The Grazerite Gazette

Newsletter of the USS Jaresh-Inyo

NCC 74922 

Prometheus Tactical Cruiser

SFI - Region 12

Volume #1  Issue #5

September-October-November 2010

USS Jaresh-Inyo is a Paragould, Arkansas based chapter of STARFLEET, the International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc.  With a Star Trek theme, we are a science fiction fan club.

Jaresh-Inyo is a correspondence based chapter of STARFLEET assigned to Region 12 encompassing Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.  We were commissioned on Stardate 2009.256.

IN THIS ISSUE:

-From The Slightly Off Centered Center Seat
-Data From the Science Labs
-Marines Among Us
-Reports From the Ground
-Communications: StarCall
-Counselor's Corner
-Biela's Comet
-Medical Scanner & Tricorders
-Astronomers Find 'Snooker' Star System
-Book Review: Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold
-Academy News & Promotions
-Jaresh-Inyo
-Current Officers

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Captain Glenna M. Juilfs

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Date 31 December 2010
*Holiday Issue*

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This is a rather long article from a guest author, Admiral Tom Monaghan, Commanding Officer of the USS MAAT in Region One and former Chief of Operations, STARFLEET. A lot of this takes place during a time when most of you here in the Jaresh-Inyo weren’t even in STARFLEET, so it may come across as a lineball totally from left field, but do take the time to read it. The missive offers great insight into the running of the Executive Committee.

For the entire backstory, I urge you to visit history.sfi.org OR look through past CQ’s. STARFLEET was in a tumultuous time in 1997. We were indebted to the IRS for back taxes and penalties (we are an incorporation), we were almost financially bankrupt, and chapters were leaving in droves all because of then Fleet Admiral and Commander, STARFLEET Dan McGinnis.

This is reprinted here with Admiral Monaghan’s knowledge and permission, copyright 11/28/2010 Thomas Monaghan.

Two Shots from the Top: My Thoughts on Serving on the Starfleet Executive Committee

by Admiral Tom Monaghan, Starfleet Chief of Operations

(1997 1998)

 [Personal note: the following article contains personal opinions that may or may not be held by others concerning the facts and situations mentioned. My intention is to inform, not to condemn. It is not intended to deride or chastise any one person or action. It's just my own personal account of what went on at the time from my own point of view, no matter how skewed it may be. My hope is that it lends some insight into the world of Starfleet HQ at this volatile period in Starfleet International's history. -Tom M., May, 1999.]

 I guess the best place to start an article about my experiences as a member of the Starfleet Executive Committee is to begin where it all began. No, this little trip didn't commence when the Smith Administration took over in January 1997. Actually, it started much earlier. About nine months earlier. At least in my case.

 March 1996: Life in the Virginia Beach, VA (USS Maat) chapter was pretty usual but our relationship with Starfleet HQ was really heating up. It was about this time that the Commander, Starfleet himself had personally written us telling us that if we didn't like the way things were run at HQ we should consider leaving Starfleet entirely. Not the encouraging words from our CS that we needed but it wasn't unexpected.

 We all knew things were not right at HQ. From day one with Dan McGinnis' infamous "Nelson Maneuver" into the office of CS we knew that things weren't right. Over a year later our suspicions were being confirmed. Starfleet HQ was not just doing nothing about anything, it was even encouraging it's members and chapters to leave! I don't even have to go into how many Dr. Dave nastygrams were issued and how many chapters did leave because of them. Sadly, many records of all this devious behavior at Fleet HQ have yet to come to light. However, Dr. Dave's nastygrams remain nicely preserved in HQ archives and in private collections throughout the association.

 So this was largely the state of affairs in the Fleet in early 1996. Things were scary and we all wondered if there would be a Starfleet at all, let alone an election for CS, if the McGinnis Administration kept things up. I wasn't seriously thinking of jumping in to protest or declare myself a candidate for CS until I attended a small Virginia convention called Technicon in March. It was there that the seed of my quest for the office of CS began to grow.

 There was this thing about not campaigning until September but there was nothing wrong with seeking nominations from the Commanding Officers of Fleet that I thought would support my cause. I have no idea how effective our initial campaign to gather up nomination letters was but this would all be moot in a couple of months anyway.

 Why did I seek the office of CS anyway? There's a very good answer to that question. In March 1996 there appeared to be an unmistakable lack of organized opposition to McGinnis and his administration. Noting this, I believed that it was my duty as a dedicated Starfleet member to do whatever I could to save Starfleet even if it meant running for CS. Believe me, I was wonderfully relieved when the Smith/Freas campaign notified me of their desire for both our efforts to join together as one united opposition against the McGinnis Administration.

 Well, I was very skeptical at first. To be totally honest, Mike and I did not get along at all when we first talked. We disagreed on every item of necessary improvement that we brought up. But we did have one thing in common: we both knew that if McGinnis wasn't stopped, we could kiss Starfleet's future goodbye. So, my campaign joined their team. And I was relieved knowing that someone else was now shouldering the vast majority of the burden of leading the opposition.

 And so it went. The election eventually came and went. The Smith/Freas team were declared the victors and we took the reigns of power in January 1997. At this time Starfleet Operations was well prepared to hit the ground running. Team Ops had six months to prepare for this moment and as soon as it came our prepared staff immediately sprang into action. Even our departmental website was officially launched as soon as the news came in that we had won the election.

 Looking back (and even at the time) our victory was almost a guarantee. No other opposition group matched the experience and enthusiasm of our campaign effort. Everything was expertly orchestrated to get the word out to all chapters despite the complete breakdown of official communication throughout the Fleet. We also had most of our headquarters staff already selected and participating in the campaign even before election season. To accomplish this task our effort completely embraced the Internet where the McGinnis Administration denounced it as an unofficial means of communication, not to mention being a major threat to their authoritarian hold on power.

 It goes pretty much without saying that, in this time of darkness and lack of communication from HQ, our use of the Internet contributed to the salvation of Starfleet. But it wasn't the only method deserving credit for this feat. It was the members, chapters and regions of Starfleet as a whole that saved Starfleet. Starfleet HQ may have been shutdown but the members picked up where the McGinnis administration faltered. Through the hard work and dedication of our valued members who still believed in the dream Starfleet continued to exist simply because we refused to let it die. The McGinnis Administration could do all they wanted to harass our chapters and members and to deprive the association of needed membership services, but the membership of Starfleet would still be there to keep things rolling and to fix the damage when the McGinnis Administration was finally through.

 On January 2, 1997 the Smith/Freas team was finally put to the test as news spread throughout the Fleet that we had won the election. Unlike other administrations which had a month or two transition period to work with the outgoing administration to ensure a smooth transition, we had to pick up as soon as the news came through. And did we! Since our campaign effort loosely doubled as a shadow administration anyway the transition was easier than expected. Our programs, services, departments, staff, publications, communications channels and websites were already in existence by January 2nd. All we had to do was change our label from "campaign" to "administration".

