State of INFOCOM December 2017

State of INFOCOM December 2017

Greetings Marines,

Just wanted to send a quick note while it is still 2017.  I’m hoping everyone is having a great and safe holiday season so far and has a happy new year.  It’s only 1 day till 2018, I can’t believe has fast 2017 went by. Seems like I say that every year but it seems truer each year.

I will be deploying the new SFMCA website this weekend and if there are no issues it should be ready to go on January 1st or 2nd.  I will be fully functional and will be using the new email system.  We will be making site improvements after we get the basic site setup.

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 November 2017.

Uptime: 99.90%
Outages: 2
Downtime:  45m
Response time: 787 ms

Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Lieutenant General, SFMC
Team Delta

State of FORCECOM December 2017

State of FORCECOM December 2017

Fellow Marines!

Promised a short report so…

As reported in the last ‘State of’ delivery from Forces Command, we here at the head shed are conducting membership, and award audits in preparation for the ‘Dant’s first of the year report.

And, while the membership audit hasn’t begun in earnest, the awards audit has been completed.  I am proud to report a few stats that may interest you:

Since September 2015, the Corps has issued 3,512 awards, streamers, and commendations.  Of those, only 81 are currently being labeled as unidentified, meaning they’re in the database, and the accountability trackers, but the entries may be erroneous.  Most likely the award acronym is incorrect, and the program can’t find the award.  Just means we must put

human eyes on the trackers to find them.   By the way… that’s only a 2% error.

I’ll post a reminder after the first of the year, but it’s almost Commandant’s Campaign award time again!  If you’ve been tracking your eligible hours, please ensure you report those hours in your February report.  I will be going thru the reports, and writing nominations to be forwarded to the Commandant for approval.

Recently, there have been many questions concerning all the challenges.  If you visit the SFMC website at: you will find more information.  When determining your eligible hours for the Commandant’s Campaign award, service with the follow charities, or their international equivalent, is counted:

USMC-R Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, March for the Disabled, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals If you have questions about eligibility contact your chain of command, or me directly.

I know things are slowing down for the brigades, and units as we slide into the holiday season, and I fully expect folks to take time away from SFI, and the SFMC to enjoy the festivities with family, and friends.  As of Monday, December 18th, Forces Command will be on half day schedule, and will be answering emergency hails only.

And, as we roll into the new year, I ask each of you to think about the direction you would like to see your unit, or the Corps, take as we enter 2018.  I’ve received many great ideas that will hopefully come to fruition over the next several months.  Remember, some ideas are innovative ideas… some are not so good.  When you see a problem, something that can be improved, or fixed, answer this question: ‘Does it affect the SFMC, or just my unit?’  If it affects only your unit, find the answer and apply it at the local level.  If it affects the Corps in entirety, push it thru the chain of command.  Let’s see where we can go with it.

So, with that I say, meet you in the new year!!!!

To the Corps!!






State of FINCOM November 2017

State of FINCOM November 2017

Well now we have just finished getting Food for Thanksgiving and preparing for more food for Christmas. And talking about Christmas, it is that time of the year to think about getting gifts.

One thing to think about is to head on over to the SFMC Quartermaster site and order a little something for that SFMC Marine in your life. We have Ribbons, Pins, Pens, Portfolios, etc. Come on over to and check it out.

FINCOM REPORT – November 2017

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of November with a balance of $9,549.12
Credits equaled -$540.54
Debits equaled – $971.77
Closed the month of November with a balance of $9,117.89

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – November amount – $540.54

breakdown of debits
USPS – $126.48 quartermaster postage
Walmart – $10.44 envelopes for mailing quartermaster orders.
Transfer to Main Account – 834.85 to pay for Padfolios that Vulcan Information took out of the wrong account.


Quartermaster sales
10 Orders

Merchandise – 210.95
Shipping Charged – 90.88
paypal fee – 12.75
Actual Shipping – 83.50

SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of November with a balance of $2,737.01
Credits equaled $.04
Debits – $0
Closed the month of November with a balance of $2,737.05

Reported by Linda Olson

Brigadier General
TJ Allen

State of INFOCOM November 2017

State of INFOCOM November 2017

Greetings Marines,

The new email solutions is in place and I have completed my testing.  The solution to try and route the email through Gmail and avoid the Dream host email servers seems to be working so far.  I’m trying to keep an eye on the reports and I’ll address any issues as they pop up as fast as I can.  If this continues to work as designed, it will be the permanent solution going forward for awards and report delivery.  One other issue I’m working is attachments not being sent when submitting awards.  Because I was focused on getting the report forms ready and the holidays, I have had time to really work on this issue.  That is the next item I’ll be looking into.

