State of INFOCOM January and February 2019

State of INFOCOM January and February 2019

Greetings Marines,

This is my first report of 2019.  I’ll be doing additional work on the quartermaster site to tweak the shipping settings.  The postal rates increased on January 27th so I need to make some adjustments.  I’ll be weighting each item and making the changes to reflect the correct shipping.  I’ll first work on domestic shipping and once I get that completed, I’ll see what I can do about international shipping.  This will be more difficult because of all the different shipping rate for each country around the world.  I’ll keep everyone posted in upcoming reports.

I think pingdom is actually going away this time.  I received a notice again that the free accounts were being deactivated and only paid accounts will still be active.  It’s not worth the cost.  This may be the last time I can provide this information.

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.

December 2018

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0m
Response time: 900 ms

January 2019

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0m
Response time: 854 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of INFOCOM November and December 2018

State of INFOCOM November and December 2018

Greetings Marines,


This will be my last report for 2018. I’m hoping everyone has had a great and safe holiday season this year. I can’t believe how fast 2018 went by. I’m sure 2019 will be the same.

With the new year we will start seeing new dates posted for Regional Summits and Brigade musters, remember those Marines who Publish newsletters or create websites. If you feel they are deserving of the Communications Service Award, please submit them. Here’s the details for the award.

Issuing Authority: COINFOCOM
Frequency: As Needed
SFMC Ribbon Name: Dyar Ribbon
This award is given at the discretion of the COINFOCOM to those Marines who have demonstrated their communications skills in service to the Corps in general, or INFOCOM in particular. Such skills may be demonstrated through contributing to SFMC, BDE, or unit publications; creation of superior quality SFMC-oriented websites; or other similar activities.

Have a happy New Year and 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 and November 2018.

October
Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime: 0m
Response time: 908 ms

November
Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime: 0
Response time: 975 ms

Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Lieutenant General, SFMC
COINFOCOM
Team Delta
infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of INFOCOM September and October 2018

State of INFOCOM September and October 2018

Greetings Marines,

Sorry I missed last month’s report, I had a four day stay at the VA hospital.  Let’s just say it was no vacation.  I’m back to work now and I’m feeling much better.

I have been doing some upgrades on the SFMC Website forms, I hope this will help with some of the issues we have seen. Just remember, if the section has a * then that is a required field and you have to make a selection or put the proper information in that field.  The Battalion and Brigade fields are very important.  Make sure you make the correct selections because these are the email addresses the form will be submitted to.  You should also receive a copy of the report via email if you are the reporting officer and you put your email address in the form as the reporting officer.

If you have any questions or run in to any issues, please let me know.  The more information you can provide about the issue the better.

In closing, here’s the pingdom stats for August and September 2018.

August

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 972 ms

September

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 897 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FORCECOM October 2018

State of FORCECOM October 2018

Fellow Marines!

Let’s see who reads my reports.. lol

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted one of these ‘State of …’
reports, but I’ll tell you it wasn’t because I’ve been lazing around on my fourth point of contact. No, we’ve been pretty busy here at Forces Command, and the ‘Dant’s recent announcement concerning the new rank insignia constituted a large part of our fervor the past few months.

By now I hope you’ve had the chance to see, and maybe order, the new rank insignia. The rank project was a widespread, working group led endeavor in which the SFMC worked together with the MACOs to produce a rank insignia that both groups could use as the more ‘military style’ groups within SFI.
The decision process took quite a while – thanks for the patience – as anything does in a science fiction club, but at long last we’re able to put this project in the ‘accomplished’ column. I would like to thank every member that served on a working group, helped with graphics, delivered designs, or ideas to move the SFMC forward to our goal of new rank insignia.

To go along with the new insignia comes updated wear guidelines. Those guidelines were distributed to your Brigade OICs a few weeks ago, and should have made their way down to the unit level. The ‘Dant also published a copy with her announcement of the new insignia; uploading a copy to the SFMC Facebook page. If you haven’t received a copy of the new wear guidelines, contact your Unit, or Brigade OIC immediately!

