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INSIDE THIS ISSUE From the Ready Room

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XO Briefing

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Ship’s Log

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Starfleet Marine Corps

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Treasury Report

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Starfleet Renewal Reminders

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Away Team and Activity Schedule

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Star Trek News

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Reviews

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Area Conventions

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Command Structure

HEPHAESTUS is the Greek name for the Roman god of the forge, Vulcan. Birmingham has the world’s largest iron statue, that of the Roman god, Vulcan. We named our Starfleet chapter the Hephaestus to give us ties to our city and to Star Trek, which has had its own Vulcan since 1966. Hephaestus forged armor and weapons for the gods. We create our own “armor and weapons” here, in our newsletter, so it is called The Anvil.

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WEB LINKS Starfleet www.sfi.org Region 2 www.region2.org USS Hephaestus www.usssheph.org

Editor

MarkAdam Miller

Layout, Graphics and Publishing

Brenda A. Miller

Marine Reporting

Neil Yawn

Treasury Reporting

MarkAdam Miller

The Anvil, Issue 269, is the monthly newsletter of the USS Hephaestus, NCC-2004, of Starfleet, The International Star Trek Fan Association. All terms and phrases from Star Trek are owned by Paramount Pictures Corporation, a division of Paramount Communications and all rights are reserved.


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F r o m t h e R ea d y R o o m I hope everyone came out okay after that freak snow storm. I personally was out in the storm for 7 hours. I finally had to walk home 2 miles leaving my car at a local church. It wasn’t that cold out but it was really icy. Kingdom Comics on behalf of Alabama Phoenix Festival is having a Star Trek night Feb 13. I will be there with Borg Chips and Romulan punch. So if you want to discuss Star trek come to Kingdom Comics on the 13th.

I am always looking for people who want to write a Trek news article or a movie/television review, or even a short story they might want to share. I am also always looking for Star Trek Pictures to post in The Anvil. If you have a costume you want to show off or a meeting you were at please send me pictures to include in the Avil as well. I’m always looking for interesting items to include in our newsletter. As always see you around the ship, Capt. MarkAdam Miller cohephaestus@bellsouth.net

XO Briefing Wow! What strange weather! I hope everyone weathered (sorry! I couldn’t resist) our surprise snow storm without major problems. The snow was beautiful and I wanted to get out and walk in it but it was too cold. Frankly, I’m ready for Spring. Concerning ship’s business, there are several events coming up. The annual Region 2 Summit will be held March 7-9 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Jack Eaton has announced that the charity for this year’s Summit is the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Another event coming up is our Spring Cookout on April 12. And you might be interested in the Alabama Phoenix Festival on May30-June 1. Consult our Anvil for more information. That’s all this time. Pat Hicks booklady44@charter.net

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Ship’s Log January 11, 2014 Social We had a great social. We had pizza to eat. We played the game Redshirts that Michael won. We also watched the Lego Superhero’s movie and part of Star Trek Voyager episode “Heroes and Demons.” We also discussed Starfleet academy courses. Attendance: 10 people. Personnel Updates: MGen Yawn & his wife attended the UCA National Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, FL. He heard that Cheerleading may be a 2016 Summer Olympic event. On the way back they visited FL State University to meet new UAB head Tennis Coach and watch our ladies team. MGen Yawn volunteered at Brookside Fire Rescue for 14 hours. If you have any news or accomplishments you would like to share with the group please email them to me at: cohephaestus@bellsouth.net. Also your personal updates can give your Captain added info to help get you recognition and an award at summit for your accomplishments.

