The Gryphon's Beak

March, 2020


Flag Sends

Mountaintop moments are kind of a focus in a lot of church groups. For those unfamiliar, the mountaintop moment is the high you get after an event like a convention, retreat, conference, whatever it is that energizes you, gets you focused on doing all the things, and pumps up your interest in the group.

And they fade. This fade, and how to avoid it, is something books are written about endlessly. The thing is, you can’t avoid it – once the seclusion of the event is over, you have to think about work, bills, life, again. It’s normal.

In fandom, conventions provide those moments. I see it every con – ideas flow, plans (absent actual details) are made, and everyone is jazzed to do the thing. And then…well…it falls off. We don’t follow through, we don’t have the energy, or something else demands our focus, or it just isn’t as important. And that leads to missed opportunities and ‘oh, I meant to do that’ excuses.

So, how do we keep the momentum going? If we are so focused on avoiding the valley after the joy of the mountain, we miss the benefits of being off that mountaintop. I can’t say I know how – if I did, I’d have a book on it! But I have this thought…if we want to keep the momentum going, we need to level the mountaintop a bit, and use that to raise the valley.

Ok, maybe the analogy is breaking down some here. What I mean is transfer the energy from the high, to fill in the low. By not being as over-the-top about the convention, you carry over some energy to make plans and carry them through.

Ways I try to do this include taking notes all con. That way, I have something more tangible than just memory to work with. And I know for some people, notes are how they get everything done, so this can help them even more.

I try to have a postmortem session too. A chance to sit down with the team and discuss what went well, what went poorly, what needed improvement, etc. And take notes. That way, we don’t have the rose-colored glasses syndrome, and can level the high some. It also helps because now others know your wild plans, and might just make them happen – or hold you to them.

For TRMN, we do after action reports, which can also be a way to keep the con alive. If we use them to review, and see what we want to improve on, it gives us something to lock onto for the time until the next convention.

Keeping the momentum between events is the key here. It’s not easy (if it was, no one would write about it), but it is worth the effort.

Above all else, don’t get discouraged! We all deal with it, you are so very much not alone in that. Keep in touch on Facebook, Discord, even the Forum – we can all make the valley between our mountaintop moments better!

Comings & Goings

BuShips Directive 2002-05

Congratulations and welcome to ENS John Fairbairn on his appointment as XO, HMS Javelin, and brevet to Lieutenant, Senior Grade! Thank you to outgoing XO Thomas Erikson for his excellent service to the ship and DesRon as a whole.


Task Force 22 Order 2002-01

Congratulations to CDRE Sherman Day on his appointment as Logistics Officer, TF22!

April Reports

This is a reminder that your Chapter and MarDet reports are due between April 1st and April 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 Needed

We are going to be reposting this in the new year, and will have a lot more information, and postions.

Stay tuned!

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!

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

Upcoming Events


Decatur, IL May 1 – 3, 2020


Columbus, OH August 20 – 23, 2020


Minneapolis, MN August 20 – 23, 2020


Lombard, IL November 13 – 15, 2020

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

Have your ship, echelon, or fleet upcoming events promoted here!

We just need the event name and date sent to! We want to promote you!

Posters like this are available (TF-levels are pre-approved!), as are Gryphon & Planet posters, and more! Send over a request and email, and your posters will be emailed (or cloud-drive links will be) straight away!

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Marksmanship Update

By order of CO 2nd Fleet, the following marksmanship awards are issued effective 20 February, 2020:

Marksman, Certificate Level:


Grenade Launcher Category

  • MS Lily THOMPSON, HMS Valkyrie

Pistol Category

  • LTSG Megan KRICK, HMS Musashi
  • SMCPO Z KRICK, HMS Musashi


Rifle Category

  • LTSG Megan KRICK, HMS Musashi
  • S2C Bob SEABOLD, HMS Valkyrie
  • CAPTSG Elisa RANDALL, HMS Invincible

Marksman, Sharpshooter Level


Rifle Category

  • Ensign Dylan BRADLEY, HMS Valkyrie

Marksman, Expert Level


Pistol Category

  • CAPTJG Katherine TREMAINE, HMS Imperatrix


Rifle Category

  • Chief Storekeeper JoAnne HARTFIEL, HMS Valkyrie
  • Ensign Dylan BRADLEY, HMS Valkyrie
  • Rear Admiral of the Red Wayne BRUNS, HMS Invincible
  • LTSGSophia BULL, HMS Valkyrie
  • CAPTJG Emily HERRON, HMS Invincible
  • PO2C Simon GIBSON, HMS Valkyrie

Marksman, High Expert Level


Pistol Category

  • Chief Storekeeper JoAnne HARTFIEL, HMS Valkyrie

The Tradition Lives!

For CO 2nd Fleet:

Issued by:


Senior Chief Petty Officer, RMN

2nd Fleet Range Officer

February Honors – Awards

Mentioned in Dispatches

MCPO Rick Waterson, RMN HMS Demon

Fleet Excellence Award, Gold

HMS Valkyrie

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

11th Award

FKpt David WESTOVER, IAN HMS Beowulf

1st Award


Recruit Training Ribbon


Officer Space Warfare Pin


February Honors – Promotions

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

Board Promotions

Rick Waterson, HMS Demon, to Master Chief Petty Officer

Flag Authorized Promotions

Nathan L Marzolf, IAN, HMS Beowulf to Oberleutnant der Sterne

Michael D Cartwright Sr, RMN, HMS Helen, to Lieutenant (JG)

HMLAC Banturon

  • Jonathan Atkins to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 1 February, 2020

HMS Enterprise

  • Dan Toole to Warrant Officer 1st Class, effective 30 January, 2020

HMS Galahad

  • Wallace Whitaker Cady to Spacer 1st Class, effective 3 February, 2020

  • Brian Jackman to Private 1st Class, effective 3 February, 2020

HMS Helen

  • Eric Jonathan Hines to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 11 February, 2020

HMS Invincible

  • Sarah Swafford to Senior Clerk, effective 31 January, 2020

HMS Javelin

  • Amya Lynn Smith to Senior Cadet Ranger, effective 31 January, 2020

HMS Juno

  • Isaac Lindquist to Petty Officer 1st Class, effective 6 February, 2020
  • Kat Castro to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 6 February, 2020
  • Mathew J Roden to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 6 February, 2020

HMS Merlin

  • Anthony W Clinton to Lance Corporal, effective 31 January, 2020
  • Zach Robert Ruble to Spacer 1st Class, effective 31 January, 2020
  • Jacob Roman Bushman to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 31 January, 2020

HMS Musashi

  • Tom Guerrero to Spacer 1st Class, effective 8 February, 2020
  • Charles Hero to Petty Officer 2nd Class, effective 8 February, 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

JAG Ombudsman

Captain Larry Dale French Sr


CPO Christina R Doane

Intelligence Specialist

Lieutenant Commander David Oliver Kling

Personnel Officer

Captain (SG)
Jamey Salsberg

Training Officer

Senior Chief Petty Officer
Derek Firehawk Sauls

Range Officer

Senior Master Chief Intelligence Mate
Kevin Walsh, NS, QBM

RMACS Liaison

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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