State of the Corps June 2017

State of the Corps June 2017

At Ease, Marines,

Due to some computer issues, health issues and general life issues, I did not publish a May 2017 Status report so this is a combined May-June report. Nothing bad in regards to health, I’m just not as tolerant of 95F+ as I’ve been in the past.

Now on to business.

** Database:
With another International Marine Muster coming up on the horizon this is a good time to check out your personnel records on the database.  You are the only individual who knows exactly what should be listed for awards, courses, etc. so it’s a good to get in the habit of reviewing your personal records every couple of months or so.  With IC coming up in mid August [August 18, 2017 – August 20, 2017] you still have time to get those last minute items for your uniforms.

It’s a fact of life in electronic record keeping that sometimes things go missing. An email may get eaten by a spam folder.  Records can be lost on a hard drive. It is the responsibility of the individual to keep a copy of all his personal records, awards received, courses completed, etc.

If you find something in error, it’s certainly acceptable to point it out to COFORCECOM [COL Brian Allen – E-Mail: forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org ]and request the data be added, updated or changed.  Just know that you’ll need to provide documentation so that the appropriate correction to the database can be made.  Documentation can be a scanned copy of the certificate, an email from the issuing authority, a copy of a Unit or Brigade report noting the award, etc.

** Please Read the Manuals:
Please Read The Manual first and foremost. [PRTM is the family rated version of RTFM].  For all things that pertain to the actual day to day workings of the SFMC, it will be in either the Marine Force Manual [MFM] or the Policy Manual.  Both are on the SFMC website and are downloadable.  You can find them under Library, General Manuals. http://www.library.sfi-sfmc.org/index.php?id=general  If you have read through them and still can’t find what you’re looking for, use the Chain of Command to ask for guidance [Unit OIC – Brigade OIC – COFORCECOM].  Please do not jump your chain thinking you’ll get a faster answer.

I can’t stress this enough.  Most of the questions the General Staff have been asked are already covered in either the Marine Force Manual [general topics] or the Policy Manual [for Unit, Battalion and Brigade OICs]. It’s not that any of us on the GS are adverse to answering questions, but you’ve got then entire working policies of the SFMC available to you in those two manuals.  Please take the time to look through them and consult your chain if you have a question.

Also PRTM in regards to who is responsible for what level of promotions. In so far as the SFMC is concerned, we do not have the ability to promote.  That function belongs on the Fleet side of the house.  So always check with your Ship CO and your RC about promotions.

** Awards:
Here’s another “PRTM” point.  With IC coming, think of the Marines around you in regards to award nominations.

* “All” nominations for Honor Awards need to be in the hands of the Deputy Commandant, GEN Mike McGowan [E-Mail: depdant@sfi-sfmc.org ] by 30 June/31 July. These nominations come in from the BDE OIC’s and consist of the various Valor award winners for each Brigade. Please be specific why this individual stands out from all the others in the Corps.  All we have to go on for review is what you send us.  Be specific, but also be concise. Don’t let someone’s nomination fall by the wayside by not providing enough info.

* “All” nominations for the Commander/Starfleet’s ‘Starfleet Cross’ need to be to me NLT by 30 June/31 July. The address is MGN Jari James, Commandant/SFMC E-Mail: dant@sfi-sfmc.org  or  seticat@cableone.net] .  For those who are not familiar with this award, here’s the info from the Marine Force Manual.

STARFLEET CROSS
Issuing Authority: Commander, Starfleet
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)
Cadets Eligible for Award: No
This award is given by the Commander, Starfleet to recognize a marine who has rendered exceptional service to STARFLEET in general—either by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time, or by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence.

Anyone can nominate a Marine for this award; this is not something awarded to someone for merely doing their regular duty. This is an individual who has stepped out of the boundaries of the Corps alone to do things that help SFI as a whole. If you nominate someone, please explain why you feel their deserve it. The nomination list will be compiled by me and go to FADM Robert Westfall for his review and decisions.  Again, don’t make either of us waste time recontact you to pull more information out of you.

* Review the awards section in the MFM and online to see if there are any other awards someone may be worthy of. By this I’m speaking of awards issued by various members of the General Staff [Dant, FORCECOM, TRACOM, SGM/SFMC, INFOCOM ].  Many of these can be issued at any time throughout the year, but receiving recognition at IC/Marine Muster simply makes things sweeter.

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

Stand Easy, Marines.