Depending on the final results of this reporting period, I will be deploying the new SFMCA website sometime in December or January.  My plan is to deploy the site when COTRACOM shuts down the academy during the holidays.

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 October 2017.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0
Response time: 732 ms

Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Lieutenant General, SFMC
Team Delta

State of FORCECOM November 2017

State of FORCECOM November 2017

Fellow Marines!

Here we are rolling past Thanksgiving, and steaming toward the holiday season, and the new year! I hope everyone brave enough to venture out on ‘Black Friday’ was able to return home safely, and under at least impulse power. Can’t say I joined you out there – spent the day hiking the local mountains, and enjoying the weather! On a more personal note, and as we move toward, and into December, I would like to urge each and all to look after one another. Not just family, and close friends, but our family here in SFI, and the Marines. For some, the holidays ain’t all they’re cracked up to be…

So, what is your Corps doing until the end of the year? Well, folks, we are auditing! (Yes, auditing) I’ve tasked the Brigade OICs to ensure the December reports are filed with 100% accurate member rosters, so we can balance the books on heads and tails. As of last month, the Corps stands at 1340 members, and we want to make sure that number is correct. If you’ve ever served in the military think of it as a Personnel Asset Inventory, minus the dog-tag check!

We’re also jumping into the awards program to tally up all the numbers for the year, and to make sure the certificates issued match the records on file. Those numbers should be available by my next report. And, while we’re auditing our awards records, you may want to audit your personal records as well. Have a look at your database record, and if you notice any missing awards, or if you have not received a certificate for an earned award, contact your Unit OIC immediately and have them pass it up the chain to the Awards Office.

What can you do for yourself now that the year is coming ‘round the end? Well, as has been suggested before, you should go into the SFI database, find your personal record under ‘Member Eligibility’, and download a copy – at least copy and paste it into a document – for your own personal file at home. If there ever comes a time when the database goes the way of the Tasmanian Tiger, you will at least have a hard copy you can submit to command to rebuild your record.

What else is out there?

– Unit OICs!!! We’ve been tracking your requests and suggestions, and we get ya. We’re working on a couple proposals that will take on the challenge of reporting in an attempt to simplify the format, and get the most of the information you’re sending forward.

Additionally, INFOCOM has been working diligently over the past two months to straighten out the online reporting form issue. From all reports from LGN Anderson the issue is fixed. I’ll leave all the important answers to him in his report, but the report form looks ‘good-to-go’ and ready for your use during the December reporting period.

Remember, tho.. if you do not receive a copy of your report as a return email go with Plan B. Fill out, and send a manual form to your Brigade or Battalion OIC as an email attachment to ensure your report is received.

– Uniform chatter. There’s been a Mecha’s weight in comments about uniforms, suppliers for different devices, and adornments, and inclusion of new uniform styles in the Marine clothing bag. Got ya..and noted.

One project that is in its first stages is finding, collating and distributing lists of suppliers for all those unique devices, badges and accoutrements not available thru the Quartermaster. A big thanks goes out to COL Chris Boggs of the 275th for supplying us with the keystone upon which this document will be built. Oorah!

Insofar as uniforms themselves, particularly adding new uniforms to the clothing bag, I would just say there are plenty of varied uniforms out there for our members to wear. When recommending a new uniform remember a few key facts.. first is affordability, second is availability, third is sustainability. Folks have to be able to afford it, find it on the market, and the manufacturer must keep on making it. We’ve seen how supplies have been cut lately with CosplaySky removing all traces of Star Trek from their site.

My best advice to everyone is to take a look at Section of the MFM, entitled Local Uniforms. If there are any questions about what is presented in the section, contact your Unit OIC, Brigade OIC, or even drop me a line.

Folks, that is about it. All of us here at Forces Command are seriously looking forward to the half-day schedule coming up, and spending time with our families, and friends. I have just one more report due before the end of the year, but I promise it will be mega-short! Take care as things ramp up for the holiday, and we here at Forces Command wish you all the greatest Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, and (my favorite) Yule celebration this year.

To the Corps!!
BDR B. ‘Tusker’ Allen
Forces Command