The Gryphon's Beak

October, 2019


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In The Royal Manticoran Navy, we like leaders.

We do. Really. We offer many opportunities to take an active leadership role in the group, and we are usually willing to create roles if there is a desire or need. We call these echelons, and they are every size of grouping between the ship and the fleet.

And we love these things. While a real military may form and dissolve divisions and squadrons as needed, we tend to make them more permanent. And that is a good thing. It gives not only structure to the fleet, but gives the local chapter a support structure that is where they are.

I am south of Chicago – nearly 6 hours drive from Minneapolis – so I can’t see what a chapter might need there. I am equally far from our Ohio and Kentucky chapters, with the same lack of immediate knowledge of issues there. Which makes the echelon COs in those places vital to the health of the local chapters.

And we will form as many of these echelons as possible, to give not only the support of others in the area, but to encourage people to step up and be leaders.

And, surprisingly, the role of leader above the chapter level is not harder than being a chapter CO…quite the opposite, actually.

It’s easier.

See, the local chapter is the most important unit we have in TRMN. Full stop. The ship is the driver of activities, the recruitment base, the lifeblood of the organization.

And as an echelon CO (or Fleet CO), the job is not to run the ships under your command, but to enable the success of the ships under your command.

This means encouraging them, being there for them, supporting their actions and decisions, encouraging their growth and development, and then backing them up when needed.

It’s a lot of getting out of the way of the ship’s success.

I encourage you all to look into forming into echelons whenever possible. The chance to belong to a group where you are is part of why we all joined TRMN in the first place.

And you might surprise yourself, and discover a talent or passion you might not have found otherwise.

Comings & Goings

Congratulations are extended to Captain (JG) Paladin Meyer and Commander Richard Sams on their promotions and appointment as Commanding and Executive Officer, HMS Merlin.

Thank you to Captain (SG) Danielle Erikson for your excellent service as the outgoing CO.


Congratulations are extended to Lieutenant Commander Ziggy Thompson on her promotion and appointment as Commanding Officer, HMS Javelin. Lieutenant Commander Thomas Erikson will be remaining in service as the Executive Officer.

Thank you to Lieutenant Commander Thomas Erikson for your excellent service as the outgoing CO.


Effective as of 0001 Hours on 04 September 2019, it is my pleasure and privilege to announce the re-commissioning of HMS Samurai (CL-356). This is a Valiant-class Light Cruiser and is assigned to the Second Fleet.

The following personnel are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Samurai (CL-356):

  • LTSG Jeff Smith (assigned as CO)
  • CPO Stephen Miller (assigned as XO)
  • S3C Greg Waddell (assigned as Bosun)
  • S1C Jerome Udongo
  • S1C Jason Greene
  • S2C Randy Smith
  • S3C Stephen Beals
  • S3C Gabriel Cornelius
  • S3C Seth Cornelius
  • S3C Matthew Barkow
  • S3C Brandon Berryhill
  • S3C John Gerschoffer
  • S3C William Cornelius Jr.
  • S3C Jericho Cornelius
  • PVT Richard Krouser
  • PVT Steven Thompson

The following civilians are hereby transferred and permanently assigned to HMS Samurai, (CL-356):

• C-1 Gordon Snyder

Based upon the requirements of the service the following brevets are approved:

  • Jeff Smith to COMMANDER, RMN
  • Greg Waddell to CHIEF PETTY OFFICER, RMN

Subsequent to this commissioning, HLMAC Faraway Quest (LAC-031) shall be transferred to the Active Fleet Reserves, following inspection and any repairs deemed necessary. This vessel shall be made available for recommissioning at a later date.

In Service to Her Majesty, the Sovereign Queen of the Star Kingdom of Manticore, Elizabeth III,

Christopher Thompson, GCE, MC, OC, KR, SC, NS

Rear Admiral of the Red, RMN

Third Space Lord, Bureau of Ships

The Right Honorable Baron Calabasas


Congratulations and welcome to Master-at-Arms 2nd Class John Chambers, HMS Gryphon, the new SIA Technical Specialties College Communications Department, Data Systems Instructor and promoted to Master at Arms Mate 2nd Class(E-5) effective 28 August 2019.


Welcome to the new 2nd Fleet Flag Lieutenant, Lieutenant (JG) Jim McCoy, HMS Ajax!


Congratulations to Captain Joshua Dadd on his assignment as Regimental Sergeant Major, London Point Regiment.

Captain Dadd has voluntarily relinquished his commission as an officer in the RMMC, and will be reduced in rank to Regimental Sergeant Major (E-10).


We are sad to report the decommissioning of HMS Peregrine (DD-1291). All personnel have been reassigned to HMSS Greenwich and SMRS

Hohenzollern pending future assignment. Thank you to the command team for their service.

