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August, 2020

RADM Flag

Flag Sends

We Got It.

I am pleased to announce that Chicago has been selected as the official site for the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, better known as Worldcon. This will be the 80th Worldcon, and 8th time being in Chicago. The scheduled Guest of Honor is an author I quite like, Charles de Lint.

So, why, despite our having nothing to do with it, am I presenting this as ‘we got it’? Easy – for, I believe, the first time Worldcon will be in a tRMN Fleet HQ city. In addition, local triad members are friends, and have served on concoms with, the con chair, giving us an unprecedented level of potential access to the convention.

For my part, I intend (and the folks I am talking about have heard this from me all year, and are likely singing along) to work with the concom as closely as possible, and want tRMN to be involved at as many levels as humanly possible. As much as Windycon 2016 was a kind of introduction to Chicago fandom, my hope and goal is to have Worldcon be an introduction between us an the larger global community.

That takes planning. And a lot of bodies, work, and luck, etc. I can’t control luck. I can ask for help with the rest, and hope that as a Fleet, we rise to the Test.

There are some logistics to be considered, and this isn’t an inexpensive convention to attend. I recognize that, and hope that with this much advance notice, it can makes those costs easier to bear.

From the Chicon 8 website (https://chicon.org), the convention will run September 1-5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Rooms will be $160 a night (single, double, quad). Membership is $170 ($110 if, like me, you never attended before).

I want to be able to say we will do all we can to help people attend, and we will – I can’t say what form that help will take yet.

For now, let’s celebrate the win, and mare your calendar – September 1-5, 2022, Chicago. I want to see you all there!

ChiCon8 Take To The Stars

Comings & Goings

BuPlan Directive 2007-03

Lieutenant Commander Patrick Giese;

Effective immediately, you are appointed to the position of 2nd Fleet BuPlan Intelligence Agent. Please report to Chief Petty Officer Cox’s office post haste for office assignment and duties.

June Reports

This is a reminder that your Chapter and MarDet reports are due between June 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!

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 June 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.

https://buships.trmnbureaus.info/rmmc/

Fleet Staff Appointments

I want to thank everyone who applied. I was encouraged by the quality of all the applicants, and grateful for the interest in moving Second Fleet forward.

Effective 01 July, 2020, the following members are appointed to the Flag Staff of Second (Gryphon) Fleet.

Ensign Kerry KUHN, KDE is hereby appointed to the position of Flag Lieutenant, Second Fleet. Commensurate with her new duties, she is hereby promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven BOBULA is hereby appointed to the position of Fleet Medical NCOIC, Second Fleet.

Intelligence Mate 1st Class Patrick GIESE is hereby appointed to the position of Fleet Operations Officer, Second Fleet. Commensurate with his new duties, he is hereby promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Lieutenant Kuhn, PO Bobula , and Lieutenant Commander Giese, repair aboard the flagship to take up your duties, report to the Fleet Chief of Staff, and congratulations on your promotions.

Sanctioned RMN LARP

To: All Officers, Enlisted, and Civilians in the Grand Alliance

From: Martin A. Lessem, KSK, GCR, GCE, SC, DSO, CGM, Admiral of the Fleet, First Lord of the Admiralty, Duke, New Scania

Re: LARP and RMN

This is to announce the following:

TRMN has been approved to run, with the help of Quest Adventure Gaming, a single run RMN LARP (Live Action Role Play)

This LARP will follow the HMS Ballista, CA-586, a Saganami-C class Heavy Cruiser from Manticore, as she conveys military observers from the Grand Alliance, to the Solarian System and meets up with the Grand Fleet, to put a rubber stamp on Admiral Alexander-Harrington’s terms of surrender.

The LARP will run in November of 2021 onboard the USS Edson, DD-946, a decommissioned Forrest Sherman class Destroyer in Saginaw Bay, Michigan.

It will be open to TRMN players and non-TRMN players, and a price, which will be all inclusive to cover participation, food, lodging, and uniforms will shortly be set once we know the maximum number of players possible. For those TRMN members who are able to use their own uniforms, based on the Characters you sign up for, this will be permitted. The Characters will be pre-written, so you will not be playing your TRMN personas, but some of them may be mentioned in the overall story.

As this has been approved by David Weber, the story itself will be canonical, even if the outcome may divert due to players being players.

Further information on this will follow as we begin putting things in place together with Quest Adventure Gaming.

IMPORTANT NOTE – This is not to be construed as blanket permission for TRMN LARPS. This event is a one-off, and approved by David, and supported by BuNine to ensure as much adherence to canon as possible.

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and they will be answered as soon as possible.

Charity Tracking

Remember to send in any charity giving or activity – through TRMN or not – to our Charity Tracking Officer, Lieutenant Commander David Oliver Kling (intel@2ndfleet.trmn.org).