 And that's how it began. The Internet would remain a very vital communications and administrative tool for our administration. All administrative tasks were conducted online, taking far less time to accomplish than by traditional means. Even when communication failures plagued our administration early on we could still rely on getting the word out and Fleet business accomplished through email, Internet Relay Chat, and web pages. Anyone with online access knew what was going on in this administration and the only regret that we had when traditional means of communication failed was that our off line members were largely left out of the communications loop.

 But this is my personal account of the Smith Administration's first term. This is supposed to include personal insights into what was going on and how I felt throughout the term. So far I've been dwelling on established facts that we already know. But what about the Smith Administration behind the scenes and between the lines? As a front line observer of the actions of the Executive Committee and Admiralty Board I think I've seen just about as much Starfleet politics in action as I ever wanted to. Some of the following observations may not seem pretty but it's all part of the process inside Starfleet HQ.

 Let me begin by first stating that it's probably no secret that Mike Smith and his Executive Committee members did not always see eye to eye. This is a good thing. If Mikey wanted a bunch of yes men in his staff he would be no better than the previous CS. Okay, so many of us lacked necessary conflict resolution skills when the email started getting nasty but we still got the job done. And that's the bottom line here. At times we may have conducted in some pretty vicious email attacks to get our points across and our goals accomplished but that was all a part of preventing our administration from following in the very same footsteps as the previous one.

 My first experiences as Starfleet Chief of Operations could definitely be considered unusual. First, our records on what chapters we actually had were so skewed that we had to rely heavily on the MSR reports we received early on to build our vessel registry. No easy task and one which I must commend my vice chiefs, Les Rickard and Matt Myers, for their assistance in this effort. If it wasn't for their diligence, we would not have been able to adequately determine what chapters we had or did not have. Even with Les and Matt=s exemplary efforts, a small number of chapters fell through the cracks and had to notify us of their existence, much to their and our dismay. 

 However, my very first action as Ops Chief was to accept the departure of an unhappy chapter from Starfleet. No matter how much I tried to convince them that better days were ahead, they simply had enough of Starfleet. This saddened me just thinking that members and chapters were brought to frustration over the irresponsibility of the previous administration that they had no recourse but to leave. No one should have to quit a club. It's that simple. Clubs exist to be enjoyed, not hated. There definitely was something wrong with Starfleet.

 Not long afterward I had received a string of phone calls from upset members in another chapter. They called me claiming that I had no authority to berate and insult their commanding officer like I had in a phone call to her. Funny thing was that I had not called their CO at all. I didn't even know their CO's phone number. Something odd was happening here. After further investigation it was discovered that some unknown person had called their CO and impersonated me. I eventually did call their CO to reassure her that I was not the person that called earlier and that I would do everything I could to help her chapter and it's members. But it was to no avail. Like a lot of chapters early in our first term, they simply had enough of Starfleet and decided to leave.

 I think that this was the most distressing part of the first year of our administration. Chapters that left Starfleet or were decommissioned due to lack of enthusiasm, members, etc. were outnumbering the number of chapters that were being commissioned. From my point of view, it definitely looked as if things would only get worse before they got better. And that's the way it went. Fortunately, my enthusiasm was still high and I accepted these departures as necessary losses. As part of our renewal process we had to let go of those chapters and members who continued to be unhappy with Starfleet even despite our initial successes. It was no easy task to decommission those very chapters that chose to leave or whither away but what else could I do?

 I thought that I had accepted the best job in the Fleet when I accepted my appointment to Starfleet Chief of Operations. I still remember that pride and feelings of accomplishment when my own chapter was commissioned. In Starfleet, there's no greater feeling than being part of a shuttle, starting everything from nothing, and transforming that group of individuals into a chapter of Starfleet. A Starfleet commissioning was justification that all that work was well worth the effort.

 Well, the feeling was exactly the same every time I sent out a commissioning packet. I'd sent out dozens of them and I always got emotionally attached, almost too much so, when I commissioned a new chapter. I just had to think back to January 1988 when I received the commissioning letter for my chapter, which I still have in my files somewhere, and I knew exactly how every commanding officer of all those new chapters would react when they plucked their chapter's commissioning packet out of their mailboxes. Now that's the best feeling in the world.
 But we all had a new Starfleet to build and Starfleet Operations was just a small corner of it. Sometimes we made considerable improvements like our online MSR report generator and appointing a staff that was actually responsive to concerns from   the membership And then there were times when it looked like the McGinnis years all over again. Okay, it's a big stretch to compare the Smith Administration to the McGinnis Administration but there were occasions where we needed to step back and ask ourselves why the hell we did what we did. These situations were fortunately few and far between but they happened anyway.

 There were many occasions when I couldn't help thinking that we had legitimate concerns that needed our attention immediately instead of being pushed to the back burners like they were. But this happens in any organization. Not to mention personal conflicts. Several of those heated issues we dealt with could have been resolved more quickly if we could put our personalities aside and just stick with the facts. This could easily explain why the Region 9/Region 21 issue dragged on for well over a year when, if we just kept to the basic facts of the situation, it should have been resolved in less than a month. Some issues need time to be resolved, like the proposed constitution review and revision process. However, deciding the fates of Regions 9 and 21 was not one of those situations.

 Still, there were times when the EC and AB were able to act swiftly with very little personality conflicts getting in the way. Examples include the approval of the transfer of Michigan from Region 12 to Region 13, instituting the "anti God clause" banning EC and AB members from holding two EC or AB offices simultaneously, and the revocation of the much hated chapter charter fee. But the usual workings of the EC and AB actually landed somewhere in between. Even when discussions did get overheated there were always other members of the EC and AB with minds clear enough to see through the flaming and divert due process back on track.

 Even I was not immune to this less than stellar behind the scenes behavior. I remember at least a couple instances where I threatened to resign for the sake of issues that I had allowed myself to become personally and emotionally attached. For instance, there was the formation of the Chapter Assistance Program (originally named Reserve Chapter Operations). I thought that it was one of the most necessary programs that Starfleet Operations could create since it dealt with helping chapters meet their membership requirements instead of threatening them with decommissioning. For some reason, others thought otherwise and did their best to keep us from launching the program.  I also recall the heated arguments in early 1998 to get the Regional Creation & Realignment Proposal (committee appointed at IC'97) to a vote of the AB members. It eventually passed but not without the requisite verbal fisticuffs and gnashing of teeth.

 But this is my experience with the EC and AB during the first term of the M. Smith Administration. It seemed to only get things accomplished when the situation, any situation, was at it's worst. For months we would not hear about anything unless it concerned a flag rank promotion request. Then something would come to a boil somewhere (most likely announced to the Starfleet Email List) then the EC and AB would convert into damage control mode.

 Yes, there was the proposed constitution that was batted around the EC & AB for more than a year. But this was a necessary process. The complexities within this document demanded extra special attention. The old (1990) constitution was so vague and full of loop holes that any intelligent malevolent CS could easily get out of Starfleet all that he/she wanted. McGinnis knew that and he used the flaws in the 1990 constitution to his advantage and see where that got us. So it was crucial that the 1998 constitution not only eliminated these loop holes and flaws but also set definitive limits on the powers of the CS. At least that was our intention.

