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THE ANVIL U.S.S. Hephaestus: NCC-2004

ALWAYS ONWARD A MEMBER OF STARFLEET INTERNATIONAL

October 2013


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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

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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.

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 265, 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 Well it’s October and time to look in the closet to see what you want to be for Halloween. I love to dress up in costume. I just wish I had a better way to get them made. Some of you may have seen my Classic Star Trek Uniform. I have never been able to get the strips right for the outfit. I did finally get the emblem right. I have included my review of the new show Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. I know its not Star Trek but it does have a Science Fiction slant to it. Science Fiction has always had trouble on television but I think it’s getting better. For Science Fiction this year we have Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. and the Tomorrow People; for Fantasy we have the new Once Upon a Time in Wonderland; for those into Horror we have Sleepy Hallo, Dracula, plus The Originals which is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. It looks like the geeks are taking over TV. If you want to submit a review for any of the new shows I will be glad to print them in the Anvil. Also any articles or stories you might want to share. As always see you around the ship, Capt. MarkAdam Miller cohephaestus@bellsouth.net

XO Briefing We have had some beautiful autumn weather. Let’s hope it continues. In case you somehow missed the announcement of the results of the Vote of Confidence for our CO, I’m pleased to report a unanimous vote of approval. Congratulations to MarkAdam Miller. Starfleet members, please remember to vote for the team you think is best qualified to run Starfleet. Your choices are Killough/Bates or Rickard/Willcox. There was information on each team in the package with the ballots. Your ballot must be received no later than November 15, 2013. Also, I’m looking forward to our Fall Feast coming up in November. Watch the list. Pete will post all the details there. That’s all this time folks. Pat Hicks booklady44@charter.net

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Ship’s Log September 14, 2013 Social The social was held at the Mohney’s home. The usual food and drinks were provided. We played ”The Bang Big Theory Clue” game. The object of the game is to fine out who damaged what item of Sheldon’s and in what room. It was a fun game to play until there was no winner because we realized in the end that we had one room, 2 damaged items and no suspect. Attendance: 10 people. Personnel Updates: 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,

Unit activities: MGen Yawn and wife Lt Youngblood-Yawn visited the Florida State park Grayton Beach where they tent camped for several days. MGen Yawn preformed 18 hours in voluntary service for the Brookside Fire Rescue Service. 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 primary 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 USS HEPHAESTUS

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Treasury Report September Description

Payments

Deposits

Balance

Beginning Balance

$

102.47

Ending Balance

$

102.74

STARFLEET RENEWAL REMINDERS Carr DeGruy Youngblood-Yawn Potts Family Mohney Family Green

08/11/13 08/24/13 11/30/13 03/05/14 03/08/14 04/26/14

Mangina Hicks family Lindsay Miller Family Robinson

05/10/14 05/29/14 06/18/14 08/26/14 09/15/14

Away Team and Activity Schedule DATE Oct.5, 2013 Oct. 11, 2013 Oct 12,2013 Nov.2, 2013 Nov 8, 2013 Nov.9,2013 Dec.7, 2013 Dec.13, 2013 Dec.14,2013 Jan. 4, 2014 Jan. 10, 2014 Jan.11,2014