Starfleet Marine Corps Greetings, The 654th MSG is looking for members. There is a completely different set of Academy schools for those trying to get the Boothby awards. There is no pressure in joining. There are two categories: Active which means all ranks will be Marine ranks, and Reserve which mean you stay primarily Fleet and only use Marine ranks when doing marine stuff. Contact Major General Neil Yawn if you are interested or have questions. Looking to boost your Boothby Awards? The Starfleet Marines Academy may be your answer. Check out what SFMC Academy has for you. Major General Neil Yawn, OIC 1 BN, 2BDE, OIC 654 MSG

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Treasury Report September Description

Payments

Deposits

Balance

Beginning Balance

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162.74

Ending Balance

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162.74

STARFLEET RENEWAL REMINDERS Potts Family Mohney Family Green Mangina Hicks family

03/05/14 03/08/14 04/26/14 05/10/14 05/29/14

Lindsay Miller Family Robinson Arnold Youngblood-Yawn

06/18/14 08/26/14 09/15/14 11/30/14 11/30/14

Away Team and Activity Schedule DATE Feb. 1, 2014 Feb 8,2014 Feb 21, 2014 Mar. 7-9, 2014 Mar. 8, 2014 Mar. 14, 2014 Mar 15,2014 April 5, 2014 April,11, 2014 April 12, 2014 May 3, 2014 May,9, 2014 May 10, 2014

EVENT/TIME Anvil Deadline Social – 7 pm Poker – 7 pm R2 Summit Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm

LOCATION/ACTIVITY cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Mohney’s House Potts’House Vicksburg, Mississippi cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Burtyk’s House Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Pete Mohney’s House Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Paul Mohney’s House Mohney’s House

ALL EVENTS AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE, PLEASE REFER TO THIS SECTION FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION

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Star Trek News Scott Bakula inpossible NCIS spin- off. If you miss Scott Bakula (Captain Archer and Sam Beckett) then you are in for a treat this spring. Mr. Bakula will be on NCIS as Agent Pride from New Orleans and a friend of Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon). If the episode is well received; NCIS: New Orleans will be on the fall schedule. Also in the cast is CCH Pounder better known as Mrs. Fredric from Warehouse 13. She will be playing the medical examiner, Dr. Wade. Agents assisting agent Pride are Agent Brody (Zoe McLellan from Star Trek Voyager and JAG) and Agent LaSalle who has yet to be cast as of this writing. (Trektoday.com and USANews)

Star Trek Hot Wheels So, you never sure what to get your Captain that has everything Star Trek? Then you are in luck. Hot Wheels Pop Culture Assortment is putting Star Trek: Classic on its latest cars. Kirk is on a ’49 Ford C.O.E., Spock is on ’59 Chevy Delivery, Uhura is on a ’88 Jeep Wagoneer, Scotty is on a custom ’52 Chevy, Bones is on a ’38 Dodge Airflow and

Sulu is on a Midnight Otto. They look really interesting with my favorite being:

(Yeah I know as a report I need to be impartial but these are so cool) (Startrek.com)

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Leonard Nimoy diagnosed with Lung diease. Leonard Nimoy was seen being wheel through JFK in New York with an oxygen canister. Leonard told his fans not to worry that he has developed COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) from years of smoking. He quit

in 1985 during the filming of Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Long flights and traveling had taken a toll on him but he was now home and is doing fine. Mr. Nimoy Tweeted “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP.” Peace and Long Life From the Hephaestus Mr. Nimoy. (Trekmovie.com, TrekToday.com) (Did I miss something? You have an interesting news item from Star Trek? Then send me your suggestions and articles at cohephaestus@bellsouth.net)

Reviews Intelligence (Monday, CBS) ***** (Warning there may be spoilers) ***** When I first saw the ads for this program I thought it was going to be a cross between Six Million Dollar Man, Jake 2.0 and Chuck. After watching the first episode it is just a serious Chuck. The lead Josh Holloway (James ‘Sawyer’ Ford of ‘Lost’) plays Gabriel Vaughn who is a Special Forces soldier who has had a chip placed in his head that gives him access to the web and spy satellites. This is like Chuck in that he can pool data from different sources to get a clearer picture of what is happening. The improvement is he doesn’t have to have a new down load every season to do the job. He still has a protection detail in the form of secret service agent Riley Neal played by Meghan Ory (Ruby form “Once Upon a Time”). She is there to protect him from doing something stupid that would get the chip lost to a foreign power. For the Star Trek fans, John Billingsley is playing Dr. Shenandoah Cassidy. Dr. Cassidy is the one who invented the chip and planted it into Josh’s brain. For the CSI fans, there is Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows) who is playing Lillian Strand the director of the intelligence agency that Josh is assigned to.