We are wanting to get a good picture of how we, as a group, are involved in charity work. This is compiled and sent upwards.

It isn’t just money – we want to know if you volunteer your time too! Let us know, and we can even promote your charity here, helping get the word out to a wider audience!

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

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

Fleet Mask Project

Do you knit? Crochet? Sew? Have a 3D printer? Are you interested in helping meet the need for cloth face coverings as we move into the next phases of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Both our front line health care workers and the person on the street need protection during this time and I thought we may be able to harness the creative power of our Fleet to help send masks to those who need them and either can’t afford or can’t find them.

With COVID-19 having taxed supplies of appropriate masks from not only front line health care workers, but also the general public, CDR Peterson, HMS Invincible, started making them for her family and friends. But then she realized that others might not be in a position to make their own, and why not help the general public?  As a result, she has been in contact with officials and others who are helping to supply our first responders and the general population with face masks and face shields and will be starting to collect these masks for donation.

This is where you come in! With the need ongoing, our communities need us to step up and meet this Test. Masks can be made in several different shapes, and at any skill level. We have pulled together a collection of links to give you some ideas, and ways to begin.

Sewing

CDC’s Sew & No-Sew Patterns

Yarnspirations Design & Instructions

CraftPassion’s Templates

Knit / Crochet (please be sure to add the solid cloth liner!)

Yarnspirations Knit or Crochet Template

3D Printing

Face Shield Mounts & Brackets

Copper3D Hard Mask (not N95)

Ear Guard

Please note that the 3D printed mask is not N95, and may require very specific stock to produce properly.

And, of course, there are many, many more patterns and templates out there!

Members helping members is vital to who we are in Second Fleet. To that end, I am asking that when you donate, please let us know by emailing masks@gryphonfleet.org. Your contributions will be recorded, and awards issued in August for your efforts. 

Thank you, and let’s be about it!

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

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Marksmanship Update

By order of CO 2nd Fleet, the following marksmanship awards are issued effective 5 June, 2020:

FLECHETTE GUN MARKSMAN CERTIFICATE

  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

GRENADE MARKSMAN CERTIFICATE

  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

GRENADE LAUNCHER MARKSMAN CERTIFICATE

  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

PISTOL MARKSMAN CERTIFICATE

  • LT[SG] John CHAMBERS, HMS Havoc
  • MCPO Rick WATERSON, HMS Demon
  • S1C Lisa Ann WIEDEMANN, HMS Demon
  • DCT2 Morgan K DAVID, HMS Demon
  • CIV James DOBBS, HMS Demon
  • LT[JG] Thomas PAUKSTIS, HMS Demon

RIFLE MARKSMAN CERTIFICATE

  • LT[SG] John CHAMBERS, HMS Havoc
  • S2C James MORPHEW, HMS Havoc

TRIBARREL MARKSMAN CERTIFICATE

  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

PLASMA RIFLE SHARPSHOOTER AWARD

  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

PLASMA CARBINE SHARPSHOOTER AWARD

  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

The Tradition Lives!

For CO 2nd Fleet:

Issued by:

