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In This Issue Admiralâ€™s Desk Letter to UFS Members Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus Communications Corner Chief of Staff Corner News from Pinastri Christmas on the Enterprise The Copier Cunnundrum Deputy Commander Chapter Directory A Christmas Carol...in Klingon? USS Enterprise 1701 Superintendentâ€™s Classroom Academy Graduations Legacy of Gene Ops Chief Corner Promotions & Awards Finding a Home in UFS
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and welcome to yet another edition of our newsletter. This edition marks the end of 2013, and thus the UFS year 2389. It is my hope and intention to make sure 2014 becomes a new highlight for UFS, not only as a Second Life group but to also to hopefully make a more prominent impact in organized fandom as a whole. 2013 was a year with many difficulties and obstacles, and in all honesty I canâ€™t say we ended the year with a milestone. Many changes affected not only UFS, but also Star Trek within Second Life. Just recently, UFGQ decided to close down its operations and move into their own grid, something UFS has been trying to do for a few years . . . save the part of closing down operations within Second Life, that is. Within the past year, I have contemplated to close down UFS and move onto other endeavors several times, but every time some small light on the horizon inspired me to continue the fight . . .
I donâ€™t PLAY a Starfleet officer. I AM a Starfleet officer. This is a phrase I will continue to stand by in the next year, with more strength and determination to bring UFS back to its rightful place.
over the past year while UFS became more corporate we started to lose something very important in our organization, something that has and should have always been the core of our existence as an organization…
When we started UFS over 6 years ago, we wanted to provide a unique Starfleet experience, making UFS into a Starfleet group that would emulate a real Starfleet if and when it would ever exist. For several years this was something that UFS was known and admired for. However due to finances and Linden Lab, I started the UFS Reboot in order to make UFS undependable from Second Life and Linden Lab. I looked at many different Star Trek organizations that had far more experience and frankly success then UFS and started to incorporate their way into UFS. However, rather than to merge both, I started to overlook the things that actually already worked for us. If UFS would have been a pure Real Life Oriented organization then everything related the UFS Reboot would have been implemented and worked just fine, however this is not the case and I feel it is time to not just talk about “the UFS Glory days” but put words into action. Our organization should not become just another Star Trek Fan Organization but rather:
“United Federation Starfleet: The Ultimate Starfleet Experience.” For that reason, I want to bring Star Trek AND Starfleet back into United Federation Starfleet. I have listened to our members, I have looked at our history and decided that in order to have a bright future we have to incorporate ways from our past that made us unique not only within Second Life Star Trek groups but also outside Second Life. We have created several UNIQUE measures that will be implemented starting January 1st 2014. These measures will bring back the originality and what it means “Being Starfleet” back into United Federation Starfleet without compromising our Real Life expansion.
More details will be explained and shared as we continue.
As I sit here contemplating what I want to say in
that is what makes up the most we love about our loved ones. It
my editorial, I am watching a Hallmark Channel movie.
is the annoying little brother who thinks he knows everything
Thanksgiving hasn’t arrived, but yet Hallmark is showing
to the boyfriend who teases you unmercifully because he likes
non-stop Christmas movies. I love these movies. They are
to hear your laughter or see you blush. Santa Claus embellishes
full of hope and love. They make me feel warm and fuzzy
upon all of this and so much more. But it is up to each of us to
inside. They remind me that there is hope for the future,
figure out what that means to us as individuals.
no matter how bleak the present looks. The movie I am
watching at the moment is about an elf from the North Pole
all…He stands by as we all struggle to make changes in the
who was curious about the outside world. She left her home
group we love. He’s there to give us hope when we all need it
and family to come to a small town to help a family find the
the most. He was there when we experienced the split a little
over a year ago. He was there when we all felt unsure when
While I was watching this movie, I couldn’t help
the Great Reboot happened and he is still here to show us that
but think about the little 8 year old girl from New York
with hard work and dedication, the group, UFS, will survive.
who wrote to the local editor of the Sun newspaper in 1897
He is even there when we have to make the tough choices too.
