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

State of FORCECOM June 2018

State of FORCECOM June 2018

Fellow Marines!

Busy is just one of our watchwords here at Forces Command HQ. As I’ve reported previously there are several changes going on, and coming up – along with a lot of scuttlebutt flying around. I’ll keep this report short this month, and address where we are on some of those changes. If there’s something specific I don’t address, please make sure to push all questions up the chain for resolution. Most of all, please, don’t run on supposition, or rumor! If there are questions, ask!!!

One of the first high-vis missions we in the GS were given by the new VCS was to take a good, hard look at our badges, and insignia. We’ve had a few that trounced on that fine line dividing us and legal action, so the GS set a few priorities, convened a couple working groups and took to the task. I’m glad to report that we are ‘mission complete’ on our first four badges.

They are: The Field Medical Badge – formerly the Combat Medic Badge; the Advanced Studies Badge; the Leadership Qualification Badge; the Aeromedical Wings.

These four badges took priority over all others due to the fact each badge was simply a real-world military badge we painted up, and attached a delta. All other badges – branch insignia, and wings – will be updated from having the delta, globe, and anchor (DGA) insignia to the anchor/seal insignia as on-hand stocks are depleted in our Quartermaster stocks.

How does this affect wear of current badges? Well, if you are wearing one of the four newly designed badges (see above) you will need to replace them with a new one. Bearer of bad news, I know, but those badges represent a new legal and financial matter the Corps could be faced with in the future. All other badges, those with the DGA are, until further notice, still authorized for wear. Sure, we strongly suggest you replace them, but the real-world USMC understands folks have already purchased them for wear, it’s just that the Corps cannot continue to produce badges with the DGA insignia once current stocks are depleted. Just my opinion, but I’d replace them just to avoid future issues…

Currently, the GS is in the throws of designing a distinctive rank insignia system to replace the Army JROTC rank we currently wear – Officer, Warrant and Enlisted – as they are prohibited for us to wear by law (yeah, odd I agree). So again, we convened a working group and submitted three solid replacement insignia recommendations for the GS to decide upon, and forward to the VCS for approval. We are in the final phases right now, producing white papers for the VCS to have a look at, and approve prior to production.

And, how does this affect wear? For the time being Marines will continue to wear the current rank insignia in accordance with their rank and grade. However, bearing bad news once again, when the new ranks are approved and produced all members will have to replace their current rank insignia with the new insignia. Again, our current system represents a new legal, and financial matter the Corps could be face with.

So, what’s with all the secrecy, right? When will the new designs be unveiled for the membership to see? The answer: post 2018 International Muster. International Muster represents our annual milestone, and we’d like to start our new operational year with a new look for the Corps in badges and rank insignia. By then all badges should be approved, and (hopefully) in production, ready for purchase, and showcasing during your next Brigade Muster, and IM’19. How about that?

To close I’d like to remind all OICs that I, along with Household 6, are still currently exploring Region 9 and will be doing so until just after International Muster. Annual Corps awards are priority one! Don’t procrastinate, get ‘em done, and get ‘em in!!! Recognize all of the great Marines that make our club great as well!

Oorah!

BDR B. Allen
Forces Command

State of FINCOM May 2018

State of FINCOM May 2018

Here are the numbers minus the amount or Quartermaster orders.

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of May with a balance of $8731.19
Credits equaled -$146.93
Debits equaled – $1052.80
Closed the month of May with a balance of $7825.32

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – May amount – $146.93
Still need to transfer $12 to Main to cover refund paid by check)
breakdown of debits
USPS – $28.80 quartermaster postage
Pinpros – $1024.00 new belt buckles

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of May with a balance of $2,737.28
Credits equaled $.05
Debits – $0
Closed the month of May with a balance of $2,737.33

TJ Allen

State of INFOCOM April-May 2018

State of INFOCOM April-May 2018

Greetings Marines,

Sorry I missed the report last month.  I turned around and the next thing I know it was half way through May.

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  I went out of town and visited family.  Even thought we had a storm pass through Florida and Georgia the trip wasn’t bad and I had a great time.  We also took a few minutes to remember those in our family who have served and all of those who didn’t make it home.

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 March and April 2018.

March

Uptime: 99.90%
Outages: 2
Downtime:  45 m
Response time: 791 ms

April
Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 817 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of TRACOM May 2018

State of TRACOM May 2018

It has been busy month in SFMC TRACOM. We had a new Director take over Professional development. We had some Directors that wanted to pass the touch on for their colleges to new Leadership. Senior TRACOM staff have been working hard on revising manuals in SFMC as a whole. Especially some of the Techniques, Tactics, and practices in SFMCA.   I also want to thank everyone’s input on various questions or items not listed, and at times appearing to be confusing in courses and the material. We are looking at clarifying and revising it. I also want to follow up and also Announce a few positions that will be opening up.  These openings are not to diminish or disrespect the directors that had held the reigns I am opening it up for new and fresh ideas and practices to be ran.

Additionally, we are looking at various copyrighted items that we have in the SFMC TRACOM right now. We are working on getting approval from the figures, pictures and other items That we do not have approval for. One such items is the figures and pictures in SFMC MECHA.  We are engaged in finding the previous given copyrighted usage approval from the owner. And Also trying to get updated approval for the current owners of the material. I do not have approval yet. However, SFMCA Mecha Director is working on trying to get it.

Devices and other medals that marines can wear are being reviewed per the CS/VCS directive this is taking some time. However, both Myself and the members of the General Staff are engaged in this endeavor. I am additionally revising various manuals and material that is not clear to SFMC Members.  I have also been working updating our manuals and updated practices. It is taking some time however,  we are still actively engaging in this endeavor. I am also working on various points regarding the SFMC Scholarship program. We are pushing hard to get this a reality again.

