State of Forces Command July 2017

State of Forces Command July 2017

Fellow Marines!

We are one month from International Muster, and Mess! As many of you know, I was directed by our commandant, Major General Jari James, to plan and coordinate our events, and I think we are going to have a bit of fun! With a month to go, there is still time to make plans to attend – head on over to the IC2017 Facebook page, or to the committee’s website and register. While you are there, have a look at some of the swag that’s available for sale… that pint glass sounds pretty sweet!

If you are unable to attend, all functions will be available to the general membership via live streaming. Details on the ‘how’ will be released as we get closer to the start of conference. For those already registered, you should have received a Dress Mess read-ahead that details what happens from the first rap of the gavel, to the last. If you haven’t received your read-ahead, or you would just like a copy, please contact me directly at COFORCECOM, and I will send one out immediately.

There was a bit of discussion about uniform guidance that was put out earlier, and I would like to clarify. The Class C, black Battle Dress Uniform, is a field uniform to be worn when on official SFMC events, away teams, landing parties and exercises. The International Muster is a formalized event, and the wear of the Class C BDU is strongly discouraged, but that doesn’t mean you cannot wear it. If all you have is your BDUs… wear them Marine, and be proud.

The Class A uniform, or formal civilian attire are to be worn while attending the Dress Mess. I know there are some who do not have a fancy Class A uniform, so what does formal civilian attire mean? Well, it means anything from a suit and tie, to a nice collared shirt, and trousers to a summer dress. Even a black polo and nice pants counts as formal! Bottom line up front is we don’t want anyone to think they cannot attend mess or muster because they do not have a uniform!

Last word on Mess and Muster – I hope to see you there!

What’s been going on around our offices?

SFMC Physical Challenge – due to a very lukewarm response, I will be delaying my SFMC PC proposal to the ‘Dant. But, that doesn’t mean the challenge is dead and adrift. You may see an incarnation of the program pop up in the near future, as we work to define and refine the proposal… stay tuned!

Ecerts Officer – the application window is open until the end of the month! Look for the requirements posted on the Corps list, the SFMC Facebook page, or email me!

Heraldry Office – We’ve begun to collect all MSG/MEU logos and are building an image repository! We’ve also begun to collect all unit information such as nicknames, and mottos so that we may save it for our future posterity. WE WILL NEED A HERALDRY OFFICER come post-IC timeframe! If you have an interest in graphic arts, design, and can work with trademark, copyright and fair use law we will be needing you!!!

My next ‘State of’ will be posted later in August, as I will be a busy having a great time at IC. I’ll be sure to post pics, give a blow by blow commentary on the foolishness. In closing, I would like to impress upon you there are great things just over the horizon for the Corps, and I want to see every Marine, boots on ground, moving forward as we strive to complete our mission!!

Charlie Mike, Marines!

 

COL Brian “Tusker’ Allen

COFORCECOM

 

BRIAN K. ALLEN

COL, SFMC

COFORCECOM

State of INFOCOM June 2017

State of INFOCOM June 2017

Greetings Marines,

Thanks to those who submitted their names for the Attention on Deck! /Attention on Deck! Extra editor position.  I’m currently reviewing the submissions and hope to make an announcement soon.

My current plan is to deploy the new SFMC WordPress site starting the 1st of July.  I was trying to take Monday as a vacation day but that didn’t work out so I’ll have three days to get everything up and running.  Once the new site is up and functioning correctly we will continue to make improvements to the site as we go.  While we are doing that we will move on to the next site, the SFMC Academy website.  We will also be going with a WordPress site.  More details on that in upcoming reports.

Callsigns on the current website.  I have attempted to update the callsigns on the current website without success.  The site uses an excel php code to display the information from an Excel spread sheet.  It has to be a 2003 version or older excel spreadsheet to work correctly.  Any time I make a change to the sheet and even if I save it as a 2003 spreadsheet it will not display the names.  I have them updated on the new site so instead of spending a lot of time on the current I’m just going to wait and focus on the new site.  Sorry for the delay but I think that is the best course of action for now.

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 May 2017.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0
Downtime: 0m
Response time: 388 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of the Corps June 2017

State of the Corps June 2017

At Ease, Marines,

Due to some computer issues, health issues and general life issues, I did not publish a May 2017 Status report so this is a combined May-June report. Nothing bad in regards to health, I’m just not as tolerant of 95F+ as I’ve been in the past.