KEVIN WALSH, NS

Senior Chief Petty Officer, RMN

2nd Fleet Range Officer

July Honors – Awards

Navy Achievement Medal

CPO James MORPHEW, RMN HMS Havoc

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

1st Award

S2C Morgan K DAVID, RMN HMS Demon

ENS Kerry KUHN, RMN HMS Demon

S1C Danielle E OSTACH, RMN HMS Demon

Manticoran Service Medal

VADM Diane K BULKELEY, RMN HMS Enterprise

RADM Antonio LOPES, RMN HMS Gryphon

Manticoran Reserve Service Medal

LTSG Patrick ANDERSON, RMN HMS Invincible

CAPTJG Oliver BOGERT, RMN HMS Leonidas

LTSG Sophia BULL, RMN HMS Valkyrie

CDR Tracy FETTIG, RMN HMS Leonidas

Good Conduct Medal

PO1 Ethan ANDERSON, RMN HMS Valkyrie

S1C Jeff BLOCK, RMN HMS Demon

S1C Steve BUDDE, RMN HMS Demon

SCPO Edwin L. COULTER, RMN HMS Juno

S1C Jay CURRY, RMN HMS Leonidas

S1C Michael B. DILLON, RMN HMS Galahad

S1C James GREEN, RMN HMS Invincible

S1C Jennifer GREEN, RMN HMS Leonidas

PO2 Richard HERTEL, RMN HMS Invincible

S1C Daniel LEE, RMN HMS Valkyrie

PO1 Isaac LINDQUIST, RMN HMS Juno

S1C Randy MILLER, RMN HMS Valkyrie

S1C Timothy MONSON, RMN HMS Valkyrie

S1C Jessica MOYER, RMN HMS Musashi

PO1 Jeff NYLANDER, RMN HMS Valkyrie

S1C Douglas VANBENNEKOM, RMN HMS Helen

PO2 Jeffrey WALSTROM, RMN HMS Valkyrie

PO2 Alanna WORRALL, RMN HMS Valkyrie

PO1 Jana WORRALL, RMN HMS Valkyrie

RMMC

LCPL Dustin BECK, RMMC HMS Juno

SSGT Alexander MILLER, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie

PSGT Brady ONKKA, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie

LCPL Justin TOLZMANN, RMMC HMS Juno

LCPL Logan ZIMLICH, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie

Civilian Corps

SADMIN Karen BERGER, CIVIL HMS Valkyrie

SCLERK Colleen HENECKE, CIVIL HMS Valkyrie

Recruit Training Ribbon

CDR Thomas HATHAWAY IV, RMN HMS Ajax

Officer Space Warfare Pin

PO2 Bruce William CREWS, RMN HMS Beowulf

PO1 Kerry KUHN, RMN HMS Demon

Enlisted Space Warfare Pin

S1C Danielle E OSTACH, RMN HMS Demon

July 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 Demon

  • Thomas Paukstis, RMMC to Captain, effective 3 July, 2020

HMS Enterprise

  • Terry Lassaline to Lieutenant SG, effective 6 July, 2020
  • David Levi to Electronics Mate 1st Class, effective 15 July, 2020
  • David Whitesell, RMACS to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 15 July, 2020
  • Rose Callahan to Chief Petty Officer, effective 25 July, 2020

HMS Imperatrix

  • Rose Pernod to Warrant Officer, posthumously. Effective 2 July, 2020.

HMS Merlin

  • Jacob Roman Bushman to Spacer 1st Class, effective 30 June, 2020

  • Robbie J Carlson to Spacer 1st Class, effective 30 June, 2020

  • Theodore V Thompson to Spacer 1st Class, effective 30 June, 2020

HMS Musashi

  • Brenda DeMarce to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 12 July 2020

Fleet Command & Staff Information

CO, Gryphon Fleet

CO, Gryphon Fleet

co@gryphonfleet.org

Rear Admiral of the Red
Geoffrey Strayer
KDE, KR, SC, CGM, GS

XO, Gryphon Fleet

XO, Gryphon Fleet

Vacant
Bosun, Gryphon Fleet

Bosun, Gryphon Fleet

bosun@2ndfleet.trmn.org

Senior Master Chief Intelligence Mate
Kevin Walsh, NS, QBM

Chief of Staff

cos@gryphonfleet.org

Captain, Senior Grade Zach McCauley

Flag Captain

co@hmsgryphon.trmn.org

Captain, Junior Grade Christina Swanson

Flag Lieutenant

flaglt@gryphonfleet.org

Lieutenant Junior Grade Kerry Kuhn

Fleet Medical NCOIC

medical@gryphonfleet.org

PO2 Steven Bobula

Intelligence Specialist

intel@2ndfleet.trmn.org

Lieutenant Commander David Oliver Kling

JAG Ombudsman

ombudsman@2ndfleet.trmn.org

Captain Larry Dale French Sr
GCE, RMMC

Legalman

legalman@2ndfleet.trmn.org

CPO Christina R Doane

Operations Officer

operations@gryphonfleet.org

Lieutenant Commander Patrick Giese

Personnel Officer

Captain (SG)
Jamey Salsberg
KDE, MC, OC

Range Officer

marksmanship@2ndfleet.trmn.org

Senior Master Chief Intelligence Mate
Kevin Walsh, NS, QBM

RMACS Liaison

ascl@gryphonfleet.org

Captain, Junior Grade Christina Swanson

Training Officer

bosun@hmsgryphon.trmn.org

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), Hammond, IN
HMS Gryphon (SD-153), Indianapolis, IN
HMS Hotspur (DD-02), Rantoul, IL
HMS Samurai (CL-356), Goshen, IN
HMS Wolfhound (DD-437), Mt. Prospect, IL

Task Group 22.2 shoulder patch

Task Group 22.2

Cruiser Division 711

HMS Death Claw (CA-437), Cincinnati, OH
HMS Hexapuma (CA-412), Mount Vernon, IN
HMS Sabrepike (CA-417), Franklin, OH

Independent Commands

HMS Galahad (DD-478), Columbus, OH
Task Group 22.2 shoulder patch

Task Group 22.3

Independent Commands

HMS Ajax (BC-545), Windsor, Ontario
HMS Beowulf (BC-739), Lansing, MI
HMS Enterprise (BC-480), Rochester Hills, MI
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 22.2

Task Group 22.2

CAPTSG Jimmy Nelson

Cruiser Division 711

Cruiser Division 711

CAPTJG Kevin Johnson

Task Group 22.3

Task Group 22.3

CAPTSG Jackie Snedden

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