 Despite the lack of activity in the area of policy making, outside the huge revisions to the proposed constitution, the EC and AB were constantly at the ready to discuss any point that came to our attention. And no matter how insignificant, too. About the most insignificant discussions we conducted revolved around if a member should be promoted or demoted. Personally I could care less when it came to ranks but they are a part of Starfleet and we were the body that made those crucial decisions. To me, anyone is deserving of a flag promotion if they have been a regular contributor in Fleet and did nothing to tarnish the association's name.

 Still, we established guidelines for this sort of thing so it was up to us to interpret the meaning of those very guidelines. And like any group of diverse individuals, our interpretations often widely varied. I tended to look at things pretty liberally   if they looked like an active member I usually voted for their promotion. However, I did vote no on occasion. It's got a lot to do with how I was feeling when the promotion request comes up. If I had a bad day at work then I'd probably be a bit more critical when it came to my decision.

 But enough about ranks. Sheesh, haven't we had enough on this topic? But that largely sums up everything at the EC/AB level   we've pretty much seen it all and heard it all. But, I believe that we had the common sense to take action on the valid points and let the dubious issues slide. It was finding that fine line between the two that was the hard part. And, again, each member of the EC and AB had their own concept where that fine line was. Most of our arguments were about just that, but once that line was defined we were largely agreeable on the outcome.

 Each member of the EC was an individual and each one had their own distinct personality. Some of us changed over the course of the term while others tended to be rocks of stability. When Mike Smith first took on the responsibility of CS he was not one with whom you wanted to get into a difference of opinion. No matter your status in Fleet he would let you know exactly how he felt. Even during the campaign of '96 we knew that this was our biggest flaw. It was as if it was just part of his nature to be at the center of controversy. It probably was. Still, most of the time we could see through the bluster and he would eventually see reason. If he admitted it or not is a totally different issue.

 If there was any one member of the EC that could keep Mikey in line it was Communications Chief Gordon Goldberg. Gord had an opinion on most everything, quite like Mike, but without the bluster that accompanied most of Mikey's observations. Gord was the keeper of the virtual 2x4. If Mikey got out of line we could always count on Gord to make an appearance and set things right again.

 A close second in this capacity was Director of ShOC, Dennis Gray. Dennis was more subtle than Gord and, from my point of view, he usually voiced his disapproval only after he was pretty safe that he was not the only one that felt that way. Still, on most matters he kept to himself unless it was an issue that he was personally attached to or if it affected the rights of the membership.

 Another champion of the rights of the membership was SFA Director Mandi Herrmann. She was more like a dispenser of common sense and reason. When things got out of hand she would calmly place everything back in perspective and let us all know that our main purpose was to do our jobs, do our best to serve the membership, and not argue about every minor detail.

 Jesse Smith, Chief of Computer Operations, was the calm and quiet one. He's the type that gladly kept to the background but when provoked could come out charging like Mikey on a bad day. There were several occasions this was a welcome response. He also was not afraid to put things in perspective for all of us.

 However, the one we tended to hear least from was VCS Chuck Freas. It was like he was not there at all most of the time, and rightly so, I believe. Chuck's main priority was to resolve our IRS issues and that he accomplished brilliantly. But even with this responsibility Chuck still had the time to contribute his opinions on most issues. Chuck's contributions were invaluable when it came to the legal ramifications of our actions and proposals. Being an incorporated not for profit association it really paid off to have Chuck's legal expertise handy to get us through the more legally binding situations.

 And me? I'm not sure how I'd describe myself. I'd say that I largely kept to the background until cornered and provoked or disgusted into participation. I would like to think that I tend to address issues in a rational, friendly manner but I know better. I could be a real pain in the backside when pushed up against the wall. Well, it can be very difficult at times to keep an even hand when the rest of the bunch have also lost touch with the whole faith in the goodness of mankind thing as well. I only threatened to resign twice in the past two years so, I guess, things could have been worse.

 Putting everything into perspective I'd have to say that any job at this level is very demanding, frequently misunderstood, and often thankless. It often made me wonder just what it was that kept us going. What was it that made us keep doing all this work for very little or nothing at all in return? Even now I can't say for certain. It was just something that I believed needed to be done and I believed that I was the only one that could get the job done right. Call it overconfidence or an over inflated ego but that's a requisite for the job.

 But why go on with it when it demanded my attention three or more hours every day? Why put my family, job and personal life on hold to get a chapter commissioned or read through a stack of regional reports? What did I expect to gain from all my contributions? What will society one hundred years from now think how I handled the burden as Starfleet Chief of Operations or even Starfleet in general? Truthfully, do you have any personal feelings on the Eric Stillwell administration? Do you even know how to spell his last name correctly? I sure don't (to both inquiries) and I was third in charge of this show.

 I firmly believe that Team Ops during the first Mike Smith admin went a long way toward rebuilding Starfleet as a whole. From rebuilding the vessel registry to establishment of the online MSR form to creation of CAP, to refinement of EFCP, to launching the Fleet Ops informational website, to providing exemplary customer service to all our chapters and members, especially those in need of assistance, everyone in Team Ops deserves credit for helping make Starfleet's Brightest Future a reality.

 I see the Starfleet of tomorrow as a loose collection of Star Trek fans occasionally attend online Star Trek conventions discussing what the Mike Smith administration was like and wondering who the heck was his Chief of Operations. Okay, maybe not. We're just a club and I think as long as we keep that fact in perspective then we can avoid the whole holier than thou attitude thing and learn to have some fun while slogging through the administrative mumbo jumbo.

 But that's just my take on it all. As Mikey says, YMMV.

 Tom

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TEAM OPS 1997-1998:

Tom Monaghan, Chief of Operations
Les Rickard, Senior Vice Chief of Operations
Matt Myers, Vice Chief of Operations
J.C. Cohen, Assistant Vice Chief & CQ Summaries
Chelle Johnson, Assistant Vice Chief - International Chapters
Mark Vinson, Correspondence Chapter Operations
Michelle Fanelli, Correspondence Chapter Operations
Dennis Rayburn, Existing Fan Club Program
Barbara Paul, Armed Services Program
Marlon Ragsdale, Chapter Assistance Program
Richard Jolitz, Chapter Assistance Program
Peter Lutz, Chapter Assistance Program
David McCabe, Online Operations
Alex Rosenzweig, Department of Technical Services
Michael Dugas, Advanced Starship Design Bureau
Thomas Spiker, Advanced Starship Design Bureau
John Harris, Advanced Starship Design Bureau
Donna Monaghan, Staff Assistant to the Chief
James T. Wiikii, Custodian

 

REPORT FROM THE SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

 

  Greetings from the Sciences. I wanted to announce a staff change in the Science Department.  One that I am quite proud of.   I asked LCMDR Robert Towne to become the Assistant Chief Science Officer.  In that, he has accepted my offer, and with our CO's blessing, Robert assumed his new duties on 10/16/10.  In addition to his ACSO duties, Robert will continue his duties as the Planetary Sciences and Geophysics Officer.  I am sure that Robert will continue his usual excellent work in the Sciences.