Now on to business.

** Database:
With another International Marine Muster coming up on the horizon this is a good time to check out your personnel records on the database.  You are the only individual who knows exactly what should be listed for awards, courses, etc. so it’s a good to get in the habit of reviewing your personal records every couple of months or so.  With IC coming up in mid August [August 18, 2017 – August 20, 2017] you still have time to get those last minute items for your uniforms.

It’s a fact of life in electronic record keeping that sometimes things go missing. An email may get eaten by a spam folder.  Records can be lost on a hard drive. It is the responsibility of the individual to keep a copy of all his personal records, awards received, courses completed, etc.

If you find something in error, it’s certainly acceptable to point it out to COFORCECOM [COL Brian Allen – E-Mail: forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org ]and request the data be added, updated or changed.  Just know that you’ll need to provide documentation so that the appropriate correction to the database can be made.  Documentation can be a scanned copy of the certificate, an email from the issuing authority, a copy of a Unit or Brigade report noting the award, etc.

** Please Read the Manuals:
Please Read The Manual first and foremost. [PRTM is the family rated version of RTFM].  For all things that pertain to the actual day to day workings of the SFMC, it will be in either the Marine Force Manual [MFM] or the Policy Manual.  Both are on the SFMC website and are downloadable.  You can find them under Library, General Manuals. http://www.library.sfi-sfmc.org/index.php?id=general  If you have read through them and still can’t find what you’re looking for, use the Chain of Command to ask for guidance [Unit OIC – Brigade OIC – COFORCECOM].  Please do not jump your chain thinking you’ll get a faster answer.

I can’t stress this enough.  Most of the questions the General Staff have been asked are already covered in either the Marine Force Manual [general topics] or the Policy Manual [for Unit, Battalion and Brigade OICs]. It’s not that any of us on the GS are adverse to answering questions, but you’ve got then entire working policies of the SFMC available to you in those two manuals.  Please take the time to look through them and consult your chain if you have a question.

Also PRTM in regards to who is responsible for what level of promotions. In so far as the SFMC is concerned, we do not have the ability to promote.  That function belongs on the Fleet side of the house.  So always check with your Ship CO and your RC about promotions.

** Awards:
Here’s another “PRTM” point.  With IC coming, think of the Marines around you in regards to award nominations.

* “All” nominations for Honor Awards need to be in the hands of the Deputy Commandant, GEN Mike McGowan [E-Mail: depdant@sfi-sfmc.org ] by 30 June/31 July. These nominations come in from the BDE OIC’s and consist of the various Valor award winners for each Brigade. Please be specific why this individual stands out from all the others in the Corps.  All we have to go on for review is what you send us.  Be specific, but also be concise. Don’t let someone’s nomination fall by the wayside by not providing enough info.

* “All” nominations for the Commander/Starfleet’s ‘Starfleet Cross’ need to be to me NLT by 30 June/31 July. The address is MGN Jari James, Commandant/SFMC E-Mail: dant@sfi-sfmc.org  or  seticat@cableone.net] .  For those who are not familiar with this award, here’s the info from the Marine Force Manual.

STARFLEET CROSS
Issuing Authority: Commander, Starfleet
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)
Cadets Eligible for Award: No
This award is given by the Commander, Starfleet to recognize a marine who has rendered exceptional service to STARFLEET in general—either by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time, or by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence.

Anyone can nominate a Marine for this award; this is not something awarded to someone for merely doing their regular duty. This is an individual who has stepped out of the boundaries of the Corps alone to do things that help SFI as a whole. If you nominate someone, please explain why you feel their deserve it. The nomination list will be compiled by me and go to FADM Robert Westfall for his review and decisions.  Again, don’t make either of us waste time recontact you to pull more information out of you.

* Review the awards section in the MFM and online to see if there are any other awards someone may be worthy of. By this I’m speaking of awards issued by various members of the General Staff [Dant, FORCECOM, TRACOM, SGM/SFMC, INFOCOM ].  Many of these can be issued at any time throughout the year, but receiving recognition at IC/Marine Muster simply makes things sweeter.

That’s all for now. Keep it safe out there and be nice to each other.

Stand Easy, Marines.

MGN Jari L. James
Commandant-SFMC

Addenda to the State of the Corps for June 2017

A tip of the beret to the Sar’Major of the Corps, MGSGT Stoddard, for catching the little error in upcoming nomination dates.

