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Phoenix Rising

February 2018

Table of Contents Monthly Status Report by RADM Ralph Planthold Second Officer's Report by CAPT John Bevan Marine Unit Status Report by ADM Sunnie Planthold Marine Unit Report by ADM Sunnie Planthold Chief Engineer's Report by LCDR Rezty Felty Acting Chief Tactical Officer's Report By LTJG Tony Celeste Acting Chief Weapons Officer's Report By ENS Lee Shaffer Emergency Medical Humanoid's Report by LCDR Rezty Felty Astronomer's Report by LTJG Carolyn Kaberline Why the Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Be About to Swap Places and How It Would Affect Us by Phil Livermore and Jon Mound Just for Fun


USS Dark Phoenix January, 2018 02/04/2018 RADM Ralph Planthold 2200 W 26th St #C-15 Lawrence Kansas 66047 United States 785-581-4708 MEETING NCC 74920 Prometheus RADM Ralph Planthold ADM Sunnie Planthold Phoenix Rising 01/16/2018

FLEET MEMBERS SCC RANK 44342 ADM 46072 COL 49691 RADM 55881 CRMN 61751 PO3 61754 CDT 64850 CDT 71621 LT 73140 CAPT 73240 LTJG 73257 CRMN 73697 ENSjg 73886 LT 74085 LCDR 74086 LCDR 74087 CDT 74088 CDT 74089 CDT2C 74487 CDT 74509 CRMN 74659 LTJG 74802 ENS 74803 CRMN 74804 ENS 74805 CDT 74821 CRMN 74822 CRMN 74823 CRMN 74824 CRMN 74825 CRMN 74856 CRMN 74869 CRMN 74870 CRMN 74871 CDT 74872 CDT 74873 CDT 74874 CDT 74920 ENS 75110 CRMN 75656 LTJG 75789 CRMN 75790 CRMN 76016 LTJG 76263 CRMN 76264 CRMN 76465 PO3 76468 LTJG

NAME Sunnie Planthold Patrick Malone Ralph Planthold Michael Malone Teague Banister Ethan Banister Emma Banister Jeremy Schroeder John Bevan Carolyn Kaberline Ruth Lichtwardt Jean Martin KLar Batt Rezty Felty Laura Felty Tesla Felty Sagan Felty Dyson Felty Hannah Batt Carol Jean Walker Martin Peterson Sara Fisher William Fisher Troy Fisher Lacy Fisher

EXPIRE DT 07/13/2019 07/04/2018 07/13/2019 07/04/2018 07/14/2018 07/14/2018 07/14/2018 03/03/2018 01/26/2021 02/27/2019 03/04/2018 09/26/2018 08/02/2019 09/27/2018 09/27/2018 09/27/2018 09/27/2018 09/27/2018 08/02/2019 02/05/2019 04/14/2018 04/29/2018 04/29/2018 04/29/2018 04/29/2018 Natasha Maklakova 01/26/2021 Charles Hays 01/26/2021 Judith Bevan 01/26/2021 JoAnn Hays 01/26/2021 E Dean Bevan 01/26/2021 Robert R Planthold 05/13/2018 David Planthold 05/13/2018 Josie Thompson 05/13/2018 Kira Thompson 05/13/2018 Lea Thompson 05/13/2018 Corbin Thompson 05/13/2018 Flynne Planthold 05/13/2018 Ben Szemere 05/28/2018 Kyrstin Talley 03/03/2018 Tracy Mengel 09/30/2018 John Eppich 10/28/2018 Connie Arensman 10/30/2018 Brenda Smith 12/29/2018 Mary Everly 09/26/2018 Tara Olsen 09/26/2018 Justin Ballard 05/01/2018 Anthony Celeste 05/01/2018

76512 CRMN 76513 CRMN 76935 CRMN 77525 CRMN 77586 CRMN 77591 CRMN 77714 CRMN 77715 CRMN 77716 CRMN 77717 CRMN 77718 CRMN 77719 CRMN

Renea Reasoner Jeffrey Brown Jarek Rosocha Lee Shaffer Wesley Cameron Lizzie Daugherty Haywood Walker Mary Walker Lyn Walker Kent Walker Collin Walker Kelly Walker

05/09/2018 05/09/2018 08/11/2018 12/07/2018 12/27/2018 12/28/2018 01/25/2019 01/25/2019 01/25/2019 01/25/2019 01/25/2019 01/25/2019

ACADEMY : Tracy Mengel IOFHS - College of the Macabre DM 108 - Haunted Mansion DISTINCTION 01/09/2018 Lee Shaffer IOLS - Officers Training School (IOLS:OTS) OTS PASS 01/29/2018

OTHER INFO MEETING DATE : 01/27/2017 PROMOTIONS : SCC 77525 77714 77715 77716 77717 77718 77719


NAME Lee Shaffer Haywood Walker Mary Walker Lyn Walker Kent Walker Collin Walker Kelly Walker

EFFECT DT 01/29/2018 01/25/2018 01/25/2018 01/25/2018 01/25/2018 01/25/2018 01/25/2018

ACTIVITIES : 01/03 CO, XO/MSG-OIC, SO/SOU-TL, and LTJG Mengel met at Perkins for dinner. Topic discussed was Mengel's new duties as our Acting Ambassador. 01/10 CO, XO/MSG-OIC, SO/SOU-TL, and LTJG Mengel met at Perkins for dinner. Topic of discussion was the design of shuttle (front) license plates. 01/10 SO/SOU-TL attended the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting and met many of the officers of that organization (including one who is a former business associate). Discussions ensued regarding SO's plan to have an Emergency Communications Network for SFI and having one gentleman speak about the city government's emergency network at an upcoming ship meeting. 01/17 CO, XO/MSG-OIC, SO/SOU-TL, and LTJG Mengel met at Perkins for dinner. Topic discussed was how to reach out to our less-often-seen crewmembers.

01/18 CO, XO/MSG-OIC, SO/SOU-TL, LTJG Mengel, and CRMN Cameron and Everly met at IHOP for dinner for their All You Can Eat Pancakes promotion. Topic of discussion was whether any syrup (or other adhesive) would ever be strong enough to keep Sparky's trap shut! [CO's note: The preceding comment was inserted by the SO/SOUTL himself, whose perspicacious selfintrospection the CO would not presume to gainsay!] 01/19 XO/MSG-OIC travelled along with LTJG Mengel to the hospital in the ambulance. SO/SOU-TL picked them up from the Emergency Room and provided medical shuttle services back to the Lieutenant's quarters and then to the Admiral's quarters after getting Mengel safely into her home. 01/22 CO, XO/MSG-OIC, SO/SOU-TL, LTJG Mengel, and CRMN Cameron and Everly had a birthday celebration for both the CO and the LTJG. Mengel hosted while Cameron and Everly cooked. Both birthday celebrants received GPS units as their gifts from the SO/SOU-TL to make sure that they remember how to return to the Dark Phoenix shuttlebay. 01/24 Command Staff and LTJG Mengel met for lunch and discussed final details regarding the shuttle license plate design and the upcoming annual awards. 01/24 Command Staff and LTJG Mengel met for dinner and discussed the annual awards further as well as other issues. 01/26 SO/SOU-TL, LTJG Mengel, and CRMN Cameron and Everly met for dinner at Mengel's home. Discussions included Academy courses such as OTS and OCC, shuttle license plates, next month's Foreign Lands meeting in Topeka, and other upcoming events. 01/27 Command Staff hosted the monthly ship meeting at McAlister's Deli. In attendance were: L-R: CDT T. Felty; XO/OIC 269th MSG; CO; SO/SOU-TL: LTJG Kaberline, CDT S. Felty; LTJG Smith and Mengel; CRMN Cameron and Everly; and guest Mark Smith. Behind the camera: LCDR R. Felty.

Topics discussed were the shuttle license plates (for which orders were taken and numbers randomly drawn), more frequent P4 events, Coffee with the Command Staff, the Foreign Lands meeting and the R12 Family Reunion next month, and visiting sick children at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.




CO presents CRMN Wesley Cameron his first set of chapter business cards as SO looks on.

CO awards SO the Officer of the Year 2017 as XO whoops.