The wear guidelines are a work in progress. Meaning, what works in theory doesn’t always work in practice. I’m relying on the membership to go through the guidelines, and comment on what doesn’t work, looks wrong, or out of place, or to make additional suggestions. Those suggestions will be put in front of all the Brigade OICs for discussion, and decision. So, have a look at the guidelines, and let’s make them right!

Other irons in the fire…
Did you know the SFMC has a Spreadshirt Store? A link to the store is included on the SFMC Shopping page of the website ( https://shop.spreadshirt.com/sfmcqm/). It’s been neglected for quite some time, but I’ve been in contact with Spreadshirt to see what we can do to re-energize sales. But!! Before I do that, I need to know if there would be any interest from the membership! My proposal is to reopen the store, but with a lot more SFMC swag, and newer designs. Perhaps even making all the unit logos available for print on shirts, hats, mugs for wear at summit, muster, or IC. We could even tie this into the SFMC polo shirt project! ;o)

Corps manual revisions are on the horizon, and if you’ve counted the number of manuals the SFMC has in its general library you can understand the arduous task this will be. Luckily, I think the list of manuals to be revised will be whittled down to the MFM, the General Staff manual, and the Policy manual. Once the ‘Dant hands down the guidance, and timeline I will be looking for volunteers to assist with proofreading, and editing those manuals. If you’ve wanted to help the SFMC at the Corps level, this would be a great opportunity!

Openings on the Forces Command Staff will be announced shortly. With a year remaining on my current tour as CO, I want to ensure the Marine that replaces me has a solid, and reliable staff to work with. As you know the Deputy CO, Forces Command position is about to be filled, and as the chief of staff for FORCECOM, the DCO will need a few good volunteers! The positions currently open are the Special Projects Officer, Awards Officer (and soon the Ecerts Officer), and the Recruiting and Retention Officer.
Be on the look out for announcements from SFI H&R on the opening of the application periods for each position.

To close…
Now that things are settling back into a somewhat normal routine, my reports should be timelier, and hopefully a little more diverse. There are tons of great ideas floating around the ranks, coming up thru the chain of command, and with the holidays approaching quickly, and schedules slowing, there will be more time look at the feasibility of some of them. When those I feel will interest the membership come up, and the ‘Dant gives me the green-lite I’ll be sure to pass them on to you!

Oorah!

BDR B. Allen
Forces Command

BRIAN K. ALLEN
BDR, SFMC
COFORCECOM

State of FINCOM August 2018

State of FINCOM August 2018

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of August with a balance of $8,203.54
Credits equaled -$560.58
Debits equaled – $24.31
Closed the month of August with a balance of $8,739.81

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – August amount – $280.42
IC quartermaster sales – 280.16

breakdown of debits
USPS – $24.31 quartermaster postage

Breakdown of quartermaster mail sales

7 Orders
Orders not on the system would be the sales from IC quartermaster. Those sales are not counted in the figures below.

Merchandise -132.20
Shipping Charged -49.07
paypal fee – 7.33
Actual Shipping – 31.01
shipping charges refunded – 17.70

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of August with a balance of $2,737.42
Credits equaled $.05
Debits – $0
Closed the month of August with a balance of $2,737.47

reported by Linda Olson 9/9/18

TJ Allen

State of INFOCOM July and August 2018

State of INFOCOM July and August 2018

Greetings Marines,

I hope those that were able to go to IC this year had a great time.  I was very disappointed that I couldn’t make it this year.  I had made it to the last six or seven, I kind of lost count.  I’m planning on making it to St. Louis in 2019.  I was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood for three years back in the mid 80’s so I look forward to being able to revisit the area.

I have received some reports that there were some issues with the online reporting forms.  I looking into the issues.  If you have any issues please send me a screen shot of the error you are getting and all the information you are putting in the form.  A special note, if the section has a red star it is required to submit the form.  Some of these fields are for the email routing to the correct commands.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

In closing, here’s the pingdom stats for June and July 2018.

