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State of TRACOM, July 2011
A funny thing happened on the way to the base...
You know, I never seem to get these openings right. Oh well...
Again I seem to be a bit late with this report. The denizens of the TRACOM offices have been busting hump to get things ready for IC.
Arrivals:
The post of TRACOM Librarian has been filled. COL Eric Johannson of the 286th MSG has stepped up to fill this job an will be taking care of those duties as soon as we get his office fumigated and him moved into it.
Departures:
HA!! None this time around!
ADC Group News
Shane and his ADC Group have been working hard to catch up the backlog and get certificates out to the many marines who have successfully completed courses at SFMCA.
R&D Group News
R&D continues to work on correcting the Arms and Equipment manual. This is a big job and is taking some time to perform.
SFMC Academy
Thus far in July, the SFMC has serviced 119 courses for 51 different students. We at the Academy have been working hard to improve our customer service and look to have issues significantly reduced in the near future.
IC
International Conference will be the weekend of the 12-14 of August. A number of TRACOM awards will be issued at that time. There will NOT be a new manual release as theyare not yet ready. No release date is available at this time.
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.
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 remedythe issue, both the student and DCOTRACOM-Admin should contact me as COTRACOM. I can not stress enough that following this chain is the fastest and most direct route toward getting a remedy for your issue.
There has been some discussion regarding the practice of awarding Academic Excellence Awards (AEA) for successfully completing 50, 100, and 150 courses, While the awarding of AEAs at 100 and 150 exams has been done in the past, it has never been the stated policy in the MFM. Therefore, no further AEAs will be issued at 100 or 150 courses. No one is losing anything that they have already been issued, we are simply reverting to the policy long stated in the MFM for guidance on future issuance.
If you are going to IC this year please stay safe, drive carefully, and remember that it is better to arrive late rather than not arrive at all.
Mike

A funny thing happened on the way to the base...

You know, I never seem to get these openings right. Oh well...

Again I seem to be a bit late with this report. The denizens of the TRACOM offices have been busting hump to get things ready for IC.

  Arrivals:

 The post of TRACOM Librarian has been filled. COL Eric Johannson of the 286th MSG has stepped up to fill this job an will be taking care of those duties as soon as we get his office fumigated and him moved into it.

Departures:

HA!! None this time around!

ADC Group News:

Shane and his ADC Group have been working hard to catch up the backlog and get certificates out to the many marines who have successfully completed courses at SFMCA.

R&D Group News:

R&D continues to work on correcting the Arms and Equipment manual. This is a big job and is taking some time to perform.

SFMC Academy:

Thus far in July, the SFMC has serviced 119 courses for 51 different students. We at the Academy have been working hard to improve our customer service and look to have issues significantly reduced in the near future.

IC:

International Conference will be the weekend of the 12-14 of August. A number of TRACOM awards will be issued at that time. There will NOT be a new manual release as theyare not yet ready. No release date is available at this time.
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.

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 remedythe issue, both the student and DCOTRACOM-Admin should contact me as COTRACOM. I can not stress enough that following this chain is the fastest and most direct route toward getting a remedy for your issue.

There has been some discussion regarding the practice of awarding Academic Excellence Awards (AEA) for successfully completing 50, 100, and 150 courses, While the awarding of AEAs at 100 and 150 exams has been done in the past, it has never been the stated policy in the MFM. Therefore, no further AEAs will be issued at 100 or 150 courses. No one is losing anything that they have already been issued, we are simply reverting to the policy long stated in the MFM for guidance on future issuance.

If you are going to IC this year please stay safe, drive carefully, and remember that it is better to arrive late rather than not arrive at all.

Mike