CO displays the Enlisted Member of the Year 2017 awarded to CRMN John Eppich in absentia as SO look on. 01/31 Command Staff and LTJG Mengel met for dinner and discussed updates to the Crew Handbook, scheduling of Coffee with the Command Staff and occasional luncheon events, and various ship policy issues. 02/02 SO/SOU-TL to host Game Night 7 PM at his home. RSVP required by the day before. 02/16 LTJG Mengel to host Game Night 7 PM at her apartment. RSVP required by the day before. 02/16 Planet Comicon KC at Bartle Hall in -18 Kansas City (MO). 02/24 USS Dark Phoenix chapter "foreign lands" meeting, 6 PM at Kansas Buffet in Topeka. RSVP required by noon, day of meeting.

CO awards LCDR R. Felty the Department Head of the Year 2017.

CO awards LTJG Mengel the Yeoman Janice Rand Award as SO looks on.

CO awards LTJG Mengel the Energizer Bunny Award as SO looks on.

03/02 Region 12 Family Reunion in Fulton -03 (MO), same venue as 2017. The only cost to the members is for food (and lodging expenses on your own, if desired). RSVP to by 2/28/18 with headcount and which day(s) you'll attend!

COMMENTS : • Welcome aboard to 6 more CRMN Walkers: Haywood, Mary, Lyn, Kent, Collin, and Kelly! • The following crewmembers are reminded that their memberships are now APPROACHING expiration date, and that they should renew NOW: SCC RANK NAME EXPIRE DT Jeremy Schroeder 71621 LT 03/03/2018 75110 CRMN Kyrstin Talley 03/03/2018 73257 CRMN Ruth Lichtwardt 03/04/2018 74659 LTJG Martin Peterson 04/14/2018 74802 ENS sara fisher 04/29/2018 74803 CRMN William Fisher 04/29/2018 74804 ENS Troy Fisher 04/29/2018 74805 CDT Lacy Fisher 04/29/2018 • The following crewmembers are reminded that their memberships have EXCEEDED expiration date, and that they should renew NOW to retain their positions on the ship, in the region, and at the Fleet level: SCC RANK NAME EXPIRE DT 73954 LT Brent Barbee Mr 08/20/2017 75972 ENS Mark Sarver 12/21/2017 1

03/03 Star Trek Clubs of Kansas City: The Neutral Zone has invited us to its March Luncheon, 1 pm at Fusion Buffet in Kansas City (MO). RSVP: 7378023978/

CO presents LTJG Mengel her pet dog Midnight’s CaPet of the Year 2017 award as SO looks on.



PHOENIX RISING Second Officer's Report By Captain John "Sparky" Bevan Well, everyone, rejoice because the winter is mostly over and soon we shall be seeing the signs of Spring‌including hay fever for those who are sensitive to that wonderful powder known as pollen. đ&#x;˜Š Website Changes It has been a few months since I last have written about the ship website, so it's time to do so again. I have updated the website with some new pages and files. Let's start off by talking about the former File Archives page. This has been separated into a few different pages. The first of those is Newsletter. This is where you will find the current and previous editions of the Phoenix Rising as well as the answers to the various puzzles we ran in Fun and Frivolity through March 2017. It is also where you will find a new feature: the many newsletters that participate in Region 1 Communications Chief's Newsletter Exchange Program (of which the Dark Phoenix is a member). Most of the newsletters come from those within Region 1 but one of the participants (the Space Station Independent) is over in the UK (Region 20). Also, I have added the CommuniquĂŠ and

the Region 12 newsletter to the list. Next, we have the Ship Files page. This is where one can find the current edition of the Dark Phoenix Crew Handbook and the Medical Information Form. (For those new to our crew and therefore not familiar with the Med Form, it is information that is kept on file by our CMO in case of emergency at a meeting, event, or other ship gathering. Our CMO is a real-world Registered Nurse and, as such, we insure that the records are protected in accordance with HIPAA regulations.) Also available on this page are six fonts that our skipper provided recently on an ancient data storage medium called a floppy disk. (Lucky for him, I am knowledgeable in using such archaic magnetic storage devices despite preferring the much more modern isolinear chips and bioneural gel packs.) Be aware that if you wish to use the StarTrekPi font, it does not have the entire character set defined and therefore many characters will come up as either spaces or empty blocks. This is not a problem with the font file but only a limitation of its design. As the final list of files on this page, we have those that may be of interest at one time or another. The first file listed there currently is SMP-map, which is a PDF of the map of Shawnee Mission Park, the venue of the last two Sector Picnics hosted by the

ISS Katana, our former Fleet Admiral's ship. The second file is the Petfleet application form. If you have an animal (whether a live pet or a stuffed animal) that you would like to join in the ranks of our other companion members, then this is the form for you. The form is fillable (meaning that, just like the Medical Information Form mentioned above, you can type on it). On the form, you will find a blank for Mascot. That is what you use to indicate that the animal is a stuffed animal rather than a live specimen. One other thing of which to be aware: the email address currently does not work, so submit your application to (Lieutenant Frances Smith, USS Neptune, Region 2) in the interim. You might also CC a copy to me just in case the dog at the gateway of the Internet eats it. đ&#x;˜Š Next up is the Leadership Test Documents page. This is for those who are interested in taking Officer Training School, Officer Command College, and/or Flag Officer School 101. On this page are the various documents that one will need to reference for these courses. While the documents are all the current editions as of this month and are provided for convenience, be aware that it is the responsibility of the student to insure that all documents referenced are the latest versions. I will keep them up to date as best I can but if you find that there is a file that is outdated, please let me know.

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PHOENIX RISING The final new page is the Ship CO Files. This lists various documents that those running chapters or those who are thinking about starting new chapters may find helpful. Also, for all who may have use for them, the SFI logo in its various color schemes and the Region 12 logo are available on this page. If you think of other files that may be of use, let me know and we can add them to the website. Additionally, I have made many additions to the Photo Gallery, specifically lots of pictures from our 2016 and 2017 events. Check them out and if you have other pictures for those events or other events for which we currently have no pictures, please send them on over my way. I would like to have pictures of as many of our events as possible on the site. Crew Changes This month, our crew has expanded by six souls. The family Walker (no relation to Crewman Carol Jean Walker) has enlisted, including one who is a real-world Ensign in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officers Corps. Just like all others aboard our ship, once he completes Officer Training School, he will be commissioned as a Starfleet officer and promoted to the rank of Ensign.

The rest of the family Walker include his parents Lyn and Haywood, brother Kent, and his wife Kelly. Welcome aboard, Crewmen Walker!

studies (read: real-world schoolwork), so if you are having problems, get in touch with him. He may be reached by email at

Also, this month, we congratulate a new officer to our crew. You have known him for the past couple of years but it was not until now that he was in a position to accept the curse, er I mean the duties and responsibilities, of being an officer. This new officer is none other than our former Cadet Lieutenant Dyson Felty. As he has reached the age of 18 and already completed OTS as a Cadet, he is hereby commissioned as an officer and granted the rank of Ensign. Congratulations, Ensign Felty!

Also, we have a crewman who has passed his Officer Training School test and therefore has earned his commission as an officer. Crewman Lee Shaffer, front and center. Effective immediately, you are promoted to Ensign. Wear this gold pip with pride. Congratulations, Ensign Shaffer! Update: just before this edition went to press, Ensign Shaffer also successfully completed Officer Command College, so this makes him eligible for promotion to Lieutenant (Junior Grade) as of the upcoming graduating class at the Spring Academy Night next month. Once again, congratulations, Ensign Shaffer!

