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

State of FINCOM March 2018

State of FINCOM March 2018

It has been a good Easter for me. Even though I ended up with a headache and body ache.

Hope everyone else had a good one.

On to the report.

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of March with a balance of $9516.90
Credits equaled -$89.15
Debits equaled – $907.62
Closed the month of March with a balance of $8698.43

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – March amount – $89.15

breakdown of debits
USPS – $28.05 quartermaster postage
Vanguard – 99.35 restock ribbonns
Pinpros – 775.00 Reorder Belt Buckles
Walmart Superstore – 5.22 envelopes for quartermaster mailings.

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of March with a balance of $2,737.19
Credits equaled $.05
Debits – $0
Closed the month of March with a balance of $2,737.24

Breakdown of quartermaster sales for March

Total Orders 5

Merchandise – 39.15
Shipping Charged – 27.51
paypal fee – 3.45
Actual Shipping – 18.90
North Carolina Tax – .51

Reported by Linda Olson – dragonladye@wildblue.net
4/1/2018

TJ Allen

State of INFOCOM March 2018

State of INFOCOM March 2018

Greetings Marines,

I have a short report this month, so here we go.

I’ve been working on adding a picture archive back to the site.  I’m still looking at the plugin options and testing them out to see which one works best with WordPress.  I’ll keep everyone posted as I make progress.

I also changed the graphic on the start of reports from a combadge to the SFMC anchor.  I think that works better for our reports anyway.

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 February 2018.

Uptime: 99.70%
Outages: 1
Downtime:  120 m
Response time: 884 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FORCECOM March 2018

State of FORCECOM March 2018

Fellow Marines!

There sure has been quite a bit of chatter on the subspace channels this past month! Unless you’ve been hiding in a cargo container on Ceti Alpha V you know there has been a couple hot button issues brought to light lately that has placed a good deal of our Marines on edge. Of course, I am speaking of the Vice Commander, STARFLEET, and his dealings with the newly nom’d MACOs, and our beloved Corps, over trademark/copyright artwork, and protected images.

While the modus may have seemed nefarious to some, as though the VCS came out of the chute with his phasers on malky, there were conversations already taking place at the General Staff level. There’s a bigger picture to be seen that dates back to November 1982 and the inception of the Corps. Back then, the Marines that brought the Corps back to SFI didn’t have to deal with like stolen valor, and trademark, copyright and intellectual property infringement. But thanks to military groupie wanna-bes, and a little fan pic called Axanar everyone from the Veteran service member to CBS is on the prowl.

The Corps has been in a situation with the USMC, and as a result we made changes in our insignia. Now, with lawsuits on the wind, and blood in the water the Fleet and Corps are taking proactive steps to ensure we don’t travel down that same path. Fleet is looking into the use of certain, possibly copyright images in our artwork. Units of the Corps are validating the ownership of the artwork they currently claim and display, and there are talks of further changes in the future to bring the Corps back over the line from infringement to compliance.

One thing I don’t like is the rumor mill, and the game of ‘telephone’ (you remember the game, yeah?) So, to squash any rumor, mistaken comment, or assumption I’ll address a few of the issues that have come up the pipe from the field.

1. We are currently **ON HOLD** to remove any delta shape from our artwork. I was given guidance to stand down on previous directives until Fleet can research into the use of deltas, and other common Trek related shapes. I know there was a rush to flush put out only a week ago, and if you’ve already changed your artwork just hold what you got. Don’t toss your old artwork just yet, there may be good news on the horizon.

2. Do continue with the validation of ownership of your artwork. That guidance still stands. If you have any questions, contact your Brigade OIC or me directly.

3. We are not changing the color of the Battle Dress Uniform, or are we discontinuing wear of the BDU.

4. We are making changes to select BOS and qualification badges. The biggest change is the incorporation of the SFMC anchor in all BOS badges vice the delta, globe and anchor. The USMC agreed to allow us to continue to sell and wear insignia bearing the DGA until stocks are depleted. New stock will be corrected to include the SFMC anchor.

Any qualification badge that was based on a real-world military badge is being redesigned – specifically the medic badge, Leadership Qualifications, Aeromedical wings, and Advanced Leadership Studies. All new, SFMC distinctive badges are being suggested, designed and put before the General Staff for selection. More to follow as the project progresses.

If you have any questions or hear a rumor that sounds off remember to contact your chain of command and get the real skinny on what is going on – that includes me. As the member who is ultimately going to be affected by any changes made you should know exactly what is going on.

Ongoing Projects –

Commandant’s Campaign Award –
I’m throwing this out here again!! It’s the only major muscle movement going on at the FORCECOM HQ currently.

Every Marine who donates at least 4 hours of their time and energy in support of any of the qualifying charities (or international equivalent) is eligible to receive the Commandant’s Campaign Ribbon.

In looking at last year’s reports I found there were several entries across the reports stating units had participated in charities, like the Toys for Tots, but there were no individual member names. It’s important when reporting data for the Commandant’s Challenge we tap those members who participated so they can be properly recognized.

Again, qualifying charities include the USMC Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics, the Sergeant Major’s March for the Disabled, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or any international equivalent. If there’s a question on the validity of the international equivalent, please email me at forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org.

Open posts in Forces Command –

I’ll be working with Fleet to announce the opening of the Sergeant Major, Forces Command billet in the direct future. If you’re an NCO, think you have the chops to serve at the GS level keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement of the application period.

To close –
I say it every time I put up a report, the success or failure of our club begins and starts with you. It starts at the unit level with the individual member being active, making suggestions and making a difference. So once again, Marines, lace up your boots, and let’s get Trekkin’!

To the Corps!!

BDR B. ‘Tusker’ Allen
Forces Command

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 FINCOM February 2018

State of FINCOM February 2018

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of February with a balance of $9,375.57
Credits equaled -$174.63
Debits equaled – $33.30
Closed the month of February with a balance of $9516.90

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – February amount – $105.22
19.41 quartermaster deposit – Boggs
50.00 quartermaster deposit- McBride (need to transfer $12 to Main to
cover refund paid by check)
breakdown of debits
USPS – $33.30 quartermaster postage

Breakdown of Quartermaster sales for February.

10 orders

Merchandise – 96.87
Shipping Charged – 57.57
paypal fee – 6.38
Actual Shipping – 40.45

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of February with a balance of $2,737.15
Credits equaled $.04
Debits – $0
Closed the month of February with a balance of $2,737.19