attend – head on over to the IC2017 Facebook page, or to the committee’s website and register. While you are there, have a look at some of the swag that’s available for sale… that pint glass sounds pretty sweet!

If you are unable to attend, all functions will be available to the general membership via live streaming. Details on the ‘how’ will be released as we get closer to the start of conference. For those already registered, you should have received a Dress Mess read-ahead that details what happens from the first rap of the gavel, to the last. If you haven’t received your read-ahead, or you would just like a copy, please contact me directly at COFORCECOM, and I will send one out immediately.

There was a bit of discussion about uniform guidance that was put out earlier, and I would like to clarify. The Class C, black Battle Dress Uniform, is a field uniform to be worn when on official SFMC events, away teams, landing parties and exercises. The International Muster is a formalized event, and the wear of the Class C BDU is strongly discouraged, but that doesn’t mean you cannot wear it. If all you have is your BDUs… wear them Marine, and be proud.

The Class A uniform, or formal civilian attire are to be worn while attending the Dress Mess. I know there are some who do not have a fancy Class A uniform, so what does formal civilian attire mean? Well, it means anything from a suit and tie, to a nice collared shirt, and trousers to a summer dress. Even a black polo and nice pants counts as formal! Bottom line up front is we don’t want anyone to think they cannot attend mess or muster because they do not have a uniform!

Last word on Mess and Muster – I hope to see you there!

What’s been going on around our offices?

SFMC Physical Challenge – due to a very lukewarm response, I will be delaying my SFMC PC proposal to the ‘Dant. But, that doesn’t mean the challenge is dead and adrift. You may see an incarnation of the program pop up in the near future, as we work to define and refine the proposal… stay tuned!

Ecerts Officer – the application window is open until the end of the month! Look for the requirements posted on the Corps list, the SFMC Facebook page, or email me!

Heraldry Office – We’ve begun to collect all MSG/MEU logos and are building an image repository! We’ve also begun to collect all unit information such as nicknames, and mottos so that we may save it for our future posterity. WE WILL NEED A HERALDRY OFFICER come post-IC timeframe! If you have an interest in graphic arts, design, and can work with trademark, copyright and fair use law we will be needing you!!!

My next ‘State of’ will be posted later in August, as I will be a busy having a great time at IC. I’ll be sure to post pics, give a blow by blow commentary on the foolishness. In closing, I would like to impress upon you there are great things just over the horizon for the Corps, and I want to see every Marine, boots on ground, moving forward as we strive to complete our mission!!

Charlie Mike, Marines!


COL Brian “Tusker’ Allen