October Reports

This is a reminder that your Chapter and MarDet reports are due by October 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

With the change in command, the following Fleet positions are open, and in need of filling:

Deputy CO

This is a Commodore (F1) position.

The DCO is there to serve as a backstop for the CO, and take over in the event of the CO’s absence.

In practical matters, the DCO will serve as the filter for the CO – handling issues that may arise, as possible, and keeping the CO informed when issues do arise. This position is, hopefully, a .5 ‘hat’ position, but may rise to be a full ‘hat’, as regards the 2 Hat Rule.

Chief Of Staff

This is a Captain (O6 A/B) position.

Th Chief of Staff is also a layer of problem solver between the CO and the several ships. The CoS is also the leader of the staff officers, and may be considered as their immediate supervisor. Duties include making sure that reports are tracked and in on time, handling issues that arise in the staff, and generally keeping everything straight with the fleet staff.

Please note that all rank requirements must be tested to in order to receive appointment to the position.

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

Kalamazoo, MI October 19, 2019

Grand Rapids Comicon
Grand Rapids, MI November 8-10, 2019

Lombard, IL November 15-17, 2019

Starbase Indy
Indianapolis, IN November 29-Dec 1, 2019

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!

Fleet Events

What makes a fleet event, as opposed to just an event?

In the broadest sense, it means that the organizers of the TRMN presence at the event requests Fleet Event status from the Fleet CO, who then agrees and grants it. This is an unlimited grant pool – we can declare as many or as few as we wish in a year. Obviously, the goal is to be active enough, and at a large enough scale, to have everything be a fleet event.

So what is the actual criteria for such a designation? You won’t find it formally codified anywhere, leaving it to the Fleet to make their own criteria. Which is nice, as it allows us to set the flavor of our fleets. And not so nice, as it creates a pressure to ‘get it right’.

So I asked VADM Neitz. And the answer I received was “To me, this is a TRMN “operation” that requires planning and coordination, attracts a “good number” (I am being fuzzy here, it is a judgment call) of members to work together to some goal.  Typically that goal is recruitment and the advancement of TRMN’s reputation in the larger fan community.  As a side effect, working towards this goal also results in TRMN members working together and building team spirit and social interaction and relationships.”

Ok, that works. However, I am a firm champion of the idea of an objective standard for things. That means there is a bar, and everyone who meets or exceeds the bar is ‘in’. It removes the need or temptation to compare things to see if they are good enough. For example, CONvergence is a Fleet Event (often Admiralty House too, but Fleet at minimum), do I compare the impact of that to, say, Palos Heights Public Library Fan Con (one day, 10AM – 5PM) for designation? Of course not, that is the largest event in the Fleet vs something that had it’s first running this year (9/28, actually).

So what is a Fleet Event?

I won’t make this an order, that seems to be overstepping, but here are the criteria I look for, at the minimum, in order of importance:

  • Some form of recruitment table or point, staffed for a minimum of 4 hours per day the event runs. I know some cons don’t do tables, but some kind of recruiting effort should be made. The 4 hours is a holdover from when that was the bar for receiving awards for working at a convention (no longer the case, per the Award Manual). This is pretty much a requirement.
  • Another activity that we run. Party room, gaming, Artemis, whatever. We need to do something more than hang out at a table to show who we are.
  • Two or more chapters involved in the planning and execution. Obviously, I can’t rescind the designation if only one shows up, but we need to promote cross-chapter planning. So let’s start with trying for a minimum of 2 chapters involved.

I would add that the event itself should be such that it can attract members from more than one chapter, otherwise it’s a local event. Fleet implies a broader reach.

Remember, this can only be awarded to you once per year, so it is important to look at the event, and ask if this is something that is bigger than one chapter, is it really a local event, or larger in scale?

Because this is a guide, not a rule, let me know what you are participating in, and I will see what we can do. My goal is to have us active and awarded as much as possible. That means finding ways to have as many events as we can be Fleet Events.

Crossed pulsars

Marksmanship Update

No Marksmanship information was submitted this month.

