State of TRACOM March 2018

State of TRACOM March 2018

Greetings marines, I wish that everyone a happy Easter holiday coming up. I wish you, your marines, and families the best wishes. I have recovering form spending times with members at the Region 12 summit. “Family Reunion”

as it was titled was defiantly lived up to t it. I enjoyed the quality times with old friends, acquaintances, and new ones.  I appreciated the feedback and fellowship that everyone engaged with me.  I was honored to award 12th BDE awards at the request of the 12th BDE OIC Smiddy.  It is proof in point that when leadership calls, marines cover down to accomplish the mission. Congratulations to all Awardees.

I have implemented a few changes over the past month. When I recently took over Professional development. I did notice that we had some recordkeeping challenges to update. Both DCO Admin TRACOM and I looked over various aspects of the MURP and MOSC Program. We are working on updating that revising the recordkeeping in these areas. I did also find that we needed to review the MURP listing on the SFMCA Website. We are working on updating. I have noticed that some MURP qualified Units on the Website are not listed in the Database.  Some OIC’s have recently received e-mails from me requesting some information to clear up the errors. Additionally, I am working on updated MURP’s that have been sent. I apologize, I am working to clear up the lagging requests that have been sent but not resolved.

Logo’s & and Devices- I am currently reviewing various devices with the others in the Leadership chain. I know there are a few devices that are real world qualifications. We are working on reviewing these items. We want to be unique but also to follow the guidelines per VCS and CS. Any questions or concerns about this regarding TRACOM please contact me directly. I am also reviewing various other items within TRACOM.

Courses- Many marines recently received courses titled OD 152 and OD 153.  I approved the change in OD 151 into be split into 3 courses. At the request of the OD director I have approved the OD 151 split into 3 courses. This means the creation of each of these 3 courses containing 20 questions per. It is the OD 151 test, just split of OD 151 into 3 courses.

Additionally, I have taken and also been looking at various other courses and manuals to bring them up to date. Additionally, I have various directors that are looking at revising their course materials also. I appreciate every marines input. Additionally, I appreciate their continued service in TRACOM courses.

We are also looking at improvements in Professional Development. There are some Openings in SFMC TRACOM. Applications for SFMC TRACOM can be sent through this link :

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_DQRuoNwYqbiHzO_h–48A33yFnlhCsZXDVKbFiemRuHGxQ/viewform

I sincerely appreciate and thank everyone’s feedback and also comments. I want to give and have a quality experience in your SFMC TRACOM Studies.

Shane Russell

BGN, SFMC

COTRACOM, SFMC

tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

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 senseirussell@gmail.com

Thank you

Sincerely,

// Original Signed//

Shane Russell

BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC
OIC, 229th MSG
CO, USS Orion

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of TRACOM January 2018


State of TRACOM January 2018

Hello Marines,

I send best wishes and hope that everyone had a great Holiday and new year. SFMC TRACOM has been a busy command over the last month. We are internally looking at various Policies, manuals, processes, and recently updating the SFMC Academy website. I want to Thank COINFOCOM, Mark Anderson, For his help with that. I am sure that we will be a lot easier to see and read. If they is any concerns or suggestions were look to hear from them. I want to thank everyone’s input and student’s continuing education.

I do want to share a few topics of concern that have come across my desk recently. The first is requesting courses. I have been hearing that students are requesting courses I know that this is frustrating at times.
Just as colonial soldiers go through basic training, all SFMC Marines must complete the PD-100 course. Once you complete that, you can take courses per individual course guidelines ore requirements. If there is any issues on getting results on courses, please reach out.

There has been some issues with the routing of course requests, and getting responses back to Marines. I believe that this has been resolved. However, if you have requested a course and you have not gotten a response from the individual director. Please reach out to the director, if that does not work please reach out to the senior staff. We want to make sure you get your requested courses.

