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The Gryphon's Beak

August, 2021

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First, thank you to those who donated to the Lauri Deatherage memorial fundraiser. The donation is being send over this week.

Second, for everyone in the Fleet dealing with the smoke and particulate fallout from various wildfires – please keep safe, and let your shipmates and leadership know if you need assistance.

We are headed into the mid-game of Worldcon preparations. I hope to have hotel links soon, and more info on what we have locked in for events and convention updates. Starting next month, there will be a lot of focus on Worldcon and a push to get as many commitments to attend as possible. We will also be getting in touch with everyone who completed the interest survey, and start filling out the roster.

One of the things we are also working on, and will be updating, is a roommate finder. With the cost of the hotel being fairly high, splitting the costs between members is the best way to go. More on this as it develops.

Until then, thank you again to those who have supported Fleet fundraisers, and more info soon!

THE TRADITION LIVES!
OAK FOREST

Oak Forest Arms

Comings & Goings

Naval Directive 21JU-02
Activation of Task Group 22.4
Sir Samuel:

Directive 21JU-02.01: Task Group 22.4 is henceforth activated as an echelon subordinate to Task Force 22, presently under the command of CDRE Sir Justin Dupras, RMN.

Directive 21JU-02.02: You are directed and required to assume command of Task Group 22.4. Fail not in this duty at your peril.

Directive 21JU-02.03: CLAC-62 (HMS Demon) is ordered attached to Task Group 22.4 as your flagship. All previous orders pertaining to Demon’s mission, assignment, or attachment are rescinded or overridden, as required.

Directive 21JU-02.04: In your new capacity, you are directed to inform the Commanding Officers of CA-412 (HMS Hexapuma), DD-174 (HMS Vixen), and DD-01 (HMS Havoc) to report for duty with Task Group 22.4 as permanently attached units. All previous orders pertaining to mission, assignment, or attachment for the above-named units are hereby rescinded or overridden, as required.

The above directives are issued with an effective date of 30 June 2021.

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BuShips Directive 2107-03

Effective as of 0001 Hours on 04 July 2021, it is my pleasure and privilege to announce the re-commissioning of HMS Intrepid (SD-463). This is an Invictus Class Superdreadnought and is assigned to the Second Fleet AOR (Willmar, MN).

The following personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Intrepid (SD-463):

  • CAPT Matthew Lindquist, GSN (Assigned as CO)
  • CDR Lucas Matthys (Assigned as XO)
  • SCPO Edwin Coulter (Assigned as Bosun)
  • CDRE Christopher Roche
  • LT(JG) Cris Littlewolf
  • LT(JG) Brent Peterson
  • ENS Michael Crow
  • CPO Hailey Hamilton
  • PO1 Matthew Leifson Jr.
  • PO1 Jason Sperka II
  • PO1 Isaac Lindquist
  • PO1 Dustin Ennen
  • PO1 Shelbie Taloowa
  • PO1 Matthew Roden
  • PO2 Peder Erickson
  • PO2 Kat Castro
  • S1C Heather Savoy
  • S1C Jonathan Entinger
  • S1C Summer Merigold
  • S1C Karl Callantine
  • S1C Matthew Onnen
  • S1C Joel Jader
  • S1C Timothy Grundseth
  • S1C Adam Dyson
  • S1C Hannah Moller
  • S1C Aaron Moller
  • S1C Kristopher Bruns
  • S1C Trista Thofson
  • S1C Paige Rumney
  • S1C Mathias Kappes
  • S1C Dale Weilage
  • S1C Jaeden Woltjer
  • S1C Siu Chung Yuen
  • S2C Cooper Ochsendorf

The following Royal Manticoran Marine Corps personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Intrepid (SD-463):

  • SSGT David Isaak
  • LCPL Duston Beck
  • LCPL Justin Tolzmann
  • LCPL Joshua Jimenez
  • LCPL Justin Jimenez
  • LCPL Cherish Reinhart
  • LCPL Brandon Salinas

The following Royal Manticoran Army personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Intrepid (SD-463):

  • LCPL Phillip Reigstad

The following civilian personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Intrepid (SD-463):

  • C1 John Secrest
  •  C3 William Lindquist

Subsequent to the re-commissioning, HMS Juno (BC-726), and LAC-029 (HMLAC Gungnir) shall be transferred to the Active Fleet reserves, following an inspection and any repairs deemed necessary.

August 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.

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

Upcoming Events

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/

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.

ChiCon8 Take To The Stars
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Marksmanship Update

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

PISTOL MARKSMANSHIP CERTIFICATE:

  • PO2 James Matthew FORGIE, HMS Havoc
  • PO3 Steve GALPIN, HMS Havoc
  • S2C William Edward Nelson, HMS Havoc

RIFLE MARKSMANSHIP CERTIFICATE:

  • SSGT Jayme MOORE, HMS Vixen
  • PO3 Steve GALPIN, HMS Havoc

RIFLE EXPERT AWARD:

  • LCDR Lisa WIEDEMANN, HMS Vixen

The Tradition Lives!

For CO 2nd Fleet:

Issued by:

KEVIN WALSH, NS
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.

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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/.