seeking confirmation that Santa Claus does exist. I can’t
When life becomes so complicated that you have to make a
help but wonder what went through Francis Church’s mind
hard choice between doing something you want to do and
when he read her letter to him or what he was thinking
doing what is right for you. A choice that I have recently had
when he gave his response. In many ways, I must have a
piece of this little girl in my heart seeking reaffirmation
of something I know is true. I read her words and my
didn’t have a long run of it, but I have worked hard over the
immediate response is a resounding, “YES! Yes, Virginia,
last months to create a publication that you all would be proud
there is a Santa Claus. He exists inside all of us. It just
of showing your friends and reading. It has come to the point,
takes a moment to believe and a lifetime to experience the
however, where I can’t keep up with my school and with the
blessings he gives us all.”
magazine. Classes are going to become tougher and my time
I believe in Santa Claus. Maybe that’s the little kid
is going to become very limited. I have to give up all of my
in me, but I have always and always will believe in Santa
extracurricular activities in order to concentrate on school.
Claus. I will always look forward with the hope of a better
Something that means a better job and a future for me.
future and enjoy the blessings that I have been given in my
life. I will cherish my past, reflect on the future and live in
letter that Virginia O’Hanlon sent to the editor of her local
the present. My belief and hope resides in the symbolism
newspaper. Remember the words of Mr. Church when he says,
that Santa Claus brings me. He reminds me to look at my
“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” and remember that the
family and see the love they have for me and remember
future is in our hands. Our faiths, our beliefs all leads down
the love I have for them in return. To accept them for all of
the paths we find ourselves on now. And with this newfound
their quirks and to relish in their joys and to support them
hope, we find ourselves as a group coming together. It just
during their worst times.
takes everyone to work together, supporting each other as a
team and in friendship, to make it happen. So, yes, UFS, there
This is what love is. It is unconditional and
accepting of each other. It is trusting and honest. It accepts the worst quirks in our partners and cherishes them because
So, yes, UFS, there is a Santa Claus. He resides in us
This will be my last Delta Communicator issue. I
So, with this said, I leave you with a reprint of the
is a Santa Claus. He resides in you all.
DEAR EDITOR, I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O’HANLON. 115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.
VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, and no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire
No, Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.
Have you ever realized just how vulnerable you really are? Sometimes, life will take a turn for the worst to show you that something, which you thought could never happen to you, actually could. For those who know me, you know that I’ve been dealing with a lot the past two months, since the last edition of the DC was released. On September 21st, one of our cars was stolen from our house in the middle of the night. We were awoken by a pounding at our door at 2am by our local police department, who tried to see if we knew who would have been driving the car at that time of the morning. Sure enough, when I checked the parking pad behind our home, the car was gone. As it turned out, it was recovered one suburb over with three juveniles who were arrested in the car. Two others that had been involved with the theft escaped on foot after trying to steal yet another car. The only reason why our car was recovered was because my brother had forgotten to fuel it up and it was pretty much on empty. The driver’s side window had been smashed, the ignition pulled, a section of paint taken down to the metal with a screwdriver. That was all superficial, but the thieves dumped a lot of items that had been inside the car to make room for all of them . . . including my mom’s wheelchair. That wheelchair had belonged to my grandmother, who passed away in 2007, and with my mom’s debilitating spinal condition that causes her to be in extreme pain, she’s been using it more and more to get around. We got the mechanical parts fixed on the car and got it back on October 18th, with the intention of taking it to an auto body shop to take care of of the issues with the paint
