Dark Fury Newsletter March 2018
Table of Contents Dark Phoenix Monthly Status Report by RADM Ralph Planthold Second Officer's Report by LT Tracy Mengel Marine Unit Report by ADM Sunnie Planthold Chief Engineer's Report by LCDR Rezty Felty Emergency Medical Humanoid's Report by LCDR Rezty Felty Astronomer's Report by LTJG Carolyn Kaberline Dark Fury Commanding Officer's Report by CAPT John "Sparky" Bevan Region 12 Family Reunion Executive Officer's Report by LCDR Tony Celeste Second Officer's Report by LT Brenda Smith Acting Chief Weapons Officer's Report by LTJG Lee Shaffer Pizza Shuttle Star Trek Picture Dark Fury Events Calendar
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USS Dark Phoenix February, 2018 03/05/2018 VADM Ralph Planthold 2200 W 26th St #C-15 Lawrence Kansas 66047 United States 785-581-4708 MEETING NCC 74920 Prometheus VADM Ralph Planthold ADM Sunnie Planthold Phoenix Rising 02/09/2018
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 03/03/2019 01/26/2021 02/27/2019 03/04/2019 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 03/03/2019 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
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ACADEMY : Mary Everly IOFHS - College of the Macabre DM 108 - Haunted Mansion DISTINCTION 02/27/2018 IOLS - Officers Training School (IOLS:OTS) OTS PASS 02/10/2018 Wesley Cameron IOFHS - College of the Macabre DM 108 - Haunted Mansion DISTINCTION 02/27/2018 IOLS - Officers Training School (IOLS:OTS) OTS PASS 02/10/2018
2/17 SO hosted P4 at his home. Those who attended were the Command Staff, LTJG Celeste and Mengel, and a short but sincere cameo appearance by LTJG Smith. The gathering began on time at 1400 hours and wrapped at 1830 hours when LTJG Celeste got a work call to take him away from the gathering. Movies watched were Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. 2/18 SO and LTJG Celeste traveled in Celeste's shuttle to the foreign land of Gladstone MO to commune with fellow Trekkies and to play three rounds of Star Trek Five Year Mission. The host (Steve Bundy) is a former STARFLEET member from the 1990s and has been approached about rejoining. He has stated that if/when he does so, he will rejoin his friend's ship--the ISS Katana--as his friend is FADM Robert Westfall. 2/23 Command Staff and LTJG Mengel met for dinner at Perkins. Topics discussed were the ship meeting the next evening and the formation of SO's new ship, the USS Dark Fury. 2/24 Command Staff hosted the monthly ship meeting. As this was a Foreign Lands meeting, it was held in Topeka at Kansas Buffet. In total, attendance was 20.
OTHER INFO MEETING DATE : 02/24/2017 PROMOTIONS : SCC 76263 77586 74089
NEW RANK ENS ENS ENS
NAME Mary Everly Wesley Cameron Dyson Felty
EFFECT DT 02/10/2018 02/10/2018 02/12/2018
ACTIVITIES : 02/07 Command Staff and LTJG Mengel met at Perkins for dinner. Topics discussed were the upcoming Region 12 Family Reunion, comm badge inventory, and suspension of Command Staff meetings for the next few weeks due to the observance of Lent (read: free potluck dinners at the Admirals' church, so no spending of money at Perkins for them for a little while). 2/10 Command Staff and LTJG Mengel met for dinner at IHOP. Discussion topics included promotion policy and upcoming Region Family Reunion. 2/16 LTJG Mengel hosted Game Night at her home. Those who attended were SO; LCDR R. Felty; ENS Cameron and Everly; and CDT S. Felty and T. Felty. CO and XO made cameo appearances but then returned to their quarters to prepare for their busy day the next day. Two rounds of Skip-Bo were played with the SO winning both.
L-R: Guest Linda Ford; ENSJG Martin; LTJG Mengel; guest Thomas Cameron; ENS Everly, Cameron, and S. Fisher.
L-R: CRMN Eppich and Arensman; CDT S. Felty; LCDR R. Felty; LTJG Celeste: ENSJG Thornton.
Foreground L-R: CAPT Bevan; CO; LTJG Kaberline; CRMN Talley; LT Schroeder. Behind the camera: XO/OIC 269th MSG.
CRMN Eppich receives the Enlisted Member of the Year 2017 awarded to him last month in absentia, as SO looks on.
ENS Shaffer receives the Willard Decker Award as SO Looks on.
CO Congratulates ENS Everly on her promotion as ENS Cameron and SO look on.
