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The Gryphon's Beak

April, 2021


Flag Sends

The Gryohon Fleet Worldcon 2022 Portal page is live! This is the one-stop clearinghouse for our plans for next year. We have also started our fundraising drive to support the efforts at Worldcon, and a initial interest survey as well.

The survey is being used to gauge interest in you and your fellow fleet members helping run our activity at the convention. We will collect responses, and be in touch as we start filling in the staffing levels.

Please take a moment to click through to https://gryphonfleet.org/worldcon2022/ and let us know your interest level – even if it is ‘not at all’, we need to know!

For those who cannot attend, I would ask that you consider donating to help us put on the best show Worldcon has ever seen. Every donation helps! If you are able, a recurring (and sadly we can’t automate those) $10 monthly donation would be a huge help!

Thank you all again, and I look forward to seeing you in person once we can convention again.

Oak Forest Arms

Comings & Goings

BuTrain Order 021-21
I have the honor to announce the appointment of:
Electronic Warfare Mate 2/c Danielle Ostach as the RMMCTC Junior Enlisted Instructor.

EWM2 Ostach you are hereby ordered to report immediately to Major General W.T. Farley at the Royal Manticoran Marine Corps Training Command, Camp Maastricht. There to perform the duties and assignments as the RMMCTC Enlisted Instructors.


BuPlan Directive 2103-01
Effective 15 March 2021 at 1200 CDT (UTC-06:00), the BuPlan Office of Intelligence & Convention Services will close. The current BuPlan Departments under that office will now report directly to the BuPlan Chief of Staff.

The Bureau would like to thank LCDR Patrick Giese, RMN, for his dedication and service in the role of Director of Operations for the Office of Intelligence & Convention Services.

Commensurate with that service, and demonstrative of the trust the Bureau Command Staff has in LCDR Giese’s leadership abilities, effective 15 March 2021 at 1200 CDT (UTC-06:00) LCDR Patrick Giese, RMN, is hereby directed to assume the role of Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence for the Bureau of Planning.


Buships Directive 2103-01
Lieutenant Senior Grade Crystal Butt, RHN you are hereby directed and required to proceed aboard HMS Vixen (DD-174), there to take upon yourself the duties and responsibilities of Executive Officer, relieving Lieutenant Senior Grade Morgan David, OC, NS, QBM, RMN, in service to the Republic. Fail not in this charge at your peril.

The Bureau of Ships wishes to express appreciation and thanks to PO1 David for her service as Executive Officer of Vixen and wish her all success in her future endeavors.


FORCECOM Order 2103-B
By my hand, and by the authority of the Sovereign, Queen of Manticore Elizabeth III, I hereby order the constitution and activation of a Marine Detachment aboard HMS Vixen (DD-174), Lieutenant Commander Lisa Ann Wiedemann, RMN commanding, effective 20 March 2021.

The Vixen Marine Detachment will be a Platoon-sized echelon, assigned to 1st Corps, 2nd Expeditionary Force, 2nd RMMC Rifle Regiment “The Gryphon Highlanders Regiment”.

The command triad* of MARDET Vixen will be as follows:

Second Lieutenant Martin Tizura, RMMC
Lance Corporal Sam Phillips, RMMC

The members of MARDET Vixen are as follows:

PFC Rhyan Jenkins, RMMC
PFC Trevor Kuehl, RMMC
PVT Debbie Fligelman, RMMC
PVT Mark Stryczek, RMMC
PVT Shannara Bathory, RMMC
PVT Kell Abstetar, RMMC
PVT Adam Duff, RMMC

The following brevet are authorized:

2LT Martin Tizura is brevetted to First Lieutenant, O-2
LCPL Sam Phillips is brevetted to Staff Sergeant, E-6

Congratulations, one and all.


BuShips Directive 2104-01
Commander David Kling you are hereby directed and required to report to Commodore Justin Dupras, KDE, SC, OG, CGM, GS, CBM, RMN, Commanding Officer, Construction and Refit Command, in your new capacity as Director of Small Craft Construction.