I am posting the following positions in SFMC TRACOM

  1. Xeno Romulan Director
  2. Combined Arms director
  3. Military history
  4. MOS / MURP Director

Applications can be sent through SFI HR Office.

As of right now i am planning on Attending IC this year. If anyone has any threats, comments, ideas, or issues please contact anyone of us. We are happy and eager to help.

April 2018 stats:

All colleges and departments reported in on time :100% success

Total Requests sent out : 42

Total of Tests Graded 30

Average time Tests were sent to members: 436.15 hours ( we are working on bettering that) Average Graded test time was: 393.91 hours ( we are working on that also)

Sincerely,

Shane Russell

BGN,SFMC

COTRACOM, SFMC

OIC,229th MSG

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of FINCOM April 2018

State of FINCOM April 2018

STARFLEET Marines Account
Opened the month of March with a balance of $8698.43
Credits equaled -$33.76
Debits equaled – $1.00
Closed the month of March with a balance of $8731.19

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – March amount – $33.76
I still need to transfer $12 to Main to cover refund paid by check but the check has not yet been cashed)
breakdown of debits
USPS – $1.00 quartermaster postage

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of March with a balance of $2,737.24
Credits equaled $.04
Debits – $0
Closed the month of March with a balance of $2,737.28

Breakdown of quartermaster sales for April
1 Order
Merchandise – 1.70
Shipping Charged – 2.92
paypal fee – .42
Actual Shipping – 1.00

Reported by Linda Olson – dragonladye@wildblue.net
5/9/2018

BGN
TJ Allen
COFINCOM

State of FORCECOM April 2018

State of FORCECOM April 2018

State of Forces Command

Fellow Marines!

As some of you have read there’s quite a bit of buzz going on around Marine Corps HQ these past few weeks. By now some of your have read the ‘Dant’s list of lists detailing all the ongoing and upcoming projects we’ve been tasked with. I know there’s quite a bit of rumor, and supposition floating around, and while we can’t discuss many of the details – because there really aren’t any details to discuss – the ‘Dant and I will keep you all informed as best we can, and up to the minute.

Please – I ask that before you shuffle off to Facebook, or the listserv to post/email about rumors you’ve heard, utilize your chain of command to dispel the stories, rumors, scuttlebutt, or to simply ask questions. You can contact me directly as well at forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org – my door is always open. Posting rumors to social media or email lists does nothing more than create a super huge game of ‘Telephone’, with each telling of the story more inaccurate than the last.

I’d like to think that I keep your Brigade OICs pretty well informed, and to help quell rumors, and fill in a few blanks I will send them a point by point conversation on each of the ‘Dant’s numbered tasks. That way, when you do turn to higher for information or guidance you will have the best skinny that’s on the streets.

If you have indeed read the ‘Dant’s list of lists you will think and feel there are massive changes coming to the Marine Corps. Let me assure you looks are deceiving. Many of the tasks are simple housekeeping tasks (e.g., manual revisions), some are our proactive attempt to get out in front of the trademark and copyright wave. Others are in response to recent decisions by the AB, and are an attempt to improve the Corps ability to support the individual member at the MSG/MEU level. Most, if not all, of these updates, and changes should be transparent to Joe Marine and daily business will go on as usual. And, none of these updates and changes will fundamentally change the Corps we love. Only make it better!

Now – on to other important issues…

COFORCECOM out of pocket!

Putting this out there again… Household Six (my wife) and I will be leaving in a couple weeks for an extended stay in Germany. In preparing for the trip, I’ve found my access to the internet is going to be more limited than previously thought, which means Unit and Brigade OICs need to be extremely proactive concerning administrative actions such as awards, assignments, and database changes. So they can be proactive, I need you, as the individual member, to be proactive as well. Don’t procrastinate if there’s something that needs changed in the database, you’re looking for an award, or there’s a need to change a roster. If not, there’s going to be a wait… just sayin’!

IC 2018 is coming up!

How many Marines are going to attend the IC/IM this year? I know travel is uber-expensive these days, and with the uptick in gas prices many plans to attend have been cancelled. If you’re local you should make every attempt to be there to represent your unit and the Corps.

Head on over to the IC FB page, or find one of the numerous advertisements posted on the listserve and see if you can attend. It’s a blast to meet some of the folks you know only by name, and to share in the fellowship and comradery events such as dress mess and muster can provide.

SFMC Historian, and Corps Heraldry!

We now have a historian in the office of the Dep’Dant. As I’ve been urging you to do for several months now, I strongly encourage you to make contact with the officer, and provide your unit’s lineage, and history for archiving. Our Heraldry Officer is working in conjunction with the Historian to build not only the Corps history, but to catalogue its distinctive items. Many of you have provided items such as logos, mottos, slogans but we can do better.

With the quasi-hiatus the Corps is experiencing due to trademark and copywrite issues with our artwork now is a great time to update your logos, and create on if your unit doesn’t have one. If you need assistance with graphics contact COL Derek Allen, our Heraldry Officer, at sfmc.heraldryoffice@gmail.com. He has answers you may need and is waiting to help!

In closing…

I don’t know about you, but the remainder of this year is going to be exciting! The Corps is going thru a period of evolution, and growth and can only come out the other side a better organization. But it needs you, the member with boots on ground, to conduct a breach, and dynamic entry into 2019. This club belongs to all of us, and together we can do great things!

So, let’s get hot and move out with a sharp left step.

Ooorah!

BDR B. Allen
Forces Command