 

  For the last several months, in fact most of this year, Robert and I have been submitting science articles on the Jaresh-Inyo list serv.  The articles have ranged from Astronomy to Genetics, and other scientific disciplines that we could think of for your reading enjoyment. 

 

  We are planning to continue to submit articles, and with future submissions, we would like to hear your responses to the articles we submit.  The reason for any submission we make is to show various aspects of the science world.  We pick material that we are interested in, yet we hope that the material will bring a new insight to you so that you may explore the scientific world with us

  What would you like to see in the type of submission we make?  Is there a particular subject you are interested in?  A subject you would like learn more about?  If so, please let Robert or myself know.  This also applies to articles that we will be writing in the future.  And if you find anything that interests you, please submit it to the list, or send it to me.  If you have questions, information, or suggestions, please send it to me at my science email address.  It is cso-ji@sbcglobal.net 

 

  We look forward to hearing from you.  In the mean time, we will be at our duty stations, working to help bring the sciences to you.

 

 

CMDR Patrick Litton

Chief Science Officer

REPORT FROM THE RANKS

 

Greetings Marines,

 

The smoke is clearing and the fire from the finger tips of some of our marines has gone out.  It is really amazing that these Marines keyboards haven't melted by now. 

 

Lieutenant Colonel Tina Davis has been been taking and completing SFMCA and SFA courses like a marine with a target in her sights.  In the month of October, she has completed PD-10, PD-11 and PD-13 alone.   She is also taking medical courses, and others as well.  She is doing an excellent job as a student and we hope that she keeps up the good work!  Right along with LTC Davis is Colonel Christina Doane.  COL Doane has been working on advanced courses for Support and other areas that are helping to gain our certification in the MURP program.  She is also setting the process in motion for entering the Vessel Readiness Program.  Both of these officers are fine examples of what determination and hard work can achieve in our unit.

 

In the unit, there been discussion of possibly creating a unit patch, and Gideon.  These are in the talking stage, as well as possibly purchasing a SFMC flag for those of us who are able to attend regional conferences within transporter range of the Jaresh-Inyo. 

 

I would like to encourage all marines that read this report that are not active in the unit to consider becoming involved in our unit.  There are so many possibilities of courses to be taken, future missions in the fiction realm, and other things that you can create for your service in the 212th. 

We need your input, and we would like to see you join us.  My email address for all marine matters is lneck01@sbcglobal.net   Feel free to contact me at any time should you wish to join in the fun!

 

Forgive the shortness of this report.  Your OIC is suffering from writer's block at this writing.  The next report will be more complete.

 

  At ease, Marines,

 

  LTC Patrick Litton

  OIC 212th

 

I would like to remind all marines that your reading list for the MARINE READING CHALLENGE is due by the end of the month (January, March, May, July, September, November). For those not in the know...I collect books and audio books read and listened to and submit them to the 12th BDE OIC each reporting period. This would mean for the months of February/March, April/May, June/July, August/September, October/November, December/January. I would encourage ALL Marines to become involved in this challenge. I know you read, so why not enter the challenge? Any book or audio book is fair game. Here is an opportunity to show the 12th BDE that we are Reading Warriors! There is a reading challenge list form on the WOJ list page, in the document section. Any questions, please contact me.

Reports From the Ground:

Colonel Christina R. Doane

http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/WarriorsOfJustice/

Hello and welcome to the first of Reports From the Ground. This is where the members of the USS Jaresh-Inyo's marines will have their articles. Now this isn't to say that you won't see articles written by marines in other sections of the ship's newsletter but that this is where the ones with marine topics will go. It is the hope of the senior unit staff that this will be a regular part of the ship newsletter. This one will cover mostly cover from September to November in relation to just what have we been up to.

Roster:
Unit Staff:
Lt. Colonel S. Patrick Litton-Unit OIC
Colonel Christina R. Doane-Unit DOIC
1Lt. Shelley Martin- Unit Professional Development Officer
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr. Cadet Program Officer

If you are a marine and are not sure you are on our unit roster please contact me at christina_doane-At-yahoo-dot-com. Same action if you are listed and have a correction or do not wish to be affiliated. It should be noted that members have the choice of 3 unit classifications. The first is UDA, this means 'Unit Duty Assigned' and these are members of the marine unit are primarily focused on being marines and working within the unit. The second is DDA or Detached Duty Assignment, these marines spend a majority of their time in other departments, doing their thing :). The third is 'NDA' or Not Duty Assigned for new or quiet members who are still getting their sea legs. All members of the marine unit carry one of these classifications, if you are not sure what yours is and would like to know please contact me at the address listed above.

Toys For Tots:
Every year the SFMC does a massive drive for Toys For Tots, for more information on the program itself please go to: http://www.toysfortots.org/ If you are buying toys for this program please let the next in your chain of command know. If you are a marine and are buying toys please let me know. The program has started and will end later in Dec.

Unit Guidon and Related Topics:
The SFMC Manual tells us, “A guidon is a unit flag, usually mounted on an eight-foot wooden pole and carried by a guidon bearer during unit runs or marches. At other times it may be found mounted, hanging, or flying from a flagpole outside the unit’s area. SFMC guidons are red in color, with gold lettering and/or devices. They are 18 inches high by 30 inches in length. There is an optional 3 inch deep indent, centered in the trailing edge, forming two swallowtail points. All guidons are of the same standard size and color; only the lettering (2” high, block style) and Brigade insignia differs. Each guidon shows the unit name across the top (i.e., 001st MSG, 002nd MSG, 003rd MSG, etc…), the Brigade insignia in the center and the words “STARFLEET Marine Corps” (or SFMC) across the bottom.”

The above in case you weren't sure is a description of what a unit guidon must look like. As a point of pride for the unit, a unit guidon is something to be treasured. Therefore the unit staff are looking into getting one, I won't bore you with the details but it is enough to say that no email shall be left unsent or seamstress friends left uncalled :). It is my hope to have a sample picture and estimate cost by the next newsletter. We are also planning on buying an SFMC flag. Another item we plan on getting are unit streamers earned for our accomplishments. The idea is we could work out a system in which unit members may request these items for activities and of course we would have pictures on the website. Stay tuned!

Professional Development:
As our PDO is out due to medical concerns for the next two weeks, you'll just have to deal with me lol. First off before I go into the happy news for the unit I should explain just what MOS's and MURPS are.MOS stands for Military Occupational Specialty. A complete listing for the SFMC can be found here: http://www.sfisfmc.org/
And basically what it means is that to qualify in a fictional duty position one must take certain courses and when thats done they can 'certify' now some of the SFMCA courses are very useful in real life like the leadership or professional development courses. Others, while awesome, are not as likely to be used like the heavy artillery, though oddly enough can be well reflected in things like the recently televised 'pumkin' chuckin' contest. Those do include neat info however that one may find a use for. 

Here's an example of an MOS from the MOS manual linked above: 
176-B Honor Guard
These people are assigned as guards to the “tombs of the unknowns”. They are selected from the best of the best, and are exceptionally skilled in the use of show weaponry as used on various worlds. Once trained for guard detail, their primary duty is to walk their assigned post at the tomb, and perform the changing of the guard ceremony at specified intervals.

