The Gryphon's Beak

June, 2020

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As the disruption to reality that is COVID-19 spreads, I want to take a moment to applaud the members of Second Fleet for their efforts to help their fellows during this time.

Highlighted in the following pages are two efforts I want to both promote and encourage participation in.

The first to launch was the Mask Project, spearheaded by Commander Linda Petersen, HMS Invincible. The goal here is to encourage us all to help out where we live by making and donating cloth face coverings. She has pulled together a lot of information on how to make these, from 3D printed shields to sewn or even no-sew designs. Each mask we can make for someone helps them not only demonstrate good citizenship, but may help them comply with their state’s rules or guidelines on public activity. Check the article on page X for more!

The second to launch was the Gryphon’s Wings Fleet Relief Project. This is a way we can all help our fellow Gryphons in times of need. With as many of us as possible making small donations, we can build up a fund to assist members in need with food, medicine, bills, and so much more. The article on page XX goes more in depth about this, and I encourage everyone to help as you are able.

Keeping engaged is vital, and I see that on our Discord pages, Facebook, and hear talk of much more. Kudos to everyone who has stepped up to lead in that as well. You all deserve our thanks and appreciation for giving the Fleet places to socialize, even if we can’t in person. Thank you, and keep up the excellent work!

Comings & Goings

Congratulations to CAPTSG Jackie Snedden, Baroness New Troy, on her grant of arms.

Arms of New Troy

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Congratulations to Laura Lochen on her elevation to Duchess, Split Rock.

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/

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!

1SL YouTube

If you haven’t yet, check out the 1SL’s YouTube channel. The channel features interviews with several Space Lords, and Fleet COs. All Fleet COs will be included (I did mine, it isn’t posted yet) soon! Take a moment to click the logo above to check it out!

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

Wound Stripe Awards

If you haven’t, please submit donation records to https://forms.gle/cqWHBjQcZqnFb7Uq6.

This is the only official source. If you think you did, but can’t remember, please do so again – I’ll filter duplication myself.

This will be open through 6/5, Friday, at which point the award request will be sent in.

Upcoming Events

Metropolis Superman Celebration

Metropolis, IL

June 11 - 14



OMG!Con

Owensboro, KY

June 12-14



Dokidokon

Kalamazoo, MI

July 24-26



Indiana Comic Convention

Indianapolis, IN

June 26-28



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



Matsuricon

Columbus, OH

August 14-16



NASFIC

Columbus, OH

August 20 - 23



ConVergence

Minneapolis, MN

August 20 - 23



LionCon

St. Cloud, MN

September 19 - 20



Origins Game Fair

Columbus, OH

October 7 - 11



Ice & Fire Con

Mt. Sterling, OH

October 29 - November 1



Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Grand Rapids, MI

November 13 - 15



WindyCon

Lombard, IL

November 13 - 15



Heroicon

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 co@gryphonfleet.org, and reference Upcoming Event: in the subject line!

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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Fleet Staff Openings

It had taken us a bit to get everything lined up, and the results are worth it. I am pleased to announce that Chief of Staff Captain SG Zach McCauley and I are ready to begin the staffing process.

What does this entail? In the main, it is a way to put in a little time to help make the Fleet operate at a higher level. With a solid staff in place, we can be more attentive to various issues as they arise, promote Fleet initiatives better, be more responsive to changes and challenges, and Fleet HQ can serve you, the members, so much better.

To that end, I have authorized the opening of the following Staff Positions for Second Fleet:

  • Civilian Corps Liaison
  • Deputy Fleet Commander
  • Flag Lieutenant
  • Fleet COLAC
  • Fleet Comms Officer
  • Fleet Intel Officer
  • Fleet Operations Officer
  • Fleet Personnel Officer
  • Fleet Surgeon
  • Fleet Training Officer
  • Grayson Space Navy Liaison
  • Imperial Andermani Navy Liaison
  • Republic of Haven Navy Liaison
  • Royal Manticoran Army Liaison
  • Royal Manticoran Marine Corps Liaison

Some of those roles are already filled, as you can see in the staff list at the end of every newsletter. If you are already in that role, please let me know if you wish to remain, or if you wish to stand down – I get that things may have changed since you took the role, and relief may be desired.