CO Presents ENS Cameron with the new business cards occasioned by his promotion as ENS Everly and SO look on. At this meeting, the departure of CAPT Bevan as SO from the Dark Phoenix was announced. He is starting his own ship, the Dark Fury, with the Dark Phoenix serving as support ship during its shakedown voyage. Many of our crew have put in their transfer requests to join the Dark Fury. In all, a total of 22 members of our crew will be manning the new ship. We wish the new ship and her crew well and look forward to playing with her...but will try not to scrape nacelles. After all, both ships are based in the same small area of Lawrence. 2/28 CO, XO/OIC 269th MSG, CAPT Bevan, LTJG Mengel, and LTJG Celeste met for lunch at Conroy's Pub and discussed upcoming events, the Region 12 Family Reunion this coming weekend, and the scheduling of other events that both ships will share. LTJG Smith arrived toward the end of the luncheon and discussed with CO and Bevan the differences between the two ships to help make her decision about whether to join the crew of the Dark Fury. 2/28 CAPT Bevan and LTJG Mengel met at Bevan's quarters to complete his final MSR for SOU-666 as Team Leader and to instruct Mengel on how to complete the monthly reports from this time forward. Effective as of the launch of the Dark Fury, Mengel is the Team Leader of the Dark Devils. 03/02 Region 12 Family Reunion, at different -03 venue in Fulton MO than in 2017. 03/03 Participate in Caesarean section birth, cutting of umbilical cord of USS Dark Fury. Repair major hull breach, owing to lack of episiotomy. Appoint LTJG Mengel as new SO. 03/07 CO, XO/OIC 269th MSG lunch with interested crew members 11:30 AM at Conroy's Pub. RSVP required to CO by the day before. 03/09 LTJG Mengel to host Game Night 7 PM at her apartment. RSVP to her required by the day before. 03/10 LTJG Mengel to have “get to know you” lunch with CRMN Lichtwardt. 03/11 Command Staff to attend USS Dark Fury chapter meeting, 2 PM at Conroy's Pub.
03/15 CO, XO/OIC 269th MSG to attend -18 LegalShield business convention. SO has the conn. 03/23 LTJG Mengel to host Game Night 7 PM at her apartment. RSVP to her required by the day before. 03/24 USS Dark Phoenix chapter meeting, scheduled for 6 PM originally at Conroy's Pub, has had to change its venue to McAlister’s Deli in Lawrence due to pub management preferring its March Madness college basketball tournament crowd over us. RSVP to CO required by noon, day of meeting. 08/10 STARFLEET IC 2018 in Bloomington -12 MN. 08/11 R12 Away Mission to Tulsa Air & Space Museum, 10 AM - 5 PM. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to secure FREE admission!
COMMENTS : • 2/10: Congratulations, CRMN Cameron and Everly for successfully completing Officer Training School. Having done so, you are both commissioned as officers and promoted to the rank of Ensign. Well done, ENS Cameron and Everly! • 2/12: Happy Birthday, ENS D. Felty! As you have just turned 18, you are hereby promoted out of the Cadet officer ranks, commissioned as an Officer, and granted the rank of Ensign. You are also now officially assigned your billet of Cadet Corps Instructor. Congratulations, ENS D. Felty! • Welcome back, ENSjg Tim Thornton. We missed ya! • The following crewmembers are reminded that their memberships are now APPROACHING expiration date, and that they should renew NOW: SCC 74659 76465 76512 76513 74856 74869 74870 74871 74872 74873 74874
RANK LTJG PO3 CRMN CRMN CRMN CRMN CRMN CDT CDT CDT CDT
NAME Martin Peterson Justin Ballard Renea Reasoner Jeffrey Brown Robert Planthold David Planthold Josie Thompson Kira Thompson Lea Thompson Corbin Thompson Flynne Planthold
EXPIRE DT 04/14/2018 05/01/2018 05/09/2018 05/09/2018 05/13/2018 05/13/2018 05/13/2018 05/13/2018 05/13/2018 05/13/2018 05/13/2018
• 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 75972 ENS Mark Sarver
EXPIRE DT 12/21/2017
PHOENIX RISING Acting Second Officer's Report By Lieutenant Tracy Mengel
Hello to the crew of the Dark Phoenix. This is your new SO communicating. I have never before been in such an important position and look forward to all of the help and suggestions you may have for me. As this is my first month writing the Second Officer's report there is a lot of the MSR in it. I have tried to add more info about the activities we have been and are going to be doing. NOTE: Due to availability problems at Conroy's Pub during March Madness, it has been decided to swap our monthly meeting schedules at Conroy's Pub and McAlister's Deli, effective immediately. This means that THIS MONTH's meeting will be at McAlister's, NOT Conroy's! We used to meet at Conroy's the months of March (#3), July (#7), and November (#11). We will now meet there the months of January (#1), May (#5), and September (#9). We used to meet at McAlister's the months of January (#1), May (#5), and September (#9). We will now meet there the months of March (#3), July (#7), and November (#11).