Recommended Courses to Qualify: PD-10, PD-11, PD-13, PD-20, IN-10, NCO-10, NCO-20, SU-10, SU-20

As one can see if you're into taking courses this is a very doable thing and it looks great on your record! The unit senior staff are strongly encouraging all marines to get qualified as it is nice thing, especially if one likes taking SFMCA courses. And yes you can go for more then one but only one can be listed as your specialty.

Currently the following members have indicated they are actively going for an MOS, if you are not on the list please contact me with what you wish to be doing.

MOS Students:
Colonel Christina Doane
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr.
Colonel Tina Davis
1Lt. Shelley Martin

Academic Notices:
Below are listed marines who have taken courses and what they've taken since September. I especially want to point out the sheer number of courses that Colonel Davis has gotten through and the fact that 1Lt. Shelley Martin not only finished the OCC that course of much doom but finished the nearly the ENTIRE Aerospace College at the SFMC in a matter of 3 days. Now you will notice that all courses have been list SFIA and SFMCA because we feel strongly that not only should we honor the accomplishments of our marines but pay respect to the fact that we are all members of STARFLEET and while at the higher levels it may be unwieldy to do list both in the same area, here in the trenches we can get away with it. Kudos to everyone to has taken the time to expand their horizons!

Colonel Christina R. Doane
1. College of Medicine - Counselor Certification
2. Vulcan Academy of Science - Specialist I in Library Science
3. HOFL 102 - Federation Law 2 
4. LD-21. Advanced Leadership: Leadership In Action.
5. LD-27 Combat Leadership: Leadership Under Pressure
6. LD-30 Advanced Leadership Degree Course
7. OD-20 Advanced Officer Development
8. PD-16 MSG/MTU OIC Cadet Familiarization Course 

1Lt. Shelley Martin:
1. OCC-Officer Command College
2. AE-10 Aerospace Basic Course
3. AE-20 Aerospace Advanced Course
4. AE-25 Aerospace Atmospheric Pilot Training 
5. AE-30 Aerospace Independent Study Course
6. LD-10 Basic Leadership 
CourseNotes: Because of passing AE-25. Shelley is not entitled to be called “Huntress” as her call sign. Furthermore her promotion from 2Lt. To 1Lt. is well earned!

Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr:
1. OOC 101 The Orion Home System
2. OOC 102 The Orion Colonies 
3. OOC 103 The Orion People 
4. Math 106 - Ancient Hebrew Numbers 
5. XC-30 Independent Study of Cardassian Culture 

Colonel Tina Davis:
1. AOC 101 - Andorian System and Culture
2. AOC 102 - Religion and Rituals 
3. AQ 101 - Alpha Quadrant Overview 
4. AQ 102 - Bajoran 
5. HEL 101 - Hellboy 
6. INC 101 - The Incredibles 
7. WW 101 - Harry Potter & Sorcerers Stone
8. Officer's Command College OCC 
9. COM-101 - Basic Doctorate 
10. COM-131 - Basic Health Field Medic 
11. COM-132 - First Aid Field Medic 
12. COM-133 - CPR Field Medic 
13. COM-308 - Emergency Medicine Specialty
14. TOS-102 - Main Characters 
15. TOS-101 - Characters 
16. TOS-103 - Episodes 
17. TOS-104 - Technology 
18. TOS-105 - Trivia 
19. TNG-101 - Characters 
20. TNG-102 - 
21. TNG-103 - Episodes 
22. TNG-104 - Technology 
23. TNG-105 - Trivia 
24. DS9-101 - Characters 
25. LD-10 Basic Leadership Course
26. NCO-10 Basic Non-Commissioned Officer's Course
27. PD-10 Basic Professional Development
28. PD-11 individual Drill
29. PD-13 History of the SFMC.

Major Robert Mounce:
1. OTS Officer Training School
2. 
MURPS: For those of you who might not know, the marines have their own version of a vessel readiness program. See this: sfmca.sfi-sfmc.org/

For more detail please see the above link.

Basically it allows us to 'certify' in certain marine fields like aerospace or professional development. And I am happy to report we have sent in seven of the 14 MURPS one can qualify in. I have recently gotten confirmation that we are certified in the ones sent in! Below in Green are the ones we have qualified in, the ones in red are still needing to be finished. If anyone would like to help please contact me :). To see the certifications they are at: tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/WarriorsOfJustice/

Aerospace Readiness:
Colonel Kevin Cozart , AE-20
Sgt. Kerry Furr AE-10
Major Gen. Gary Hollifield, Jr. AE-25
2Lt. Shelley Martin- SoEH 104 - Modern Principles and Terms (College of Engineering)
Colonel Christina Doane-College of Flight Operations: CSO-101: Flight Operations


Aerospace Medicine:
Colonel Kevin Cozart , AE-20, MD-25
Sgt. Kerry Furr AE-10
Major Gen. Gary Hollifield, Jr. AE-25
Colonel Christina Doane-MD-10, MD-20


Armor:
Colonel Kevin Cozart, AR-10
Marine Captain Jonathon Neale, AR-20
*NEED AR-30
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr., AR-17
Marine Captain Jonathon Neale-SOST 101 - Strategy and Tactics: The Basics


Combat Engineering:
Colonel Kevin Cozart, CE-10
Major General Gary Hollifield, CE-20
*NEED CE-30
Lt. Colonel Tina Davis, College of Starship Operations: Starship Operations 1
2Lt. Shelley Martin- SoEH 104 - Modern Principles and Terms (College of Engineering)

General Combined Readiness:
Automatically awarded when unit is certified in all 9 BOS's (AE, AR, CE, IN, MD, ME, MO, SO, SU)

Infantry:
Sgt. Kerry Furr-IN-10
Colonel Christina Doane, IN-20
*Need IN-30
Sgt. David Hollifield-IOMS:COS-104 TNG Early Rank Recognition
Marine Captain Jonathon Neale, TSS-101 Survival Training Course

Leadership Development:
Lt. Jg. Richard McCreery, Jr., LD-10
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr., LD-20
Lt. Colonel Tina Davis, IOLS - Flag Officer's School (IOLS:FOS) Configuration
Colonel Christina Doane, LD-27, LD-30

Medical:
Colonel Christina Doane, MD-10
Major General Gary Hollfield, Jr. MD-20
Colonel Kevin Cozart, MD-30
Lt. Colonel Tina Davis, COM 101: Basic Doctorate

MECHA:
Marine Captain Jonathon Neale, ME-10
*NEED ME-20, ME-30
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr., ME-19
Colonel Christina Doane, IN-22

Maritime:
Colonel Gary Hollifield, MO-10
Marine Captain Jonathon Neale, MO-20
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr., MO-30
Colonel Christina Doane-College of Flight Operations: CSO-101: Flight Operations
Major General Gary Hollifield, MO-23NCO Development:Colonel Christina Doane, NCO-10, NCO-20Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr., NCO-30, NCO-11
2Lt. Shelley Martin, IOMS:COS-102 Basic Security Officers Course