Fail not in this charge at your peril.


BuPlan Dispatch 2103-02
Announcing the Launch of ConStack
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Grand Alliance,

The Bureau of Planning is excited to announce the launch of ConStack. This cooperative project between BuPlan and BuComm is now a fabulous new tool that puts information about over 2,000 conventions at your fingertips. All members of TRMN and the public can view ConStack at https://constack.trmnbureaus.info/.

BuPlan Intel Agents and Branch Liaisons are tasked with making sure that conventions and events are added and routinely updated for their Area of Responsibility (AOR) and branch. Most of them have already been trained and are ready to manage events for you, so if you see that an event is missing or has incorrect information, contact your Fleet’s BuPlan Intel Agent or Branch Liaison and they will get it updated.

If your Fleet or Branch does not have an active BuPlan Intel Agent or Branch Liaison, we can extend training to your active Fleet Intelligence Officers to allow them to be able to add and edit entries in ConStack for your Fleet. If you are a Fleet CO in this position, please contact BuPlan. If you are not a Fleet CO, please contact your Fleet staff for the appropriate contact information.

We hope you find ConStack to be a useful tool. Share it with all your friends!

April Reports

This is a reminder that your Chapter and MarDet reports are due between the 1st and 10th. One thing I found amazingly helpful when filling them out was to use an online document (Google Docs, Word Online) to keep things organized as they happened. Then, when the reporting month hit, I could just copy and paste them into the reports form, and be done. No trying to remember what happened two months ago at the last minute!

And a reminder that Marksmanship submissions are due the 20th of the month, so we have time to correlate and get things set for the award issuance.

Marines – you now have a new online form to fill out for Bi-Monthly reports. The link is below. It will send the reports to your command triad, your Ship’s CO and to ComForceCom. Please use this form to send in your report that is due on the 5th.

There is only one stipulation with the form at this time. Please do not use autofill. Autofill does not work properly and that information is deleted in the report. You can copy and paste information into the report but forgo the autofill function.


Upcoming Events

As COVID-19 continues to flare in many states, large gatherings are being canceled across the board. Until it is safe to do so, Fleet advises considering all conventions ‘probably canceled’ for the foreseeable future.

We will return to our regular list of events once the situation allows.

ChiCon8 Take To The Stars
TRMN Social Hour

Join us for TRMN Social Hour every Saturday evening at 7PM Central.

There is a wide range of guests, from our own Space Lords to members of BuNine, authors like Chuck Gannon, Eric Flint, Marko Kloos, and some guy named David Weber. Following the recorded AMA-format with our guests, the floor is open to free-form discussion & hanging out. Links for each Social Hour are posted in the Forums, and on the main Facebook page.

Hope to see you there!

Blood Drive Flyers!

BuComm-Approved blood drive flyers are available!

Each poster is available in 11 x 17 as a form-fillable PDF. Just enter your specific details, and your customized Blood Drive flyer is ready to go!

I want to thank SMAJ Brad Handley, MARDET Ajax, for spearheading the project, coming up with the idea and providing excellent suggestions on changes to the design. There is a ready-to-use version linked below:

Blank TRMN Blood Drive poster
Sample filled TRMN Blood Drive poster
Crossed pulsars

Marksmanship Update

By order of CO 2nd Fleet, the following marksmanship awards are issued effective 1 April, 2021:


  • PO1 Aaron COX, HMS Galahad


  • CR2 Jacob BRUNS, HMS Imperatrix
  • CR1 Benjamin BRUNS, HMS Imperatrix
  • LTSG Crystal BUTT, HMS Vixen
  • CDR Martin GARCIA, HMS Demon
  • PO3 Daniel Nathan SPEARS, HMS Havoc