before getting a car alarm installed on it. The juveniles who were arrested, unfortunately, never went to court because of how the system is set up in Illinois with youth crime. They didn’t have enough points on their records to be held for trial, and were released into the custody of their parents. The car sat at our home for 4 days, and was parked behind our house when I returned home from work from the 2nd of my two jobs that day on October 21st. 15 minutes later, when my brother went outside to take our the recycling, it was gone . . . AGAIN! Same exact car . . . 2nd time, 30 days to the day of the first theft. Un-FREAKING-believable! The car was found and taken to a Chicago auto pound on Halloween, but this time around it was a total loss. That type of a situation would be enough to make anyone feel vulnerable. Yet, as much as it would cause anyone to want to lock their doors and not leave their homes again, it also can be a litmus test as well . . . a tremendous learning experience if one looks at it the right away. My brother was very much emotionally effected by the back-to-back thefts with the same vehicle, yet I was a pillar of strength . . . calm, cool, collected, and in charge. I was the one that provided guidance and support throughout the whole process involving the police with not only dealing with the first theft and recovery, but then again with the second theft and finally the recovery again at a Chicago auto pound. Just like within UFS, sometimes things happen that are out of our control, including
changes to our offices. Change is inevitable, and the intent is often to make things much more efficient, although the initial reaction on the surface is to panic and not see it that way. We may have ideas for things, and can become very protective of those things that we are responsible for, so we may not always see the bigger picture. But, when you have the right person who has taken over some of the things that were reassigned to them from your office, then you know that you that they will not only work with you, but also integrate some of your ideas that you had for that department into what they do. It is that strength of reassurance which can make a huge difference, and ease any concerns that you might have with regards to the changes that have been made, and thus allow you to re-dedicate yourself to the areas that do remain. Even as they take over those responsibilities that were re-assigned, you still have some of your own that you have to oversee. For the Office of UF Starfleet Communications, those include PR/Marketing, the Delta Communicator, overseeing UFS’ presence in social media, and also the wiki page and accounts. Even though it is a large responsibility with these offices, none of this can happen with one person alone. Help is needed to ensure that the UFS has a strong presence that individual fans and other organizations can see. The Office of UF Starfleet Communications seeks not only a Vice Chief, but also volunteers to help write for the Delta Communicator, increase activity on our social media outlets like Facebook, and also to assist with PR/Marketing efforts and outreach to increase the UFS’ presence on
the web and in person. Your hard work and efforts won’t go un-noticed, as it can lead to not only an official position heading up one of the departments within the office, but also to promotions - especially ones above the rank of Commander. There are rumors that UFS is dying, but with help from members like yourself we can prove the naysayers wrong. Let’s pull together and show that UFS is still strong as we continue to branch out and launch chapters in cities near you. So if you are looking to do something beyond your chapter . . . to make a difference within UFS as we embark upon this journey, then step up and volunteer. Send an e-mail to email@example.com today to find out how you can get involved and make a difference!
The Office of the Chief of Staff is one that is a huge responsibility, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Admiral Calhoun for entrusting me with this role.Â While I have not fully gotten to grips with my duties and responsibilities, one of my first tasks was to complete the database update requests, of which those should now be up to date. The Office of Personnel is one that is of huge importance, and my first goal with this is to get it fully staffed and running so it is selfsufficient, ensuring that members needs are met within a short time frame. I do ask for a bit of patience while I settle into the role, but as always my door is open and I am always available for questions or concerns.
Pinastri Colony has had a good year overall and some wondeful events. We had the beach party, followed by the flight exhibit and dance, as well as a space race around SS Alexandria. We also hosted an open night at the casino where we got to step into a holodeck and travel back in time like we were in the roaring 20s. A carnival provided several days of enjoyment, and branches were able to advertise and explain what they do. Then it was back to the holodeck for some jousting, as well as a royal feast and dance at the castle, along with some magic and jugglers. October brought us the haunted space station SS Hollow and the Monster Bash dance. The Grand Arena also took place in November, allowing members a chance to test their fighting and tactical skills. We also hosted the Marine Ball. Pinastri is getting an overhaul as I write this. A new station is being built to bring Pinastri into space aboard a more rustic station that will house the new Welcome Center and Academy. My hope is to also have the sections for research, a sickbay, and Marine barracks. The station will be set up with roleplay in mind. The surface of Pinastri will also have a makeover. I’ll be aiming to make the planet appear more alien, filled with secrets waiting to be discovered. There will be troubles to avoid, be they creatures or traps. At this time, there are still things I’m workin gon, but I’ll know more after the Pinastri Station is created and the land is empty to play with.