Dyson, as mentioned a few months ago in the Phoenix Rising, has accepted the role of Cadet Corps Instructor. This means that he will be assisting our Cadets in their studies within the Academy, ideally helping in their shaping into the best up-and-coming Starfleet crewmen or officer candidates that they can be. His duty shall be to insure that each Cadet takes at least one Academy course by the time of the completion of each Academy Night cycle (meaning one course per Cadet every six months). Cadets, get in touch with Ensign Felty and discuss with him what courses within the Academy may interest you and he will help you pursue those. Also, he may be able to assist with your civilian

To further add to Ensign Shaffer's status on the ship, he has volunteered for the role of Acting Chief Weapons Officer, a position that has been vacant for a little over a year now. In the newsletter, you will see his articles regarding styles of swords, information about various weapon technologies, and much more. This month's article discusses fencing techniques of Middle Age Germany. Welcome to the Senior Officers, Ensign Shaffer! Starfleet Academy Lee has stated that he is working toward Bridge Officer

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PHOENIX RISING Certification, starting with Chief Weapons Officer. (Appropriate, after all, since he is our Acting CWO! đ&#x;˜Š) So, let me take this opportunity to remind everyone of the Academy's Bridge Officer Certification Program (BOCP). It is a way to have fun taking a few courses from the Academy, pursue your interests within the Star Trek franchise, and learn a few real-world things along the way. The requirements for each certification are quite low: a total of only ten courses, which includes Officer Training School (OTS) and Officer Command College (OCC). What's more, in many cases the requirements overlap. For example, Chief Weapons Officer and Chief Tactical Officer have many of the same requirements, so go get both, you need to take a total of only 12 rather than 16 (excluding the prerequisites of OTS and OCC). To earn all three of Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Second Officer, you need to take a total of only nine! If you've ever dreamed of being able to speak the medicobabble like Bones or Bashir, the techno-babble like Scotty or LaForge, or even just be gung ho and plan an aggressive strategy like Kirk or Sisko, then go ahead and check out the Bridge Officer Certification Program. Starfleet would not be the same without these fine officers, so put your

mark on Starfleet! Get started today! Also, if you are interested in taking a different tack and earning your Associate, Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate through the Academy, you can do that as well in the Academy Degree Program (ADP). This, of course, requires many more courses than the BOCP but if you really want to delve into a subject, that is the way to go. Each step to a higher degree requires an additional 60 courses: 60 for Associate, 120 for Bachelor, 180 for Master, and 240 for Doctorate. Thirty of the required courses are the same across all degrees as they are considered "Core Requirements," so that helps to cut down on the number of courses that you actually have to take. So, for example, to earn two Associate degrees, you actually need to take only a total of 90 courses rather than 120. There are currently 20 different majors that can be pursued. Not all have enough courses within the Academy to earn all four levels of degrees but there are enough there to keep the academics on our crew busy for quite some time. A little hint: once you find out how the instructor grades and what he looks for, taking more of his courses tends to be easier. For example, one instructor in particular wants the answers

exactly as they are written in the study guide, so the way to approach his tests is by finding the answer that you wish to give in the text and then copy and paste it to your answer sheet. As all tests are open book, this is fair and appropriate. With this knowledge, you can storm through many courses quite quickly and work toward your goal(s) in record time. So, hit the PADDs and have yet another reason for your fellow crewmembers to be envious of you besides your lofty rank: they will be forced to call you Doctor because of all those Doctorates you have earned (and just maybe your Starfleet Medical Doctor certificate as well)! đ&#x;˜Š Academy Night We are only a month away from the Spring 2018 Academy Night. As mentioned in the December 2017 edition of the Phoenix Rising, the way that we execute them is a little different now because of the new Moodle interface used by Starfleet Academy. Specifically, this new interface allows the students to enroll and take courses almost immediately for most courses in the catalog. As such, there is no need to submit a list of courses for me to request on your behalf in preparation for Academy Night. Instead, come with your Academy login credentials and I can print out any documentation that you need when you are here.

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If you have not set up an Academy account by now, I advise you to do so sooner rather than later because it takes about 24 hours (sometimes longer) for the Academy administrative staff to verify and authorize the account for access. (After all, we don't want any Cardassian or Founder spies getting into the classified Academy course materials, right?) The way to do this is by going to and clicking on "Moodle Courses-Click Here" that you see in the upper-right area of the screen. That will take you to the Academy page. Once again, in the upperright corner of the screen, click the link, which is given as "Log In" this time. There are two sides to

the new page that appears. It is the verbose right side that has the button at the bottom to create a new account. Click that button. (You will probably have to scroll down to find it as the text is huge-about 24-point font--and long.)

The next page presents you all the blanks you need to complete to get the account created. A couple of tips for this

page: (1) If you do not remember or SCC number, look at the Monthly Status Report at the beginning of this newsletter and find your name in the Fleet Members roster and (2) where it asks for Naval Rank and Marine Rank, it is either/or, not both. Marine Rank is used only for one who is an Active Duty Starfleet Marine. If you are in the SFMC Reserves, you use your Naval Rank (e.g. Crewman, Ensign, Admiral, etc.) At this time, we have only one Marine in our MSG who is Active Duty: Colonel Patrick Malone, DOIC. So, in other words, use your Starfleet Naval Rank and leave Marine Rank blank. One more thing: if you are a Cadet setting up an account, you will find that there is a checkbox at the bottom of the form that asks you to click it if you are under the age of 18. Be sure to do so as this will give you access to the Institute of Cadet Studies classes in addition to the other Institutes.

Once you have completed the form and clicked on the "Create my new account" button, you just have to hurry up and wait until the account is activated.

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PHOENIX RISING Once it is, you can log in and get busy enjoying the various offerings of the Academy. If you wish to participate in Academy Night, please make sure that you RSVP by March 8th so that I know whom to expect throughout the day. Shuttle License Plates

available. The current registry is as follows: Planthold Planthold Bevan Everly Felty Felty Mengel Shaffer Smith

01 02 03 10 20 86 13 66 77

LGL SHLD ID SHLD Coulomb Honeycomb Faraday Tesla Sapphire Beast Genesis

2018 Away Mission

The first of the shuttle license plates are hot off the presses and were shown at the ship meeting on January 27th. They are made of aluminum plate rather than plastic, so they are durable. These must be mounted on the front of the crewmember's shuttlecraft. (Sorry, folks, but the civilian authorities do not yet accept these as superseding the identification plate that they insist on having mounted on the rear of the shuttlecraft. They said something about not acknowledging the existence of Starfleet! đ&#x;˜‰) For those who are interested in purchasing such a plate, email me at They are $15 plus tax (total $16.36‌but we'll round it down to $16 to keep things simple). When you contact me, let me know what you wish your shuttle to be named and we will assign you a serial number at random from those that remain

Just a quick reminder to everyone: on August 11th, we will be going to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum for our annual Region 12 Away Mission. I have arranged free tickets for up to 30 people (adults and Cadets alike) who wish to come in uniform (or Klingon attire or Borg suit or‌) and spend at least one 2-hour shift in the lobby handing out backpacks and engaging with the public. If you wish to be included in our group of workers who receive free tickets, be sure to get in touch with me. Currently we have six folks signed up, so let's get more. This offer is extended to everyone within SFI who is reading this and wishes to join us in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I will even open it up to members of the Klingon Assault Group, any Cardassian or Romulan groups, or other such Star Trek clubs that may exist but they need to get in touch with me so that we can coordinate our efforts.

Events On January 3rd, the Command Staff and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel met for dinner at Perkins to discuss various ship matters and her new role as the Acting Ambassador. I have begun the transfer of contact information to her for various events around the area with which we would like to coordinate and offer volunteer services such as we have done in the past for TopCon. On January 10th, the Command Staff and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel met for dinner at Perkins and discussed the latest design of the shuttlecraft license plates that we will soon have printed for those who wish them. If all has gone as expected, everyone should have seen examples of these at the ship meeting on January 27th. On January 17th, the Command Staff and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel met for dinner at Perkins and discussed the idea mentioned in last month's newsletter: Meet the Command Staff. This is also when Ralph provided me that ancient relic of the floppy disk. (That evening, when I asked the computer to read it from my USB floppy drive, it broke out in laughter! It then reluctantly consented.) On January 18th, the Command Staff, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel, and Crewmen Wesley Cameron and

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PHOENIX RISING Mary Everly met for dinner at IHOP. This was impromptu and suggested by me when I remembered that they were having an "All You Can Eat" promotion on their regular pancakes. Six of us around the table packing away those flapjacks definitely kept our waitress Heidi hopping. Between us all, we had about three dozen! (Sorry, Heidi!) No business was conducted; this was just a fun outing of good folks. On January 22nd, the Command Staff, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel, and Crewmen Wesley Cameron and Mary Everly gathered for a birthday dinner at Mengel's home to add another year of age to both our CO and Tracy. Great food was prepared by the Crewmen in the manner of barbecued ribs, baked potatoes, and cheesy broccoli. For dessert, there were two cakes available: a combination round cake that had quarters of carrot cake, German chocolate cake, layered chocolate cake, and red velvet cake and another cake that was a two-layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. (Anyone want to bet which cake our chocoholic XO dove straight into??? đ&#x;˜Š) Both Tracy and Ralph received GPS units for their shuttles so as to allow them to find their ways and to return home safely. On January 24th, the Command Staff and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel met for dinner at Perkins and discussed the nominations for the ship

awards of the year and various other ship matters.

of this event, please see below in Future Events.

