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

State of INFOCOM February 2018

State of INFOCOM February 2018

Greetings Marines,

Sorry to be a day late, I’ve had some personal issues going on and didn’t realize the month was over all ready.  I need to keep my eye on the ball next time.

I have the archives fixed and they are all displaying on the news page correctly now.  When I created the new site and imported the data into the database the posted date was changed to the imported date and not the original date.

I have also added all the issues of the All Hand’s on Deck I had in the library section of the website.  If you have issues that are not there, please send me a copy and I can get them added.

 

My next item I’ll be working on will be to add the picture archive back to the site.  It wasn’t during the last upgrade several years ago but I’m working on getting them added back and a way new images can be uploaded.  I’ll keep everyone posted as I make progress.

 

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 January 2018.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0m
Response time: 752 ms

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

infocom@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 FINCOM January 2018

State of FINCOM January 2018

I had a rough week fighting the flu but I guess I was to stubborn to stay down against them.

Elon Musk shot his 2018 Telsa Roadster into space aboard the SPACE X rocket.

Now to the report
STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of January with a balance of $9257.33
Credits equaled -$157.66
Debits equaled – $39.42
Closed the month of January with a balance of $9375.57

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – January amount – $157.66
breakdown of debits
USPS – $34.20 quartermaster postage
Walmart – 5.22 envelopes for shipping

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of January with a balance of $2,737.10
Credits equaled $.05
Debits – $0
Closed the month of January with a balance of $2,737.15

Breakdown of Quartermaster sales for January.

Orders 7

Merchandise – 118.77
Shipping Charged – 42.59
paypal fee – 5.65
Actual Shipping – 34.50

Reported by Linda Olsen

That is all for my report
Brigadier General TJ Allen
CoFINCOM

State of INFOCOM January 2018

State of INFOCOM January 2018

Greetings Marines,

I deployed the new SFMCA website about a month ago and It’s fully functional.  It is using the new email system like the SFMC site.  We will be making site improvements as we go along.

A word about Yahoo and AOL email addresses.  These seem to be the most difficult to deliver email to and get email from.  Even via Google the email sometimes is still getting rejected by some email providers.  It’s not as bad as in the past coming from Dreamhost but it still happens.  My suggestion is if you have a Yahoo or AOL email address and want to receive email from any of the SFMC websites is to get a free Gmail account.  These seem to be the easiest to work with and the spam filtering is about the best out there.  Not that I’m trying to push Gmail on anyone, it just seems to work better when it comes to getting email from the SFMC websites.

It has been pointed out that all the archives are not displaying on the news page.  I brought over all the reports from the old site that go back several years.  I’ll see if I can get that fixed this weekend.

Also join me in welcoming Captain Robin Fleming onboard as the new attention on deck editor.

We will be talking and coming up with a plan very soon.  I’ll keep everyone posted on any new developments.

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 November 2017.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0m
Response time: 785 ms
Mark “Slayer” Anderson
Lieutenant General, SFMC
COINFOCOM
Team Delta

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FORCECOM January 2018

State of FORCECOM January 2018

Fellow Marines!

Late report.  Apologies.

Welcome to 2108!  Things have been super busy here at Forces Command as we try to wrap up all the yearend Corps membership, and awards program audits along with proposals to the General Staff, the establishment of the Corps Office of Heraldry, and (our favorite) manual revisions!

So, in keeping with the battle rhythm of the past two months – let’s not beat about, and dive straight into the good stuff…

On a personal note –

This is going to a high OPTEMPO year for me personally, as my wife and I are moving to Europe, specifically Germany, at the end of this year.  Think of all that goes into a move across town, or to another state, and multiply the complexity.  Your Brigade OICs have already received the warning order, and are prepared for adjustments in timelines, and response times from the offices here at Forces Command.  I do not foresee our move causing any delays in turn-arounds in awards, or administrative actions, but I ask you to plan well ahead in both areas.  Please, understand, and have patience as we progress thru the year, and the move.