Events will still continue, and moving into the new year we will be trying to focus events more around a roleplay environment. How we will manage this has yet to be figured out, but look forward to some exciting events. Pinastri will serve as an open port to all sci-fi groups, be they Stargate, Dr. Who, or another Star Trek group. We have a lot of friends out there, and my goal is to be part of the sci-fi community; whereas, in the past, there have been some mixed feelings. It’s my hope to enjoy some new and exciting adventures, as well as make new friends. Lastly, about the time you read this, we will be getting ready for the Winter Ball, which will be held on December 21st. It’s a time to dress in your best, drink a little bubbly, and wish all the best to others. Hopefully, we will see you there, and feel free to bring a friend!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ship Not a circuit was buzzing, not one microchip: The phasers were hung in the armory securely, In hope that no alien would get up that early. The crewmen were nestled all snug in their bunks Except for the few who were partying drunks. And Picard in his nightshirt, and Bev in her lace, Had just settled down for a neat face to face. . . When out in the hall there arose such a racket, That we leapt from our beds, pulling on pants and jacket. Away to the lifts we all shot like a gun, Leapt into the turbos and shouted “Deck One!” The bridge red-alert lights, which flashed through the din, Gave a lustre of Hades to objects within. When, what on the viewscreen, our eyes should behold, But a weird kind of sleigh, and some guy who looked old. But the glint in his eyes was so strange and askew, That we knew in a moment it had to be Q. His sleigh grew much larger as closer he came. Then he zapped on the bridge and addressed us by name: “It’s Riker, It’s Data, It’s Worf and Jean-Luc! It’s Geordi, Weasley, the genetic fluke! To the top of the bridge, to the top of the hull! Now float away! Float away! Float away all!” As leaves in the autumn are whisked off the street, So the floor of the bridge came away from our feet, And up to the ceiling, our bodies they flew, As the captain called out, ‘what the hell is this, Q?!” And, snapping his fingers, he vanished again. The spell was removed, and we crashed to the ground. Then Q, dressed in fur from head to toe, Appeared once again, to continue the show. “That’s enough!” cried the captain, “You’ll stop this at once!” And Riker said, “Worf, take aim at this dunce!” “I’m deeply offended, Jean-Luc,’ replied Q, “I just wanted to celebrate Christmas with you.” As we scoffed at his words, he produced a large sack. He dumped out the contents and took a step back. “I’ve brought gifts,” he said, “just to show I’m sincere. There’s something delightful for everyone here.” He sat on the floor, and dug into the pile, And handed out gifts with his most charming smile: “For Counselor Troi, there’s no need to explain, Here’s Tylenol-Beta for all of your pain. For Worf I’ve some mints, as his breath’s not too great And for Geordi LaForge, an inflatible date. For Wesley, some horomones, and Clearasil-plus; For Data, a joke book, for Riker a truss. For Beverly Crusher, there’s sleek lingerie, And for Jean-Luc, the thrill of just seeing her that way.” And he sprang to his feet with that grin on his face, And, clapping his hands, disappeared into space. But we heard him exclaim as he dwindled from sight, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!”