Past Events 2/24: Command Staff hosted the monthly ship meeting. As this was a Foreign Lands meeting, it was held in Topeka at Kansas Buffet. In total, attendance was 20: Command Staff; LCDR R. Felty; LT Schroeder; LTJG Celeste, Kaberline, and Mengel; ENS Cameron, Everly, S. Fisher, and Shaffer; ENSJG Martin; CRMN Arensman, Eppich, and Talley; CDT S. Felty; former crewmember Thornton; and guests Thomas Cameron and Linda Ford. Thornton renewed his membership while attending the meeting. Welcome back, ENSJG Thornton! At this meeting, the departure of CAPT Bevan as SO from the Dark Phoenix was announced. He is starting his own ship, the Dark Fury, with the Dark Phoenix serving as support ship during its shakedown voyage. Many of our crew have put in their transfer requests to join the Dark Fury. In all, a total of 22 members of our crew will be manning the new ship. We wish the new ship and her crew well and look forward to playing with her...but try not to scrape nacelles. After all, both ships are based in the same small area of Lawrence. 03/03: Region 12 Family Reunion in Fulton. The CO, XO/OIC 269th MSG, outgoing SO, LT Schroeder, LTJG Mengel, and CRMN Talley attended the Family Reunion. They had a great time. CO got a promotion to Vice
Admiral and was awarded Commanding Officer of the Year 2017. LTJG Mengel was awarded Member of the Year 2017. 03/03: LTJG Mengel has been appointed new SO of the Dark Phoenix. Future Events REMINDER: Unless specified otherwise, all RSVPs must be sent to email@example.com 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 http://ussdarkphoenix.org/files/doc uments/dphandbook.pdf. March 9th 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 8th. You can RSVP to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, as both addresses have been set up to send to her. March 10th I will have a "get to know you" lunch with
PHOENIX RISING CRMN Lichtwardt. I am available to the rest of the crew for similar meetings upon advance request. th
March 10 is the Spring Academy Night. Academy Night will once again be a "come when convenient" event at CAPT John Bevan's home and the doors will be open from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Anyone who is there at the stroke 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 may come and go as his schedule dictates. Please send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8th. March 11th, the CO, XO/OIC 269th MSG, and I will attend the USS Dark Fury chapter meeting, 2pm at Conroy's Pub. All our crew members are welcome. Please send your RSVP to email@example.com by March 10th. March 23rd 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 22nd. March 24th 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. April 6th 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 5th. April 20th 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 19th. 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 4th 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 3rd. May 18th 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 17th. May 26th 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. August 10-12 will be STARFLEET IC 2018 in Bloomington MN. August 11 will be the R12 Away Mission to Tulsa Air & Space Museum, 10 AM - 5 PM. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to secure FREE admission!
PHOENIX RISING Marine Unit Report By Admiral Sunnie Planthold QUOTABLE STAR TREK By Jill Sherwin Chapter 31: For the Fans (TSFS thru Generations) I enjoy these quotes, maybe even love them. I have resorted to using them to start conversations, particularly in the "recruiting dance" for STARFLEET International. Enjoy reading. —Sunnie "Qapla' ..." —Valkris to Commander Kruge; first time Klingon phrase used (translation: "Success!") The Search for Spock "It seems, Admiral, that I've got all his marbles." —McCoy to Kirk, on Spock The Search for Spock "I don't know if you've got the whole picture or not, but he's not exactly working on all thrusters." —McCoy to Kirk on Spock The Voyage Home "Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?" —Spock to Kirk The Voyage Home "Sure you won't change your mind?" "Is there something wrong with the one I have?"
—Gillian and Spock The Voyage Home "Admiral, there be whales here!" —Scott to Kirk The Voyage Home "My friends ... we've come home." —Kirk to crew, on the EnterpriseA The Voyage Home "All right, Mr. Sulu—let's see what she's got!" —Kirk to Sulu, on the EnterpriseA The Voyage Home "I am well versed in the classics, Doctor." "Then how come you don't know ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat?'" —Spock and McCoy The Final Frontier
—Chekov and Kirk Source: J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan The Undiscovered Country "You left spacedock without a tractor beam?" "It won't be installed until Tuesday." —Kirk and Captain John Harriman Generations 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.
"I miss my old chair." —Kirk to McCoy The Final Frontier "Please, Captain, not in front of the Klingons." —Spock to Kirk, on being hugged The Final Frontier "If I were human, I believe my response would be ... ‘Go to Hell.' If I were human." —Spock to Kirk, on being ordered to return to spacedock to be decommissioned The Undiscovered Country "Course heading, Captain?" "Second star to the right ... and straight on till morning."
PHOENIX RISING Chief Engineer's Report By Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty
No article submitted due to family priorities. 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.
PHOENIX RISING Acting Chief Medical Officer's Report By Lieutenant Commander Rezty Felty No article submitted due to family priorities. Rezty Felty is a poor substitute for the real CMO, Laura Felty. In his capacity as acting CMO, he feels pity for those crew members stuck with inefficient organic body systems and wishes everyone could enjoy an efficient design such as his.
PHOENIX RISING Astronomer's Report By Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Carolyn Kaberline Be careful if you are outside between March 29th and April 9th. The Chinese space station Tiangong is scheduled to make an uncontrolled reentry during that window of time. The area where re-entry could take place is between 42.8 degrees north and 42.8 degrees southâ€”an area that takes in most of the United States and southern North America as well as southern Europe and Asia and most of South America, Africa, and Australia. Launched in 2011, the space station was originally scheduled for a controlled reentry; however, the ground control teams have lost control of the craft and it can no longer be ordered to fire its engines. Because of this, gravity will take over and the ship will make an uncontrolled reentry. Although the Chinese say the station should burn up in the atmosphere, a few pieces may make it to Earth. The Chinese do say the chance of pieces of the station hitting any humans is very small. While you may not be going into space any time soon, your name can. Sometime between July 31st and August 19th, NASA will be sending the Parker Solar Probe--named after Astrophysics Professor Eugene
Parker--to study the sun up close. In doing so, it will measure the solar winds, high energy solar particles, and the structure of the sunâ€™s magnetic fields. Sometime around 2025, the spacecraft will run out of propellant and be unable to make course corrections. At that point, it will fall into the sun and burn up. If you want your name to be part of this historic flight, you will need to sign up at http://parkersolarprobe.jhuapl.edu/ The-Mission/Name-to-Sun/ Even Captain Kirk (William Shatner) is sending his name to the sun. If you would like to hear more about the mission, you can listen to Shatner at https://gizmodo.com/nasa-wantsto-fly-your-name-into-the-sun1823611431 Name submissions will be accepted through April 27th of this year.
