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Greetings Marine!

The STARFLEET Marine Corps is a group affiliated with STARFLEET, The International Star Trek Fan Association Inc. The SFMC is considered an office under the Vice Commander, STARFLEET and as such reports to Vice Commander, STARFLEET. Fictionally, the SFMC is part of the Ground Forces that are rarely seen in the episodes but are assumed to be a part of the Naval Fleet of the United Federation of Planets. We are members of STARFLEET. The Corps does not have different requirements for membership, except that a STARFLEET Marine must be a member in good standing in STARFLEET. Although it does have a different name for each rank within the promotional system, and a different organizational structure than the Naval portion of STARFLEET, STARFLEET Marines are regular, dues paying members. Some STARFLEET members are Marine Reserve. These are members who are active in the naval portion of the Fleet AND with the Ground Forces area as well. Occasionally you may find a STARFLEET Marine who is or was active military, but this is not a requirement to be in the Corps.

State of the SFMC - June 2014


Marines,

First, let me apologize for the lateness of this report. As you may know, I have had some health issues that have prevented me from being as active on my computer as I would have liked. This report will be brief and also will be preceded by a short “State of the Dant” Report.

My Illness

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who sent good thoughts, wishes, and prayers for my speedy recovery. Though not exactly speedy, my recovery is well under way and I feel confident in saying that I am, though still not 100%, well on the mend.

During my illness, the General Staff has been carrying on with the business of the Corps with the quiet efficiency for which I am duly thankful. They have, yet again, confirmed my confidence in them.
Additionally, the DepDant and the SGM have worked to keep me up to date and seek guidance by phone while I was unable to offer same by email.
Thank you both Jim and Jerry.

So, there you have it. My recovery is slow but ongoing, but the business of the Corps continues onward.

Accounts

As reported by COFINCOM, Barry Jackson, the SFMC General Account has a
balance of $4602.36, and the Scholarship Account has $2728.96. The
Aerospace Wings pins ran out of stock and have been replaced. Since the
FINCOM report was issued, the new stock is in hand and will be available
to order from the QM site shortly. This new stock replaces the old logo
with the new, so these are the first pins available with the new
imagery. Others will be replaced as we run out of stock and need to reorder.

Also since the FINCOM report was issued, we have approved an order of
new SFMC patches and flags. They should be in stock soon and available
for order through the SFMC QM site shortly thereafter.

Suggestions

The General Staff is, as always, open to suggestions of new and
interesting things to do as well as ways to do things we already do. As
always, you may contact any member of the General Staff for suggestions
regarding their areas of responsibility or you may contact me with any
suggestion and i'll happily route it to the appropriate GS member. Email
addresses for the GS follow:

Mike McGowan, Commandant: dant@sfi-sfmc.org
Jim Monroe, Deputy Commandant: depdant@sfi-sfmc.org
Jerry Stoddard, Sergeant Major, SFMC: sgm_sfmc@sfi-sfmc.org
Barry Jackson, COFINCOM: fincom@sfi-sfmc.org
Jari James, COFORCECOM: forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org
Mark Anderson, COINFOCOM: infocom@sfi-sfmc.org
Travis Littou, COTRACOM: tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

Again, there are a few things that bear repeating, so I'll do so.

Email Addresses

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.

Reporting Operations

I can not stress enough how vitally important it is to report the things
you do all the way up the Chain of Command. Marines, make sure your Unit
OICs know what you are doing in your community. OICs at each level, make
sure those items get reported the whole way up the chain. If you don't
report it, we can't reward it. Everyone likes the occasional “Thank
You”, but if we don't know what's being done, we can't recognize those
who are doing it.

Please make sure that your marines are being properly recognized. Its
good for them, and good for us all.

Well, that's about all I can stand to write at the moment. Thank you all
again for the kind wishes. Its meant an awful lot to me.

Mike

--
Michael McGowan
OIC, 225th MSG
Commandant, SFMC
papabear@ussbortas.net

Posted: June 2014 SFMCNewsBot