MGN Jari L. James
Commandant-SFMC

Addenda to the State of the Corps for June 2017

A tip of the beret to the Sar’Major of the Corps, MGSGT Stoddard, for catching the little error in upcoming nomination dates.

‘All’ nominations for Honor Awards [the DepDant], the Starfleet Cross [the Dant] and anything you’d like to see go out at the International Marine Muster [COFORCECOM] must be to their respective parties _no later then_ 30 June/1 July.  Not 30 June/31 July as previously posted.

Just because the Dant had a Heat Induced Brain Fade you do not get the extra 31 days of July to do paperwork.

Keep it safe out there no matter the season.

 

MGN Jari James

Commandant-SFMC

 

 

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 the SFMC January 2017

State of the SFMC January 2017

Good evening, Marines.

With the start of the new year and the new Command cycle, I want to thank FADM Robert Westfall for his faith in my abilities and his decision to place me in command of the Starfleet Marine Corps. I am looking forward to service both the Corps and Fleet in this upcoming solar cycle.

My job, as before, is still to provide support to the individuals of the STARFLEET Marine Corps so they may enjoy this ‘world’ we gather in to it’s fullest. My office door is always open. Baring acts of natural disaster I will respond to all emails sent to me within 48-72 hours. I may not have an answer to your questions; I may need to forward it on to the specific command but I will let you know I got it. If you don’t receive a return email from me within that time, please try again. I’m out here in the Wildes of SW Idaho and sometimes the string breaks, the tin can rusts and my Intrawebz falls apart. If it’s time sensitive, please contact either the DepDant or COFORCECOM. We’ll take care of you. I promise.

** For those who may have missed the previous announcement, once again here is the upcoming General Staff of the USMC. This information is also available on the USMC website under ‘Commands’. http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/

Commandant – BGN Jari James
Deputy Commandant – GEN Mike McGowan
CO Finances Command – MGN Barry Jackson
CO Forces Command – COL Brian Allen
CO Information Command – MGN Mark Anderson
CO Training Command – BGN Shane Russell
Sargent Major/SFMC – MGSGT Jerry Stoddard

Email addresses for all of the above can be found on the SFMC website. Please allow each Command a minimum of 48-72 hours to reply to your emails. We all have ‘additional duties as assigned’ [Real Life] that sometimes gets in the way of things.

** Commandant’s Campaign Award: This is the reporting cycle for units to report activities for the Commandant’s Campaign Challenge. Don’t know what that is? To quote the ‘Marine Force Manual’: This ribbon is given for completing or participating (certain criteria may have to be met to qualify) in a Commandant’s Campaign. Still not much? This award is issued by the Commandant for those who volunteer in support of specific designated charities and programs.

The current ongoing activities that will be accepted for the Commandant’s Campaign Award starting on 1 Jan 2017 running through 31 Dec 2017 are:

USMC-R Toys for Tots
Special Olympics
March for the Disabled
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

There will be a new addition to the list of charities eligible for the Commandant’s Campaign Award [CCA] for the 2017 cycle. That is the SPCA [Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – aka: Humane Society]. It is a charity with international organizations under it’s umbrella and will give our ‘out of the US members’ another volunteer outlet as well as Gunny’s ‘March for the Disabled’.   And I’ve always had a soft spot for those who can’t speak for themselves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humane_society

As with any of the charities the CCA supports,  a minimum of 4 documented volunteer hours are required to qualify.  Simple purchases and donations are not accepted. There will be more information on this later.

If someone wants to use another project, there is no guarantee that it will count – that will be on a case by case basis as decided by myself. Do ‘NOT’ wait until the end of this year to find out if it will be accepted.

Please have this information to your BDE OIC in the Feb 2017 report. This way COL Allen can make sure I get a report all the needed information from every brigade and nothing gets missed.

** With Brigade Musters and Award cycles coming up over the next few month make sure your Unit OICs know what you’ve accomplished so it can be reported up the chain. It is always rewarding to see good deeds recognized. We can’t thank you if we don’t know what you’ve done.

Keep it safe out there and be nice to each other.

Stand Easy, Marines.