Until next time, happy stargazing! 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.
Probably the biggest astronomical event for this month is the March Equinox which occurs on March 20th and marks the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere. There will also be a blue moon on March 31st. This year is a little unusual in that both January and March contain blue moons (the second full moon in a month) but February contains no full moon at all. While viewing has been a bit slow during the winter months, the Lyrids Meteor Shower that peaks on April 22nd, seems to signal the beginning of meteor shower season.
Dark Fury Newsletter Commanding Officer's Report By Captain John "Sparky" Bevan Greetings, valiant crew of the Dark Fury! Welcome aboard our brand new Prometheus-class ship. As I write this, we are only a few hours away from being launched on our shakedown cruise. I have been honored to serve with most of you aboard the Dark Phoenix and have been even more honored when you turned in your transfer requests to join me on my new command. For those who are new to Starfleet, be aware that this is not your typical Starfleet vessel. While most are designed for the exploratory and diplomatic functions of Starfleet, this ship is designed for war. It is the first member of a very elite class of Special Operations vessels. Every member of her crew, no matter what billet one fills, is a member of Special Operations and therefore a member of a highlyskilled and proud team. The Dominion War rages on while we are stretching our nacelles. We are not yet authorized to engage the enemy or go behind their lines to the heart of the Dominion as we have not yet proven our mettle and made sure that all the systems on this ship are fully operational. While I appreciate Starfleet's protocol, I am doing all I can to ensure that we minimize the time spent
spinning our warp cores near home. You all are just as excited to take the fight to the Jem'Hadar as I am, I am certain. With the cooperation of the Starfleet brass, we should be able to cut our shakedown cruise to about half of the normal nine months. Since not all of you have read the Crew Handbook yet, I wish to tell you that just as this is not your typical Starfleet ship, this also is not your run-of-the-mill Prometheus class tactical cruiser. Knowing what our mission would be, I convinced Starfleet Command to let me oversee its upgrades. What I am about to share with you is classified information with Level 4 security clearance required. All members of our crew have Level 4 or they wouldn't be here. Just be sure not to share this information with anyone who is not a member of our crew. If in doubt, clam up. To start, this ship has been enhanced with additional firepower. The standard Prometheus class has Type XI phaser arrays that it can use while in integrated mode and Type XII phaser arrays to use instead when in Multi-Vector Assault Mode (MVAM). This ship has added four phaser cannons to each of its three battle hulls, all of which are operational when in MVAM. While integrated, only eight of the twelve are available for use. The cannons are in addition to the phaser arrays that are active and
available in the current mode. This makes the ship a very powerful weapon, much more so than any enemy is to expect, given our size. In war games, this single vessel has proven to be more than a match for a Galaxy-class and three Defiant-class at the same time. (The Dark Fury is named quite well!) Also, this ship, just like every Prometheus-class ship, has a cloaking device. However, this one is not the standard EM and visible light spectrum cloak. Instead, this ship has a phasing cloak. This means that when we are fully cloaked, not only can we not be seen or detected but we are also not in phase with the rest of the universe: matter and energy pass right through us without a scratch. (I can tell you that the first time I saw a starship phaser beam pass through me and I lived to tell the tale, it definitely got my attention!) This gives us the advantage that conventional weapons cannot cause us harm while we are cloaked. Of course, if someone knows how to retune their weapons to be as much out of phase as us, we are sitting ducks. As we all know, cloaking shields do not provide any protection from weapons as do deflector shields. Therefore, our sensors have been upgraded as well to detect a phase variance of other masses in close proximity to our ship so we may have time to reset our phase or drop the cloak and put up our shields.
Dark Fury Newsletter The next change is our deflector shield technology. Rather than a conventional shield array, we have a multi-layer shield array. There are three layers to this shielding system. I won't bore you with all the details but suffice it to say that the innermost layer protects the ship by remaining in a state of temporal flux. This helps to protect the ship from temporal anomalies and various powerful anti-ship weapons, especially chronaton and transphasic torpedoes. The middle layer rotates frequencies and modulations, thus absorbing enemy fire and spreading it out along the shield. This allows the shield to endure more punishment over a larger area, enabling each section of the shield to remain stronger much longer than any conventional shields. With each hit, the Dark Fury's computer analyzes the incoming weapon's signature and then varies the shield's output to use the same frequency but different modulation so as to dramatically increase the shield's ability to negate the enemy's weapons. The outer layer of the shield protects the ship from enemy tractor beams by a means of graviton flux. This prevents the tractor beams from locking onto the ship. It also provides a secondary protective feature: it disallows enemy beam-in, so we cannot be hostilely invaded while our shields are up.