‘All’ nominations for Honor Awards [the DepDant], the Starfleet Cross [the Dant] and anything you’d like to see go out at the International Marine Muster [COFORCECOM] must be to their respective parties _no later then_ 30 June/1 July.  Not 30 June/31 July as previously posted.

Just because the Dant had a Heat Induced Brain Fade you do not get the extra 31 days of July to do paperwork.

Keep it safe out there no matter the season.

 

MGN Jari James

Commandant-SFMC

 

 

State of FORCECOM June 2017

State of FORCECOM June 2017

Fellow Marines!

Brigade Muster season is drawing to a close.  With only one or two musters left on the schedule, all eyes are now turning to the International Conference, and Marine Muster.  With the Awards Office issuing out over 700 awards, and streamers since the beginning of the year, it might behoove every Marine with a swagger to log into the SFI Database, and check to ensure your record is up to date!  If there is something missing, or incorrectly documented, contact your Brigade OIC at the soonest.  We all want to make sure we’re looking our best at mess this year!!

Of course, I’m talking primarily about awards, and while on that topic, let’s talk about nominations.  There are reports about occasional problems using the online award nomination forms found on the SFMC Website.  Occasionally the nominations are not being processed properly by the website’s addon program.  If you are submitting a recommendation for an award, you will receive a copy of your recommendation via the email you provided with the recommendation.  If you do not receive this email, your recommendation was not processed.  If the award was a brigade level award, contact your OIC immediately so the problem can be forwarded to the appropriate personnel.

If you experience this issue, and after reporting it to your chain of command, you can always fill out a manual awards recommendation form, and email it to your Brigade OIC.  The forms are available from your OIC, or you may contact me directly at forcecom@sfi-sfmc.org, and I will forward you the proper forms.

Let it be known, Marines, time is running out to get those nominations in.  Your OICs have been given a directive to have STARFLEET Cross nominations to the Dant, and all Honor awards to the DepDant by June 26.  All lesser awards need to be forwarded to me not later than 30 June.  Remember, anyone can recommend another Marine for an award.  If you feel there is a Marine deserving, refer to the Marine Forces Manual for the proper award, and get a recommendation turned in!!

There are a number of projects on the table here at Forces Command.  I would like to make mention of just a couple.  Our 50-meter target project is the annual SFMC Dress Mess and Muster, that is to take place during the International Conference.  I, along with a few Project Officers, have been tapped to bring to you a high-quality mess dinner, and equally entertaining muster brief.  We’re busy thinking outside the box, bringing into play what will be a memorable, and enjoyable weekend for our Marines.

Another pocket project that we’ve been keeping close to our armored vests is the upcoming Physical Challenge.  I know there are many questions, but we are still working diligently to work out the fine details in a proposal to the Dant, which we hope will be the keystone of our presentation at Marine Muster.  The late-night oil is being requisitioned thru the Quartermaster, and will be burned until the proposal is complete and sitting front and center on the Dant’s desk.

I know there’s a bunch more projects written 3×5 cards, and strung together on a grenade ring around here somewhere, but I will leave you with these two ‘cause, honestly, they’re the big ones right now.  I would really like to see as many Marines as we can, well.. muster at IC this year.  Perhaps talk a bunch of bull stuffing, toss down a challenge coin or two, and make IC17 an event every Marine, and particularly every Fleeter, will remember. Oorah!?

 

Rock Steady, Marines!

 

COL Brian “Tusker’ Allen
COFORCECOM

State of INFOCOM May 2017

State of INFOCOM May 2017

Greetings Marines,

This is just a reminder this is the last day fir submission for the Attention on Deck! /Attention on Deck! Extra editor.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send me an email with you experience in relation to this position today.  If you are interested in applying and need more time just let me know and I’ll see what I can do, for those who have applied I will be contacting you soon to discuss your application.

Sorry for the shortness of this report but I’m on vacation so my access is somewhat limited.  I hope to be ready to deploy the new site soon.  I will give everyone as much notice as possible before the changeover.

If any Marine will be attending IC and/or the Marine mess that has some photography expertise and is willing to take some photos of Marines, please let me know.  We have had some requests for photos and we would like additional photos for the website.  If you are interested please let me know.
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 April 2017.