With Regards,

BGN Jari “Gato” James
Commandant/SFMC

SFMC December 2016

SFMC December 2016

Marines,

As I write this, many of us are setting out for our New Year’s revelries. First, let me remind you all to be safe and careful this weekend. Let us assure that 2017 starts out far more pleasantly than
2016 ended.
I have been honored to serve as your Commandant for the past three years. I have had the privilege of meeting a great many of you during that time and have heartily enjoyed the experience. You are what makes the Corps strong and your leadership proud. Well done to you all.
I also want to take a moment to thank the members of the General Staff who have served with me during this term. They have all worked long and hard to ensure that the Corps continues forward and serves its members with as much efficiency and enjoyment as possible. During my pair of extended  periods of illness, they stepped forward and gave me the time I needed to recover fully. I owe them all a debt of thanks. I respect them all, and each, a tremendously.
As I will be out of the office at midnight (central), I will be ensuring that the control codes are transferred to BGN James.
Thankfully, as Jari doesn’t smoke, nor does she enjoy the same “adult beverages” as I, I can, without any remorse whatsoever, empty both the humidor and liquor cabinet in the office as I move out to my new billet.

Thank you again, Marines, and may you have the very happiest of New Years.

Mike

Michael McGowan
GEN, SFMC
12th Commandant, SFMC

State of the SFMC August 2016

State of the SFMC August 2016

(Remarks Given at IC on my Behalf)

Marines,

 

First, let me apologize for not being there with you. It was my original intent to make the drive down from Illinois and spend this weekend with you, but health and other concerns have made that unfeasible this year.

I truly miss being there and sincerely wish it had worked out otherwise.

 

Second, I apologize to Mark and Barry for being unable to stand watch with them this weekend. They have my thanks for tending to SFMC business there this weekend in my absence, and I hope you give them yours as well, and maybe even a round of applause at some point.

 

Now, let’s briefly touch on the state of the SFMC. Speaking in general terms, the STARFLEET Marine Corps continues to make up over twenty percent of STARFLEET’s total membership, taking into account both Active and Reserve members of the SFMC. The Fleet and Marine side of STARFLEET continue to work together, and complement each other’s endeavors. Our bank account remains healthy. In short, we’re doing okay as an organization.

 

At this point, I need to address a matter that drew a great deal of discussion both on the Corps email list, and the SFMC Facebook group, namely the Class C BDU uniform. After considering all the input I received on the matter, I have found no compelling reason to make any change to the MFM regarding the Class C BDU uniform, and several reasons to not make any change.

 

The Class C BDU uniform has been a part of the SFMC for my entire time in the Corps, and for many years before that. For many of our members, it is not only the only uniform they own, it’s the only one they can afford. To tell them now they can’t wear it would be grossly unfair to those who have invested their time and money on them. Also, we have many members who are, as I’m prone to quoting the SGM SFMC, “of heroic sizes”. The BDU is often the only uniform they can put together “off the rack”, and doing away with it would do those members a disservice.

 

Finally, for those who are concerned about the appearance of the BDU uniform, and possible negative reaction from the public, the SFMC has long had a policy covering that concern in the uniform section of the MFM. I will now quote the current MFM 1508, Section 7.1.2 in its entirety just so everyone is aware of what that past and current policy is:

 

“7.1.2 When Wearing the Uniform is Recommended or Prohibited

Wear of the Marine uniform is never required, but when it is worn it is required to be worn correctly. The Marine uniform can be worn at any Marine, ship, or fan function where the Marine uniform would seem appropriate in context.

 

Wear of the uniform is prohibited under the following circumstances:

 

  • In connection with the promotion of any political or commercial interests.

 

  • Except as authorized by competent authority, when participating in public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies or public demonstrations.

 

  • When wearing the uniform would bring discredit upon the SFMC.

 

Further, uniforms should not be worn to functions where the majority of attendees would not recognize it as some type of fan uniform. The Mess White and Class C uniforms are not readily recognizable as a non-military uniform. Marines should avoid wearing the uniform in any context where it may appear paramilitary or intimidating to the public.”

 

To sum that up, wearing a uniform is never required, but if you do wear one, it’s up to you to decide whether or not wearing certain of our authorized uniforms is appropriate in a given situation.

 

As for “banning” any current uniform, I’ll refer you to Section 7.1.7.1 of the current MFM to look up on your own, but basically what it says is in a nutshell is that if Master Gunnery Sergeant Stoddard wants to wear a Sailor Moon outfit at a convention, he’s free to do so. All we can do is ask is that he NOT claim it’s an SFMC uniform of any sort (and that nobody send me any pictures of it.)