MilesPrower Dagger SSC: 477 Email: FleetAdmTrekie@Gmail.com Howdy All, I wish I had more news for you but sometimes progress is slow. I have started the overhaul of the UF Starfleet Wiki. The end goal will be that is will be like a library computer at Starfleet Command. There will be no mention of UF Starfleet each page will be completely in character as a Starfleet Officer. The new Main Page is up and mostly finished just needs a lot more content. Each Colony will have its own section so they can create their own backstory and continuity. Role Play chapters are still going to be allowed to use it to record their missions and discoveries if they so choose. There is a new template for a Service Jacket that is nearing completion and might be done when you read this. This is a long term project so expect to see progress as slow and steady and not all at once. The Office of the Deputy Commander, UF Starfleet still has several vacancies. Take a look at them on the Database and send me any questions if you are interested. I am currently working on getting the College of Trek Trivia online, I hope to get some classes up soon. As an updated from my last article Flag Officer Candidate Training School (FOCTS) is online and has already been taken by a few people. Anyone interested in taking it the instructions are available here. Just a reminder to all that my door is always open for those that need help but if it is more than a question or general help to follow the Chain of Command first that way you are sure you get the right information. In Service, Lt. General MilesPrower Dagger
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Chancellor Gorkon: You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon. General Chang: taH pagh taHbe’ (To be or not to be?) - Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country This exchange from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, inspired Star Trek fans to delve into the Klingon realm and translate many of Shakespeare’s original works into thlIngan Hol (the Klingon language). If that could be done, then what about other classic authors and playwrights including Dickens? That’s exactly what the Commedia Beauregard production company has done, along with the IKV Spirit of Honor chapter from the Klingon Assault Group, since 2010 in a Klingon Christmas Carol. The play is a re-telling of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, but with a Klingon twist. “The actors’ interpretations of their characters are easily recognizable, yet refreshingly different from the usual incarnation,” raves Chicago Theater Beat reviewer J. H. Palmer. It’s the first ever production to be performed entirely in Klingon; however, screens are available with English subtitles for audience members who aren’t fluent in thlIngan Hol. A narrator from the Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology is also present to help guide the theater goers through the tale. Those in attendance take the role of students in the Vulcan-led class on comparative literature.
The story is set during the Feast of the Long Night on Qo’noS, which is a time to be with your House, compete against other Houses in combat to prove your honor and strength, and tell tales of your victories in true Klingon fashion. However, SQuja’ (Scrooge, roughly pronounced scoo-JAH) has no honor or courage. He is an old moneylender who never passed his Rite of Ascension and seems doomed to ride the Barge of the Dead to the shameful Gre’Thor instead of the honorable Sto’Vo’Kor. His assistant, QachIt (Bob Crachit), is poor and has an ailing son named tImHom (Tiny Tim). “Klingons wouldn’t care if Scrooge was not charitable or nice,” Director and playwright Christopher Kidder explained. SQuja’ is visited in the night by his dead trading partner, Marll’ (Jacob Marley), who tells SQuja that he would be visited by three spirits over the course of the night. The Ghost of Kahless Past (who has a 60’s-era Klingon appearance), Kahless Present, and Kahless Yet-To-Come all attempt to show SQuja’ the error of his dishonorable ways and forge a true warrior where once only a coward stood. “The spirits that visit our Scrooge are trying to help him become honorable and courageous, two of the highest virtues of Klingon society,” Kidder added. In true Klingon tradition, there are plenty of bat’leth fights and even tImHom uses a
miniature bat’leth to help him walk instead of a cane. “The Klingon background provides endless opportuniteis for imaginative re-invention of the tale, including stage battles expertly choreographed by Zach Livingston,” notes Palmer. Fellow Chicago Theater Beat reviewer Clint May acclaimed, “Costumes, language coaching, and makeup have all been attended to with the utmost respect that true Trek aficionados demand. It completely succeeds at doing just what it sets out to do.” Even Palmer admitted, “Initially skeptical of the Star Trek themed premise, over the course of the two acts I became wrapped up in the story, following the action and reading the supertitles as if I were at an opera sung in Italian. By the end of Act II, it genuinely satisfied my taste for a good story to see SQuja’ sharing a table with QachIt and family, and I left the theater with a great admiration for the imagination and thoroughness of the translators and lyricist, whom I’m certain had never worked on a project like this before. KCC is a fun twist on a classic holiday tale, detailed enough for the true blue Trekkie, but accessible and entertaining enough for everyone else.” A Klingon Christmas Carol takes place from November 30-December 29 at Chicago’s Raven Theater at 6157 N. Clark Street between Devon and Peterson Avenues. Show times include Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3:30pm, plus some additional late night performances on select Saturday evenings. Ticket prices are $30 for normal performances, $20 for late night performances, and there’s even group rates of $20 per ticket for 12 or more.