EVENT/TIME Anvil Deadline Poker – 7 pm Social – 7 pm 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 Paul Mohney’s’ House - Games Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net TBA Pott’s House (Note the Change) cohephaestus@bellsouth.net Evan’s House Mohney’s House cohephaestus@bellsouth.net TBA 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 Wrist Communicators Did you always want a wrist communicator like Dick Tracy’s? Samung is making it available as a Galaxy Gear Smart Watch. What does this have to do with Star Trek? In its promotion for the watch Samsung shows a clip of the wrist communicator from Star Trek The Motion Picture. Other Sci-Fi shows shown were Jetsons, Knight Rider, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers and Inspector Gadget.(trektoday.com) George is getting around George Takei has a new web series call Takei’s Take. In association with AARP, Mr. Takei will be looking at new consumer technology with viewers being over 50 in mind. The first item he looks at is Google Glass – a wearable computer with an optical head mounted display being developed by Google. The video has already garnered 50,000 hits. (treknews.net) (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 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. *****(Warning there may be spoilers)***** Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. is new series from Joss Whedon that picks up after the Avengers movie. It is a good show that I am enjoying because I loved the Avengers and am a great fan of Agent Coulson. I think I like Agent Coulson because his an easy going guy who lets nothing bother him. The show has some nice equipment which includes a nice cargo jet and a corvette. The other characters on the show include two scientist geeks Fitz and Simmons who spew techno babble at 1000 words a minute; Agent Ward, a combat and espionage expert; Agent May, who is the pilot of the cargo plane and doesn’t really want to be on the team; and Skye, who is a computer hacker they pick up along the way. So far there has been two cameos on the show from the movie which has made it nice for tie-in purposes. As a show, so far, it has been slow going but I have liked the stories. There have been some superhero stuff but I think they are going to keep that in the background. They will be focusing on the human abilities of characters to solve problems than trying to do by super human feat. The show might not be to the liking of those who read the comic books but I think, if given a chance, it will be a good addition to the Marvel Universe. The only problem I have with the show is the Fitz/Simmons characters. They speak in a Scottish accent at way to fast of pace. Sometimes even closed captioning can’t keep up.

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Area Conventions OCTOBER October 3-6 -- SIEGE -- Atlanta, Georgia This is the 7th annual Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo (SIEGE) hosted by the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA). Scheduled for Oct. 3 - 6, 2013 at the Atlanta Marriott NW - Atlanta, GA, SIEGE focuses on the fast-growing video game industry in the southeast. This year's SIEGE includes a College Fair, Games for Health Day, and Investment Conference, as well as the main SIEGE conference. As the South's leading gaming and interactive conference, SIEGE brings together professionals, academics, executives, government officials and more from across the region to celebrate the world of gaming. SIEGE's speakers include leading figures from a wide spectrum of the industry, including artists, programmers, designers, writers, teachers and business executives. Special events include keynote speeches, dynamic panels, a mini-incubator, parties, networking events, and a student fair for high school students and others looking for colleges. http://www.siegecon.net/SIEGE2013/ October 11-13 -- PandoraCon -- Cincinnati, OH PandoraCon is the participatory convention that captures all aspects of science fiction, fantasy, anime, comics, gaming, and general nerdom. http://www.pandoracon.com/ October 11 – Con†Stellation -- Huntsville, Alabama Con†Stellation is an annual, fan-run, general-interest science fiction & fantasy convention sponsored by NASFA—the North Alabama Science Fiction Association. http://www.con-stellation.org/constell/wiki/ October 18-20 -- Wizard World -- Nashville, Tennessee Join tens of thousands of fellow fans as they celebrate the best in pop culture. Nashville Comic Con brings it all - Movies, Comics, Toys, Video Gaming, Games, TV, Graphic Novels, Horror, Wrestling, MMA, Original Art, Collectibles, Anime, Manga & More! Nashville Comic Con is brought to you by the group who produces the most widely attended Comic Con tour! Attendees include: Adam West, Burt Ward, Henry Winkler, Dean Cain, Ernie Hudson and Stan Lee. http://www.wizardworld.com/home-nashville.html

JANUARY January 30-February 2 -- Game Fest 23 -- Atlanta, Georgia The Atlanta Game Fest is a chance for boardgame fans from across the Southeast to gather for four days of fun and games. There will be hundreds of the world's best boardgames available for play as well as friendly folks who can help with the rules. http://www.atlantagamefest.com/

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

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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 Nicholas Mohney, Ensign Edward deGruy, Lt Cmdr Renee Gainer, Lt JG Haley Youngblood, Crewmen

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

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