Reporting –

This past month, the GS approved the Forces Command proposal for changes in the reporting format.  Our focus was to make reporting easier, more concise, and mirror more closely information as it is presented in the SFMC database.  Your Brigade OICs have been informed of the changes, provided with not only a text version of the changes, but an example manual report form as well.  If you are an OIC, unit or battalion, make sure to contact your brigade higher for all the details and guidance.  If you have been on the SFMC website, and looked at the online report forms you will find our battle buddies at INFOCOM have adjusted the forms to reflect the change. ( http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/unit-reporting-form/).

Remember, the first reports of 2018 are due on the first day of February so touch base with your higher headquarters immediately!!

Heraldry –

Join me in welcoming to the Forces Command staff, Colonel Derek Allen, who was selected to fill the billet of Corps Heraldry Officer last November.

In the time since, Colonel Allen has been extremely busy collating all unit information (unit, battalion, brigade) into the Corps archive…  but he needs your help!

From brigade down to unit, the Office of Heraldry needs your unit information, and history.  Specifically need are any logs, and unit histories – fiction, and nonfiction!  We’ve been reaching out over the past few months and requesting this information, but we really want to make 2018 the year we ‘get ‘er done’.

Sit down with your unit if you’re an OIC, or pester your OIC if you’re a

member Marine, and develop your unit histories.   Nonfiction histories

should include important dates, names of OICs/DOICs, old member rosters, notable Marines, any special awards issued (Gold/Silver Nebula, any Honor awards, Legions of Merit, Meritorious Unit Commendations), and anything else you would like to add.  Fictional histories are limited only by your imagination, and a little Trek canon (wink, wink).

What are we going to do with all this information?  Once the archive is built, I’ve given guidance to develop plans to publish the data to the web via a couple platforms – as an interactive page on the SFMC website, or as part of a larger SFI/SFMC Wiki.

So, gather up your unit information, and forward it to COL Allen as soon as possible at SFMC.heraldryoffice@gmail.com  .

 

Commandant’s Campaign Award –

It’s that time of year again!! 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.

Unit OICs must ensure member total volunteer hours are reported on the Unit’s bi-monthly report.  We would like to present the full list of names to the Commandant by end of month February, so if you haven’t tallied your members’ hours make sure to do so, and report them in February’s report.

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.

If there’s a question on the validity of the international equivalent, please email me at forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org.

 

More on awards –

Over the next few months, as we move from Spring to early Summer, we also move into the Brigade Muster season.  If your brigade is planning to muster in the next 180 days I urge you to consolidate your unit awards and forward them to your OIC as soon as possible.  It’s better to have them sitting on your OICs desk, and not being asked to submit them at the last moment.

 

Forward into ’18 –

What else is on the horizon?

The Corps is currently working on manual revisions and will be doing so for at least the first part of the new year.  What can you as a member do to help?  There are times when we in the GS don’t know there are issues in the manual.  If you find an issue with spelling, syntax, or clarity of a portion of any manual, please forward those portions thru your brigade HQ so they may be addressed.

We’ve received a few messages from the field, but I urge you to keep them coming.  These are your manuals, take a bit of ownership, and ensure they express guidelines, and standards in a way that is easily understood, and easier to follow.  Dig in, and as we sometimes say…  READ THE MANUAL!!

One Corps program that’s been on the uptake is the Wilderness Challenge and the results have been great!  I’ve been privy to at least three challenges that are either in the planning phases or moving quickly into the bidding phase for approval.  If you haven’t heard of the Wilderness Challenge have a look at the manual (http://www.sfi-sfmc.org/downloads/wc2012.pdf) and see if it might be something you may want to see happen within your brigade!

Better yet, spearhead the effort to jumpstart the challenge in your brigade.  The Wilderness Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to share not only fellowship, but to spur physical and mental activity.  It is a terrific way to meet other members, and to share in a little ‘hardship’ to strengthen friendship bonds.  In doing so, you can only make your brigade, and unit stronger!

 

To close –

Now that the end of the year mania has passed, folks are returning from vacations and holidays, and even with the uptick of activity personally, look for more awesome things to happen in the Corps.  Remember, tho, no matter how many projects are in the air, how many programs are initiated, the success or failure of our club begins and starts with you.  Only the membership can make a group great so lace up your boots, and let’s get Trekkin’!

To the Corps!!

BDR B. ‘Tusker’ Allen

Forces Command

 

BRIAN K. ALLEN

BDR, SFMC

COFORCECOM