Because of the added features and the more advanced and bulkier hardware that our engineers need to maintain, we have gained a fair amount of mass (about 60,000 metric tons) but that is also because we have had to install additional power generators and account for added fuel requirements. We made up for the extra room, however, by removing some of the niceties of the mainstream Prometheus ships. For example, each hull does have a lounge but those on the Beta and Gamma hulls are smaller than usual. The primary lounge for the crew is Five Forward. Also, we also have removed most of the evacuee quarters as we are not going on missions of mercy. Many of these can be converted quickly into additional brig space to house prisoners of war if that becomes necessary. Another change is that we have increased our standard crew size from 41 officers and 100 enlisted to 55 officers and 120 enlisted so as to support the new hardware and other systems. This means that in some cases, our crew may be sharing quarters with others. We aren't "hot bunking" as done on other ships with limited quarters. We avoided that by leaving just enough space for some quarters to be set up "dorm style." (It beats "barracks style!") Generally, the lower your rank, the more likely you are to be in the "dorms." When we are going into battle, be aware that we have some
additional conditions and alerts than other ships. For example, when we declare Blue Alert, it means that we are about to enter MVAM. This means that all three active crews will immediately man their posts on their respective bridges, prepare to separate, and enter battle. When we are in "Condition Grey," we are cloaked and anticipating battle. This necessitates that Beta and Gamma bridge crews are no farther than 60 seconds away from their duty stations in preparation for Blue Alert. Phaser arrays and cannons are minimally charged and at standby. The weapons cannot be hotter than minimally charged for a couple of reasons. First, the power requirement for the phasing cloak is enormous and therefore we have only a comparatively limited amount of power remaining. That remaining power is not enough to fully charge the weapons. Second, fully charged weapons are detectable, whether under a conventional cloak or our phased cloak, and that would negate the advantage of such a device. Charging the weapons minimally does give us two advantages, however. One, it gives us a tactical advantage in that it takes less time to fully charge the weapons once we drop the cloak and enter battle. Two, if push comes to shove and we decide that remaining cloaked is preferred, we can use the charge in the weapons as an additional
Dark Fury Newsletter energy reserve if it is needed for something else, such as to augment a failing section of the cloaking shield. When we are in "Condition White," that means that we are cloaked and not expecting battle but proceeding carefully through this war-torn region of space. Beta and Gamma bridge crews remain ready at five minutes' notice but otherwise are on duty at their "normal condition" duty posts. As you can see, this is a very special ship and every member of her crew is equally special. It is a privilege to be here and it is my honor to have you among my first crew. Work together well and we shall always succeed. This ship is the best, the bravest, the strongest, and the most capable ship in the fleet. We are the First In, Last Out, and Always Ready to win for the Federation! **************************** CO's Report Well, my crew, it has been an interesting month so far. This time last month, we were all still aboard the Dark Phoenix and my thoughts about starting a new ship were still months away. However, as opportunity and chance made themselves available, we all took the plunge and forged our way to this new ship.
The Vessel Registration Request form (VRR) was filed quickly (a matter of only about three days) but getting it pushed through the various hands of SFI is what normally takes quite some time. With the assistance of our good friend Vice Admiral Ralph Planthold as the CO of our mothership/former ship, Rear Admiral Chris Tolbert as our Region Coordinator, Admiral Alex Rosenzweig as Fleet's Chief of Technical Services, and Major General Joe Sare as Fleet's Chief of Operations, we got what often can take a month or two of paper trail down to only a bit over a week. I thank all these Flag Officers for their assistance through the process. Of course, just because the red tape of SFI is handled (for the time being), that does not mean that there has not been seemingly endless other paperwork to be completed on behalf of the ship and her crew. So, without further ado, let me directly thank Lieutenant Commander Tony Celeste and Lieutenant Brenda Smith for assuming the duties of Executive Officer and Second Officer respectively and for tirelessly working with me on updating the website and Crew Handbook as well as creating the new ship logo and Strategic Operations Unit patch, developing flyers, and countless other tasks. It has been my pleasure to commune with everyone on the Dark Phoenix and serve as her Second Officer for the past three
years. I look forward to continuing to share in the fun of our combined events with the Dark Phoenix but I also look forward to seeing you, the crew of the new Dark Fury, grow and thrive as much as we all did aboard our former ship. On this ship, as you may have seen in the online version of the Crew Handbook, we are stressing certain quantifiable minimums to work through the ranks. This is in an effort to get more people to interact with their fellow shipmates, explore the opportunities available to them in SFI, and engage in the fun roleplay of this new ship. As always, nothing is required: you may participate as much or as little as you wish. We are only clearly defining the path that one must follow to achieve the higher ranks. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to speak with Brenda, Tony, or me and we will be glad to help. To explain the chain of command on this ship, let me start by saying that we have a large number of vacancies at this time, so where there are holes in the chain of command, of course defer to succeeding levels until you get to a filled position (most likely Second Officer). At the bottom link of the chain obviously are the rank and file members of the crew. Above them are the Department Chiefs. Collectively, the Department Chiefs are referred to as the Senior Staff. Certain members of the Senior Staff
Dark Fury Newsletter compose the next step of the hierarchy: the Senior Officers. At the top of the chain, we have the Command Staff: Second Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer. All Department Chiefs report to the SO and it is through the SO that issues are brought to the attention of the XO and/or CO. Okay, you understand the responsibility of the individual crewmembers and the Department Chiefs but what about the Senior Officers? The Senior Officers are two-fold: first, in many cases, due to the size of the departments, they often serve as Senior Staff at the same time. For example, the Departments of Planetary Studies and Space Studies are too small to have their own Department Chiefs, so the Chief Science Officer fulfills that role in both departments. They are also the Division Chiefs. It is in that role that they become the advisory committee for the Commanding Officer. The responsibility of the Second Officer is to greet new crewmembers, handle the billet assignments, handle personnel issues, and keep track of the events in which we participate. The Executive Officer is responsible for helping people achieve their professional development goals aboard the ship (whether that is related to achieving higher ranks, earning Academy degrees or Bridge Officer certifications, etc.),
keeping track of those who should be considered for awards and/or promotions, and assisting in the roleplay game that we will be offering soon. My duties as Commanding Officer are of course to set policy, present awards and promotions, manage the relationship between SFI and the ship, and plan the events that the ship shall offer. It is also my task to ensure that proper discipline is in place. By this, I mean that each member of our crew respects each other appropriately. We are all different types of people with varying ideas who have come together for our desire to enjoy what "could be" in the future. Part of that is making sure to accept each person for who he is and to leave controversial topics alone. As was policy on the Dark Phoenix, the policy here is neutrality as far as the subjects of religion, politics, and other such matters are concerned. We take no sides in any of these matters whether at our meetings or other events, in the newsletter, or anywhere else. We each individually may hold the positions that our consciences require but we do not address such concerns while aboard the ship.