December 2017 Stats

*Reporting Percentage:* 90.9%

*Total Test Requests Sent:* 100

*Total Test Grades Sent:* 70

*Overall Request Average:* 120 Hours

*Overall Return Average: 120* hours

CY 2017 SFMC Academy Totals

1046 – Course Graduations

11 – College Graduations

146 – Number of Students

276 – Branch Devices and Academic Awards earned

As Always, Thank you to all of the staff, and students for their hard work and support of SFMC TRACOM

\\Original Signed\\

Shane Russell

BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC
OIC, 229th MSG

CO, USS Orion-

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of TRACOM November 2017

State of TRACOM November 2017

Hello everyone,
SFMC TRACOM has been very busy this month. We have had some new directors come on board. I appreciate everyone’s efforts and also their continued studies from SFMC TRACOM this month. I know that there has been a lot of issues and questions this month. I want to answer them within the context of the State of TRACOM Report below. As always please feel free to request clarification or if you have questions related to SFMC TRACOM anytime. I have an Open Door/open email policy. I am always open to concerns, thoughts and feedback.

Hail and Farewells
First, I want to thank COL Faith Steinberg for her service as ADC Director.
I have always respected and appreciated her selfless service for her MSG, Chapter, and SFMC TRACOM. Thanks you Col. – You stand relieved.

Gen Barbara Paul is Assuming SFMC TRACOM ADC Director duties effective immediately. She has a lot of experience and insight for Training Serving in many Different rolls with the Starfleet Academy. We are still working on some issues with her being able to e-mail everyone. But, I am very thankful and appreciate her stepping up fulfilling the ADC Director Duties. Welcome Aboard and thank you.

The OD School will be on Modified duty this month Larry French will be out of pocket From November 8th -22.

I want to thank my Fellow Veterans this Month. As we are thankful for their Service, we celebrate their lives keeping Freedom’s frontier free.

Hot Topics

I have also been made aware of various issues that have been unfortunate to student’s not getting requests or course completion notices. I first wants to thank the Students that came to us.
**Course Request and Grading issues**
I apologize for the issues with students not getting their requests. We are looking at this internally and hope to have this resolved. I believe part of it may be due to an error in the routing of the requests to various director emails. We are looking at this. In the meantime if you have sent a request and it does not get sent to you, please reach out to the instructor and if needed to CC myself or one of my DCO’s to the e-mail. We will follow up and work to resolve this. I understand that this has been a bit frustrating, but we are internally working on the issue. We want to work and resolve these and all issues immediately and appropriately.

**Course Grading and Request for actual Answers. ** Many of the Directors are working on revising various tests and manuals. I know that there has been comments made about Directors giving able to give out Answers once a Marine has passed course. If anyone has been informed that Directors can give out answers to questions Missed, this is incorrect.
We have to be fair and not give anyone else an unfair advantage. At the same token, if anyone has taken a course and not received a grade, please reach out to the individual director. If no response, please contact the specific director or myself or DCO-Admin, we will follow up. At the same token, I have charged SGM John Radle to be available when needed also.

**Issues with Test wording or topics within the tests** Anyone is always open to constructive criticism, however, we should all remember that this is for fun and understanding. Many of us may not be experts in speech or written English. My College professor always told me to do your best and continue to get better. Please keep this in mind, many of the directors periodically are working and revising the tests. Please ensure that your reviewing the material presented in the Manuals and other course materials that you’re given. I want to always be sure that we have marines that are completing course to the best of their abilities.

TRACOM Awards, Devices vs. Other awards
When requesting awards or Devices, please ensure that you requesting it to the correct Department. If you or unsure or unclear you can always research the Award in the MFM. In the MFM there is a portion if it that is specific to the Respective Awarding authority. I want to make sure your request is handled correctly and in a timely Manner. COFORCECOM,I, and your BDE OIC’s are always happy to follow up and make sure you get your award.

Reporting Stats for the month of October 2017 Departments Reporting: 100% Total Requests Sent: 125 Total tests Graded and sent: 93 Overall request average: 12.17 Days Overall Return Average: 2.76 Days Certificates sent out to students: 93 Ribbons/ devices sent out: 14

See you all on the Bounce!

