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State of TRACOM, June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011 13:00
Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your... waitaminnit!! That still isn't right. Ah well...

Ladies and Gentlemen of the SFMC, I need to start off by making a couple apologies. First off, this report is late for June. Secondly I discovered as I went back checking records and realized that, in the midst of going through software reload on my computer, I missed May entirely. I do apologize sincerely and pledge to do better in the future.

Now for the News...

ADC Group
Shane Russell has taken over the ADC Group with Liam Smith helping him out as ADC Clerk. They are doing a bang up job getting certificates out. ADC generated and delivered 148 certs in May. The SFMCA serviced 147 exam requests in that same period.

R&D Group
R&D Group is working steadily on sorting out the items in the Arms & Equipment Manual. The A&E Manual has grown over the years by adding and editing bits here and bits there. Owing to the nature of its expansion, significant portions no longer seem to have an orderly sequence that can be easily followed. The R&D Group has been directed to make recommendations to correct this problem. Jonathan Caverly of the 503rd MSG has joined R&D as a Research Assistant.

SFMC Academy
Thus far this month, the SFMCA has serviced 100 exam requests for 39 unique students. Another examination, PD-17 “Introduction to Field and Dress Mess” has been added to the Professional Development curriculum and is ready for students immediately.

Reminders
1) TRACOM policy is that no student may request more than one exam from each school at a time. Further, the practice of taking more than one course at a time is discouraged.

2) IC/IM is rapidly approaching. The second round of inductees into Team Delta will be announced that weekend. To qualify as a student, you need to have successfully completed a -30 or -60 level project in the SFMCA. This project needs to show that you have an outstanding grasp of the subject discussed. If you are currently working on a -30 or -60 level project, get it turned in to the appropriate instructor as soon as possible.

3) It is important that students, when they have a problem with some aspect of the SFMCA, remember who to contact and in what order. If you are having a problem with a Branch Director (instructor) of the SFMCA, your first stop is to contact that Branch Director to check if there is some way to remedy the issue. If that fails, the student should contact the Director's immediate superior, the Deputy COTRACOM for Administration (DCOTRACOM-Admin). If, for some reason, DCOTRACOM-Admin can't remedy the issue, both the student and DCOTRACOM-Admin should contact me as COTRACOM. I cannot stress enough that following this chain is the fastest and most direct route toward getting a remedy for your issue.

Finally, before I next post a long message, the Independence Day holiday will have come and gone. In the US, this is a big travel holiday. Please, please, please, and I mean this in all sincerity, be very careful on the highways over this holiday and make it a happy and safe holiday for everyone we know who celebrates it.
--
LGN Mike McGowan
COTRACOM
Greetings to all Marines and students of the SFMCA

Unlike INFOCOM, we have no gremlins at TRACOM that I can lay any excuse to for a late report - but I will blame everyone else that I can starting with the DCOTRACOM for keeping me from my administrative duties with other distractions of late! But it is all to the good and the past few weeks have been spent working through as many issues, plans and projects we have been able to in precipitation of the outcomes of the election and possibility of a new GS.