 

Please remember that the purpose of the various Class C uniforms is to provide heavy duty work or “play” attire for various activities. And, they serve to make ourselves readily identifiable _*to one another*_when we’re gathered together. In fact, since all our class C variants include the provision for a name tape or equivalent, they even let us know who we’re working with.

 

Turning from uniforms, I’d like to remind you again “If you don’t report it, we can’t reward it.” In other words, each member of the SFMC needs to make sure their unit OIC is aware of their activities and make sure that gets included in the report that goes up the SFMC Chain of Command every two months. And, Unit OIC’s should be making sure that when they file their report that a copy goes to their chapter CO (if the unit is an MSG) so that due recognition for the efforts of their marines can be made on the Fleet side of things. Remember, we’re all part of the same team here. SFMC members don’t choose to operate under a different set of rules than rest of SFI, but instead they choose an additional set of rules to operate under as well.

 

Here at IC, there are many SFMC members being recognized for their outstanding efforts during 2015. Their exceptional dedication and hard work not only benefits their communities, the SFMC, and STARFLEET, but they also inspire and encourage each and every one of us to excel in our own ways. And yet despite that collective effort on their parts, none of them would be receiving those awards if someone hadn’t taken the time to make the extent of their accomplishments known to the appropriate issuing authority for that award. Every award announced at the International Muster is the direct result of at least one other marine making sure someone else’s work got reported and noticed, and I thank you all for looking out for each other that way. Please, keep doing so.

 

As you’re probably aware, it’s an election year in STARFLEET, and I thought I should address that in some way. As usual, the SFMC will take no official position on the upcoming SFI elections, other than to encourage our members to exercise their right and privilege to vote for the candidate of their choice.

 

So, what have I left out? Odds are there was something. As Commandant, the rest of the General Staff and I are aware that there is always room for improvement, and we will be the first to admit we’re far from omniscient. We don’t have all the answers, and will always consider suggestions from members of the SFMC regardless of the subject. Please feel free to contact us through the proper channels so that we can be sure of seeing and responding in a timely manner.

 

In closing, let me say that I wish I could be there, able to just sit and talk with you outstanding Marines. Spending time with new and old friends in the SFMC is one of the greatest pleasures I have as Commandant.

 

Additionally, it is my profound pleasure to announce that at International Muster the following awards were presented:

 

SFMC Awards – International Conference/Muster 2016

 

Honor Awards

 

Cross of Honor:

COL Michael Calhoun, 72630

 

Sword of Honor:

BGN Jari James, 63711

 

Shield of Honor:

COL Derek France, 50007

 

Star of Honor:

SGM Stephen Sardeson, 69180

 

Cadet Cross of Honor (Grade 4):

CDT Kendalyn Jarrett, 67518

 

Cadet Shield of Honor (Grade 4):

CDT Kendalyn Jarrett, 67518

 

Legion of Honor:

255th Marine Strike Group

 

Achievement Awards

 

Distinguished Service Cross:

LGN Oliver Savander, 63097

 

STARFLEET Cross:

COL Brian Allen, 45035

BGN TJ Allen, 66154

MGN Mark Anderson, 61429

COL David W. Anderson Jr,. 71553

LGN Wayne Augustson, 62262

GSGT Tim Barrington, 60369

1LT William Bartholomew, 72496

MGN Theresa Bristow, 66037

LTC Leo Brunelle, 66349

BDR Jeremy Carsten, 60142

MGN Rey Cordero, 55807

LGN Paul Dyl, 22241

LGN Fleona Dystast’ar, 16922

COL Gregory Fant, 72418

COL Jared Fielder, 56025

LTC Lisa Hergert, 64066

MGN Barry Jackson, 52343

BGN Jari James, 63711

COL Craig Kamikawa, 71554

FADM Wayne Killough, 47215

BDR Tom King, 61029

GEN Wade Larkin, 28375

BDR Angela Lewis, 65107

MGN Travis Littou, 44620

LGN Patrick McAndrew, 27667

MGN Julie McGowan, 54280

GEN Michael J. McGowan, 32888

GEN James Monroe, 49827

GEN David Nottage, 28197

GEN Linda Olson, 30869

BGN James Ortega, 63931

BGN Ken Purdie, 64437

SGM John Radle, 68362

BGN Douglas Reagan, 66273

BGN Donna Reid, 63437

GEN Paul Reid, 13374

BGN Shane Russell, 62533

SGM Stephen Sardeson, 69180

LGN Oliver Savander, 63097

BGN David Sladky, 66407

BDR Josiah Smiddy, 66621

BDR Liam Smith, 63916

COL Faith Steinberg, 66487

MGSGT Jerome Stoddard, 63036

MGN Owen Swart, 60471

MGN Ed Tunis III, 14121

GEN Jeffrey Victor, 34227

GEN Laura Victor, 53514

BGN Peter Yohe, 52898

 