Shane Russell
BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC
OIC, 229th MSG
CO, USS Orion Region 12
E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of TRACOM September 2017

State of TRACOM September 2017

Hello Everyone, I want to first send my thought and prayers for Everyone in the areas of Hurricane Harvey and also in Hurricane Irma’s Path

All Directors have been working hard and continuing to service students completing courses and requests. I would like to point out that there were a few issues that have been coming up lately. First, all directors want to ensure that every course is completed and you receive courses in a timely manner.

All Marines are expected to complete PD-100 first. Upon a passing grade, Marines can request and complete other courses. I understand that the PD director has had some real world and e-mail issues recently. I was given an update and she should be up and ready to fully perform her duties at this time.

Second, I have been informed that there were some issues recently with getting courses sent out to the marines in a timely manner. Additionally, that some marines reported that they did not get a receipt from the academy routing system. I informed these issues should be resolved now. IF there is any concerns please follow the following process: Attempt to contact the specific course director, if no answer inform command leadership. Any one of us take this seriously and will work to complete and fix the issue as soon as possible. Command team consists of Myself, MG Brian Landry (DCO-ADMIN), Sergeant Major John Radle(TRACOM SGM),MG Julie McGowan (DCO Training-Doctrine). Lastly, TRACOM and INFOCOM are discussing possible changes to the SFMC TRACOM Website.

I am looking into changing some courses that were previously closed I am looking into material to bring them back. I also looking into the other directors and engaging in updates to the courses. If there is courses of topics that you think that might be good for the corps Please send them out.

Tips and tools. Please routinely take a look at your Database record. It is your record for you SFI Career. It is always hard to send your certificates to you if e-mail is correct. Additionally, If you’re missing a ribbon or badge that you feel your qualified for, please send in your request to us for review.

August 2017 Statistics are:
All College directors reported 100%
We had 113 course test requests sent.
We had 78 Tests Graded
Test requests completed in an average of 572 Hours
Tests were graded in an average of 614 hours
ADC Director reported for August there were 76 certificates. 7 IET ribbons and 7 AEA awards.

Well, that about wraps it up.

Until next month…

Shane Russell
BGN,SFMC
COTRACOM,SFMC
CO,USS Orion
OIC, 229th MSG
Senseirussell@gmail.com
tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of TRACOM May 2017

State of TRACOM May 2017

Hello everyone, it has been a busy and interesting time for TRACOM Many Directors are working on updates and additions to their manuals.

Others are working and Submitting revisions for their Courses and tests.

Recently both the Combined Arms and Strategies and tactics Directors have resigned. I would like to thank Mr. Schulman and General James Monroe for their work and their selfless service in their Roles with Theses colleges.

 

With their recent resignations, this leaves us at a loss and new opportunity for others to carry the torch as Directors.  Applications will be taken until 6/5/17. The requirements considerations are as follows: The applicants must have completed PD-100, have a working understanding of  Open office calc, open office writer,  have an understanding of email, Microsoft word. Applicants must have a reliable access  to internet and email on a regular basis. Reports will be submitted to SFMC Commander monthly on their colleges.

As always, I would would like to thank all the directors, and also the many students that have taken  courses.

Congrats to the following Marines on completing a variety of courses Jan Bovier 13 courses Chris Lovejoy 16 courses Michael Stelzer on his Completion of SFMC Marine Development college

 

Sincerly

Shane Russell

COTRACOM, SFMC

CO, USS Orion

OIC, 229th MSG

E-mail: tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of TRACOM March 2017

State of TRACOM March 2017

Hello and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am sure like everyone else, they are looking toward the upcoming holiday spending time with Family and friends. I wish everyone the best. TRACOM has been a busy command over the last month. We completed various staff positions, reviewing the manuals, and processing the regular tests. I would like to thank everyone who has continued to take course and also let us know what your thoughts on the various courses that you’re taking. One of my goals is to continue to keep a pulse on everyone’s enjoyment on the course.