roleplay gaming group for the Star Trek game that Tony owns and why we are also setting up the back story for our ship as being a warship to take the battle to the Dominion. Some have expressed concern about the more "military" style that the Dark Fury is taking. This is part of the roleplay that we are setting up to enjoy. As said above in reference to the requirements for promotion, this too is not required. You put as much into it as you wish. If you opt just to observe, that is fine. It is only for fun. đ&#x;˜Š My crew, my friends, I will wrap this up but let me say once again, welcome aboard. I shall now give you your first order: Have Fun! Company Dismissed! đ&#x;˜Š John Bevan is the Commanding Officer of the USS Dark Fury and the Team Leader of the Strategic Operations Unit 001--The Big Black 1--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."
The overall idea of this ship is to have fun, embrace our love and interest in the future of technology and the exploration of space, and trying to imagine just what could be out there. This is part of why we are going to have a
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On March 3rd, Region 12 had its annual Summit at which a number of events took place.
Executive Officer of the Year Captain Chris Davidson, USS Phoenix
Support Chapter of the Year USS Aux Arc
To start, there were some notable promotions:
Shakedown Chapter of the Year USS Blackstone
Enlisted Member of the Year Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Davis, USS Oklahoma
Junior Member of the Year Cadet Kiera McQueen, USS Valiant
Flag Officer of the Year Commodore Shanon Lindbloom, USS Oklahoma
Congratulations to all three gentlemen!
The annual Region awards were also issued at this time. Those were:
Officer of the Year Rear Admiral Connie Williams, USS Horizon
Commanding Officer of the Year Vice Admiral Ralph Planthold, USS Dark Phoenix
Chapter of the Year USS Umiak
Region 12 Chief of Grammar Police Vice Admiral Ralph Planthold, USS Dark Phoenix
Region 12 Family Reunion
Captain Erik Burnett, CO of the USS Umiak, was promoted to Fleet Captain. Rear Admiral Ralph Planthold, CO of the USS Dark Phoenix, was promoted to Vice Admiral. Commodore Chris Tolbert, CO of the USS Aux Arc and Region 12 Coordinator, was promoted to Rear Admiral.
Newsletter of the Year USS Blackstone
Member of the Year Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Tracy Mengel, USS Dark Phoenix
Department Head of the Year Commander Michael Naas, USS Valiant
This year's fundraising auction and t-shirt slaes were extremely successful. By the end of the accounting, the auction netted a total of $640! Way to go, Region 12! To close the day and to haze Captain Bevan for daring to start his own ship, he received a pie in the face, as seen below.
Congratulations once again to all award recipients and to all Flag Officers who received their promotions! See you at next year's Region 12 Summit!
Congratulations to all award recipients and the ships so honored. The officers and crew of the Dark Fury salute you all and celebrate your success with you.
Dark Fury Newsletter Executive Officer's Report By Lieutenant Commander Tony Celeste This month has been a little bitter sweet for me, and perhaps for several other crewmen. As I am eager to accept a new challenge and new position aboard the USS Dark Fury, I am also sad to be leaving the USS Dark Phoenix. I would like to take this opportunity to say I am grateful for the friendships I have made, and I look forward to the future joint activities between both ships of Lawrence. To the new crewman of the USS Dark Fury, welcome aboard! I am very excited to be starting this new adventure with all of you. Like most of you (if not all of you), I have been a lifelong Star Trek and science fiction fan. Although I am not old enough to have seen the original series first run, I fondly remember watching the re-runs growing up on my family's old black and white television. Imagine my surprise when I found out there were different color uniforms! I also must confess that I like the cheesy special effects and alien costumes over today's "over-the-top" CGI effects. Perhaps what I loved most about this fictional universe was the hope it provided to humanity. It didn't matter what you looked like or from where you came. You were not judged by your skin
color or social status. Things like character and integrity mattered. Wealth was unnecessary. You didn't pursue material things, only knowledge. Different opinions were respected. And of course, the good guys always won! No matter what the odds, the good guys always won. Integrity, honor, courage, and maybe a little grit, always prevailed. Having a Vulcan around didn't hurt either. These idealist qualities portrayed in Star Trek are also some of the same qualities I find here, when I attend meets and activities with the members of the Dark Phoenix.