SFMC Service:

COL Brian Allen, 45035

MGN Mark Anderson, 61429

MGN Barry Jackson, 52343

BGN Jari James, 63711

FADM Wayne Killough, 47215

MGN Travis Littou, 44620

GEN James Monroe, 49827

GEN Linda Olson, 30869

SGM John Radle, 68362

BGN Shane Russell, 62533

MGSGT Jerome Stoddard, 63036

 

SFMC Achievement:

COL Jared Fielder, 56025

BGN Jari James, 63711

MGN Julie McGowan, 54280

BGN Steven Parmley, 64993

BDR Josiah Smiddy, 66621

BDR Liam Smith, 63916

MGN Edward Tunis III,14121

BGN David Sladky, 66407

 

Meritorious Unit Citation:

95th Marine Strike Group

349th Marine Strike Group

377th Marine Strike Group

391st Marine Strike Group

503rd Marine Strike Group

717th Marine Strike Group

 

Leaders Commendation:

MGSGT Jonathan Kenna, 73060

SSGT Lyn McAliece, 68334

MCPT William Reed, 73085

 

TRACOM Awards

Team Delta (Student):

COL David Anderson, 71553

BDR Michael Brown, 69324

BGN Brian Landry, 65960

 

Team Delta (Honorary):

COL Jared Fielder, 56025

BGN Jari James, 63711

SGM John Radle, 68362

 

Student of the Year:

BGN Brian Landry, 69324

 

TRACOM Commanders Award:

BGN Shane Russell, 62533

 

Congratulations to each of every one of these hard working marines. Well done all!!

Mike

Michael McGowan

GEN, SFMC

OIC, 225th MSG

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State of the SFMC December 2015

State of the SFMC December 2015

Hello Marines,

As I write this, I’m sitting at a table ready to wrap gifts as part of the 225th MSG’s charity wrapping project. This being the case, I am mindful that the kickoff of the Holiday Season is also start of a great many community service projects around the Corps. It gives me great pride that so many members of the SFMC give so freely of their time and talents to benefit those less fortunate than themselves. Keep up the great work and be sure that these activities are reported both in your SFMC unit reports as well as your CO’s STARFLEET MSR. Both are vital.

I also note that this time of year, particularly in regions with increasingly steely skies and precipitously dropping temperatures, can be really difficult for many of us, both physically and mentally. Please keep a close eye on your fellows and do what you can to help them through what difficulties they encounter.

This further reminds me that this time of year, for a great many of us, presents us with added hazards to travel as well as increased need to make such travel. While I look on all the service work done by our marines with great pride, marines are reminded to avoid putting life and limb at risk. We want you alll just as healthy and happy come the Spring as you are right now. Please be careful out there.

Finally, I note with great sadness the passing of Marian Murphy. Marian was one of the first people I met at my first region summit and she made quite an impression on me. To say that she added color to the STARFLEET experience is an understatement. Marian was a STARFLEET Ranger through and through, but I carry with me a smile for the memory of one happy weekend in May when Marian Murphy was a STARFLEET Marine.

Via con Dios, Marian. We are richer for having known you and poorer for your passing.

Mike

Michael McGowan

GEN, SFMC

OIC, 225th MSG

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State of the SFMC September 2015

State of the SFMC September 2015

Greetings Marines,

This is going to be pretty brief this time around.

I enjoyed International Conference 2015 a great deal. Dave and his team should be commended for throwing a great bash.

SFMC awards issued at IC 2015 have already been posted. What follows is a list of SFMC awards issued as a result of activities at IC 2015.