I would like to also ask everyone to contact us if they have issues with tests issues or grading issues. All the directors, deans, and leadership want to resolve issues in a timely manner. I have noticed through some resent issues, that this is being reported to members in the various chapter and brigade chains. I want to ensure that we are able to resolve issues in a timely manner. If you have not gotten a grade,  E-cert, or an answer to a questions. Please let us know or contact DCO, SGM, or myself to resolve it. Thank you.

I want to thank everyone for their applications to the Vulcan and Medical Director positions. I have selected medical director BDR Steven Bice, Jr. This was a hard choice based on the applications that I received. Welcome aboard BDR Bice.  Also BDR Liam Smith has assumed duties as the Xeno-Vulcan Director, Welcome aboard sir!

This month I would acknowledge a few marines that have completed a lot of course this month! Great job!

James Herring – 11 courses

Jude Peace – 13 courses

Jan Bovier – 24 courses

Michael Stelzer- 25 Courses

Chris Lovejoy – 29 courses
Shane Russell

BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC
CO, USS Orion

OIC, 229th MSG

Team Delta

E-mail: tracom.admin@sfi-sfmc.org

State of TRACOM January 2017

State of TRACOM January 2017

Hello and best wishes to you and your families in the new year. I have been walking the walls of SFMC TRACOM for the past couple of weeks, seeing the great work that everyone has done. I hope to continue and keep the high Traditions. I want to thank Travis Littou,John Radle, Josiah Smiddy and Jared Fielder for their hard work in their command staff duties. I especially want to thank all the staff within TRACOM, they are in many ways the unsung heroes.  It is my best hope and wish to continue the efforts that they have paved the path for others to follow.

A short bio on myself and time in SFI is… I joined SFI on July 29, 2005.  I joined the organization and immediately joined the USS Bortas in Campaign, IL. I Was also a member of the 229th MSG upon joining. Became a Executive officer with the chapter and served as an executive officer for 5 years. I also had Been TRACOM’s ADC clerk and also the ADC Director. I had worked with many chapters in the areas that i was stationed at for the US Army. I retired from the US Army in 2015. I also Serve as a Team leader with Alorica, Inc., which i have been with the company for over 5 years.  I also reserved for a time as Deputy Surgeon general, Region 12 SFI,

Plans that I have for the Command is listed below in additions to TRACOM monthly reporting statistics. I want to thank each and every Marine for the time that they have taken for their fellow marines, and also their work in teaching, mentoring and also taking care of each other. I also want to thank you all for input in the Organization training and also taking courses. My door is always open please feel free to reach out to me with comments and concerns about TRACOM.\

Lastly i am still taking applications for the following positions:

Xeno-Vulcan director, Combat Engineer Director, ADC Clerk, Xeno Studies (Cardassian) Director, Infantry Director

Monthly Reporting statistics:

95 Tests sent

65 test graded

Average request 1.87 hours

Overall return average was 3.12 hours

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

Current Chain of Command for TRACOM is:
Shane Russell, BGN, COTRACOM

Julie Mcgowan, MG, DCO ( she is both the Admin and Doctrine)

John Radle, SMAJ, TRACOM SGM

Shane russell

BGN, SFMC
COTRACOM, SFMC

CO, USS Orion

OIC, 229th MSG

E-mail: tracom.admin@sfi-sfmc.org

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of TRACOM April 2015

State of TRACOM April 2015

Happy Easter everyone,

I will be straight up with y’all, I know there have been some issues with some of the SFMCA schools, as well as with my office of late.

These have to due with a number of factors that have been or are being rectified, so things will begin working normally soon.

But, with that said, if you have had any issues with the PD or MD schools, or have issues that you have brought to me, but have not received any response, please resend these to me, and I will work towards getting them straightened out.

We do currently have a job opening at the SFMCA, that of the Medical Branch director.