  • Mr Don REISDORPH, HMS Valkyrie


  • PO3 Rebecca GARRETT-WARREN, HMS Hellhound
  • CPO Kate SHANKIE, HMS Vixen


  • PO3 Daniel Nathan SPEARS, HMS Havoc


  • CDR Cate HESSER, HMS Hellhound
  • CAPT Thomas PAUKSTIS, HMS Demon


  • SMCPO Jacia BRUNS, HMSS Northstar
  • PVT Josh COONS, HMS Beowulf
  • PO2 Jeanne KATING, HMS Hellhound
  • PO1 Martin LEVITA, HMS Hellhound


  • LCPL Melanie GALLOWAY, MARDET Valkyrie
  • PO2 Jeanne KATING, HMS Hellhound
  • PO1 Martin LEVITA, HMS Hellhound
  • CDR Ziggi THOMPSON, HMS Javelin


  • MSGT Jessica GAZDIK, MARDET Valkyrie
  • FKpt Ed HARTWICK, HMS Beowulf
  • HptGefr Kevin Lee STONER, HMS Beowulf
  • HptGefr Rebecca Ann STONER, HMS Beowulf
  • KdS David WESTOVER, HMS Beowulf

The Tradition Lives!

For CO 2nd Fleet:

Issued by:

Senior Chief Petty Officer, RMN
2nd Fleet Range Officer

Gryphon’s Wings Fleet Relief Project

On May 23rd we launched the Gryphon’s Wings Fleet Relief Project. The response has been overwhelming, and I am humbled by the generosity of our members.

We are currently in the midst of a Global pandemic. However, while we are all in the same storm, we are navigating the waters on different ships. Sometimes these waters will be more than we can handle on our own, and we need an extra hand on deck. We want you to know that the 2nd fleet is here for you. 

To that end, we are asking for donations to create an emergency relief fund to be used for TRMN 2nd Fleet members. This fund’s target is to provide immediate short term relief of an urgent crisis. For example: Sending someone grocery money for a weeks worth of groceries (as a lot of food banks are running out of food, short on volunteers, and closing), providing gas money for a week so someone can still travel back and forth providing care-giving to a family member, covering the co-pay cost of a doctors visit, and other small emergency expenses. Anything helps. I am asking for a $5 monthly commitment – the cost of a Starbucks coffee – to assist. Please join me, and those who have already donated, in making TRMN more than just a fan group. Click here, or the banner below, to donate. Meet the Test.

At the same time, we know some are being affected by the effort to combat the virus,including job loss, other reduction of income, medical difficulties, etc. This can result in a tough choice between shelter, transportation, food, or medical care. That is an impossible choice no one should be required to face, and we want to help how we can.

To apply for a Visa Gift Card for you or another member, please click here.

Only the 2nd Fleet CO will see who the requester and/or the potential recipient is.  This will never be held against you in any way. We don’t ask for or expect repayment. This is not charity, we are simply keeping the RMN tradition of seeing that a Queen’s Navy is well rested, well fed, and healthy before going into battle. And this is a battle where victory will be measured in not just survivors but in the quality of that survival.

Gryphon's Wings

To request assistance, please click here.

A Matter Of Honor RMN LARP

A Matter of Honor is a multi-day, live-action role playing event set in David Weber’s expansive literary Honorverse. Held in November 2021, the event will offer players three days of exciting adventures and full immersion within Weber’s colorful science-fiction world. Within the interior of the decommissioned USS Edson in Bay City, Michigan, nearly 200 players will serve as the crew of the HMS Ballista, a heavy cruiser of the Royal Manticoran Navy with a mission of unparalleled importance. Each player will receive a uniquely-written character whose backstory and abilities will shape the actions and relationships of the player moving through the weekend event. Participants will need to work carefully with each other – and sometimes against each other – to fulfill duties and objectives unique to their character and the mission at large.

A Matter of Honor will be held from November 12 to 14th, 2021 and will run non-stop until the conclusion of the event. Unlike other QAG events, A Matter of Honor does not have specific “lights out” times and will run continuously from start to finish. Player sleep times will still mean activity for others, and each character will be assigned a specific schedule of on-duty, off-duty, and rest periods to simulate the rigors of space-bound life in the Manticoran Navy.