As a program it seems like another recycled program (i.e. Chuck) looking from a different angle. I liked Chuck. It was funny and the actors seemed to work well together. Intelligence, by taking it from a serious side, may make this better as it will tie in well with other drama shows that CBS seems to excel at like NCIS and Mentalist. The down side is that its regular time slot is across from Castle which already pulls in the Sci-Fi fans because of Nathan Fillion. .

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Area Conventions For additional Cons please go to http://www.southernfan.com/calendar.htm

FEBUARY February 21-23, 2014 -- Pensacon -- Pensacola, FL http://pensacon.com Seeking to be an all inclusive convention for the fan community, Pensacon will incorporate many genres - SciFi, Fantasy, Horror, Comics, Anime, Gaming and more! Guests include Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch, Dirk Benedict, Richard Hatch, Ernie Hudson. February 21-23 – ConNooga – Chattanooga, TN http://www.connooga.com A Convention for Fans of Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Gaming, Anime, Paranormal, Costuming, Films, Artists, Celebrities, Comics, Haunting, Families, Kids Activities and ...so much more! Chattanooga's first and only Multi-Fandom (Multiple Genre) Convention covering everything from Celebrities, Artists, Authors, Film Makers, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Anime, Comics, Paranormal, Haunting, Costuming, Concerts, Shows, Contests, Gaming, Console Gaming, Seminars, Workshops, Families, and Fun.

MARCH March 1 – Cardboard*Con – Atlanta, GA http://www.cardboardcon.com The World’s Most Affordable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cardboard Costuming Convention March 20-23 – MegaCon – Orlando, FL http://www.megaconvention.com MegaCon, short for Mega Convention, is a rather large convention that includes many genres, ranging from scifi and comic books to anime and fantasy. It happens annually between late February and early March at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. There are over 150,000 square feet of exhibitors and merchandise. Events include Indy Film Festival, annual cosplay/costume contest, all genre costume contest, panels, and rave dances. MegaCon guests include Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Dean Cain, and from comics book area Neal Adams, Josh Adams, Mark Bagley, Allen Bellman.

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APRIL April 4-6 – 221B Con – Atlanta, GA http://221bcon.com An event focused on Sherlock Holmes April 12-13 – ALT*Con Florida – Tallahassee, FL http://www.tallahassee.altconflorida.com ALT*Con Florida 2014, a cosplay and sci-fi convention, is happening on April 12-13, 2014, and will take place at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, FL. ALT*Con seeks to bridge the great expanse of fandoms, and bring a little harmony to geeks across the universe. With vendors ranging from comic book dealers to handmade crafts and t-shirts, this is a place where the more different you are, the more normal you'll seem! The only thing we won't have is hate, so, suit up, and let your geek and/or freak flag fly at ALT*Con: Tallahassee 2014. April 25-27 – Trek Trax – Atlanta, GA http://trektrax.org TrekTrax Atlanta (TXA), now in its fourth year, is an annual science fiction convention based in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to space opera in general and "Star Trek" in particular, that places special emphasis on fanbased events, activities, programming and productions. TXA 2014 will present two tracks of concurrent programming, one devoted to "Star Trek" and one devoted to all other space opera TV shows and movies; a gaming room for role-playing, board and card games; a VIP champagne reception; a science fiction costume contest; video programming room; dealers room; con suite; and the 15th annual Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant. Guests of Honor Our confirmed guests for 2014 are Felix Silla ("Star Trek," "Battlestar Galactica," "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," "Return of the Jedi"), Arlene Martel ("Star Trek," "Battlestar Galactica," "The Outer Limits," "The Twilight Zone"), Jeremy Roberts ("Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Star Trek: Voyager") and Keith R. A. DeCandido (author of dozens of "Star Trek" stories, novels and comics). **

MAY May 23-25 -- Mobicon XVII -- Mobile, AL http://www.mobicon.org A three-day convention for fantasy, science fiction, horror, comic book, anime, and gaming fans.