Professional Development:
Marine Captain Donna Hollifield, PD-10
2Lt. Shelley Martin, PD-12
Colonel Kevin Cozart, PD-15
Lt. Colonel Tina Davis, IOLS: FOS: Leadership
Colonel Christina Doane, LD-20

Special Operations:
Sgt. Kerry Furr, SO-10
Colonel Kevin Cozart, SO-20
*NEED SO-30
Major General Gary Hollifield, Jr. IOMS: TSS-101 Survival Training Course
Colonel Christina Doane, COC 101 - Interspecies Communication

Support:
Colonel Kevin Cozart, SU-10
Colonel Christina Doane, SU-20
*NEED SU-30
Colonel Patrick Litton, IOST - Vulcan Academy of Science (IOST:VAS) VAS 105 - Specialist I in Meteorology
Radm Valerie Rose, IOST - College of Computer History (IOST:COCH) COCH 101 - History of Computers

MISC:
Wow this was way longer then I meant it to be, guess we got a lot to report. Other lesser notices are we do have a Unit Marine Reference Library. Ok so its a list of cool marine related books and movies in our yahoo group but it counts! Please check it out its in the files section at: http://tv.groups.yahoo.com/group/WarriorsOfJustice/

Any additions or anything would be welcomed, we will try to update it regularly

Also who is interested in going to the Region One Summit? Url is at: http://sites.beyondweb.com/r1-summit/

We are trying to form a group and plan for a get together of unit members etc. Also still working on a Unit Standard Operating Procedure Guide to be added to the ship handbook, anyone wishing to help with that please contact me. And we're working on building unit presence in the area of fandom honor guards and drill teams, so will keep you posted there.

Also if you are a marine and read please remember every other month at the end, current one is due end of November with the next one due in Jan 2011, there is a reading challenge between the units of the SFMC. If you are an adult it must be at least 100 pages and the information you need to send to Lt. Colonel Patrick Litton is the book title, author, number of pages and its ISBN. In the files section of our unit yahoo group there is a form one can use.

On a personal note, I know I say 'please contact me' a lot but I don't mean to say that I am the only one doing things, its' simply easier for me to act as an Uhura and funnel the request to the right person then try to remember whose is doing what lol. I want to commend Col. Litton, Col. Davis, 1lt. Martin and all the others who work hard without pay to make this a unit to be proud of. HOORAH!.

Colonel C. Doane
DOIC 212th MSG

 

  STARFLEET International Call-In System (StarCall)

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The STARFLEET International Call-In System (StarCall) is online and ready.

What's StarCall used for you ask? Please continue reading.

Here is what FEMA and other Emergency Preparedness Organizations recommend you do for a Family Emergency Plan:

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. 

Family Emergency Plan 
Identify an out-of town contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. 

Be sure every member of your family knows the phone number and has a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Make sure to tell your family and friends that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts. 

Teach family members how to use text messaging (also knows as SMS or Short Message Service). Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through. 

As a supplement to having an ICE contact, STARFLEET members may also use the StarCall System. The StarCall System is an automated system that will email (to the OEP distribution list) any messages recorded. It's a Voicemail system powered by XcastLabs, Inc.

There are currently three numbers assigned to the system:

1-213-232-0TRK (0875) - The Los Angeles Access Number
1-877-499-1290 - The US/Canada Access Number
44-808-189-0411 - The International Access Number (the International TFN forwards all calls to the 213-232-0875 number).

Any one calling these numbers will hear the following message:

* Begin Message *

Thank you for calling the STARFLEET International Call-In System. If this is an Emergency, please hang up and dial your area's emergency response number.

If you are relatively safe and would like us to contact someone for you, please provide the following information:

Your name, your location, your contact information, the name of the person you want contacted, their contact information, a message or special instructions you want delivered.

Please record your message after the tone

* End Message *

The StarCall System is, of course, not mandatory and is available to all STARFLEET members and their families to use AFTER - not during or before, an emergency has occurred. As an added step toward Emergency Preparedness, the StarCall System may be included as part of your Family Emergency Planning. It is recommended you use STARFLEET ICE as the entry in your Cell Phone contact list. 

COL James C Jones II
Director, STARFLEET Office of Emergency Preparedness
DOIC 4th Brigade
OIC 32nd MSG
TRACOM R&D Lead Illustrator
Director, Alumni Outreach Program

 

I Made a Mistake. Now What?
by Jane Powell
 
“Admit your mistake! It’s your most empowering choice.”
 
We all make mistakes. It’s a fact of life. What matters is what you do afterward.
 
You have a choice. You can let your mistake torment you, embarrass you, and hold you back. Or, you can admit you made a mistake, learn from it, and move on.
 
Mistakes are lessons in disguise. You can learn something from each and every one. Next time you make a mistake, act quickly and decisively. Take responsibility and look for the lesson. Use the lesson to reach greater success and good fortune in your life.
 
Learn from your mistakes. Only then can they empower you to greater heights.
 
 
 
BE YOURSELF
 
 

The world would like to change you;
There are pressures all around,
You must decide just who you are,
Then firmly hold your ground.
 

You have an image of yourself,
An ideal sense of you;
And to this vision you must always
Struggle to be true.
 

You know what you are good at,
And you know where talents lie;
But if you're ruled by others,
Your uniqueness could pass by.
 

Remember, there is much to learn,
All new things aren't good,
Wisdom lies in what you've learned
And what you have withstood.
 

So be yourself and don't allow
The world to take control,
Preserving your identity
Is life's most precious goal.
 

-by Bruce B. Wilmer
 
 
Find a way
Don't believe those who tell you that it can't be done. Refuse to be stopped by those who say it's too late, or not practical, or too early, or not workable.
Listen carefully and thoughtfully to their advice, and then find a way. Look realistically at the challenges, and then begin working through them.
 
What may appear to be an unyielding obstacle when you're standing still, will begin to give way when you start moving forward. Focus not on what is pushing against you, but focus instead on the purpose that is pushing you to get it done.
 
Remind yourself again and again of why you must. Hold your head high and keep your eyes on the goal.
 
Conditions will change, and so can you. Some routes will be blocked, and you have the flexibility to discover alternate ways to get it done.
 
Decide that you will accomplish what you have chosen to accomplish. Know that there is a way, and step by step, you will find it.
 
 Ralph Marston
 
 

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Biela's Comet
or Comet Biela
(official designation: 3D/Biela)
 

Biela's Comet or Comet Biela (official designation: 3D/Biela) was a periodic comet first recorded in 1772 and identified as periodic in 1826 by Wilhelm von Biela. Subsequently, it was observed to disintegrate and has not been seen since 1852, although remnants survived for some time as a meteor shower.

The comet was first recorded in 1772 by Charles Messier. It was also recorded in 1805 by Jean-Louis Pons, but was not recognized as the same object. It was Wilhelm von Biela who observed it during its 1826 perihelion approach (on February 27) and calculated its orbit, discovering it to be periodic with a period of 6.6 years. It was only the third comet (at the time) known to be periodic, after the famous comets Halley and Encke.