BASIC STATISTICS Class Name: Registry Number: Classification: Type: Production Number: Launched:
CONSTITUTION NCC-1701 Exploration CA (Cruiser, Armoured) V 2258
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS Length: Beam: Draft: Displacement:
762 m (2500 ft) 335 m (1100 ft) 190.5 m (625 ft) 495,000 mt
COMPLEMENT Total Standard: Officers: Crew:
1,100 157 953
Photon Torpedoes Type: Number: Range: Arcs: Point Defense Type: Number: Range: Arcs:
Photon Torpedo, Mk IV 2 launchers 2,000,000 km 2 forward Point Defence Lasers, type 1 16 (8 turrets of 2 lasers each) 100,000 km Saucer dorsal turrets (4 turrets f/p, f/s, a/p, a/s) Saucer ventral turrets (4 turrets f/p, f/s, a/p, a/s) FD-G (Federation Deflector Model G)
PROPULSION Warp Propulsion System Drive Type: Number: Main Reactor:
FWG-1 2 FRAM-802
Impulse System Drive Type: Number: Secondary Reactor:
FIG-1 2 FRIF-310 network
Velocity Standard Cruise: Max Cruise: Sustainable for 12 hrs: Max Emergency: Core Failure:
Warp 5.0 Warp 6.0 Warp 7.5 Warp 8.0 > Warp 8.0
Transporters Standard, 6-person: Emergency, 22-person: Cargo:
8 8 4
Shuttle Bays: Shuttlecraft:
1 (Aft hull) 16
DECKS A D-E F G N-O R
Bridge Officer and Crew Quarters, Lounge Personnel Transporter, Brig, Armory Sickbay, Science Labs Primary Engineering, Torpedo Bay Shuttlebay
ARMAMENT Phasers Type: Number: turrets" Range: Arcs:
CREW COMPLEMENT Phaser, Type VIII Main Battle Phaser 12 banks in 6 pairs of two "ball 200,000 km Saucer module forward dorsal arrays Saucer module forward ventral array
Command Sciences Operations Total
139 347 613 1100
The Constitution-class heavy cruiser was the most advanced starship of its day. However, there are some striking differences between the Constitution-class starships familiar to history and those of the Alternate Timeline (AT) of the new Star Trek. First among them are the commissioning dates: though these ships were commissioned in the 2240’s in the prime universe, they were not commissioned until over a decade later in the AT universe. This is one of the first notable effects of Nero’s contamination of the timeline, though the reasons for such a change are still being studied. The AT version of the starship is several times larger than its Prime counter-part, more than three times as heavy, and having over twice as many officers and crew on board. This may well be a result of the “delay” in the class’ commissioning: it is speculated that the design underwent drastic changes while still in the design stage, causing the construction to start over and take longer. And though her official job description may be “explorer,” everything about the AT design screams “warship”: larger, more advanced phaser systems more numerous in number; deadlier photon torpedoes, and the incorporation of the first real point defence system in Starfleet. Clearly, whatever the impetus for Starfleet’s delay in commissioning the class, it was motivated by the desire to create a stronger, more powerful starship.
The UFS Academy staff has been staying very busy. So busy, in fact, that we’re unable to get as much done as we want to! That’s probably a good problem, but it’s something I hope to remedy soon. The current Academy staff is keeping the status quo, but we unable to grow and create additional things that we hope to accomplish to make the Academy an even better experience. What do we need to make that happen? You! The members of UFS. At this time, we have almost 60 classes available through our online sessions available through the UFS Database. That’s a good number, but we have even more to add, including the classes in the Colleges of Engineering, Operations, and Intelligence. During the month of September, our current staff graded over 65 online exams, and in October that number doubled to over 130 online exams graded by only six people. And that’s not even counting the number of classes held by the instructors in the metaverse grids! What does this mean for you? It means that if you’re looking for something to fill a couple of hours a week, you could work as a Course Director and help the six people who are grading exams. This role is not complicated, and is open to any and all members of UFS with any and all chapters throughout the world. It means that if we don’t get more people helping to grade, there will continue to be a delay in how long it takes for you to get the graded exam and certificate sent to you. And did you know that by working for the academy, you are working for the Fleet level and that helps you when your CO is considering you for awards and promotions? If we can get more of you helping out your fellow UFS members through the Academy, that frees up the time of others to make improvements, such as adding even more classes online for the members to take, thereby creating more opportunities for UFS members to make a difference by working at the Academy. If Course Director isn’t what you’re looking for, we also have these positions available: Director of Curriculum Development UFS Academy Web Master Director of UFS Awards Director of Academy Heraldry Director of SIM Training College Deans If you are interested in any of these positions, contact me at superintendant@ufstarfleet. org or firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you!