On January 27th, we had the monthly ship meeting. Those who attended were the Command Staff; Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty; Lieutenants (Junior Grade) Carolyn Kaberline, Tracy Mengel, and Brenda Smith; Crewmen Wesley Cameron and Mary Everly; Cadets Sagan Felty and Tesla Felty; and guest Mark Smith.

The topic of Coffee with the Command Staff was mentioned and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Brenda Smith suggested having lunch gathering on Fridays once or twice a month. When we get this on the schedule, we will be sure to communicate this far and wide by email, the Forum, the Calendar, and in the newsletter.

At this meeting, the annual awards were presented. For their outstanding work for the year of 2017, the winners are: • Officer of the Year: Captain John "Sparky" Bevan (3rd year in a row) • Department Head of the Year: Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty (inaugural year for this award) • Enlisted Member of the Year: Crewman John Eppich • CaPet of the Year: Midnight (Companion of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel) (inaugural year for this award) • Yeoman Janice Rand Award: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel (2nd year in a row) • Energizer Bunny Award: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel Also discussed at the meeting was the scheduling of more P4 events, starting with the first being on February 17th at 2pm at my home. For the details

Afternoon sessions at a local coffee shop have also been suggested by the Command Staff. If there is a time and/or day that you prefer, please let us know. We wish to be available to as many of our crew as possible, especially those we do not see frequently at ship meetings or other events. Email us at and let us know when would fit your schedule and we will definitely do what we can to accommodate you. We will also have certain "office hours" a few times each month when one or more of us will be ready for those who wish to come by and chat with us. As always, even if you cannot visit us in person, we remain available to you for any questions, concerns, or other issues you have. We welcome contact by email, phone call, text message, and even telepathy if you can get it to work. đ&#x;˜Š It has been decided that our Acting Ambassador will start hosting some of the Game Night events starting with the second

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PHOENIX RISING Game Night for the month on February 16th. The start time, as always, will be 7pm and the choice of games or other activities (such as movies) will be up to the attendees. Please contact her at or me at with any questions or for directions to her quarters. Out of respect for her privacy, I will not publish her address in this newsletter since this is read by many more than just the members of our ship and it is posted in various publiclyaccessible locations on the Internet such as ing. Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty reported that he has contacted the Volunteer Coordinator at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to arrange for the ship to entertain the sick children and provide them stuffed animals (possibly crewmembermade tribbles). He and our Acting Ambassador will coordinate together on this project and arrange a time for us to go in uniform (or other regalia). The scheduled date will be published to all by email, in a future edition of this newsletter, in the Forum, and on the Calendar once it is available. On January 31st, the Command Staff and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel met for dinner at Perkins. Topics discussed were updates for the Crew Handbook, scheduling of Coffee with the Command Staff

and occasional luncheon events, and various ship policy issues. On February 2nd, I hosted Game Night at my home once again and those who attended were Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel and Crewmen Wesley Cameron and Mary Everly. This time, rather than playing games, we watched the movie Blade starring Wesley Snipes. Future Events REMINDER: All RSVPs must be sent to and are required from all crewmembers who live within a 50-mile radius of Lawrence, whether you will or will not be attending the events. If you live outside of that radius, RSVPs are required only if you will be attending the events. For more information about this policy and how it can affect promotion eligibility, please refer to your Crew Handbook Section 2.11 on page 16. If you do not have a current copy (released November 2017), please download it from uments/dphandbook.pdf. February 16th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by February 15th. Upon receipt of your RSVP, her address will be emailed to you, along with directions as to how to get to her

quarters. (Once again, this is out of respect for her privacy due to the mailing list for this newsletter including many from outside our ship's crew.) February 17th will be the first P4 event of the year. I will host the fun at my home starting at 2pm. Those who wish to stay into the evening are welcome to do so. The selection of movies that are screened will be determined by those who attend. There is no predetermined list of features at this time. We will order pizza at 2:30, so those who want to place their orders, please be sure to be here by that time. The cost for the pizzas will be determined by the size and type that you order, of course. Please send your RSVP by February 15th. February 24th will be the next ship meeting. It will be held at Kansas Buffet located at the corner of Huntoon and Wanamaker in Topeka and will start at 6pm. Please send your RSVP by noon that day. As this is a "foreign lands" meeting, the business portion of the meeting will be kept short so that we can socialize and ideally speak with folks who may be interested in coming over to ask about us, our ship, and SFI in general. March 2nd and 3rd are the dates for the Region 12 Summit. This year, as it is being more casual, it is being referred to as a Family Reunion. The venue for this event is the Callaway Electric Community Room at 1313

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PHOENIX RISING Cooperative Drive in Fulton, Missouri. Friday is more of a meet and greet for those coming and spending the night while most of the events will be scheduled for Saturday. Saturday's festivities include the CO/XO meeting, fundraising auction, and presentation of Region awards.

may come and go as his schedule dictates. Please send your RSVP by March 8th.

Something to keep in mind is that if you are a crewman or junior officer, attendance at the Summit may entitle you to your next promotion. To earn the senior officer ranks of Lieutenant Commander and Commander, this helps but more is required as those ranks carry greater authority and responsibility.

March 24th will be the next ship meeting. It will be held at Conroy's Pub at 3115 West 6th Street (in the strip mall just east of the Sonic Drive-In restaurant). The meeting will start at 6pm. Please RSVP by noon that day.

March 2nd is also the date of the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by March 1st. Be aware that both Lieutenant Mengel and I will be departing early the next morning to attend the Summit, so the Game Night will have a solid end time of 11pm, unlike most of our Game Nights that we let run until the last person wishes to depart. March 10th is the Spring Academy Night. Academy Night will once again be a "come when convenient" event and the doors will be open from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Anyone who is here at the strike of midnight may continue to study until he wishes to leave. No one else will be admitted/re-admitted after 12am, however. Prior to that time, one

March 16th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by March 15th.

March 30th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by March 29th. April 13th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by April 12th. April 27th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by April 26th. April 28th will be the next ship meeting. It will be held at Perkins located at the southeast corner of 23rd and Ousdahl. The meeting will start at 6pm. Please RSVP by noon that day. May 11th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant

Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by May 10th. (This also happens to be my birthday but the festivities are planned for over the weekend, so the games shall still be afoot.) May 25th will be the next Game Night. It will start at 7pm and be hosted at Lieutenant Mengel's home. Please send your RSVP by May 24th. May 26th will be the next ship meeting. It will be held at McAlister's Deli located at the northwest corner of 27th and Iowa. The meeting will start at 6pm. Please RSVP by noon that day. REMINDER: All RSVPs must be sent to and are required from all crewmembers who live within a 50-mile radius of Lawrence, whether you will or will not be attending the events. If you live outside of that radius, RSVPs are required only if you will be attending the events. For more information about this policy and how it can affect promotion eligibility, please refer to your Crew Handbook Section 2.11 on page 16. If you do not have a current copy (released November 2017), please download it from uments/dphandbook.pdf. As always, if anyone has any questions about the contents of this article, suggestions for future events, or wishes to submit

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PHOENIX RISING articles or announcements for publication, please feel free to contact me by email at or give me a call at (785) 727-1355. Be aware this is a regular phone, so do not try to send it text messages. John Bevan is the Second Officer of the USS Dark Phoenix and the Team Leader of the Strategic Operations Unit 666-The Dark Devils--and has been a member of Starfleet International since January 2015. When not honoring our ship with his dedication, he owns and operates a computer sales and service firm he founded back in June 1989. The motto by which he lives is "Nothing changes until something changes."