International Service Ribbon

David Anderson                71553

Mark Anderson                61429

Tim Barrington                  60369

William Devine                 62361

Cynthia Duran                   71607

Michael Garcia                  64621

Thomas Guertin                54904

Barry Jackson                     52343

Paula Kesler                       54252

Michael McGowan                          32888

Matthew Miller                 69225

DJ O’Brien                           45325

Paul Reid                             13374

Hayden Segel                     22906

Robert Stronach                               61812

Russell Witte-Dycus        70230

 

Great Barrier Expedition

David Anderson                71553

Mark Anderson                61429

Tim Barrington                  60369

Michael Garcia                  64621

Barry Jackson                     52343

Paula Kesler                       54252

Michael McGowan                          32888

Matthew Miller                 69225

DJ O’Brien                           45325

Paul Reid                             13374

Russell Witte-Dycus        70230

 

Embassy Duty

David Anderson                71553

Mark Anderson                61429

William Devine                 62361

Cynthia Duran                   71607

Michael Garcia                  64621

Thomas Guertin                54904

Barry Jackson                     52343

Michael McGowan                          32888

DJ O’Brien                           45325

Hayden Segel                     22906

Russell Witte-Dycus        70230

 

Marine Honor Guard

Anbinder, Mark                14560

O’Brien, DJ                          45325

Guertin, Tom                     54904

Killough, Wayne                               47215

Olson, Linda                        30869

Olson, Wade                      31632

Segel, Hayden                   22906

Ueffing, Joost                    53298

The new edition of the Marine Force Manual has been released. It may be found at: http://www.library.sfi-sfmc.org/downloads/mfm1508.pdf . There are two new uniforms included as well as enough other items of change that I would encourage marines to read the new manual thoroughly.

Next year’s IC is to be in Louisville, KY. I would encourage all of you to seriously consider attending that event. The weekend should be jam-packed with things to do, and the area is positively stuffed with things to do and see. I sincerely hope to see you all there.

With that, I’ll send you back to your previously scheduled programming, already in progress.

Mike

Michael McGowan

GEN, SFMC

OIC, 225th MSG

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State of the SFMC August 2015

State of the SFMC August 2015

Marines,

This is going to be a brief message, but I’ll have another shortly after IC as well.

Well, preparations continue apace for IC 2015. The Honor Awards have been decided and will be announced at IC’s Marine Mess. Various other award lists are currently being compiled for issue at International Muster. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I WILL be at International Conference this year. Unlike last year, I’ll be there for the entire weekend, so if you have a topic you wish to discuss, please feel free to stop by for a chat.

The 2015 Edition of the Marine Force Manual is nearing completion and will be released at IC. It has been a lot of work, but it is finally coming close to completion. Many marines submitted list of corrections and errors from the previous edition for me to use to make corrections.

Thank you to them all.

The next manual up for review is the SFMC Policy Manual. Work has begun on this project as I write this.

The participation levels of the Marines of the SFMC in the lists and social media has been gratifying to see. There have been 234 posts to the Corps list. The SFMC Group on Facebook has been more prolific, posting 338 pages of posts in the last calendar year from 555 members.

Better still, the SFI-SFMC organization page on Facebook has received

1067 likes.  Our message is getting out. You marines out there doing your thing to have fun and help your communities, you are WRITING that message. Well done!

I’ll be back after IC to keep you up to date as to what happened there.

That is all.

 

Mike

Michael McGowan

GEN, SFMC

OIC, 225th MSG

papabear@ussbortas.net

dant@sfi-sfmc.org

listmail@ussbortas.net

State of the SFMC July 2015

State of the SFMC July 2015

Marines,

Last month I was hosted by the Third Brigade on the occasion of their annual Muster. I can not say enough how much I enjoyed that trip and look forward to other such opportunities in the future. Though the weather in eastern Texas, which brought floods and mayhem to much of the region, prevented the Brigade OIC from being able to fly in to attend, the Muster and Mess were both conducted in exemplary fashion. These folks surely know how to throw a party. I have rarely been treated so nicely by so many people. I want to thank Jeremy Carsten, the Event Coordinator, and Ed Tunis, the Brigade OIC, and their respective staffs for the opportunity and the great time I had. I truly appreciate the chance to be there.

I will be speaking, via Skype at the 11th Brigade Muster in Adelaide, South Australia on July 11th. If any other Brigades are interested in having me attend via Skype, feel free to contact me and we’ll certainly set something up.

Revision of the MFM is coming along, albeit much more slowly than I would have liked. There is a lot of new material to be incorporated, so this is a pretty big job. It will be out in time for IC in August.

The period for Honor Award nominations has almost concluded. Once that is done, the GS will be making their recommendations to me for issuance.

