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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 – July 2014


Summer is in full swing and SFMC activities are on the rise. Reports are coming in from all quarters telling of outings both for fun and for service around the Corps. We love hearing about these sorts of things.
Keep it up.

Things have been busy here at HQ as well. Let's go over what's been going on.


Preparations for International Muster

We are running at full speed getting ready for IC/IM. The Honor Award
recipients have been selected for this year and certificates are being
generated for presentation at IC. This year's selections were
particularly difficult thanks to a really good set of nominations sent
in by the several Brigade OICs. Well done! Your Brigades were very well
represented this year.

We are also preparing the presentation to be given at Muster
highlighting the changes made in the past six months and outlining our
goals for the next year.

The Quartermaster's Office has acquired and is now servicing orders for
the new SFMC shoulder patches, Aerospace Wings, and SFMC flags. All of
these products turned out beautifully from the various manufacturers.
These will be among the items the SFMC Quartermaster will have for sale
at IC for our members to enjoy.

In addition, new SFMC challenge coins have been ordered and, if the
manufacturer is correct, we will have them in hand in time to offer them
at IC as well. I can't wait to see the new coins in person.


Awards

As I said above, the Honor Awards have been selected and are ready to
go. If, however, any of you know of any marine deserving of recognition
in the form of any of the awards for which either the GS or I am the
Issuing Authority, please speak up and get those nominations in NOW!!

The Corps level Award Nomination Form is found at:
http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/awards.php?p=corps


Accounts

As of last report, the SFMC general account has a balance of $4263.52.
The scholarship account has a balance of $2729.02.


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.


That's about all I have for you this month except to remind all you OICs
out there to make sure you report not only what your unit is doing, but
who among your marines is doing it, how long they each are spending on
the project, and who such projects are benefiting. Making sure your
reports are complete and thorough is the responsibility of each OIC.
Failing to do so ensures that deserving marines will not get the
recognition they deserve. These are your friends, take care of them.

Thanks for your time, see you next month.

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

Posted: July 2014 SFMCNewsBot