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PHOENIX RISING Marine Unit Status Report By Admiral Sunnie Planthold STARFLEET Marine Corps Unit Report Form v3 Date and time submitted: Sat Feb 3 05:53:22 CST Unit: Battalion: Brigade: Reporting month:

MSG 269 3 12 February

**REPORTING OFFICER** Reporting officer: ADM Sunnie J Planthold E-mail: sunniejap@ **BASIC UNIT INFORMATION** Type: MSG Branch: Special Ops Nickname: The Black Bettys Motto:

Tracy Mengel LTjg 75656 Reserve 09/26/2018

Name: Rank: SCC Number: Active/Reserve: Expiration Date:

Brenda Smith LTjg 76016 Reserve 12/29/2018

Name: Rank: SCC Number: Active/Reserve: Expiration Date:

Wesley Cameron CRMN 77586 Reserve 12/27/2018

Changes to roster: Recruits/Discharges: 1/0 Name: Wesley Cameron Rank: CRMN SCC Number: 77586 Active/Reserve: Reserve Expiration Date: 12/27/2018 Changes in leadership: Type the changes to Strike Group/Battalion leadership here. N/A

**OFFICER-IN-CHARGE INFORMATION** Unit OIC name and ADM Sunnie J Planthold rank: e-mail: sunniejap@ Unit DOIC name and COL Patrick Malone rank: e-mail: **CHAPTER DATA** NCC Number: 74920 Name: USS Dark Phoenix CO: RADM Ralph F Planthold **UNIT PERSONNEL DATA** Unit strength: Active/Reserve:

Name: Rank: SCC Number: Active/Reserve: Expiration Date:


Unit roster: Name: Rank: SCC Number: Active/Reserve: Expiration Date:

Sunnie J Planthold ADM 44342 Reserve 07/13/2019

Name: Rank: SCC Number: Active/Reserve: Expiration Date:

Patrick Malone COL 46072 Active 07/04/2018

Name: Rank: SCC Number: Active/Reserve: Expiration Date:

Morgan Hahn FCPT 32367 Reserve 03/15/2019

Awards issued: Type award name and recipient. Awards requested: Type award and nominee. **UNIT MISSION DATA** Unit activities: SUMMARIZE BDE, BN, and unit activities for the past 60 days. Volunteered hair care for clients at local Hospice. Donated items of clothing to the Willow Domestic Violence Center. Collected/delivered cardboard cores from paper towel and toilet paper rolls for Lawrence-Douglas County Humane Society use in making chew toys for dogs. Contributing monthly article to chapter newsletter. SFMC Challenge Data: Please place any data regarding SFMC challenges here. Please list BDE, BN, and unit. **COMMENTS/PROBLEMS/SUGGESTIONS** Comments/Problems/Suggestions: N/A Actions taken to rectify: N/A

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PHOENIX RISING Marine Unit Report By Admiral Sunnie Planthold QUOTABLE STAR TREK By Jill Sherwin Chapter 31: For the Fans (TOS thru TWOK) I enjoy these quotes, maybe even love them. I have resorted to using them to start conversations, particularly in the "recruiting dance" for SFI. Enjoy reading. —Sunnie "Check the circuit." —Spock to Jose Tyler, first words spoken in Star Trek TOS: "The Cage" "Engage." —Pike to Number One; first time order given TOS: "The Cage" "Energize." —Kirk to Scott, first time order given TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" "Hailing frequencies still open, sir." —Uhura to Kirk; first time phrase used TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver" "Fascinating." —Spock on Balok's ship; first time comment used TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver"

"He's dead, Jim." —McCoy to Kirk, first time phrase used TOS: "The Enemy Within" "May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless your planet!" —Sulu to Rand, on-air use of Gene Roddenberry's nickname TOS: "The Man Trap" "I can't change the laws of physics." —Scott to Kirk TOS: "The Naked Time" "A question. Since before your sun burned hot in space and before your race was born, I have awaited a question." —The Guardian of Forever to Kirk TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" "Let's get the hell out of here." —Kirk to landing party TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever" "Live long, T'Pau, and prosper." —Spock to T'Pau; first time said TOS: "Amok Time" "I'm not sure, but I think we've been insulted." "I'm sure." —Kirk and McCoy, on Spock's inference that he found their savage mirror universe counterparts a refreshing change of pace TOS: "Mirror, Mirror"

"I heard you." "He simply could not believe his ears." —Kirk and Spock on Nilz Baris's accusation that Cyrano is a Klingon agent TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles" "Captain, you are an excellent starship commander, but as a taxi driver…you leave much to be desired." —Spock to Kirk TOS: "A Piece of the Action" "Take him where?" "In search of his brain, Doctor. —McCoy and Kirk on Spock TOS: "Spock's Brain" "Heading, sir?" "Out there. Thataway." —Chief DiFalco and Kirk The Motion Picture "The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning ..." —text superimposed at the end of The Motion Picture "Can I cook or can't I?" —Carol to Kirk, on the results of the Genesis terraforming device The Wrath of Khan "No…you can't get away .... From hell's heart I stab at thee….For hate's sake ... I spit my last breath at thee!" —Khan to Kirk Source: Herman Melville, Moby Dick The Wrath of Khan "Don't grieve, Admiral— it is logical: the needs of the

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PHOENIX RISING many outweigh—" " ... the needs of the few ... " "Or the one." —Spock and Kirk The Wrath of Khan "I have been—and always shall be—your friend .... Live long and prosper." —Spock to Kirk, on the death of Spock The Wrath of Khan Sunnie Planthold has been a member of Starfleet International since February 1995. She holds the billets of Executive Officer and Officer in Charge of the 269th Marine Strike Group--The Black Bettys. When pursuing civilian life, she is an independent sales consultant for LegalShield (alongside her husband Ralph), performs community service for the Lawrence Humane Society and the Willow Domestic Violence Center, and interprets church services into American Sign Language each Sunday. The quickest way to befriend her is to offer her a bite of chocolate.

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PHOENIX RISING Chief Engineer's Report By Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty This month's report will be picture heavy. For most of us, this will be review. For newer crew, this may be new information but regardless of if you're career Fleet with decades in service or a dewy cadet still wet behind the ears, all Starfleet personnel should be able to identify the most common classes of vessels in use in Starfleet.

Power Plant: One 1500+ Cochrane warp core feeding two nacelles; one impulse system

Number of Decks: 33 Apollo Class

Dimensions Length: 464.43 meters Beam: 316.67 meters Height: 87.43 meters Mass: 3,055,000 metric tons Performance Endurance: Warp 9.8 for 12 hours Armament: Six Type-10 phaser emitters; Two photon torpedo launchers Ambassador Class

Major Starship Classes Production Base: Utopia Planitia Number constructed: At least 8

Akira Class Number constructed: At least 10

Production Facility: ASDB Integration Facility, Antares Fleet Yards, Antares IV Number constructed: ~ 5 - 7 Named vessels USS Thunderchild (NCC-63549) USS Spector (NCC-63549) (Unknown why duplicate Naval Construction Contract numbers) Specifications Type: Heavy Cruiser Crew: 500 officers and enlisted; 4,500 personnel evacuation limit

Named vessels USS Adelphi USS Ambassador USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) USS Excalibur (NCC-26517) USS Exeter (NCC-26531) USS Gandhi USS Horatio USS Valdemar USS Yamaguchi (NCC-26510) USS Zhukov (NCC-26136) Specifications Category: Explorer/Emissary Crew: 320 officers and 1000 enlisted Dimensions Length: 524.256 meters Width: 283.006 meters Height: 101.955 meters Mass: 3,710,000 metric tons

Named vessels Odin T'Pau (NSP-17938) USS Agamemnon USS Ajax (NCC-11574) USS Apollo (NCC-30000) USS Clement (NCC-12537) Specifications Category: Scout Crew: 300 officers and enlisted Power Plant: Annular Warp System Dimensions Length: 300 meters Width: 280 meters Height: 121 meters Mass: unknown Number of Decks: 16 Performance Maximum Speed: Warp 6

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PHOENIX RISING Armament: 6 dual emitter phaser banks; 6 phaser turrets; 4 torpedo launchers Cardenas Class