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May 23-25 – Timegate – Atlanta, GA http://www.timegatecon.org A convention for Doctor Who, Stargate and everything in between. Guests include :Paul Mcgillion (Dr. Beckett, Stargate Atlantis) and Paul Kasey (various aliens, Doctor Who, Sarah Jane, Torchwood) May 30-June 1 – Wizard World Atlanta Comic Con – Atlanta, GA http://www.wizardworld.com/home-atlanta.html Where POP Culture comes to life. May 30-June 1, 2014 – Alabama Phoenix Festival – Birmingham, AL http://alabamaphoenixfestival.com The Alabama Phoenix Festival is a family-friendly, multi-genre, fan convention featuring celebrity guests, authors, comic book writers and artists, vendors, and much more. We have activities for people of all ages and welcome you to come join us in the fun.

JUNE June 26-29 – Play On Con – Birmingham, AL http://www.playoncon.com/ Play On Con (POC) is a family-friendly four day fantasy and science fiction fandom convention held each year in Birmingham, Alabama--the Magic City!

June 27-29 – LibertyCon 27 – Chattanooga, TN http://www.libertycon.org Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

June 28-29 – Con Kasterborous – Huntsville, AL http://conkasterborous.com/ North Alabama Dr Who Convention. We have a huge surprise for you…that’s right, the 7th Doctor – Sylvester McCoy – will be our guest of honor for Con Kasterborous 2014! Check out the flyer below, and feel free to spread it around!

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Alabama Phoenix Festival May 30 – June 1, 2014 http://www.alabamaphoenixfestival.com

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USS HEPHAESTUS COMMAND STRUCTURE COMMAND STAFF

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

MarkAdam Miller, Captain – Commanding Officer Pat Hicks, Fleet Captain – 1st Officer Brenda Miller, Lt Cmdr – Second Officer

SueEllen Mohney, Captain Denby Potts, Rear Admiral Danny Potts, Rear Admiral

SCIENCES

NAVIGATION

Roy Green, Brigadier, SFMC – Archaeology and Anthropology

Pete Mohney, Admiral

COMPUTER SCIENCES

ENGINEERING

Danny Potts, Rear Admiral

Flo Hurst, Commander

COMMUNICATIONS

SECURITY

Brenda A. Miller, Lt Cmdr Pat Simmons, Lt Cmdr Melissa Boartfield, Crewman

Roy Green, Brigadier– Security Intelligence, Chief

OPERATIONS

MARINES

SueEllen Mohney, Captain – Chief of Operations and Counselor Shelia Benton, Lt Col – Stampede Coordinator, SFMC Brenda A. Miller, Lt Cmdr – Ships Stores Officer and Secretary Lynnette Yawn, Lt. – Ships Galley Officer

Neil Yawn, Major General, SFMC Roy Green, Brigadier ,SFMC Shelia Benton, Lt Col

MEDICAL

UNASSIGNED CREW AND CIVILIANS

Shelia Benton, Lt Commander – Chief Medical Officer, SFMD

Gloria Greening, Lt Edward deGruy, Lt Cmdr Renee Gainer, Lt JG Donald Arnold, Ensign Diedra Robinson, Crewmen Haley Youngblood, Crewmen

CADET TRAINING Matthew Potts, Petty Officer Katrina Mohney, Cadet Crewman Tara Mohney, Cadet Athena Youngblood, Cadet

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