In its 1846 appearance, the comet was observed to have broken up into two pieces. It was observed again in 1852 with the two parts being 1.5 million miles apart.[2] Neither part could be found on their predicted periodic returns in 1859, 1865, and 1872. However, on November 27, 1872, a brilliant meteor shower (3,000 per hour) was observed radiating from the part of the sky where the comet had been predicted to cross in September 1872. This was the date when Earth intersected the comet's trajectory. These meteors became known as the Andromedids or "Bielids" and it seems apparent that they indicated the death of the comet. The meteors were seen again on subsequent occasions for the rest of the 19th century, but have now faded away.

Comet 207P/NEAT may be related to comet Biela since it has a similar orbit

 Meteoric impacts

Biela has sometimes been proposed as the source of meteoric impacts on Earth.

A theory links together several major fires that occurred simultaneously in America, including the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire, claiming that they were caused by fragments of Biela's Comet striking the Earth.[4] The theory was first proposed in 1883, and was revived in a 1985 book[5] and further explored in an unpublished 2004 scientific paper[6].

On November 27, 1885, an iron meteorite fell in northern Mexico, at the same time as a 15,000 per hour outburst of the Andromedid meteor shower. The Mazapil meteorite has sometimes been attributed to the comet, but this idea has been out of favor since the 1950s as the processes of differentiation required to produce an iron body are not believed to occur in comets

Biela's Comet (and Comet Encke) had a role in scientific history in the generally-discredited concept of luminiferous aether: as its orbit perturbed and shortened, the shortening could only be ascribed to the drag of an "ether" through which it orbited in outer space. One reference (see External links) reads:

Encke's comet is found to lose about two days in each sucessive period of 1200 days. Biela's comet, with twice that length of period, loses about one day. That is, the successive returns of these bodies is found to be accelerated by this amount. No other cause for this irregularity has been found but the agency of the supposed ether.  

3D/Biela

Comet Biela
Biela's Comet in February 1846, soon after it split into two pieces.

Discovery

Discovered by:

Wilhelm von Biela

Discovery date:

February 27, 1826

Alternate designations:

1772; 1806 I; 1832 III;
1846 II; 1852 III;
1826 D1

Orbital characteristics A

Epoch:

September 29, 1852 [1]

Aphelion distance:

6.190 AU

Perihelion distance:

0.8606 AU

Semi-major axis:

3.5253 AU

Eccentricity:

0.7559

Orbital period:

6.619 a

Inclination:

12.550°

Last perihelion:

September 24, 1852

Next perihelion:

 

3D/Biela

Comet Biela
Biela's Comet in February 1846, soon after it split into two pieces.

Discovery

Discovered by:

Discovery date:

Alternate designations:

Orbital characteristics A

Epoch:

Aphelion distance:

Perihelion distance:

Semi-major axis:

Eccentricity:

Orbital period:

Inclination:

Last perihelion:

Next perihelion:

LTC Tina Davis
USS Jaresh-Inyo
Semper-Fi

Medical Scanner and Tricorders 

Medical scanners perform simple diagnostic functions such as reading vital signs and internal scans. It can be used like a Starfleet scanner, to scan a specific area for general bio-signs. The scanner's range was used in close range, although it could be used from a distance of a few feet and still get accurate readings. There are handheld medical scanners being used in today's real world, that are 800 times more sensitive than full-size scanners. These scanners provide cancer, diabetes, and bacterial detection. It can also be used as anti-terrorist efforts.

The tricorder prop for the original Star Trek series was designed and built by Wah Ming Chang, one of several futuristic props he created under his contract.[citation needed] Some of his designs are considered to have been influential on later, real-world consumer electronics devices. For instance, his communicator inspired Martin Cooper's research on mobile telephony.[citation needed]
"Real" tricorders

Software exists to make hand-held devices simulate a tricorder. Examples include Jeff Jetton's Tricorder for the PalmPilot;[2] the "genuine Tricorder from Elegant Solutions" Web application for the Pocket PC, iPhone, and iPod Touch; and an Android version.[3]

A mobile medical imaging lab that operates using inexpensive mobile phones was demonstrated in 2009.

Vital Technologies Corporation sold a portable device dubbed the "Official Star-Trek Tricorder Mark 1" (formally, the TR-107 Tricorder Mark 1) in 1996. Its features were an "Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Meter", "Two-Mode Weather Station", (thermometer and barometer), "Colorimeter" (no wavelength given), "Light meter", and "Stardate Clock and Timer" (a clock and timer).

Spokespersons claimed the device was a "serious scientific instrument".[4] Vital Technologies sold 10,000 units before going out of business. The company was permitted to call this device a "tricorder" because Gene Roddenberry's contract included a clause allowing any company able to create functioning technology to use the name.

In February 2007, researchers from Purdue University publicly announced their portable (briefcase-sized) DESI-based mass spectrometer, the Mini-10,[5] which can be used to analyze compounds in ambient conditions without prior sample preparation. This was also announced as a "tricorder".[6]

Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. is a major center for lab-on-a-chip research, and have developed many handheld instruments for biological or chemical analysis.[7]
In May 2008, researchers from Georgia Tech publicly announced[8] their portable hand-held multi-spectral imaging device, which aids in the detection of the severity of an injury under the skin, including the presence of pressure ulcers, regardless of lighting conditions or skin pigmentation. The day after the announcement, technology websites including Inside Tech[9] and The Future of Things[10] began comparing this device to the Star Trek tricorder.

In October 2009, researchers from NASA showed their prototype[11] for a device that detects deadly gases in the air; it contains a chip the size of a postage stamp connected to an iPhone.

LTC Tina Davis
USS Jaresh-Inyo
Semper-Fi 

Astronomers Find 'Snooker' Star System

ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2010) — Astronomers at The University of Warwick and the University of Sheffield have helped discover an unusual star system which looks like, and may even once have behaved like, a game of snooker. 

The University of Warwick and Sheffield astronomers played a key role in an international team that used two decades of observations from many telescopes around the world. The UK astronomers helped discover this "snooker like" star system through observations and analysis of data from an astronomical camera known as ULTRACAM designed by the British researchers on the team.

They looked at a binary star system called NN Serpentis which is 1670 light years away from Earth. NN Serpentis is actually a binary star system consisting of two stars, a red dwarf and a white dwarf, which orbit each other in an incredibly close, tight orbit. By lucky chance Earth sits in the same plane as this binary star system, so we can we can see the larger red dwarf eclipse the white dwarf every 3 hours and 7 minutes.
It was already thought that there may be at least one planet orbiting these two stars. However the University Warwick and Sheffield astronomers were able to use these incredibly frequent eclipses to spot a pattern of small but significant irregularities in the orbit of stars and were able to help demonstrate that that pattern must be due to the presence and gravitational influence of two massive gas giant planets. The more massive gas giant is about 6 times the mass of Jupiter and orbits the binary star every 15.5 years, the other orbits every 7.75 years and is about 1.6 times the mass of Jupiter.
Given the overall shape of the system, and how that this star system came to exist, it was hard for the British members of the research team not to think of the game of snooker.

