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The Gryphon's Beak

January, 2022


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I have been trying to figure this column out for about two weeks now. And it’s still not really working for me.

So I’ll hand this space over to Duke Westmarch…

Westmarch Rifles

Army Personnel! Join the Westmarch Rifles!

Here is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of Royal Manticoran Army activity in the new 2nd Field Army!

Be a part of the RMA’s elite highly mobile rapid-deployment Light Infantry unit, the Westmarch Rifles. Whatever your Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), there is a place for you in the Rifles!

Unlike most units, there is already a unit shoulder patch available from the BuSup store, and as the Duke of Westmarch, I would like to support soldiers of the unit with other goodies. Contact John Neitz, Duke of Westmarch at neitz@trmn.org

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Comings & Goings

BuShips Directive 2112-01

Captain Junior Grade Tremaine:

You are hereby directed and required to proceed aboard HMS Merlin (CA-270), there to take upon yourself the duties and responsibilities of Executive Officer, relieving Commander Richard Sams, KDE, OG, RMN in service to the Crown. Fail not in this charge at your peril.

The above directive is effective on this date, 15 December 2021.

The Bureau of Ships wishes to express appreciation and thanks to CDR Sams for his service as Executive Officer of Merlin and wish him all success in his future endeavors.


BuShips Directive 2112-02

Attention to Orders:

Effective as of 0001 Hours on 15 December 2021, it is my pleasure and privilege to announce the re-commissioning of HMS Interloper (SD-460). This is an Invictus-Class Superdreadnought and is assigned to the Second Fleet AOR (Muncie, IN).

The following personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Interloper (SD-460):
• CAPT(JG) John Chambers (Assigned as CO)
• CDR James Morphew (Assigned as XO)
• CPO Mark Lloyd (Assigned as Bosun)
• ENS Jeremy Green
• ENS Robert Hall
• ENS William Nelson
• WO1 Jonathan Atkins
• CPO James Forgie
• PO1 Thurman Wilson
• PO2 Steve Galpin
• PO2 Emi Uhila
• PO2 Sayahn Mudd
• PO2 Kennerly Ligo III
• PO2 Jesse Linn
• PO3 Pat Hayes
• PO3 Aaron Schafer
• S1C John DeLancy
• S1C Yasmina Abdallah
• S1C Christopher Carter
• S1C Thomas Hall
• S2C James Fisher
• S2C Terra Chambers
• S2C Franklin Gingrich
• S2C Anita Rotheram
• S3C Gerrit Rademeyer

The following Royal Manticoran Marine Corps personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Interloper (SD-460):
• CPT Dan Spence
• PSGT Tara Suiter
• PSGT Zachary Sandau
• PSGT Barry Taylor Jr.
• CPL Richard Krouser
• PVT Chanel Krouser
• PVT Lynn Dickson II

The following civilians and Sphinx Forestry Commission personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Interloper (SD-460):
• C1 Joe Strange
• C3 Melissa Morphew
• SCR Joseph Morphew
• CR1 Christine Chambers
• CR2 Kassandra Chambers
• CR3 Brad Zeak II

Subsequent to the re-commissioning, HMS Havoc (DD-01) shall be transferred to the Active Fleet reserves, following an inspection and any repairs deemed necessary. The vessel shall be made available for re-commission at a later date.


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Nominations for HMS Unconquered

To: All Officers and Enlisted of the Royal Manticoran Navy
From: RADM Calabasas, GCE, MC, OC, RMN
Re: Nominations for HMS Unconquered Class of 2021 (BuShips Directive 2109-02)

Greetings ladies and gentlemen of the Grand Alliance,

Pursuant to Admiralty Order 1511-04, the Bureau of Ships is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the HMS Unconquered’s Class of 2021. Nominations will be accepted at buships@trmn.org until 2359 CDT (GMT -0500) on 15 October 2021.

Nominations MUST be sent by a Royal Manticoran Naval Commissioned Officer holding the billet of Commanding Officer of a Light Attack Craft, Hyper-Capable Craft, Echelon, Fleet, Bureau, Navy, or Admiralty House. Nominations form allied navies regarding RMN personnel serving their vessels will also be accepted.

Eligibility requirements for each nominee include:

Nominee must have been a member of The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association for at least one year.

Nominee must be a current or previous member of the Royal Manticoran Naval Branch and have served that branch for at least one full year.

Nominees not meeting the above requirements shall be deemed ineligible and dropped from consideration. Nominees from the Royal Manticoran Marine Corps are handled by the Marshal of the Corps’ Office per AO 1511-04.

Nominees from the Grayson Space Navy are handled by the Office of the High Admiral for the Protector’s Own nomination period, to be announced by the High Admiral.

The ideal nominee has made substantive contributions to the Star Kingdom in the shining example of Edward Saganami, himself. Equivalency in TRMN would be sustained, outstanding contributions with a high quality and service to the Organization as a whole.

The ideal nomination will have detailed information about the nominee and his or her specific contributions between the start of his or her membership up to 30 August 2021 and should include all dates of each action or contribution worthy of nomination. Nominations may also include letters of concurrent recommendation from other ranking officers that bore witness or were directly affected by those contributions.

The Bureau of Ships Committee for HMS Unconquered shall convene beginning 15 October 2021 to consider nominations received thus far. This committee is made up of the senior officers of the Bureau along with the sitting Annual Commanding Officer of Unconquered. The committee will also include representatives from the Bureau of Personnel to advise the committee. Please be advised that this committee shall render decisions based on the strength of the nomination for each nominee; it is therefore important that the nominations be as detailed as possible to provide said nominee with the best possible chance for selection and induction.