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Twenty-five years after the birth of his greatest creation, the continuation of the next phase of his dream: Star Trek: The Next Generation began. He would only live a few more years to see his newest brainchild’s infancy, but his legacy will live on forever. All these years later, his legacy leaves a mark on anyone who chances by his television series and movies. In shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, his philosophy continued to amaze and fascinate millions. The phenomenon of Star Trek is only rivaled by the phenomenon of Star Wars. To this day, Star Trek remains a universal ideal of peace in the future where all of our hardships are overcome and we work together to solve our various issues. Even after his death on October 24, 1991, his legacy continues to breathe life into these ideals today.
During this time, he also studied literature at Columbia University. Over the years, he had received several awards for his actions in tough situations including a Civil Aeronautics commendation for his efforts to save the survivors of an airline crash in Calcutta.
After his time as a career pilot and military man, he followed his father’s footsteps by working as a police officer in LA by day and wrote stories at night. He sold several scripts for shows such as Goodyear Theatre, The Kaiser Aluminum Hour, Four Star Theater, Dragnet, The Jane Wyman Theater and Naked City. After he established himself as a writer, he turned in his badge to embark on his dream of writing freelance full time. He later served as lead writer for Have Gun, Will Travel where his episode “Helen of Abiginian” earned him a Writers Guild Award and was distributed to other writers G e n e R o d d e n b e r r y b e g a n h i s as a “model script” for the series. It wasn’t colorful life in El Paso, Texas on August until The Lieutenant series starring Gary 19, 1921 as the son of Eugene Edward Lockwood and Robert Vaughn came out R o d d e n b e r r y a n d C a r o l i n e “ G l e n ” that his career began to take a real change. Golemon. He spent most of his childhood in Los Angeles, California where he In 1966, his legacy began in studied three years of policemanship and earnest. He created the first of two pilots then transferred his academic interest to for a new series that would spark into a aeronautical engineering and qualified for phenomenon lasting almost 50 years. His a pilot’s license. He volunteered for the new baby, Star Trek, would spark a loyal U.S. Army Air Corps in the fall of 1941 and fan base that would bring together people was ordered into training as a pilot cadet from around the world. Even with ups and when the U.S. entered into World War II. downs through the years, the phenomenon still prevailed creating a legacy that made He emerged from Kelly Field, Texas Roddenberry a household name. as a Second Lieutenant before being sent to the South Pacific where he entered combat This year marks twenty-two years at Guadalcanal. He flew B-17 bombers out since the world experienced the loss of of the newly captured Japanese airstrip, one of televisions greatest peers. Gene which later became Henderson Field. He Roddenberry passed away on October flew missions against enemy strongholds 24, 1991, leaving behind a wife, Majel at Bougainville and participated in the Barrett (Nurse Chapel from Star Trek Munda invasion. He participated in a total and Lwaxanna Troi from Star Trek: of 89 missions and sorties over his military The Next Generation) and a son, Gene career. He was a decorated war hero and Roddenberry, Jr. who is still arriving awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross into his own. He was also survived by two and the Air Medal. grown daughters from a previous marriage and two grandchildren. To deal with the hardships he witnessed, he began writing while he was Even though Gene Roddenberry still stationed in the South Pacific. He has been gone for over twenty years, his sold stories to flying magazines and later legacy continues to thrive. So, raise that sold poetry to publications including the glass in a toast to another twenty years New York Times. When he returned from of Star Trek and Roddenberry’s dream. combat, he became a troubleshooter for Hopefully, somewhere, “Great Bird of the the Air Force where he worked out of Galaxy” is watching as thousands more Washington, D.C. investigating the causes embrace his dream. of air crashes. By the time WWII ended, he had joined Pan American World Airways.
