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July, 2020


Flag Sends

In this space I have previously quoted Daniel Burnham’s famous advice “make no small plans”. I want to be clear that this is something I fully support as a philosophy. Just as Luke 12:48, “To whomever much is given, of him will much be required; and to whom much was entrusted, of him more will be asked.” got distilled to ‘with great power comes great responsibility’, Daniel Burnham’s advice is restated as Norman Vincent Peale’s ‘Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.’

A poor understanding of astronomy aside, the sentiment is solid.

It is with that in mind that I want to announce a Fleet fundraising campaign. It’s premature, since plans are not fully formed. I want to put this out there, so that we can think about it, discuss it, and plan for it.

Next month I will be launching a Fleet Challenge Coin crowd-funding campaign. Unlike the Wings fundraiser, this will be run on Indiegogo as a flexible funding campaign. The goal is to raise enough money to order a few hundred coins, enough to last (hopefully) 5 or more years.

The campaign will offer coins as rewards. So, for those of us who are not local to Fleet HQ, the chance to receive a coin will still be on the table!

Why am I doing this? Well, frankly, coins are not cheap. We are looking at a cost of about $1,400. For 300 coins. And that is a bit rich for my blood. We are down to the last few of the old coins, and I want to hold the last couple of those back to have as a historical record for the future of the Fleet.

What will the coins look like?

They will be the standardized round coin this time, with the rampant manticore logo on one side, and something else on the other. That something else is mostly up to us, with approval from the Art Department. They will be 2” coins with a rope border, like our crests.

Beyond that…well, that is what this month is for!

I will be sharing concepts on the Fleet Discord (not Facebook this time), and taking suggestions on what we want our coin to look like. Then, I will announce the launch of the fundraiser across the various platforms we use to get messaging out.

My hope is that we raise enough to fully fund the coins, and then some – to help with other Fleet projects that may come up.

And yes, I have some ideas on what that might be used for, but if you think this is unformed…well, this is an ironclad plan covering every possible contingency (and approved by an average 5 year old child) in comparison. Other ideas depend on actions outside our organization and spheres of influence. But yes, there are more Fleet plans coming.

So, please join me on Discord in the #no-small-plans channel, and find out more about the Fleet Coin drive!

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Comings & Goings

BuShips Directive 2006-01

Effective as of 0001 Hours on 03 June 2020, it is my pleasure and privilege to announce the recommissioning of HMS Havoc (DD-01). This is the lead Havoc class Destroyer and is assigned to the Second Fleet AOR (Muncie, IN).

The following personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Havoc (DD-01):

  • LTSG John Chambers (assigned as CO)
  • CAPTJG Joseph Kaplan (assigned as XO)
  • S2C James Morphew (assigned as Bosun)
  • MCPO Jeffrey Hughes
  • S2C Jonathan Atkins
  • S2C Kennelly Ligo III
  • S3C Yasmina Abdallah

The following civilians are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Havoc (DD-01):

  • C1 Kayleigh Hughes
  • C1 Kassandra Chambers
  • C1 Christine Chambers

The following brevets are hereby authorized:

  • James Morphew to CHIEF PETTY OFFICER, RMN

Subsequent to the recommissioning, HMLAC 034 (Banturon) shall be transferred to the Active Fleet Reserves, following an inspection and any repairs deemed necessary. The vessel shall be made available for recommission at a later date.


BuShips Directive 2006-04

Effective as of 0001 Hours on 14 June 2020, Petty Officer First Class Amanda Ritthaler, you are hereby directed and required to proceed aboard LAC-030 (HMLAC Scythe), there to take upon yourself the duties and responsibilities of Bosun in service to the Crown. Fail not in this charge at your peril.

Based upon the requirements of the service for your new billet, you are hereby brevetted

to the rank of CHIEF PETTY OFFICER, RMN.

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.

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 (

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

Get Geek’d Expo

Lansing, MI

July 18 - 19

Gen Con

Indianapolis, IN

July 30-Aug 2

Nerdin Out Con

Rochester, MN

August 8 - 9


Columbus, OH

August 14-16


Columbus, OH

August 20 - 23


Minneapolis, MN

August 20 - 23


St. Cloud, MN

September 19 - 20

Ice & Fire Con

Mt. Sterling, OH

October 29 - November 1

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Grand Rapids, MI

November 13 - 15


Lombard, IL

November 13 - 15


Decatur, IL

November 20 - 22

Fleet events listed in bold. Admiralty in bold-italic.

Events canceled due to restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 are crossed out – many will need you to attend next year to keep going! Please consider buying memberships, or refusing refunds, when you are able.

Please send all events to, and reference Upcoming Event: in the subject line!

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.


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 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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Crossed pulsars

Marksmanship Update

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


  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur


  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur


  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur


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


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


  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur


  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur


  • CIV Violet LAPINE, HMS Hotspur

The Tradition Lives!

For CO 2nd Fleet:

Issued by:


Senior Chief Petty Officer, RMN

2nd Fleet Range Officer

June Honors – Awards

Sword’s Cross with Crossed Swords

CAPT Richard Aaron DAVENPORT, GSN HMS Death Claw

Queen's Bravery Medal


SSGT David Alexander ISAAK, RMMC HMS Juno

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

6th Award


1st Award


Officer Space Warfare Pin


Enlisted Space Warfare Pin

DCM2/c Morgan K DAVID, RMN HMS Demon

June 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

HMLAC Scythe

  • Rian D Cartmell to Spacer 1st Class, effective 8 June, 2020

HMS Demon

  • Martin Richard Tizura to Platoon Sergeant, effective 29 June, 2020

HMS Lodestone

  • Angus Jameson to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Jennifer Ruth Brown to Lance Corporal, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Samantha Jo Benesch to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Tim Al Clark to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Ryan Patrick Ellison to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Megan Ann-Marie Foster to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Sara M Lilyard to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Josh Michael Rehbein to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Jeremy “Sawa” Wimer to Spacer 1st Class, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Maya Chrissa Benesch to Senior Cadet Ranger , effective 9 June, 2020

  • Carmelah Ruth Brown to Senior Cadet Ranger, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Brendan Zachery Rehbein to Senior Cadet Ranger, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Rachel Michelle Tracy to Senior Cadet Ranger, effective 9 June, 2020

  • Kathy Kacner to Senior Clerk, effective 9 June, 2020

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

Lieutenant 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 Imperatrix (SD-457), Minneapolis, 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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