From the Fleet Commander

Hello Fleet 31,

Well we’re now 2 months into the Fleet year and I’m happy to report that things are moving along. To be honest, it’s not as quickly as I’d hoped, but when you have a large diverse group you have to learn to roll with the punches. I’m quite proud of the progress our fleet has made none the less. We continue to forge ahead day after day and I’m happy that we are being noticed. I’ve been getting emails from organizations in New York, Texas, and Florida asking for our help with events. This is a great way to serve the community, increase knowledge of the fleet, and best of all recruit.

Presently the Command council is deliberating the Fleet Wide Major Emphasis Project. This is a project designed to bring the fleet together to work on a common cause. It won’t supplant what your are doing right now, but it will augment your chapter’s program. I believe it will add to the flavor of the Fleet as a whole. The projects being considered, after several weeks of nominations are: Environmental Cleanup, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Project Linus. Each one of these causes is worthy of our time and attention. Please let your Commander Officer know which project you prefer so when it comes to vote in the very near future, your voice will be heard.

Starting this month, in an effort to track our fleet wide goals, I’ve started a monthly reporting process. Nothing too intensive. One Page that covers the areas we have outlined. These reports are essential to the leadership of Fleet 31 in keeping tabs on how active we all are and what help and assistance each ship needs. It’s just another way to keep the lines of communication open. I look forward to seeing what the ships do each month.

Also included with the Monthly Report is an area designed to recognize Fleet 31 members at the Fleet Level. It’s my hope that we will be able to institute a Fleet awards system in order to give a pat on the back to those officers and crew that exemplify the very mission of Fleet 31. Each month I’ll pour over the reports and those that are nominated by the Ship’s CO will be give some as yet undetermined kudos. It’s my hope that this takes off and becomes a regular occurrence and maybe even trickles down to the ship level by ships creating their own recognition programs.

That’s about all I have for this month I’ll leave you with this. Fleet 31 has the potential to make someone smile each and every day. You are that potential. Hold that door open, help a neighbor, pay for the person behind you in the drive thru. Random acts of kindness can change the world and as Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. CorClavisVictoriae!

VADM Richard Smith

Commander, Fleet 31

Fleet 31 Change of Command

Computer, Establish a link with all Fleet 31 Ships, Drydocks and Starbase 31.
(Computer voice) “Link established
Attention to Orders

To Rear Admiral, Upper Edward T O’Connell, Commanding Officer, Fleet 31. As of 1 March, 2016, you are hereby requested and required to relinquish command of your Fleet to Rear Admiral, Lower Richard Smith, Commanding Officer, USS Crystal Point. Signed, Commander, Starfleet, United Federation of Planets.

By Order of Commander, Starfleet, The Fleet Flag is herby transferred from USS Growler to USS Crystal Point.

Also, by Order of Commander Starfleet, Rear Admiral, Lower Richard Smith is hereby Promoted to the Rank of Rear Admiral, Upper, with all the duties and privileges of that rank, for the duration of his service as Fleet Commander of Fleet 31
Computer, transfer all command codes to Richard Smith. Voice authorization: O’Connell Sigma 201
(Computer Voice) Transfer complete. Fleet 31 now under command of RADM Richard Smith.
Also, By Order of Commander, Starfleet, RADM Edward O’Connell is Demoted to the Rank of Captain. And Ordered to resume Command of the USS Growler, the Position and Rank he held prior to Assuming Command of Fleet 31, as required by Fleet Regulations.
End Transmission

The Next Generation of Fleet 31

ATTENTION ALL HANDS:

Since Fleet 31 was first conceived five and a half years ago, I have had the pleasure of maintaining that command. Like so many other great things, the idea started in a garage, but I could not be more proud of what this fleet has accomplished, both in growth and in charity. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Due to various changes in my life, I have found that it has been some time since I have been able to give this fleet the time it deserves from its CO. Therefore, effective immediately, I resign my position as Fleet Commander.

As my last act in command of this amazing organization, I would like to name my successor. I hereby promote Capt. Ed O’Connell, Commanding Officer of the USS Growler in New York City, to the rank of Rear Admiral (Upper Half) to fill the position of Fleet Commander. Congratulations, Admiral O’Connell.

For those of you who are wondering, I will not be leaving Fleet 31. As much time and love as I have put into this organization, I don’t think I could. I will remain a member of the fleet, and for now at least, I will retain a non-voting seat on the Command Council as an advisor. So as I’m reassigned to Starfleet Command back on Earth to spend my days behind a desk, I hope nothing but the best for this fleet and all its crew. May we all live long and prosper, together.

– Cam

Transitions

ATTENTION TO ARMS:

As of zero hundred hours yesterday, Admiral Wilkinson, Fleet Commander, has placed himself on indefinite leave of absence. In his absence, General Jaq’Qib Phoenix has been named Fleet Commander pro tempore.

We fully expect this to be temporary, and wish Admiral Wilkinson well during his leave. In the interim, it is our hope that everyone in the Fleet will do their part to ensure a smooth transition. We have been doing excellent work growing the Fleet and helping our communities in the last year, and there’s no reason why that should change.

