State of TRACOM February 2018

State of TRACOM February 2018

Good Afternoon Marines!

As many of you have seen and heard in my recent posts. There have been a few changes recently in SFMC TRACOM. I want to thank MGN McGowan for her years of service as PD Director. I am working on covering the load as PD Director, while I am receiving applications for SFMC PD Director.  I am going to open the position for the next few weeks. I will receive applications until March 11. I will post the position within a week after that.  I want to put this out. I hold TRACOM at a high standard. We are the ones that must be vigilant and hold a high standard of Communication with our Marines. I have always held this when I first became a member of SFMC TRACOM.  I expect nothing less from anyone in TRACOM at any level.

I have been COTRACOM for a little over 1 year now. When I first accepted this position a few opening topics that I wanted to tackle. I will let everyone be the judge if I have achieved or worked hard to accomplish them: they are:
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

We here at the Head shed are looking at various manuals that could use some revision or better understanding. I am also looking at various manuals that we provide input on, to make sure that those are updated and easy reading. I working with individual directors to see if we need to look at revising them also. I understand the pulse out there that some stuff is hard to understand or read. We are looking at seeing what we can do through Techniques, tactics, Procedures to resolve this. I will be posting some updates on manuals at they are ready. I believe that the first one will be the revised medical manual. Which will be out shortly.

We had a good month of actively in both requests requested and sent. We additionally had a good turnout of tests completed this month.

End of month Stats are:

100% Reporting on all Directors

Total test requests was 149

Total tests graded 112

Average Test requests sent within 34.56 hours

Average test grade turnaround is 44.81 hours


SFMC PD Director Applications:

I am accepting applications for PD Director.

  1. a) Applications must have completed all Courses in the PD Branch
  2. b) Have reliable communication to email and computer access (this is a must, since we communication mostly via email and computer for accepting requests and grading tests
  3. c) Have prior experience with SFMCA/ SFA is preferred but not required
  4. d) Not afraid to ask questions or seek help when needed.
  5. e) If possible send a Starfleet resume (if possible)

Send applications to myself no later then March 11, 2018. Send them to

Thank you


// Original Signed//

Shane Russell

OIC, 229th MSG
CO, USS Orion