We will be taking applications for this position until Cinco de Mayo (May 5th).  The requirements for this position are as follows:

  1. All TRACOM Staff members must have completed PD-10 (Marine Basic Training), PD-20 and OTS; 2. Must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET; 3. Be at least 18 years of age; 4. Branch Directors must have completed every course offered by their Branch up to and including the 30/-301 level coursework (Bachelor s of Military Science); 5. If a staff member is appointed to a position within TRACOM, and that person has not completed the requirements for the position, he/she shall have 60 days to complete the requirements or be asked to resign the position; 6. All candidates should review the TRACOM Policies and Procedures Manual paying close attention to the duties outlined in sections 3.01, 3.02, 3.04 Doctrine Section sub-section Branch Directors, and section

3.05 IN FULL. Please send your  Fleet resume, a letter of intent, and why you feel you would make a valuable addition to the Training and Doctrine Command Staff to me at tracom@sfi-sfmc.org.

The number of courses being taken at the SFMCA is down from this time last year, and one of the theories that I have about this is that many Marines who are interested in the SFMCA have taken all the courses they can, or want to.

Well, because of that, and the fact that we took on a renumbering project a couple years ago in order to be able to expand our offerings, we will soon be announcing a plan that will see new courses come out of all of the schools in the SFMCA.  Since this is in the early planning stages, I don’t have many details yet, but we will be announcing them soon.

Until next time…

TJL

*Major General Travis Littou*

COTRACOM

SFMCA Team Delta

tjlittou@cox.net

tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of TRACOM March 2014

State of TRACOM March 2014

Well, it seems that another month has passed into the past. (See what I did there? Passed/Past? Never mind.)

Well, we welcomed a new member of the TRACOM staff this month, SMAJ John Radle has joined us as the Sergeant Major of TRACOM as well as the NCO school director. Please make him feel welcome by taking NCO courses.

That leaves us with two more positions to fill, the Deputy Commanding Officer for Administration and the Infantry Branch Director.

The requirements are as follows:

1. All TRACOM Staff members must have completed PD-100 (Marine Basic Training), PD-201 and OTS; 2. Must be a member in good standing of STARFLEET; 3. Be at least 18 years of age; 4. Branch Directors must have completed every course offered by their Branch up to and including the –30/-301 level coursework (Bachelor’s of Military Science); 5. If a staff member is appointed to a position within TRACOM, and that person has not completed the requirements for the position, he/she shall have 60 days to complete the requirements or be asked to resign the position; 6. All candidates should review the TRACOM Policies and Procedures Manual paying close attention to the duties outlined in sections 3.01, 3.02, 3.04 Doctrine Section sub-section Branch Directors, and section

3.05 IN FULL. Please send your ‘Fleet resume, a letter of intent, and why you feel you would make a valuable addition to the Training and Doctrine Command Staff to me at tjlittou@cox.net.

On to the next item of business. I have heard that there is some confusion surrounding the Database in regards to MD-10/MD-100. To clear up any confusion, here is the explanation. During the renumbering project, we decided that due to the nature of the existing MD-10 exam, it needed to be rewritten, and anyone who had passed MD-10 would be given credit for it. When the new MD-100 exam was ready, the MD-10 exam was closed, but not removed, and MD-100 was added as a new exam, so it is now possible to have both MD-10 and MD-100, and either will work as a prerequisite for further work in the Medical school.

Last month, I reiterated something that the Commandant had posted, and it bears repeating, so here it is again:

It is important to remember that Email Addresses no longer appear on the STARFLEET Database. This being the case, it is of vital importance that marines check and double check the email address entered on any form being sent to the SFMC for any reason. If your email address is entered incorrectly, servicing whatever request you are making, SFMCA Course, Award Certificate request, etc., will be *significantly* delayed.

For our final bit of business this month, if you see any problems with the SFMCA website, or have questions or concerns regarding the SFMCA or TRACOM, please direct them to me, and not to the SFI helpdesk, as they are not versed in the inner workings of the SFMCA or TRACOM, so they must forward the question on to me, which puts additional work on them, and delays the proper information being delivered.

Well, that about wraps it up.

Until next month…

TJL

*Major General Travis Littou*
COTRACOM
SFMCA Team Delta
tjlittou@cox.net
tracom@sfi-sfmc.org