We ask that you respect Admiral Wilkinson’s privacy during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, you may feel free to address them to BGEN Phoenix, Admiral Kevin Martin, or Captain Ed O’Connell.

Cor clavis victoriae!

Naming the Stars

By order of the Fleet 31 Command Council, effective immediately, I have been promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral (VADM), maintaining the title of Fleet Commander, to further organize and expand the infrastructure of this fleet.

To that effect, it is my proud duty to announce further changes to the Fleet 31 Senior Staff, as follows:

  • RDML Darman Ellison is transferring to the role of Sector Commander, USA Central.
  • Capt. Kevin Martin is hereby promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral Lower Half (RDML) with orders to fill the position of Commander Fleet Tactical.
  • Lt.Cmdr. Redux Chen is hereby promoted to the rank of Commander, maintaining his title as Commander Starfighter Corps.
  • Cmdr. Tami Simmonds is hereby promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral Lower Half (RDML), maintaining her title as Commander Fleet Medical.
  • Col. Jack Phoenix is hereby promoted to the rank of Brigadier General (BGEN), maintaining his title as Commander Fleet MACO.
  • Lt. Chris Brinkman will now be taking on the position of Academy Commandant.

At this time, all Sector Commanders and division heads will report directly to the Fleet Commander, with any positions between to be filled at such a time when they become necessary.

Congratulations to all!


VADM Cam Wilkinson
Fleet Commander

Charting New Sectors

Click for full size imageFleet 31 has grown tremendously since our retasking last year, and the senior staff of the fleet has worked tirelessly to make sure our members always get to have the fun we set our sights on. In January, we began with the promotion of two new Admirals to help with the administration, but we now have so many members in so many chapters that even this isn’t enough anymore!

Given that the vast majority of our membership currently resides within the USA, the Command Council has spent the last couple weeks in deliberation on dividing the country into regions, and how things should be run going forward. We came to the conclusion that it would be best to use a Sector system, so that each Sector Commander would be charged with fostering growth and development within each chapter in his or her sector. The map you see above shows the divisions we have chosen to use, with tan representing USA West, yellow for USA Central, and blue for USA East. Each star represents a commissioned chapter; each circle represents a chapter in development. As the population of each sector increases, it may be split to make sure there is always a clear channel between each ship and fleet command.

Please help me in congratulating the following officers on their appointment to the the newly minted position of Sector Commander:

USA Central – RDML Darman Ellison
USA East – Capt. Edward T. O’Connell
USA West – Capt. Michael Malomay
International – RDML Julia DuPree

Congratulations to each of you! I look forward to seeing what we can all do together.


RADM Cam Wilkinson
Fleet Commander

Stars to Explore

Every now and then I am presented with a fantastic opportunity for the fleet, and over the last year, those opportunities have become bigger and more important to us as an organization. It has been an amazing year for us, and we have expanded at an incredible pace, to a point where I can no longer manage all of these opportunities on my own.

To that end, I have received approval from the Fleet 31 Command Council to appoint two additional Admirals. It is my great honor to announce the promotions of Darman Ellison and Julia DuPree to the rank of Rear Admiral Lower Half (RDML). Admiral Ellison will now serve as First Officer of Fleet 31; Admiral DuPree will serve as Commander, International Development. The Command Council has additionally voted to promote me to the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half (RADM) to maintain the continuity and intuitive nature of the fleet’s command structure. In addition, RDML Ellison has chosen his first officer, Jen Angel, to take command of the USS Allegiant, promoting her to the rank of Captain.

It is my sincere hope that together we will be able to achieve even greater things in the upcoming year, and I’m not just talking about three admirals. I am incredibly proud of what this organization has become, and the direction we are all taking together as a family.


RADM Cam Wilkinson
Commanding Officer
Fleet 31

The First Admiral

Fleet 31 has undergone explosive expansion in the last few months, since our retasking ceremony in January. Since that time we’ve gone from two ships of nebulous definition in one city to four ships covering three major city areas, with crew working hard to expand into several more. I’m proud of all the work that’s been put into this fleet, and I’m proud of my crew for making this organization something truly special.

That said, it has been quite some time since I’ve been able to focus on my duties as a captain due to the amount of time I spend on fleetwide administration. I believe it is important to have the proper infrastructure on which to build a successful organization, and to that end have been building on as much of the needed resources as I could foresee necessary.

To that end, it has become apparent that I should wear a rank more fitting of my duties, and as of today, with the approval of the fleet’s senior staff, I have accepted promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral Lower Half. (Protocol note: While “Commodore” is the name of this rank used in ST:TOS, the franchise has shown attempts to keep up with the US Navy’s rather confusing policy on this rank, and so in keeping I have opted to use Rear Admiral Lower Half, properly abbreviated RDML. Addressing me as “Admiral” or “Commodore,” which is properly abbreviated CDRE, is still considered appropriate. For the sake of simplicity, I will abbreviate as generic “Adm.”)

With this promotion, I intend to continue the expansion of Fleet 31 both in the United States and internationally as that time comes, and I ask for your continued support in making this thing even more beautiful.

Thank you.


Adm. Cam Wilkinson
Commanding Officer
USS Summoner