Coordinator, for his promotion to Rear Admiralâ€Ś.and of course our own Ralph Planthold was promoted to Vice-Admiral!
One of the new privileges bestowed upon me is the responsibility of announcing the promotions of our members. Although we are all aware our ranks are strictly fictional and carry no real authority, they do serve as recognition for contributions to our ship, as well as a job well done. I am proud to announce that Ensign Lee Shaffer has been promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, and Lieutenant Jeremy Schroeder has been promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Lieutenant Junior Grade Brenda Smith has been promoted to Lieutenant, and she has accepted the position of Second Officer aboard the USS Dark Fury. I congratulate Crewman Kyrstin Talley for her promotion to Petty Officer 3rd Class, and Crewman Collin Walker to his promotion to Master Chief Petty Officer. I also congratulate Commodore Chris Tolbert, our Region 12
Tony lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and two sons. He attended the University of Central Missouri, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Fire Science. He has spent his professional career within the emergency services field, which he continues today. Tony's hobbies include SCUBA diving, kayaking, and being involved in the Boy Scouts of America with his sons.
Last, I would like to invite members of both ships to visit the USS Dark Fury's new website at http://darkfury.net/ and the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USSD arkFury. The calendar of activities is currently updated and, in the forum, you might find some information (and maybe a picture) of Captain Bevan being attacked with a custard pie.
Dark Fury Newsletter Second Officer's Report By Lieutenant Brenda Smith Welcome to the USS Dark Fury! I'm pleased to serve you as Second Officer (SO) and Chief Elite Forces PsyOps Officer as well as Acting Ship Counselor. Sounds like a lot of gobbledygook doesn't it? Let me explain. As Second Officer, I am: âœ“ Third in command if the CO and XO are unable to retain command of the ship, whether temporarily or permanently--which means I'm the designated back-up for the XO, and for the CO if the XO is not available âœ“ Keeping the CO and XO advised of issues regarding the Senior Staff, Department Chiefs, and their crew members: readiness for promotion (whether in position or in rank), need for more personnel, personality conflicts, morale issues, need for recognition/awards, etc. âœ“ The first point of contact for the Department Chiefs in the chain of command âœ“ The Chief of Operations: âž˘ Assisting you in choosing your billet and recommending
your assignment to the Captain (CO) âž˘ Department Chief for the Operations, Communications, and Logistics departments--in other words, I am responsible for the overall operation of the ship's daily operations: handling procurement of supplies, selection of venue, communications, and other needs for events we host, work, or at which we appear. âž˘ Delegating appropriate operations to crew members (Yes, I do need your help. Please let me know what you'd like to participate in.) As Acting Ship's Counselor, I am responsible for: âœ“ Advising the Command Staff of any serious issues that could jeopardize the ship and her crew âœ“ Providing emotional support and giving advice regarding events that occur in a crewmember's life and providing referrals to a professional counselor for any issues that need attention beyond that of being a friend.
Note: While I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas, professional ethics require me to provide referrals for friends and family. âœ“ Acting Psychological Services Department Chief âœ“ Stepping down when another Officer is available to fill this billet As the Chief of Elite Forces PsyOps Officer, I am responsible for . . . âœ“ The psychological dimension of Elite Forces' activities âž˘ The ship's Psychological Offensive strategies in the Dominion Wars âž˘ Can't tell you THAT . . . âž˘ Or THAT . . . Clear as mud? No problem, just let me know what questions or concerns you have. [CO's Note: You can let her know what questions or concerns you have but if it regards her Elite Forces duties, she may not be able to answer. đ&#x;˜Š] Live Long and Prosper Brenda Smith is the SO, Acting Ship's Counselor, and Elite Forces' PsyOps Officer aboard the USS Dark Fury and has been a member of Starfleet International since December 2016. When not involved in official Starfleet business, she keeps busy as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Kansas, a database developer supporting the US Air Force, and enjoying time with her family.