A Matter of Honor is an official Honorverse event and – while produced by Quest Adventure Gaming – is being carried out in cooperation with David Weber, the BuNine Team, and The Royal Manticoran Navy. The event will closely follow the canonical universe of the books, with frequent and obvious references to source materials. While participants are not required to be familiar with the Honorverse, a familiarity with the books is strongly recommended and will certainly assist players in their understanding of their characters and the in-game setting.

Most of the Matter of Honor event will be hosted aboard the USS Edson, a decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer from the Cold War era. Now a national historic landmark at the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum in Bay City, MI, the vessel’s interior will serve as the HMS Ballista (CA-586). Players will have access to the vast majority of the ship’s sizable inner-workings, with various locales serving as key game locations and player accommodations. Many of the Edson’s actual controls will be temporarily fitted with a networked system of touch-screen panels and computer interfaces, allowing players to collectively navigate the Ascendant through a virtual simulation of deep space.

In addition, specific encounters and plot points will take place at additional sites in the Bay City/Saginaw area to serve as other vessels and planets within the Honorverse. At various points, players may have the opportunity to explore these additional locations, adding a sense of depth and scale to the overall player experience.

For more information or to register, visit https://matterofhonorlarp.com/.

A Matter of Honor Logo

March Honors – Awards

Grand Alliance Campaign Medal

CDR Richard James SAMS, RMN HMS Merlin
PO1 David J LEVI, GSN HMS Enterprise

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

13th Award


3rd Award



Manticoran Reserve Service Medal

CAPTJG Charles E GRAY, RMN HMS Hexapuma

Ensign Joseph C KENNEDY, RHN HMS Demon

Good Conduct Medal, 2nd Award


Good Conduct Medal

PO2 Timothy ANDERSON, RMN HMS Valkyrie
S1C Samantha SOUSA, RMN HMSS North Star
S1C Garry RICE, RMN HMS Apollo
S1C Jennifer A JONES, RMN HMS Valkyrie
PO1 Heather SIGSTAD, RMN HMS Valkyrie
S1C Kate JOHNSON, RMN HMS Valkyrie
S1C Matthew E NORDIN, RMN HMSS North Star
PO1 Alan Joseph WEIER, RMN HMS Invincible


CPO Stephanie Kay BERLIEN, GSN HMS Valkyrie

Ranks on awards are listed at the time of award, and may have changed by publication.

March Honors – Promotions

Congratulations are extended to the following members on the occasion of their promotions as noted.

Board Promotions
Timothy Bailey, RMN, HMS Musashi, to Captain, Senior Grade
Richard Davenport, GSN, HMS Death Claw, to Captain
Sherman Day, RMN, HMS Demon, to Rear Admiral of the Red
Rick Matheny, RMN, HMS Invincible, to Captain, Senior Grade

HMS Ajax

  • Robert Isaac Elton, Sr to Spacer 1st Class, effective 26 March, 2021

HMS Gawain

  • Lance Hansen to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 25 March, 2021
  • Daniel Kurtycz to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 25 March, 2021

HMS Helen

  • Jack Oswald-Warren Frost to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 28 March 2021
  • John Floyd Jones to Lance Corporal, effective 28 March 2021

HMS Juno

  • Mathew J Roden to Petty Officer 1st Class, effective 8 March, 2021

HMS Musashi

  • Tilly Leatherberry to Spacer 1st Class, effective 25 March, 2021
  • Jake Nitzel to Spacer 1st Class, effective 25 March, 2021
HMS Vixen

HMS Vixen

  • Trevor Kuehl to Private 1st Class, effective 6 March, 2021
  • Sam Phillips to Lance Corporal, effective 8 March, 2021
  • Debbie Fligelman to Private 1st Class, effective 22 March, 2021