Power Plant: Vertically-aligned dual nacelle Dimensions Length: 394 meters Width: 294 meters Height: 115 meters Mass: 2,825,000 metric tons Number of Decks: 14 Performance Maximum Speed: Warp 6 (Warp 8 emergency) Armament: 2 type VIII phaser banks; 2 torpedo launchers

Dimensions Length: 310 meters Width: 175 meters Height: 86 meters Mass: 190,000 metric tons Number of Decks: 15 Performance Maximum Speed: Warp 9 Armament: 6 dual emitter phaser banks; 4 torpedo launchers Constitution Class

Number constructed: At least 3 Constellation Class Named vessels ISS Buran (NCC-1422) USS Buran (NCC-1422) USS Yeager (NCC-1437) Challenger Class Production Base: San Francisco Fleet Yards (initial production order of 12, total built 189) Number constructed: At least 189 Production Base: Copernicus Ship Yards (production order of 11) Number constructed: At least 10 Production Base: Utopia Planitia (production order of 40) Number constructed: At least 3 Named vessels Kearsarge USS Armstrong USS Buran (NCC-57580) Specifications Category: cruiser Crew: 225 officers and crew

Named vessels NCC-7100 USS Constellation (NX-1974) USS Gettysburg USS Hathaway (NCC-2593) USS Magellan USS Stargazer (NCC-2893) USS Victory (NCC-9754) Specifications Category: cruiser Crew: 535 officers and enlisted Power Plant: Quad nacelle

Named vessels ISS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (in the mirror universe) NCC-1685 NCC-1697 NCC-1700 NCC-1707 NCC-1718 NCC-1831 USS Ahwahnee (NCC-2048) USS Carolina USS Constellation (NCC-1017) USS Defiant (NCC-1764)4 USS Eagle (NCC-956) USS Emden (NCC-1856) USS Endeavour (NCC-1895) USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)

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PHOENIX RISING USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (in an alternate timeline) USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) USS Excalibur (NCC-1664) USS Exeter (NCC-1672) USS Farragut USS Hood (NCC-1703) USS Intrepid (NCC-1631) USS Kongo (NCC-1710) USS Korolev (NCC-2014) USS Lexington (NCC-1709) USS Merrimac (NCC-1715) USS Olympia USS Potemkin (NCC-1659) USS Republic (NCC-1371) USS Valiant USS Yorktown Specifications Category: Heavy cruiser Crew: 500 officers and enlisted Power Plant: Linear dilithium matter-antimatter reactor assembly feeding dual nacelles Dimensions Length: 304 meters Width: 141 meters Height: 71 meters Mass: 210,000 metric tons Number of Decks: 23 Performance Maximum Speed: Warp 8 (Warp 9 emergency)(attained warp 11 twice, warp 14 once in special circumstances) Armament: 7 dual emitter phaser banks, 2 photon torpedo launchers Crossfield Class (Information regarding this class is classified, clear access with your CO or Section 31 before viewing)

Unauthorized viewers immediately report to the brig Armament: phaser arrays, torpedo launchers Danube Class

Production Base: Utopia Planitia (production order made by Section 31) Number constructed: 4 Named vessels ISS Discovery (mirror universe) USS Discovery (NCC-1031) USS Glenn (NCC-1030) USS Stamets (NCC-1019) Specifications Category: Science/Research testbed Crew: 136 officers and enlisted Power Plant: dilithium matterantimatter reactor assemby feeding dual nacelles, extradimensional mycelial network

Production Base: Utopia Planitia Number constructed: At least 12 Named vessels NCC-73918 USS Danube NX-72003 USS Gander (destroyed) USS Ganges (NCC-72454) (destroyed) USS Mekong (destroyed) USS Orinoco (destroyed) USS Rio Grande (NCC-72452) USS Rubicon (NCC-72936) USS Shenandoah (NCC-73024) (destroyed) USS Volga USS Yangtzee Kiang (destroyed) USS Yukon (destroyed)

Dimensions Length: <classified> Width: <classified> Height: <classified> Mass: <classified> Number of Decks: 21

Specifications Category: Runabout Crew: 2-4 officers and enlisted Power Plant: compact warp core, 2 banks of 4 micro fusion plants

Performance Maximum Speed: Warp 1416 (via spore drive)

Dimensions Length: 23.1 meters Height: 5.4 meters Width: 13.7 meters

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Mass: 355,000 metric tons Number of Decks: 4

Performance Cruise Speed: Warp 2 Maximum Speed: Warp 5 Armament: 6 phaser emitters, 2 torpedo launchers

Performance Cruise Speed: Warp 7 Maximum Speed: Warp 9.9 for 12 hours Armament: 4 phaser cannons, 3 phaser emitters, 6 torpedo launchers

Defiant Class

Until next month . . . Rezty Felty keeps the USS Dark Phoenix running like the finely-tuned thoroughbred she is and engages in Warp Core research. He has been a Trek fan since the '60s and has been a member of Starfleet International since September 2015. In real life, he is owned by the CMO of the USS Dark Phoenix, five kids, and a variety of pets when not performing Linux Engineering.

Production Base: Antares Fleet Yard, Antares IV, Utopia Planitia Fleet Yard, Mars Number constructed: At least 4 Named vessels ISS Defiant USS Defiant (NX-74205) USS Sao Paulo, renamed USS Defiant USS Valiant (NCC-74210) Specifications Category: Escort Crew: 50 officers and enlisted Power Plant: Class-7 MatterAntimatter Reaction Assembly (M/ARA)(Unusual design, having warp coils inside main hull instead of in nacelles) Dimensions Length: 119 meters Width: 90 meters Height: 25 meters

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PHOENIX RISING Acting Chief Tactical Officer's Report By Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tony Celeste When I was in middle school, I remember being in science class and having to learn about this little concept called the scientific method. Who would have thought how important this process was? At the time, I was probably interested in much more important things in life but I certainly appreciate it now. This month, I would like to share a little about my job and how I use this centuries-old concept every day. Now unfortunately, I was unable to attend last month's ship meeting. Not because I forgot or something better came up (few things in life are better than Star Trek) but because I don't always get to pick my work hours. On the morning of January 25th, the Pratt (Kansas) Fire Department responded to a house fire on Austin Street. When firefighters arrived at the scene that day, they learned that four small children and their mother were trapped inside the basement of the home. Every firefighter there worked heroically but the fire was far too advanced, even before they arrived. Tragically, the children and their mother perished in the fire. My team and I spent the next three days at the scene conducting a fire scene

investigation (what we commonly refer to as an "origin and cause investigation") in an attempt to give answers to a grieving family. I'm often asked how we conduct these origin and cause investigations. The history of fire investigations is interesting, although somewhat tragic at the same time. The original process was largely based on unproven and untested theories that were held to be scientific fact. Many of these early "truths" have been completely disproven over the years. I call this "voodoo science" because it has no basis for reliability and has not been tested. Fortunately, the profession started to change. In the 1990's, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) finally introduced the scientific method into the process of fire scene investigations. As you might imagine, as there is with any big change, there was resistance. There was a lot of resistance. It wasn't until the 2000s when the International Association of Arson Investigators adopted the NFPA's standards and guidelines that the scientific method truly became the foundation of the profession. Although this was a relatively very short time ago, it is encouraging to see the profession continuing to evolve for the better. The ultimate goal of every investigator should be to find the unbiased scientific truth. If you need a refresher, the NFPA defines seven steps to the

scientific method (there may be slight variations between industries but the concept is the same): 1. Recognize the need/identify the problem 2. Define the problem 3. Collect data 4. Analyze the data 5. Develop a hypothesis 6. Test the hypothesis 7. Select the final hypothesis Now for me, the first two steps are very simple. The problem is that there has been a fire and the fire's origin and cause need to be determined. The remaining steps are where I spend my time. Perhaps most of my time is spent "collecting the data." This includes taking pictures (lots of pictures), measuring and drawing diagrams, interviewing witnesses, and collecting samples. Every fire scene is generally treated as a crime scene until a proper and scientific conclusion has been made. Sometimes we use specialty equipment such as drones or Highway Patrol aircraft for aerial photography, 3D laser scanners, x-ray machines, and accelerant detection canines. Our agency has two trained accelerant detection canines who do a lot of work around the state. My first goal is to determine the area of origin. If I am unable to determine the area of origin, then my data will be limited and a fire determination cannot be madeâ&#x20AC;Świth some