Uptime: 99.69%
Outages: 2
Downtime: 75m
Response time: 416 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FINCOM May 2017

State of FINCOM May 2017

SFMC Checking Account for March

 

The SFMC checking account opened the month of March with a balance of $8352.51 Credit -$207.76 Debits total -$135.19 Closing balance for the account was $8425.08

 

There were 5 orders.

 

SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)

 

Opened with $2730.49

Credits – Interest earned .05

Current balance on account -$2,730.54

 

 

SFMC Checking Account for April

 

The SFMC checking account opened the month of April with a balance of $8425.08 Credit -$183.50 Debits total -$38.16 Closing balance for the account was $8570.42

 

There were 6 orders.

 

SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)

 

Opened with $2,730.54

Credits – Interest earned .00 not yet posted Debits – 0 Current balance on account -$2,730.54 _______________________________________________

 

LGEN Barry Jackson

COFINCOM

State of TRACOM May 2017

State of TRACOM May 2017

Hello everyone, it has been a busy and interesting time for TRACOM Many Directors are working on updates and additions to their manuals.

Others are working and Submitting revisions for their Courses and tests.

Recently both the Combined Arms and Strategies and tactics Directors have resigned. I would like to thank Mr. Schulman and General James Monroe for their work and their selfless service in their Roles with Theses colleges.

 

With their recent resignations, this leaves us at a loss and new opportunity for others to carry the torch as Directors.  Applications will be taken until 6/5/17. The requirements considerations are as follows: The applicants must have completed PD-100, have a working understanding of  Open office calc, open office writer,  have an understanding of email, Microsoft word. Applicants must have a reliable access  to internet and email on a regular basis. Reports will be submitted to SFMC Commander monthly on their colleges.

As always, I would would like to thank all the directors, and also the many students that have taken  courses.

Congrats to the following Marines on completing a variety of courses Jan Bovier 13 courses Chris Lovejoy 16 courses Michael Stelzer on his Completion of SFMC Marine Development college

 

Sincerly

Shane Russell

COTRACOM, SFMC

CO, USS Orion

OIC, 229th MSG

E-mail: tracom@sfi-sfmc.org

E-mail: senseirussell@gmail.com

State of INFOCOM April 2017

State of INFOCOM April 2017

Greetings Marines,

I’m still looking for an Attention on Deck! /Attention on Deck! Extra editor.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send me an email with you experience in relation to this position.  I will extend the application until the end of May.

As earlier reported, we have been having issues with the award request forms.  I have check and worked on them trying to resolve all of the issues.  At this point with the new WordPress site getting close to being completed for deployment, I have decided to work on the new award request forms and reporting forms.  I have made some headway getting them to email correctly but still face a few issues that need to be ironed out before they go live.  Once I get those working, look for an announcement on when the new site will be deployed.  Once it is deployed and working correctly, we will be making improvements as we go along.  My hope is to get the WordPress site going so in the future when it is my time to move on, we will have a standard WordPress that will be easier to maintain.

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 2017.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0

Downtime: 0m

Response time: 470 ms

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of INFOCOM March 2017

State of INFOCOM March 2017

Greetings Marines,

I attended the Region 2 Summit on March the 10th – 12th.  I had a great time seeing and remembering old friends.

I’m still looking for an Attention on Deck! /Attention on Deck! Extra editor.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please send me an email with you experience in relation to this position.  I will extend the application until the end of April.

It was reported that there was an issue with the reports being submitted.  I fixed that issue and ran a few successful tests.  There may be a problem with the awards form submissions.  Unlike the error with the reports it seems the award was submitted successfully but it may not have been.  I’m looking into that now.  In the short term, you may want to follow up after the submission to the approving authority just to be on the safe side.

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 2017.

Uptime: 100%
Outages: 0

Downtime: 0m

Response time: 444 ms

 

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

infocom@sfi-sfmc.org

State of FINCOM March 2017

State of FINCOM March 2017

SFMC Checking Account

The SFMC checking account opened the month of February with a balance of $8252.96

Credit -$138.47 PayPal transfer
Debits total -$38.92  QM postage
Closing balance for the account was $8352.51

SFMC Savings Account (scholarship payments)

Opened with $2730.45
Credits – Interest earned .$0.04
Debits – 0
Current balance on account -$2,730.49

We had 6 orders in the month of February.

LGEN Barry Jackson

COFINCOM