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June Honors – Awards

Queen's Cross For Bravery

CAPTSG Samuel DIETZMANN, RMN HMS Demon
LCDR Lisa Ann WIEDEMANN, RMN HMS Vixen
CPO James DOBBS, RHN HMS Wolfhound
PO1 Morgan K DAVID, RMN HMS Hexapuma

Knight Grand Cross, Order of Queen Elizabeth

CAPTSG Samuel DIETZMANN, RMN HMS Demon

Knight Commander, Order of Queen Elizabeth

CAPTSG Zachary MCCAULEY, RMN HMS Valkyrie
LCDR Lisa Ann WIEDEMANN, RMN HMS Vixen

Knight Companion, Order of King Roger

RADM Eddy ROBERTS, RMN HMS Hotspur
CAPTSG Elisa L. RANDALL, RMN HMS Invincible

Prime Minister’s Distinguished Service Award

RADM Wayne BRUNS, RMN HMS Invincible

Companion, Order of King Roger

LCDR John Ryan CHAMBERS, RMN HMS Havoc

Saganami Cross

LCDR John Ryan CHAMBERS, RMN HMS Havoc

Officer, Order of Queen Elizabeth

CPO Elizabeth ERICKSON, RMN HMS Invincible

Member, Order of Queen Elizabeth

RADM Eddy ROBERTS, RMN HMS Hotspur
1LT Martin Richard TIZURA, RMMC MARDET Vixen

Monarch's Thanks

MCPO David W POTTER, RMN HMS Invincible

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

CAPTJG Bruce CREWS, RMN HMS Enterprise
PO1 Morgan K DAVID, RMN HMS Hexapuma
CAPTSG Zachary MCCAULEY, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CDR Anne Lucy TEXTOR, RMN HMS Sabrepike

Queen's Bravery Medal

LCDR Betty J OSTHOFF, RMN HMS Galahad

Medal, Order of the Golden Lion

Mr. Don REISDORPH, CIVIL HMS Valkyrie

Medal, Order of Queen Elizabeth

CIVILIAN Jacob BRUNS, SFC HMS Invincible
CIVILIAN Benjamin BRUNS, SFC HMS Invincible

Superior Service Medal

Ms. Karen BERGER, CIVIL HMS Valkyrie

Royal Unit Citation for Gallantry

HMS Invincible
HMS Vixen

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

14th Award

KdS David J WESTOVER, IAN HMS Beowulf

 

Manticoran Service Medal

VADM John NEITZ, RMN HMS Invincible
CAPTJG Joseph KAPLAN, RMN HMSS North Star

Manticoran Reserve Service Medal

LTSG Paul SPARKS, RMN HMS Enterprise
WO2 Christina R DOANE, RMN HMS Beowulf
CAPTJG James Mike MOYER, RMN HMS Death Claw

IAN

OdS Nathan L MARZOLF, IAN HMS Beowulf

Good Conduct Medal

S1C Michael BOREN, RMN HMS Demon
S1C Terrance James HOGUE, RMN HMS Ajax
PO1 Danielle E OSTACH, RMN HMS Demon
S1C Gordon DUNDAS, RMN HMSS North Star
S1C Josh John JACOT, RMN HMSS North Star
PO1 Billy M MUELLER, RMN HMS Invincible
PO1 Simon L GIBSON, RMN HMS Valkyrie
PO1 Ron Allen LOGE, RMN HMS Borzoi
S1C Karol Kurtz KURTZ, RMN HMS Valkyrie
S1C Scott A GILBERT, RMN HMS Sabrepike
PO1 Hope CHRISTIANSEN, RMN HMS Valkyrie

RMMC
PSGT Matthew SHULTZ, RMMC MARDET Demon
LCPL Ryan STREETER, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie
LCPL Melanie GALLOWAY, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie

GSN
CPO Stephanie Kay BERLIEN, GSN HMS Valkyrie

SFC
CIVILIAN Eric James BOGERT, SFC HMS Leonidas

Civilian
CIVILIAN William LINDQUIST, CIVIL HMS Juno

Aerospace Basic Observer Wings, Enlisted

S2C Aaron Michael Schafer , RMN HMS Havoc

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

June Honors – Promotions

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

Board Promotions
John Fairbairn, HMS Javelin, to Lieutenant Commander

HMS Havoc

HMS Havoc

  • Thomas B. Hall to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 29 June, 2021
  • Steve Galpin to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 4 July, 2021
  • James M. Forgie to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 8 July, 2021
  • Jeremy C. Green to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 11 July, 2021
  • Pat Hayes to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 15 July, 2021
  • Tara Suiter to Corporal, effective 19 July, 2021
  • Zachary W. Sandau to Corporal, effective 24 July, 2021
  • Daniel N. Spears to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 28 July, 2021
  • Jesse R. Linn to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 28 July, 2021
HMS Intrepid crest

HMS Intrepid

  • Dustin Ennen to Ensign, effective 16 July, 2021
  • Hailey Adaire Hamilton to Ensign, effective 16 July, 2021
  • Cooper Ronald Ochsendorf to Spacer 1st Class, effective 26 July, 2021
  • John Paul Secrest to Analyst, effective 26 July, 2021

HMS Musashi

  • Charles Hero to Gunner’s Mate 1st Class, effective 4 July, 2021

Fleet Command & Staff Information

CO, Gryphon Fleet

CO, Gryphon Fleet

co@gryphonfleet.org

Rear Admiral of the Green Geoffrey Strayer, GCE, KR, SC, OG, CGM, GS

Baron Oak Forest

XO, Gryphon Fleet

XO, Gryphon Fleet

Rear Admiral of the Green Wayne Bruns, GCE, OM, KCGL, MC, OC, CR, SC, OG, CGM, GS, QBM, CBM, PC

Baron Grosvenor

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

Captain 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

Vacant

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

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 Intrepid (SD-463), 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 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 22.3

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
Task Group 22.4

Task Group 22.4

Independent Commands

HMS Demon (CLAC-62), Des Plaines, IL HMS Havoc (DD-01), Muncie, IN HMS Hexapuma (CA-412), Rockford, IL HMS Vixen (DD-174), Chicago, IL

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

Task Group 22.4

Task Group 22.4

CAPTSG Samuel Dietzmann

Gryphon Fleet