Dark Fury Newsletter Acting Chief Weapons Officer's Report By Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lee Shaffer Is there a stigma that comes along with protecting yourself? Many who choose to be the owner of a weapon are considered irrational and should leave their defense in the hands of authority. I do not believe in this because I have an intimate relationship with someone who has used her weapon for good. Either a firearm or a bladed weapon is a good choice for home defense. People can rely on our social protection services but what if you have to rely on your own protection in a minute's notice? If you choose not to arm yourself with a firearm, maybe your home defense choice is a bladed weapon. Either one you choose, it is always best to learn how to use it and train often to have a great understanding of the responsibility you take into your own hands. I train with both my firearm and my bladed weapons. This is one reason why I study German Long Sword and the I.33 (see Phoenix Rising 2018-02). Training in the methods that the Germans put on paper 600 years ago is quite fascinating. You can easily learn German long sword and put the same techniques to use with a broomstick or
baseball bat if you choose that to be your weapon of choice in defending yourself from an intruder. There are three techniques any person can use from a standing or sitting position. One is an overhead strike called the Oberhau, which comes from the starting guard position called the Vom Tag. The Vom Tag translates to the phrase "From the Roof." You start which your primary hand above your secondary hand on the grip. The weapon rests on your right or left shoulder depending on which is your primary hand. From there, you can execute the Oberhau. We usually think of a cut as a big, arching movement, much like you see in the movies. This does not fit with the idea that there is a string tied from the tip of your weapon to the target. The strike is simple, extremely fast, and very effective. It is completed by moving your primary hand in a straight line towards the target, as if you are punching, while your secondary hand pulls back sharply to your body which moves the tip in the fastest and straightest line toward the target completing the strike. The simple movement of your hands will move the tip of the weapon quickly and sharply giving the target little time to react. The technique of the Oberhau is a great starting technique because anyone can do it from a standing or sitting position. You can practice even
while sitting and watching your favorite episode of Star Trek. When you choose your home defense weapon, you are choosing between something that can do massive damage or something that will deter your invader. It is always your choice as to what you feel comfortable wielding but when you choose, I would suggest you choose something that gives you distance. You keep your invader at bay and give yourself an avenue of escape. When choosing how to defend yourself, keep several things in mind: • • •
How will you scare off your invader? Can you subdue him? Do you have a quick avenue of escape if he decides to close the distance?
You should always have an escape plan and have a way to contact help immediately. Defend yourself, stand your ground, don't let the world intimidate you, and you can be a purveyor of peace and strength. "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.
Dark Fury Newsletter This is a fun picture that Lieutenant Brenda Smith forwarded from her daughter. This is on the ceiling of Pizza Shuttle here in Lawrence. Who knew that a pizza shop could have something cool like this? đ&#x;˜Š
USS Dark Fury – Upcoming Events Reminder: As standard policy, the Command Staff requires RSVPs from anyone planning to attend a ship event. If you are unable to attend, there is no need to send a negative RSVP. However, if you attend an event without sending an RSVP or otherwise letting the Command Staff know by the RSVP deadline that you will be present, while we will enjoy your company, it will not be considered as attendance in reference to the annual records and will not count toward the requirements for promotion. Please send your RSVPs to email@example.com. ************************************************************************************************************
R12 Away Mission – Tulsa Air & Space Museum and Planetarium Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm This particular Away Mission is extra-special as we have arranged for 30 folks from Region 12 to enter for free in return for helping hand out backpacks for the venue’s "Back to School" event, photo opportunities and being available for contact with the local media. See the event flyer for details. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact the Captain at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know. ************************************************************************************************************ March 2018 Sunday 11 - 2:00pm Ship Meeting Conroy's Pub 3115 West 6th Street, Lawrence – RSVP here 18
Wednesday Thursday 14 15
Friday 16 - 7:00pm Game Night CO’s Quarter’s - RSVP here
23 - 7:00pm Dark Phoenix Game Night Dark Phoenix Acting Ambassador’s Quarters RSVP here 30 - 7:00pm Game Night CO’s Quarter’s – RSVP here
24 - 6:00pm Dark Phoenix Ship Meeting Location TBD – RSVP here Please refer to the Dark Phoenix Event Calendar here for details 31
USS Dark Fury – Upcoming Events April 2018 Sunday 1
8 - 2:00pm Ship Meeting Conroy's Pub 3115 West 6th Sreet, Lawrence – RSVP here 15
22 2:00pm Screenland at the Symphony: Back to the Future – RSVP here 29
Friday 6 - 7:00pm Dark Phoenix Game Night Dark Phoenix Acting Ambassador’s Quarters RSVP here 13 - 7:00pm Game Night CO’s Quarter’s RSVP here
20 - 7:00pm Dark Phoenix Game Night Dark Phoenix Acting Ambassador’s Quarters RSVP here 8:00pm Screenland at the Symphony: Back to the Future – RSVP here 27 - 7:00pm Game Night CO’s Quarter’s RSVP here
14- 5:00pm Topeka Ship Meeting Perkin’s Restaurant & Bakery 1720 SW Wanamaker, Topeka, KS 66604 – RSVP here 21 - 6:00pm Dark Phoenix Ship Meeting Perkins, 1711 West 23rd Street, Lawrence – RSVP here 2:00pm & 8:00pm Screenland at the Symphony: Back to the Future – RSVP here 28
* Screenland at the Symphony: Back to the Future will be held at Helzberg Hall located in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at 1601 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64108
USS Dark Fury – Upcoming Events May 2018 Sunday
13 – 2:00pm Ship Meeting Conroy's Pub 3115 West 6th Street, Lawrence - RSVP here 20
Friday 4 - 7:00pm Dark Phoenix Game Night Dark Phoenix Acting Ambassador’s Quarters RSVP here 11 - 7:00pm Game Night CO’s Quarter’s RSVP here 18 - 7:00pm Dark Phoenix Game Night Dark Phoenix Acting Ambassador’s Quarters RSVP here 25 - 7:00pm Game Night CO’s Quarter’s RSVP here
26 - 6:00pm Dark Phoenix Ship Meeting McAlister’s Deli, 2108 West 27th Street, Lawrence – RSVP here
Published on Mar 13, 2018