Brigade OICs, if you have not yet sent the documents to nominate your Brigade Valor Award winners for the annual Honor Awards consideration, the time is NOW! Your Brigade requires recognition for its deserving marines. The Deadline is 6JUL2015. They should be sent to dant@sfi-sfmc.org AND depdant@sfi-sfmc.org. If I may quote the COFORCECOM, BGN James, on this subject, “We don’t know these individuals so explain to us what we should consider them ‘the best of the best of the best’.  We’ll be basing our decisions on what we’re sent so make it good.  Be specific. Be precise.  If you have a question, ask. None of the GS will write your nomination for you but we will certainly help if we have questions.”

Finally, Independence Day weekend is upon us here in the US. Highways are likely to be crowded and somewhat treacherous. Please be careful in your travels and keep this holiday weekend a safe and happy one.

For now, that is all.

Mike

Michael McGowan

GEN, SFMC

OIC, 225th MSG

papabear@ussbortas.net

dant@sfi-sfmc.org

listmail@ussbortas.net

State of the SFMC May 2015

State of the SFMC May 2015

Greetings Marines!

Today I depart for San Antonio to spend some time with the troops of the 3rd Brigade. I know I’ll enjoy the heck out of the experience. I’ll be out of the office, and out of easy communications, from this posting until Tuesday morning (19MAY25015). If you need to contact me during this period, you may do so through either Deputy Commandant Jim Monroe

(depdant@sfi-sfmc.org) or SGM-SFMC Jerry Stoddard (sgm_sfmc@sfi-sfmc.org).

First, some housekeeping…

Appointment

I want to thank everyone who applied for the post of Commandant’s Special Assistant for International Issues. After due consideration, I have appointed 1LT Jamie Spracklen to the post. Jamie will be helping me to find resolutions to the problems unique to SFMC members outside the United States that work both for those members and for the Corps as a whole. Thank you, Jamie, for stepping up.

Uniform Approval

The General Staff have approved the following uniform for wear. It will be included in the upcoming edition of the Marine Force Manual.

CLASS B Uniform: Duty Uniform, TNG TV Series

This is normally considered the third highest level uniform for purposes of Uniform of the Day planning. It is based on the standard uniform seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Occasions for Wear:

  1. On duty, as prescribed by local commanders.
  2. On other appropriate occasions, as desired.

Composition: The Duty Uniform is comprised of the Jacket and Trousers, and accessories and accoutrements as authorized below.

Jacket: The Jacket is a pull over style with collar as seen in episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and early episodes of Deep Space Nine.

Keeping with the TOS SFMC tradition the color is charcoal instead of branch or departmental color as with the Fleet side.

Trousers: Duty Trousers are black in color, low waist, straight legged and with or without side and hip pockets. Simple black dress slacks without any product labels will do (they should be plain front unpleated). A 1  wide red  blood  stripe is worn along the outside of each leg. The trousers are worn bloused into or at the top of the boot.

Headgear: Headgear is optional for wear with the Duty Uniform, TNG Series. If worn all standard rules for wearing headgear must be observed. (only wearing outdoors or while under arms)

Footwear: Black boots may be worn with the Duty Uniform, TNG Series.

Acceptable options are high gloss black dress shoes (pants wouldn t be bloused in this case) or spit-shined combat/jump boots.

Insignia & Accouterments: Only the following listed items are authorized for wear with the Duty Uniform 1. Insignia of grade Worn at the right side of the Jacket collar. Be sure to consult the appropriate SFMC Manual for exact rank to be worn.

Due to the dimensions of Enlisted grade insignia, such are to be worn on its side, chevrons pointed toward the gig line.

  1. SFMC Insignia Worn on the left collar centered vertically.
  2. Combadge/Branch Badge Worn on the left breast 4. Distinctive items If entitled to do so, the wearer may wear one Type A Branch Device above the above the combadge and centered horizontally with the black yoke of the uniform.

Marine Force Manual Revision

The revision to the Marine Force Manual has had some bumpy road. This is due, in large part, to my ongoing difficulties with my email service. We will be getting a new MFM out as soon as possible. Please be patient.

Awards

Remember, please, that this is Summit/Muster season. This is the time of year when deserving marines receive the bulk of their available recognition. Both the GS and the several Brigades rely on marines who observe noteworthy operations and personnel to nominate those marines who meet the award criteria found in the current MFM. Please help us help you.

 

That’s about all I have at the moment. I’ll post something about the 3rd BDE Muster when I return next week.

 

Mike

Michael McGowan

OIC, 225th MSG

Commandant, SFMC

papabear@ussbortas.net