One of the UK researchers on the project, Professor Tom Marsh from the University of Warwick's Department of Physics, said: "The two gas giants have different masses but they may actually be roughly the same size as each other, and in fact will also be roughly the same size as the red dwarf star they orbit. If they follow the patterns we see in our own star system of gas giants with a dominant yellow or blue colours, then it's hard to escape the image of this system as being like a giant snooker frame with a red ball, two coloured balls, and dwarf white cue ball."
This star system will also have seen dramatic changes in what is relatively recent times in astronomical terms the what is now the White Dwarf "cue ball" of the system may have suffered, and caused, violent changes to its own orbit and the orbit of all the planets and stars in the system.

Professor Vik Dhillon from the University of Sheffield, said: "If these planets were born along with their parent stars they would have had to survive a dramatic event a million years ago: when the original primary star bloated itself into a red giant, causing the secondary star to plunge down into the present very tight orbit, thereby casting off most of the original mass of the primary. Planetary orbits would have seen vast disturbances. Alternatively, the planets may have formed very recently from the cast off material. Either way, in relatively recent times in astronomical terms this system will have seen a vast shock to the orbits of the stars and planets, all initiated by what is now the white dwarf at the heart of the system."

LTC Tina Davis
USS Jaresh-Inyo
Semper-Fi 

BOOK REVIEW

Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold

Book: Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold, Books 1 and 2
Author: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: November 26, 2002
ISBN: Book 1- 0-7434-1922-7, Book 2- 0-7434-1923-5
Pages: Book 1 288, Book 2 280

These two books incorporate all 5 Trek's. The Malkus Artifacts are 4 deadly weapons of an instellar tyrant 90000 years ago which are scattered across the Alpha Quadrant when he was overthrown.

First discovered in 2151 by Captain Johnathan Archer and the crew of the Starship Enterprise NX-01, starfleet personnel are warned to be alert for these weapons.

Over a century later a plague breaks out on the colony world of Alpha Proxima II as a result of one of the weapons. Captain James Kirk and the Starship Enterprise team up with Commedore Matt Decker and the Starship Constellation as they race the clock to find the weapon and a cure for the plague.

A century later a second weapon is found by Bajoran Terrorist Orta on a Bajoran farming colony and threatens destruction.Commander Benjamin Sisko of Deep Space Nine along with Captain Declan Keogh of the Starship Odyssey must locate Orta and retrieve the weapon before initiates his threats.

While on a shakedown cruise on the USS Voyager, Captain Kathryn Janeway and the crew of the Starship Voyager locate the third weapon in the Demiliterized Zone in the hands of the Maquis.With the aid of Captain Robert Desoto of the USS Hood. Voyager Security Chief Lieutenant Commander Tuvok infiltrates the Maquis and must gain the trust of Maquis leaders Chakotay and Cal Hudson both former Starfleet Officers, before they use it in the 
Demiliterized Zone.

The final weapon is found on Nerenda III and leads to several mysterious disappearances throughout the Federation and Klingon space including Ambassadors Spock and Worf. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise along with Captain Klag of the IKS Gorkon race to recover the weapon before it's deadly secret is 
revealed.

I personally found the 2 book story one of the best I have read as DeCandido once again does an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life and combining all 5 Trek's into the story. I think that any fan of Trek would enjoy the two book story. Worth the reading. Enjoy!

LTCMDR Robert Towne
Assistant Chief Science Officer
Planetary Sciences Officer
Geophysics Officer
USS Jaresh-Inyo NCC 74922

Academy News & Promotions

Colonel Christina Doane
- received a grade of DISTINCTION for LD-27
- successfully completed LD-30

LTC Tina Davis
- successfully completed PD-10, -11, and -13 in the month of October
- received a grade of PASS for OCC

MAJ Robert Mounce
- received a grade of HONORS for OTS

Second Lieutenant Shelley Martin to First Lieutenant
13 November 2010 (stardate 1010.13).

Ensign Lacey Chavez to Lieutenant Junior Grade
23 November 2010

Ensign Rachel Arrighi to Lieutenant Junior Grade
23 November 2010

 

Attention to orders:
After discussion with Midshipman Aaron Coutu, we have decided that some of his responsibility on the chapter will reflect his real life responsibility as well. In real life, Aaron is a Librarian specializing in the Teen reading area. So as Ship's Librarian, he will be available to answer questions about reading materials for you and will be especially handy if you are a teen, read like teen (reminder Harry Potter and Percy Jackson were actually written for teens), or if you have teenaged children in your house. Don't worry to ask him about reading materials for adults either as I have been ensured he has the tools and resources available to him to research and get you an answer.

I mean, he does this in real life.

Also, I am breveting Aaron the rank of Ensign considering his new responsibilities. Congratulations on both appointment and promotion,

Ensign Coutu!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Lieutenant Commander Sharon Norris to the ranks of the USS Jaresh-Inyo. Commander Norris hails from South Australia. I will get her added to the yahoo list posthaste.

Welcome aboard, Lieutenant Commander!


President of the United Federation of Planets

Jaresh-Inyo (c. 2372)

In 2372, the post was held by Jaresh-Inyo, a Grazerite. His presidency was marked by a number of troubling foreign and domestic policy developments, including the dissolution of the Khitomer Accords and an undeclared war with the Klingon Empire in 2372, increasing tensions with the Dominion, and the rise of the Maquis. 

In 2372, fears of Changeling infiltration of the Federation government reached a high point when Dominion agents were discovered to have detonated a bomb at a diplomatic conference between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire in Antwerp. Starfleet Admiral and Chief of Starfleet Operations Leyton and Captain Benjamin Sisko advocated increased security on Earth following the bombing, and when the planetary power grid was disabled, Inyo declared martial law on the capital planet. Later, it was discovered that the grid had been disabled by Leyton's own agents, and that Leyton was leading an attempted military coup d'etat against the Federation civilian government. Leyton's coup was thwarted by Sisko, but as a result of the scandal, Jaresh-Inyo's political career ended. (DS9: "Homefront", "Paradise Lost") 

Jaresh-Inyo left office sometime prior to 2375. While questioning Luther Sloan, Julian Bashir discovered that Section 31 had an operative working in Jaresh-Inyo's cabinet. (DS9: "Extreme Measures") 

The novel Articles of the Federation establishes that Jaresh-Inyo died in May of 2380, being remembered as a great "peace-time president" being credited with the expansion of civil rights for sentient beings, and the opening of diplomatic relations with the Children of Tama, but not one suited for the job when war with the Dominion became inevitable.

 

 

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BGN Gary Hollifield, Jr.

Executive Officer/Chief of Operations
CMDR Cory Whorton

Second Officer/Chief of Communications/Counselor
CAPT/COL Glenna M. Juilfs

Chief of Computer Operations
LTjg Richard McCreery

Chief of Engineering
RADM Valerie Rose

Chief Medical Officer
CAPT Samuel Cummings

Chief Science Officer/Marine OIC
CMDR/LTC Patrick Litton

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LT Jonathon Neale

Chief of Strategic Operations
LTjg David Stayduhar

Cadet Corps Commandant
COL Gary Hollifield, Sr.

Marine DOIC
COL Christina Doane

Morale Officer
FCPT James Whatley



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