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PHOENIX RISING exceptions. In a fire scene investigation, I use four tools to determine the area of origin: witness statements, fire pattern analysis, fire dynamics, and arc mapping. (I would probably put you to sleep explaining arc mapping.) Once the area of origin is determined, more data are collected by means of a search for all available ignition sources and all available fuels. Once the data are collected, I have to make sense of it. Sometimes I don't have enough data to analyze and the fire is undetermined. Sometimes I have conflicting data that I have to evaluate, such as conflicting witness statements. Depending on the fire, I may consult with other experts such as an electrical engineer or a fire protection specialist. After the data are analyzed, I start forming a hypothesis. For example, I will ask the occupant if he smokes cigarettes. If the answer is yes, then one hypothesis would be that improperly discarded smoking materials ignited a surrounding combustible material. I would then ask further questions of the victim and build a timeline of activities. Every fire I investigate will start with many hypotheses. The next step, and a very important step, is testing the hypothesis. I will do everything I can to try and disprove every hypothesis. For example, a grass fire near a roadway may be

blamed on a discarded cigarette. However, when I obtain a weather report, I find that the humidity was 50%. I know from published and tested scientific research that a lit cigarette cannot ignite grass unless the humidity level is under 23%. This hypothesis can now be disproven. Most of my "hypothesis testing" is done through research. Although sometimes I do get to burn stuff for testing, which is more fun. I can also use deductive reasoning to test hypotheses. For example, a fire department once called me to investigate a residential fire. They told me they were sure a space heater had caused the fire but they wanted our office to respond because they considered it a high dollar loss. I believe the chief was embarrassed when I found that the space heater was not plugged in, therefore I could deduce that it was not a possible ignition source and that hypothesis was eliminated. Once all the hypotheses have been tested, it's time to select the final hypothesis. There are only four recognized fire cause determinations I can make; accidental, natural, incendiary, and undetermined. There is no such thing as a "suspicious" fire, although you will hear that term in the news all the time. An accidental fire would include something like an electrical failure or a candle knocked over. Natural fires most commonly involve lighting strikes. Incendiary fires generally mean arson. And an

undetermined fire means I can make no determination to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty. If during my investigation, I have two or more hypothesis that I cannot disprove, then the fire is undetermined. Even if I only have one hypothesis, that hypothesis still has to be testable before a determination can be made. If I have only one testable hypothesis that I cannot disprove, only then can I make a fire cause determination (other than undetermined). The scientific method is a cycle, meaning that anytime more data become available, the process must be reanalyzed and tested. Often times I may rule a fire undetermined but later I receive additional data (such as a witness coming forward) that may allow for another determination to be made. For many fire investigators, once an origin and cause determination has been made, their jobs are over. For me, frequently it has just begun. If and when a fire is determined to be incendiary (arson) or if the fire is undetermined but there is evidence of arson, then the criminal investigation begins. My work truck is literally a mobile crime scene vehicle. I collect finger prints, blood evidence, DNA, shoe prints, tire tread prints, anything and everything you might expect at any other violent crime scene can

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PHOENIX RISING and has been collected at an arson scene. Arson is sometimes used in an attempt to cover up another crime such as burglary or homicide. I recently obtained a conviction from an arsonist after I was able to find and lift his finger prints at the crime scene. Another serial arsonist was convicted after we found and collected paint transfer from his vehicle's bumper to a garage wall which he had scrapped against leaving the scene. Every scene is different. Now I don't consider myself a scientist but you don't have to be a scientist to apply scientific methodology. My job is very dirty. It can be very hot, very cold, very wet, and everything in between. It is sometime tragic and heartbreaking but it is also very rewarding and I love every minute of it!

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PHOENIX RISING Acting Chief Weapons Officer's Report By Ensign Lee Shaffer I am excited to be writing this report and to start a journey into deep space with all on the USS Dark Phoenix. I have a fascination with weapons of all types. In my years, I have studied many types of weapons from bladed and blunt weapons on up to firearms and even directed-energy weapons. Many of my reports will be focused on these types and how I have learned to use them and the implications of their use. I hope you find my reports about these many weapons and the arts used to practice them exciting and informative.

of the Germanic people. Johannes developed the later form of combat for his men called die Schlachtschule (School of Combat) for his secret techniques the Meisterhauen (the master cuts) for the German Longsword. This is taught in two forms: Harnisfechten (armored combat) and Blofssfechten (out of armor combat) which was translated and survived by a Monk known as Hank Dobringer. We will discuss these and how they are great techniques to learn further down the road. You can practice them by yourself for a very fun way to exercise without creating strain on your body.

I would like to start my focus on the what I personally consider the most noble form of weapon fighting: fencing. Many of us have heard of fencing and when we ponder it, we think of Olympic style fencing. That which is done with a foil, put on a linear stage to fight to first touch. This style of fencing was founded and made most popular by the French in the 14th and 15th centuries and carries on today. But did you know that the Germans also had a style of fencing?

The first form of combat that Johannes developed was discovered in 2006 during an archeological expedition that unearthed a book that was simply labeled I.33, which is referred to as the One Thirty-Three. There were 32 pages discovered in the dig that was determined to be the remains of his barony that was burned to the ground in the late periods of the 15th Century. In 2012, as the unearthing of this archeological site continued, they discovered the other remaining 32 pages in this 64-page manual that was buried and forgotten for 600 years.

Starting somewhere in the 14th Century, German Baron known as Johannes Lichtenauer started to develop two styles of fighting. His house was one of the few allowed to arm themselves during a disarming of the entirety

The discovery of the I.33 brought a profound discovery. The book outlined seven techniques of sword and buckler fencing that was taught only to nobles but further and more shocking to historians, it was taught to women

which was unprecedented at the time. The book dictates these techniques and three off-setting techniques illustrated with a male noble and a female noble. It has yet to be proven if true but many historians believe one reason the barony was struck down was their intent to teach women to fight. The I.33 also finalized a theory that the master classes of the German Longsword were to be taught in two ways, the Ernstfetchen (lethal combat) and the Schulfechten (school fighting). The I.33 is pondered over and studied to great degree currently. I being one of those who focuses entirely on its combat technique and meaning behind why it was written, and why it was so dangerous that it needed to be destroyed presumably forever. We know one thing for sure: it was developed to be one of the fastest and most lethal forms of unarmored combat. One thing we would like clarity on is whether it was indeed intended for women to learn this art of combat to protect their houses, for it was greatly taboo for women to be in combat and that there are very few known armored women recorded as being in combat. It raises the question of whether these women were taught to be lethal and how lethal were they? The last thing we ponder about the I.33 is if it was used as a ritual from of settling disputes between German houses in nonlethal forms of tournaments and

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PHOENIX RISING who was involved in those tournaments. If you would like to learn more about this type of weapongrade fighting, you can contact many of my friends that run a group called the Kansas City Swordsman Guild, found at Many of their classes are hosted on the weekends in Sector 001 on Planet Earth. I will cover some ideas and histories of some of the technique in further musings but for now I must get back to my duties. Those photon torpedoes just don't check themselves. [Editor's Note: For those who wish to learn more about the I.33, please refer to the Wikipedia page: l_Armouries_Ms._I.33] "I can feel your joy, your sorrow, and all the emotions that makes every individual great. I can also feel the fear and rage when it comes time to do battle. This is what drives me and fuels my desire to win for the Federation and all walks of life we strive to protect." Lee is a happilymarried officer with two wonderful cadets who occupy his time when he is not supporting them with his computer sales and service firm.

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PHOENIX RISING Emergency Medical Humanoid's Report By Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty

replacing them would cure diabetes.