Nominations for the billet of Annual Commanding Officer of HMS Unconquered will not be accepted by this Committee. The selection of the Annual Commanding Officer is reserved for the Third Space Lord per Admiralty Order. Any endorsements or recommendations may be sent directly to the Third Space Lord at 3sl@trmn.org.

The Unconquered Class of 2021 and their Annual Commanding Officer shall be announced November 1st, 2021. Certificates shall be mailed to the individuals after announcements have been made.

If you should have any questions or require guidance on nominations, please contact buships@trmn.org, where the senior members of our staff will be happy to provide that information to you.

Nominations for The Protector’s Own

To: All Officers and Enlisted in the Grayson Space Navy, the Royal Manticoran Forces, Imperial Andermani Navy, Republic of Haven Navy and All Other Members of the Grand Alliance
From: High Admiral James Jones, GSN
Re: Protector’s Own Class of 2021 – Call for Nominations

Here Ye and Pray Attend All Grayson Citizens and All Members of the Grand Alliance:

I am pleased and honored to announce that the nomination period for the Protector’s Own is open, and will remain open until 23:59 EST 18 November 2021 (GMT -0500).

Any person, regardless of rank or branch, may submit nominations for the Protector’s Own.

The requirements for nomination:

Any Grayson may be nominated and considered for their contributions to the Grayson Space Navy and to the TRMN organization as a whole.

Those who are not Grayson may be eligible to be nominated for HMS Unconquered for their exemplary contributions to the TRMN organization as a whole, and nominations for them should be submitted to the Bureau of Ships for inclusion in this year’s deliberation. Nominations will be accepted at buships@trmn.org until 2359 CDT (GMT -0500) on 15 October 2021.

However, any TRMN member, of any rank and from any branch of service, may be nominated for the Protector’s Own, provided that they have profoundly benefitted, specifically, the Grayson Space Navy. Their nominations may include their contributions to TRMN, but the contributions to the GSN are the paramount requirement of the nomination and the decisive factor for their inclusion and in any deliberation.

It is preferred that the nominees have had at least 1 year in service to TRMN, but that will not be a bar from entry if the nomination thoroughly demonstrates exemplary contributions.

Please be as detailed as possible regarding the contributions of the nominee and how they have benefitted the GSN. Nominations must include the name and rank of the nominator and the full name of the nominee, including rank if known. It should have detailed information about the nominee’s specific contributions to the GSN and, if Grayson, to the TRMN as a whole. Please include dates and events or contributions, when possible. Any supporting documentation will be appreciated in the process and should be included in the nomination as attached files.

Nominations that are not detailed will be considered, but, will make the deliberation process more difficult and may hinder the nominee’s induction.

Please only submit one person per nomination email. Nominators may nominate as many members as they believe are worthy to receive this honor.
Individuals may not nominate themselves.
Please nominate any who you believe are worthy of this honor.

Protector’s Own Committee will be empaneled from current members of the Protector’s Own and members of the Office of the High Admiral. The Committee will begin deliberations on 19 November 2021.

The Command Triad for the Protector’s Own will be decided from all members of the Protector’s Own, including new inductees, except for those who are currently in the Protector’s Own Command Triad.

The Protector’s Own Class of 2021 and its Command Triad will be announced on 21 December 2021, in honor, and as part, of the Protector’s Birthday Celebrations.

Please send all nominations to ohagsn@gmail.com.

Chapter Reports

This is a reminder that your Chapter and MarDet reports are due between the 1st and 10th of every EVEN numbered month. 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

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:


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 January, 2022:


  • PVT Shannara BATHORY, MARDET Vixen
  • WO2 Christina DOANE, HMS Beowulf


  • CAPTJG Kerry KUHN, HMS Hexapuma

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.

December Honors – Awards

Gryphon Star


Queen's Bravery Medal


Conspicuous Bravery Medal


Meritorious Service Medal


Navy Commendation Decoration


Navy Achievement Medal

S2C Anita V ROTHERAM, RMN HMS Interloper
ENS Tiffany Kampersal, RMN HMS Hexapuma
CPO James Forgie, RMN HMS Interloper
PO1 Brad Zeak, Sr, RMN HMS Interloper

Havenite War Campaign Medal

Worldcon 79 / DisCon III

OdF Daniel O’DONOVAN, IAN HMS Galahad

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

4th Award



Enlisted Space Warfare Pin

S2C Anita V ROTHERAM, RMN HMS Interloper

Combat Infantry Badge


Aerospace Basic Observer Wings, Enlisted

S3C Gerrit RADEMEYER, RMN HMS Interloper

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

December Honors – Promotions

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

HMS Death Claw

  • Laurie Davenport to Spacer 1st Class, effective 11 December, 2021

HMS Enterprise

  • Robin Brail to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 5 December, 2021
HMS Havoc

HMS Interloper

  • Sayahn Eugene James Mudd to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 6 December, 2021
  • Barry Lynn Taylor Jr to Platoon Sergeant, effective 6 December, 2021
  • Franklin R. Gingrich to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 13 December, 2021
  • William Edward Nelson to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 14 December, 2021

HMS Hexapuma

  • Jay Fiedler to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 22 December, 2021
  • Jordan Fiedler to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 22 December, 2021
  • Thomas Parikka to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 22 December, 2021

Fleet Command & Staff Information

CO, Gryphon Fleet

CO, Gryphon Fleet


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


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




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

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