June

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 896 ms

July

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 895 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FINCOM July 2018

State of FINCOM July 2018

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of July with a balance of $7825.32
Credits equaled -$505.86
Debits equaled – $82.12
Closed the month of July with a balance of $8,203.54

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – July amount – $505.86 this includes the R3 summit sales of $194.92

breakdown of debits
USPS – $76.90 quartermaster postage
walmart – 5.22 envelopes for quartermaster
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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of July with a balance of $2,737.33
Credits equaled $.05
Debits – $0
Closed the month of July with a balance of $2,737.42

Quartermaster sales breakdown for July 2018

8 Quartermaster orders

Merchandise -235.30
Shipping Charged -95.06
paypal fee – 14.96
Actual Shipping – 76.90
shipping charges refunded – 19.42

TJ Allen

State of FINCOM June 2018

State of FINCOM June 2018

STARFLEET Marines Account
Opened the month of June with a balance of $7825.32
Credits equaled -$494.82 (adjusted to include paypal transfer not made until after midnight on June 30)
Debits equaled – $540.34
Closed the month of June with a balance of $7779.80

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – June amount – $373.12
Barbara Paul – check for $121.70 quartermaster items.

breakdown of debits
transferred the $12 to cover the refund check written in April.
USPS – $84.90 quartermaster postage
Pinpros – $433.00 for challenge coin order.
Walmart – $10.44 envelopes for QM mailings

9 QM Orders

Merchandise – 573.15 (not counting the items sent to R3)
Shipping Charged – 67.48
paypal fee – 11.36
Actual Shipping – 61.00
Maryland Tax – .90 ( We are only suppose to be charging tax on sales in North Carolina and Florida. NO other states)

Thanks
Linda Olson

SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of June with a balance of $2,737.33
Credits equaled $.04
Debits – $0
Closed the month of June with a balance of $2,737.37

 

MGEN TJ Allen

State of TRACOM June 2018

State of TRACOM June 2018

Greetings Marines!
Best wishes to everyone and thier Families over the upcoming Independence Holiday.
SFMC TRACOM Has been Very busy working on revising materials, updating manuals, and assigning new Directors. We continue to work hard to resolve and do our best to Train the Force.

With that being said! I would like to thank the Directors and support staff in SFMC TRACOM for their diligence in working for each marine’s benefit. I would like to thanks Both General Mcgowan filling in as Combined Arms director in an Interim Status. He has been a true asset to SFMC over the years. I have recently taken over the Combined Arms branch. I am still looking for new and vibrant Marines to join our team.  Additionally, I would like to thank Mitch Dunn for staying the course on Xeno-Romulan for a number of years. I want to personally thank him for his selfless devotion and help with SFMC TRACOM.

Awards and Devices – Recently it has been presented that some of the Devices are have been changed as part of the CS Directive. We have changed the leadership and the Medical device.  We have went in to the database and updated the specific devices. We are continuing to work on updating the manuals and other locations on the web. This is a bit of a process, however, we are looking forward and leaning forward to the foxhole to get this done.

I am also working with the directors to work on updating the MOS manual, TRACOM manuals and updating them. Additionally, i am looking at bringing some courses on being a director. This is not the same as SFA, however, We hope to work on these specific to SFMC Academy. This is a process, but it is something that we are working on.

I am looking at documents that we have there I.e MURP and MOSC, among others. I think that we could use some revising on the form and also directions on filling them out and information needed.

Annual Awards: IC is almost around the corner! Who will be awarded Team Delta or the TRACOM Commander’s award.

Thank you for all marines hard work and we look forward to your course completions and Grades !

Welcome to our New TRACOM Staff Members

MOSC/MURP – COL Faith Steinberg

Xeno- Romulan- BGN Jill TIpton

 

Shane Russell

BGN, SFMC

Commander, SFMC Training and Doctrine Command

OIC,229th MSG
CO, USS Orion
senseirussell@gmail.com

State of INFOCOM June 2018

State of INFOCOM June 2018

Greetings Marines,

Well it’s almost July already.  Another year half way over.  I hope every has a great fourth of July coming up on Wednesday.  Just watch out for the heat and don’t over do it.  I have had a couple of friends in the last couple of weeks who have been out in the heat too long, got dehydrated and got sick from it.  Be careful out there.

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 March and April 2018.

May

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 864 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org