State of INFOCOM September and October 2018

State of INFOCOM September and October 2018

Greetings Marines,

Sorry I missed last month’s report, I had a four day stay at the VA hospital.  Let’s just say it was no vacation.  I’m back to work now and I’m feeling much better.

I have been doing some upgrades on the SFMC Website forms, I hope this will help with some of the issues we have seen. Just remember, if the section has a * then that is a required field and you have to make a selection or put the proper information in that field.  The Battalion and Brigade fields are very important.  Make sure you make the correct selections because these are the email addresses the form will be submitted to.  You should also receive a copy of the report via email if you are the reporting officer and you put your email address in the form as the reporting officer.

If you have any questions or run in to any issues, please let me know.  The more information you can provide about the issue the better.

In closing, here’s the pingdom stats for August and September 2018.

August

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 972 ms

September

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 897 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FORCECOM October 2018

State of FORCECOM October 2018

Fellow Marines!

Let’s see who reads my reports.. lol

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted one of these ‘State of …’
reports, but I’ll tell you it wasn’t because I’ve been lazing around on my fourth point of contact. No, we’ve been pretty busy here at Forces Command, and the ‘Dant’s recent announcement concerning the new rank insignia constituted a large part of our fervor the past few months.

By now I hope you’ve had the chance to see, and maybe order, the new rank insignia. The rank project was a widespread, working group led endeavor in which the SFMC worked together with the MACOs to produce a rank insignia that both groups could use as the more ‘military style’ groups within SFI.
The decision process took quite a while – thanks for the patience – as anything does in a science fiction club, but at long last we’re able to put this project in the ‘accomplished’ column. I would like to thank every member that served on a working group, helped with graphics, delivered designs, or ideas to move the SFMC forward to our goal of new rank insignia.

To go along with the new insignia comes updated wear guidelines. Those guidelines were distributed to your Brigade OICs a few weeks ago, and should have made their way down to the unit level. The ‘Dant also published a copy with her announcement of the new insignia; uploading a copy to the SFMC Facebook page. If you haven’t received a copy of the new wear guidelines, contact your Unit, or Brigade OIC immediately!

The wear guidelines are a work in progress. Meaning, what works in theory doesn’t always work in practice. I’m relying on the membership to go through the guidelines, and comment on what doesn’t work, looks wrong, or out of place, or to make additional suggestions. Those suggestions will be put in front of all the Brigade OICs for discussion, and decision. So, have a look at the guidelines, and let’s make them right!

Other irons in the fire…
Did you know the SFMC has a Spreadshirt Store? A link to the store is included on the SFMC Shopping page of the website ( https://shop.spreadshirt.com/sfmcqm/). It’s been neglected for quite some time, but I’ve been in contact with Spreadshirt to see what we can do to re-energize sales. But!! Before I do that, I need to know if there would be any interest from the membership! My proposal is to reopen the store, but with a lot more SFMC swag, and newer designs. Perhaps even making all the unit logos available for print on shirts, hats, mugs for wear at summit, muster, or IC. We could even tie this into the SFMC polo shirt project! ;o)

Corps manual revisions are on the horizon, and if you’ve counted the number of manuals the SFMC has in its general library you can understand the arduous task this will be. Luckily, I think the list of manuals to be revised will be whittled down to the MFM, the General Staff manual, and the Policy manual. Once the ‘Dant hands down the guidance, and timeline I will be looking for volunteers to assist with proofreading, and editing those manuals. If you’ve wanted to help the SFMC at the Corps level, this would be a great opportunity!

Openings on the Forces Command Staff will be announced shortly. With a year remaining on my current tour as CO, I want to ensure the Marine that replaces me has a solid, and reliable staff to work with. As you know the Deputy CO, Forces Command position is about to be filled, and as the chief of staff for FORCECOM, the DCO will need a few good volunteers! The positions currently open are the Special Projects Officer, Awards Officer (and soon the Ecerts Officer), and the Recruiting and Retention Officer.
Be on the look out for announcements from SFI H&R on the opening of the application periods for each position.

To close…
Now that things are settling back into a somewhat normal routine, my reports should be timelier, and hopefully a little more diverse. There are tons of great ideas floating around the ranks, coming up thru the chain of command, and with the holidays approaching quickly, and schedules slowing, there will be more time look at the feasibility of some of them. When those I feel will interest the membership come up, and the ‘Dant gives me the green-lite I’ll be sure to pass them on to you!

Oorah!

BDR B. Allen
Forces Command

BRIAN K. ALLEN
BDR, SFMC
COFORCECOM

State of FINCOM August 2018

State of FINCOM August 2018

STARFLEET Marines Account

Opened the month of August with a balance of $8,203.54
Credits equaled -$560.58
Debits equaled – $24.31
Closed the month of August with a balance of $8,739.81

breakdown of Credits
Paypal transfer – August amount – $280.42
IC quartermaster sales – 280.16

breakdown of debits
USPS – $24.31 quartermaster postage

Breakdown of quartermaster mail sales

7 Orders
Orders not on the system would be the sales from IC quartermaster. Those sales are not counted in the figures below.

Merchandise -132.20
Shipping Charged -49.07
paypal fee – 7.33
Actual Shipping – 31.01
shipping charges refunded – 17.70

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SFMC Scholarship Account

Opened the month of August with a balance of $2,737.42
Credits equaled $.05
Debits – $0
Closed the month of August with a balance of $2,737.47

reported by Linda Olson 9/9/18

TJ Allen

State of INFOCOM July and August 2018

State of INFOCOM July and August 2018

Greetings Marines,

I hope those that were able to go to IC this year had a great time.  I was very disappointed that I couldn’t make it this year.  I had made it to the last six or seven, I kind of lost count.  I’m planning on making it to St. Louis in 2019.  I was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood for three years back in the mid 80’s so I look forward to being able to revisit the area.

I have received some reports that there were some issues with the online reporting forms.  I looking into the issues.  If you have any issues please send me a screen shot of the error you are getting and all the information you are putting in the form.  A special note, if the section has a red star it is required to submit the form.  Some of these fields are for the email routing to the correct commands.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

In closing, here’s the pingdom stats for June and July 2018.

June

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 896 ms

July

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime:  0 m
Response time: 895 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

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