Full descriptions are available here, or click the banner above. Please take time to look these over, and if you are interested, let CAPTSG McCauley and I know!

Thank you for your patience, interest, and understanding.

May Honors – Awards

Most Distinguished Order Of Merit

RADM Wayne BRUNS, RMN HMS Invincible

Knight Commander, Order of Queen Elizabeth

PO1 Kerry KUHN, RMN HMS Demon

Knight Companion, Order of Queen Elizabeth

MCPO Rick WATERSON, RMN HMS Demon CAPTJG Samuel DIETZMANN, RMN HMS Demon

Knight, Order of Queen Elizabeth

PO2 Bruce William CREWS, RMN HMS Beowulf

Companion, Order of King Roger

SMCPO Megan KRICK, RMN HMS Musashi

Saganami Cross

KdS David J WESTOVER, IAN HMS Beowulf CAPTSG Rick MATHENY, RMN HMS Invincible CDR Drew A. DRENTLAW, RMN HMS Invincible CAPTJG Patrick HAGEMEIER, RMN HMS Merlin

Distinguished Gallantry Cross

WO2 Christina R DOANE, RMN HMS Beowulf

Officer, Order of Queen Elizabeth

ENS Diana Najla FLANAGAN, RMN HMS Hotspur LTCDR Debra FLIGOR, RMN HMS Hotspur

Order of Gallantry

VADM Diane K BULKELEY, RMN HMS Enterprise CDR Richard James SAMS, RMN HMS Merlin

Member, Order of Queen Elizabeth

PO1 Daniel LAPINE, RMN HMS Hotspur

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

LTSG Patrick ANDERSON, RMN HMS Invincible WO2 Christina R DOANE, RMN HMS Beowulf Fregattenkapitain Ed HARTWICK, IAN HMS Beowulf CPO David PELLETIER, RMN HMS Hexapuma MCPO Cory SNEDDEN, RMN HMS Enterprise RADM Wayne BRUNS, RMN HMS Invincible

Gryphon Star

CAPTJG Samuel DIETZMANN, RMN HMS Demon

Order of the Crown for Naval Service

VADM Diane K BULKELEY, RMN HMS Enterprise

Medal, Order of Queen Elizabeth

MCPO Jeffrey John HUGHES, RMN HMLAC Banturon

Navy Commendation Decoration

MCPO Cory SNEDDEN, RMN HMS Enterprise

Navy Achievement Medal

MCPO Jeffrey Hughes, RMN HMLAC Banturon

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

12th Award

KdS David J WESTOVER, IAN HMS Beowulf

2nd Award

PO2 Bruce William CREWS, RMN HMS Beowulf

CAPTJG Joseph KAPLAN, RMN HMLAC Banturon

May 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 Banturon

  • Jonathan Atkins to Spacer 1st Class, effective 30 May, 2020

HMS Demon

  • Lisa Wiedemann to Spacer 1st Class, effective 6 May, 2020
  • Kerry Kuhn to Ensign, effective 27 may, 2020
  • Danielle E Ostach to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 29 May, 2020

HMS Galahad

  • Aaron Meighen to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 25 May, 2020

HMS Merlin

  • Carey James Tordsen to Spacer 1st Class, effective 25 May, 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

JAG Ombudsman

ombudsman@2ndfleet.trmn.org

Captain Larry Dale French Sr
GCE, RMMC

Legalman

legalman@2ndfleet.trmn.org

CPO Christina R Doane

Intelligence Specialist

intel@2ndfleet.trmn.org

Lieutenant Commander David Oliver Kling

Personnel Officer

Captain (SG)
Jamey Salsberg
KDE, MC, OC

Training Officer

bosun@hmsgryphon.trmn.org

Senior Chief Petty Officer
Derek Firehawk Sauls

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

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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