September Honors – Awards

Navy Commendation Decoration

CONvergence 2019

SSGT Jessica Gazdik, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie
CPO JoAnne Hartfiel, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CDR Arthur Henecke, RMN HMS Valkyrie
VADM John Neitz, RMN HMS Invincible
PO1 Heather Sigstad, RMN HMS Valkyrie

St. Cloud ComicCon

CPO Kathy Davis, RMN HMS Lodestone

Navy Achievement Medal

CONvergence 2019

PO1 Kyle Anderson, RMN HMS Valkyrie
LTCDR Ross Prosser, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CAPTJG Daniel Stiglich, RMN HMS Valkyrie

St. Cloud ComicCon

CLERK Kathy Kacner, CIVIL HMS Lodestone
SCERK John P Proft, CIVIL HMS Javelin
S1C Mandy B. Freund, RMN HMS Javelin

Prisoner of War Medal

CONvergence 2019

CAPTSG Jill McTavish, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CONSUL Don Reisdorph, CIVIL HMS Valkyrie

Survivor's Cross

LCPL Scott Walkotten, RMMC HMS Helen

Silesian Anti-Piracy Campaign Medal

Starfleet International 2017

CAPT Larry French Sr, RMMC MARDET Demon

Masadan Occupation Medal

CONvergence 2019

LTCDR Ross Prosser, RMN HMS Valkyrie

Detroit Maker’s Fair

CPO Patrick Houseman, RMN HMS Ajax

Havenite War Campaign Medal

CONvergence 2019

PO1 Kyle Anderson, RMN HMS Valkyrie
SMCPO Christopher Baye, RMN HMS Hellhound
PO3 Dylan Bradley, RMN HMS Valkyrie
DoI Wayne Bruns, CIVIL HMS Invincible
SADMIN Dominic Doody, CIVIL HMS Invincible
SSGT Jessica Gazdik, RMMC MARDET Valkyrie
PO1 Simon L Gibson, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CPO JoAnne Hartfiel, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CDR Arthur Henecke, RMN HMS Valkyrie
PO2 Amy Kaminski, RMN HMS Valkyrie
PO1 Brianna Klein, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CPO Lauri McCloud, RMN HMSS Greenwitch
CAPTSG Jill McTavish, RMN HMS Valkyrie
VADM John Neitz, RMN HMS Invincible
LTCDR Ross Prosser, RMN HMS Valkyrie
S1C Sarah M Richard, RMN HMS Valkyrie
PO1 Heather Sigstad, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CAPTJG Daniel Stiglich, RMN HMS Valkyrie
RADM Christopher Thompson, RMN HMS Valkyrie
CAPTJG Katherine Tremaine, RMN HMS Imperatrix

Manticoran Combat Action Medal

3rd Award

CDR Thomas Hathaway IV, RMN HMS Ajax

2nd Award

CPO William Helton, RMN HMS Invincible

Recruit Training Ribbon

CDR Richard James Sams, RMN HMS Merlin

Non-Commissioned Officer Senior Course Ribbon

CPO William Helton, RMN HMS Invincible

Aerospace Basic Observer Wings, Enlisted

S2C David Berlien, RMN HMS Valkyrie
SCLERK Colleen Henecke, CIVIL HMS Valkyrie

September Honors – Promotions

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

HMS Demon

  • Matthew Scott Matthew Maxon to Spacer 1st Class, effective 3 September, 2019

  • Lesley Carhart to Spacer 2nd Class, effective 3 September, 2019

  • N. Frances Moritz to Senior Administrator, effective 3 September, 2019

  • Spencer Z Guthrie to Cadet Ranger Three, effective 3 September, 2019

  • Thomas C. Paukstis Jr to 1st Lieutenant, effective 3 September, 201

HMS Enterprise

  • Michael Bodie to Maat, effective 18 September, 2019

  • David Levi to Electronics Mate 3/C, effective 18 September, 2019

  • Dana Laikind to Platoon Sergeant , effective 18 September, 2019

HMS Helen

  • Michael Bodie to Maat, effective 18 September, 2019

  • David Levi to Electronics Mate 3/C, effective 18 September, 2019

  • Dana Laikind to Platoon Sergeant , effective 18 September, 2019

HMS Musashi

  • Damon Graham to Petty Officer 3rd Class, effective 15 September, 2019

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

Flag Captain


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

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

Battle Squadron 1

HMS Imperatrix (SD-457), Minneapolis, MN
HMS Invincible (SD-455), Plymouth, MN
HMS Valkyrie (SD-355), 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 Juno (BC-726), Willmar, MN
HMS Leonidas (BC-584), Grand Forks, ND
HMS Unicorn (CLAC-30), Rochester, 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
HMS Roland (DD-476), Toledo, OH

Echelon Commanders

Task Force 21

Task Force 21

CDRE Dora Erikson

Task Group 21.1

Task Group 21.1


Battle Squadron 1

Battle Squadron 1

CAPTSG Jill McTavish

Destroyer Squadron 265

Destroyer Squadron 265

CAPTSG Danielle Erikson

Task Group 21.2

Task Group 21.2

CAPTJG Timothy Bailey

Task Force 22

Task Force 22

CDRE Sherman Day

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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