Commander Dean Taselian joined our Office on August 20, 2013. He is responsible for the Office of Fleet Operations and works with all Commissioned and Standby Chapters. He receives all MSRs and ensures that all Commissioned Chapters meets their requirements. Dean is there for all Commanding Officers of Commissioned and Standby Chapters and also listens to their problems or concerns. Another new member within our Office is Fleet Captain Nabuleone Rhode. He took over as Director of Shakedown Operations after Fleet Captain Magic left us. And let me take a moment to wish her all the best for her in her new duties. The Office of Shakedown Operations is responsible for the smooth running of all Chapters in Training. Currently, we are still looking for a Director of Away Team Operations. He/she would be responsible for the real life Away Teams and helping them to achieve the status of Chapter in Training. I also want to congratulate another member of our Office, 2nd Lieutenant Leigha McLean. She is the new Sector Commander of Sector 012, which includes the states of New Jersey, New York, Deleware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. As Sector Commander, she is responsible for everything that happens within her Sector. We currently have 12 active Chapters in Second Life, 2 active Chapters in 3rd Rock Grid, 3 Chapters within UFS Grid, 1 active Chapter within Sector 004, and 1 within Sector 013.
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Commander 130907 - Maddox Underwood
UFSA Excellence Ribbon September 2013 - Reina Beaumont September 2013 - Dean Taselian September 2013 - PanteraPolnocy Resident
UFSA Superindendent`s Award September 2013 - Maddox Underwood
Awards UFSA Excellence Ribbon September 2013 - Reina Beaumont September 2013 - Dean Taselian September 2013 - PanteraPolnocy Resident
UFSA Superindendent`s Award September 2013 - Maddox Underwood
Finding a New Home at UFS Just a while ago I found the United Federation Starfleet homepage. I was excited to know that an organization, outside of the more prominent Trek associations, existed. After doing loads of reading on the UFS site, I knew this is where I belonged. Not only do I wish to take part in UFS, I have a strong interest to join the UFS Marine Corps as well. There were a lot of principles and ideologies I found which drove me to join. Who am I? Well, my name is Leigha but my friends call me ‘Leks’. I hail from a small town in the UK but I now call the US home; Eastern Pennsylvania to be exact. I have been a fan of Trek for more than a decade and a half. My mother started my siblings and I pretty early on in the Trek-verse. Though I love all the series, I would have to say it is a close tie between TOS and TNG as my favourites to go back to regularly. After deep research and testing, as well as chatting with ADM Calhoun, I was appointed as the new Sector Commander for Sector 012. Once I learned that the ADM wants to grow all of UFS, my excitement of this new position has grown. There are many ideas I would love to share that hopefully can help see, not only Sector 012, but also UFS become even stronger with more great members and participation. With a little work and much appreciated help, I think some of the visions I have for the sector can be actualized. To start, I would love to communicate with all the members of Sector 012. I have already started that process with an open letter of salutations to many sector members. Next, to recruit new members, I think working hard in the social media outlets is a great place to start. In this day of constant social media access for all, finding new people there could be a good place to go. Another idea is to find local (or sector-wide) Trek fandom meet-ups to attend and let other fans know about United Federation Starfleet; this way, there is representation upfront that can answer questions. Beyond that and as I mentioned earlier, your much appreciated membership and help can see UFS become even more! With all that in mind, I look forward to being a part of UFS. This will be a great experience that I approach with great excitement and anticipation! In service to the FLEET Leigha ‘Leks’ McLean 2nd Lieutenant Sector 012 Commander