Medical News This month the CMO is on an away mission dealing with a family medical crisis. Until such time as she is available to resume her duties, I will be Acting CMO. I filed my first Acting CMO report in February of 2017; 11 months later, I am still doing so. Since I am an automaton never intended to be more than a temporary replacement for the real CMO, and I have been fulfilling this function for far longer than I was ever designed to, I think it would be fitting if I were known as the EMH from now on. The end of Diabetes? With diabetes afflicting ten percent of the population, chances are good if you don't have it, you know someone who does. Well, there is good news. The base cause of diabetes is that tiny clusters of cells in the pancreas gradually stop secreting insulin as we age, engage in longterm usage of excessive amounts of processed sugars (which we weren't evolved to consume), or have a genetic anomaly affecting these cells. These clusters of cells are known as the Islets of Langerhans. For years, scientists have theorized that repairing or

Experiments have been done on rats, pigs and other animals for years in pursuit of this, but a year ago, they implanted multiple Islets of Langerhans in the omentum of a woman with diabetes. The pancereas is a delicate organ and implanting in it would likely disrupt any function the existing islets were performing. Experiments have been done in the past implanting islets into livers but they eventually stopped working. The omentum, which is the fatty sheath surrounding the abdominal organs, turns out to be a great place for these islets to be transplanted and flourish. A year later, the islets transplanted there are still functioning perfectly. The patient, who had an extremely bad type of diabetes which was not treatable by any medication, had to take insulin multiple times a day just to survive prior to having this surgery. Shortly after the procedure, she began producing her own insulin and within weeks no longer had to take insulin injections. A year later, she continues to maintain good blood sugars on her own with no injections.

This research and the hope it holds for future treatment is important because diabetes usually leads to other conditions which are even worse: blindness, loss of sensation in the extremities, gangrene, loss of limbs, and death. This treatment holds the promise of curing diabetes and preventing the serious secondary conditions. Information for this article found in these sources: 056/NEJMc1613959 abetes-information-10/type-idiabetes-news-182/transplant-ofinsulin-producing-cells-offershope-against-type-1-diabetes722536.html e/index.html Rezty Felty is a poor substitute for the real CMO, Laura Felty. In his capacity as EMH, he feels pity for those crew members stuck with inefficient organic body systems and wishes everyone could enjoy an efficient design such as his.

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PHOENIX RISING Astronomer's Report By Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Carolyn Kaberline Hope you all had a chance to see the super blue blood moon last month. It was spectacular to say the least. There's nothing that exciting this month but there are still a couple of attractions to see. One of those events will occur this Friday, February 9th, before this issue of the newsletter goes out, when an asteroid measuring somewhere between 50 and 130 feet passes within 39,000 miles of Earth; that's five times closer than the moon is to us. Another asteroid passed by earth a little farther away--about ten times the distance from Earth to the moon-on Super Bowl Sunday. The Mars Rover has been in the news during the past month. It seems to have located a layer of ice below the surface of Mars. Since this seems to be a farreaching layer, scientists are looking into ways it might be used for a future space colony.

Early risers in late February and early March will be treated to a line-up of Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter in the southeastern sky. The moon will almost seem to touch each one of them over a few nights beginning on March 7th. In other astronomical news this month, we saw the launch of the largest Space X rocket yet. This rocket was carrying a payload consisting of a Tesla roadster now on its way to Mars and then the asteroid belt beyond. And while there is no full moon this February, there will be another blue moon in March. Carolyn Kaberline is a semiretired public school teacher, having retired from one school district after teaching high school English for 45 years and now is a substitute teacher in another school district. Additionally, she is a script consultant for Project: Potemkin, a fancreated Star Trek-themed web series. In her spare time, she is an amateur astronomer and member of the Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers' League (NEKAAL) as well as a freelance journalist.

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PHOENIX RISING Why the Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Be About to Swap Places and How It Would Affect Us By Phil Livermore, University of Leeds and Jon Mound, University of Leeds, United Kingdom [Editor's Note: I ran across this article a few days before the newsletter articles were due and found it interesting, so I share it now with all of you. All credit for the writing of the article goes to Phil Livermore and Jon Mound.] The Earth's magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field, protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet's history includes at least several hundred global magnetic reversals, where north and south magnetic poles swap places. So, when's the next one happening and how will it affect life on Earth? During a reversal, the magnetic field won't be zero but will assume a weaker and more complex form. It may fall to ten percent of the present-day strength and have magnetic poles at the equator or even simultaneous existence of multiple "north" and "south" magnetic poles. Geomagnetic reversals occur a few times every million years on average. However, the interval between reversals is very

irregular and can range up to tens of millions of years. There can also be temporary and incomplete reversals, known as events and excursions, in which the magnetic poles move away from the geographic poles--perhaps even crossing the equator--before returning back to their original locations. The last full reversal, the Brunhes-Matuyama, occurred around 780,000 years ago. A temporary reversal, the Laschamp event, occurred around 41,000 years ago. It lasted less than 1,000 years with the actual change of polarity lasting around 250 years. Power Cut or Mass Extinction? The alteration in the magnetic field during a reversal will weaken its shielding effect, allowing heightened levels of radiation on and above the Earth's surface. Were this to happen today, the increase in charged particles reaching the Earth would result in increased risks for satellites, aviation, and groundbased electrical infrastructure. Geomagnetic storms, driven by the interaction of anomalously large eruptions of solar energy with our magnetic field, give us a foretaste of what we can expect with a weakened magnetic shield. In 2003, the so-called Halloween storm caused local electric grid blackouts in Sweden, required the rerouting of flights to avoid communication blackout and radiation risk, and disrupted

satellites and communication systems. But this storm was minor in comparison with other storms of the recent past, such as the 1859 Carrington event, which caused aurorae as far south as the Caribbean.

The impact of a major storm on today's electronic infrastructure is not fully known. Of course, any time spent without electricity, heating, air conditioning, GPS, or Internet would have a major impact. Widespread blackouts could result in economic disruption measuring in tens of billions of dollars a day. In terms of life on Earth and the direct impact of a reversal on our species, we cannot definitively predict what will happen as modern humans did not exist at the time of the last full reversal. Several studies have tried to link past reversals with mass extinctions, suggesting some reversals and episodes of extended volcanism could be driven by a common cause. However, there is no evidence of any impending cataclysmic volcanism and so we would only likely have to contend with the electromagnetic impact if the field does reverse relatively soon. We do know that many animal species have some form of

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PHOENIX RISING magnetoreception that enables them to sense the Earth's magnetic field. They may use this to assist in long-distance navigation during migration. But it is unclear what impact a reversal might have on such species. What is clear is that early humans did manage to live through the Laschamp event and life itself has survived the hundreds of full reversals evidenced in the geologic record. Can we predict geomagnetic reversals? The simple fact that we are "overdue" for a full reversal and the fact that the Earth's field is currently decreasing at a rate of 5% per century has led to suggestions that the field may reverse within the next 2,000 years. But pinning down an exact date--at least for now--will be difficult.

The Earth's magnetic field is generated within the liquid core of our planet by the slow churning of molten iron. Like the atmosphere and oceans, the way in which it moves is governed by the laws of physics. We should therefore be able to predict the "weather of the core" by tracking this movement, just like we can predict real weather by looking at the atmosphere and ocean. A

reversal can then be likened to a particular type of storm in the core, where the dynamics--and magnetic field--go haywire (at least for a short while) before settling down again.


The difficulties of predicting the weather beyond a few days are widely known, despite us living within and directly observing the atmosphere. Yet predicting the Earth's core is a far more difficult prospect, principally because it is buried beneath 3,000 km of rock such that our observations are scant and indirect. However, we are not completely blind: we know the major composition of the material inside the core and that it is liquid. A global network of ground-based observatories and orbiting satellites also measure how the magnetic field is changing, which gives us insight into how the liquid core is moving. The recent discovery of a jet stream within the core highlights our evolving ingenuity and increasing ability to measure and infer the dynamics of the core. Coupled with numerical simulations and laboratory experiments to study the fluid dynamics of the planet's interior, our understanding is developing at a rapid rate. The prospect of being able to forecast the Earth's core is perhaps not too far out of reach. [Source:

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PHOENIX RISING Just for Fun [Editor's Note: As I was looking through the various newsletters in the Newsletter Exchange, I found some amusing graphics that I thought I would share. Enjoy!]

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Thank you, USS Star League, for finding the first two funnies and, USS Heimdal, for the graphic just above. See you out there!

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