Fleet Command & Staff Information

CO, Gryphon Fleet

CO, Gryphon Fleet


Rear Admiral of the Red
Geoffrey Strayer

XO, Gryphon Fleet

XO, Gryphon Fleet

Bosun, Gryphon Fleet

Bosun, Gryphon Fleet


Senior Master Chief Intelligence Mate
Kevin Walsh, NS, QBM

Chief of Staff


Captain, Senior Grade Zach McCauley

Flag Captain


Captain, Junior Grade Christina Swanson

Flag Lieutenant


Captain Junior Grade Kerry Kuhn

Fleet Medical NCOIC


PO2 Steven Bobula

Intelligence Specialist


Lieutenant Commander David Oliver Kling

JAG Ombudsman


Captain Larry Dale French Sr



CPO Christina R Doane

Operations Officer


Lieutenant Commander Patrick Giese

Personnel Officer

Captain (SG)
Jamey Salsberg

Range Officer


Senior Master Chief Intelligence Mate
Kevin Walsh, NS, QBM

RMACS Liaison


Captain, Junior Grade Christina Swanson

Training Officer


Senior Chief Petty Officer
Derek Firehawk Sauls

Gryphon Fleet Order of Battle

Task Force 21

Covering Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Task Group 21.1 shoulder patch

Task Group 21.1

LAC Wing 30

HMLAC Gungnir, Willmar, MN
HMLAC Superior, Duluth, MN
SMLAC Arminius, Minneapolis, MN

Destroyer Squadron 265

HMS Javelin (DD-264), Big Lake, MN
HMS Lodestone (DD-64), Elk River, MN
HMS Merlin (CA-270), St. Cloud, MN

Independent Commands

HMS Hellhound (DD-446), St. Paul, MN
HMS Invincible (SD-455), Plymouth, MN
HMS Juno (BC-726), Willmar, MN

HMS Leonidas (BC-584), Grand Forks, ND
HMS Valkyrie (SD-355), Minneapolis, MN

Task Group 21.2 shoulder patch

Task Group 21.2

Independent Commands

HMS Borzoi (DD-438), River Falls, WI
HMS Gawain (DD-481), Madison, WI
HMS Musashi (BC-775), Milwaukee, WI

Task Force 22

Covering Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan

Task Group 22.1 shoulder patch

Task Group 22.1

LAC Wing 62

GSNLAC Lilla Björn, Marquette, MI
HMLAC Scythe, Portage, Indiana

Independent Commands

HMS Apollo (CL-80), Lafayette, IN
HMS Demon (CLAC-62), Chicago, IL
HMS Gryphon (SD-153), Indianapolis, IN
HMS Hexapuma (CA-412), Rockford, IL
HMS Hotspur (DD-02), Rantoul, IL
HMS Samurai (CL-356), Goshen, IN
HMS Vixen (DD-174), Chicago, IL
HMS Wolfhound (DD-437), Mt. Prospect, IL
Task Group 22.2 shoulder patch

Task Group 22.3

Cruiser Division 711

HMS Death Claw (CA-437), Cincinnati, OH
HMS Sabrepike (CA-417), Franklin, OH

Independent Commands

HMS Ajax (BC-545), Windsor, Ontario
HMS Beowulf (BC-739), Lansing, MI
HMS Enterprise (BC-480), Rochester Hills, MI
HMS Galahad (DD-478), Columbus, OH
HMS Helen (BC-570), Fruitport, MI

Echelon Commanders

Task Force 21

Task Force 21

RADM Wayne Bruns

Task Group 21.1

Task Group 21.1

CAPTSG Jill McTavish

Destroyer Squadron 265

Destroyer Squadron 265

CAPTSG Paladin Meyer

Task Group 21.2

Task Group 21.2

CAPTJG Timothy Bailey

Task Force 22

Task Force 22

CDRE Justin Dupras

Task Group 22.1

Task Group 22.1

CAPTSG Michael Flanagan

Task Group 22.3

Task Group 22.3

CAPTSG Jackie Snedden

Cruiser Division 711

Cruiser Division 711

CAPTJG Kevin Johnson

Gryphon Fleet