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    Hello everyone,
               I hope everyone enjoys this months newsletter. We had more submissions than we have had in the past 6 months. I even had to add a second lets try to make every issue like this or better. Thanks to all the members who submitted an article.

ENJOY!!!!!!  Capt Brad Barker







Nearly Half A Lifetime In Fleet

by ADM Richard A Pinsky


Hard to believe that I joined SFC in January 1992. I went to the Drawbridge Inn in Kentucky with a colleague from work. This was my first convention and it was an honor to meet Marina SIrtis, the first of many actors I would meet.

Upon entering the dealers’ room, I purchased an off-the-rack Next Gen command top. Immediately after that, I joined the USS Yorktown out of Cincinnati. A month later, while a student at Wright State, I found out that a new ship was forming closer to home. On March 8, 1992 (my 21st birthday), the USS Bismarck was commissioned at the Middletown Ohio library.

Lisa Barr and Rick Pinsky doing Security training in 1993


Over the next 17 years, I worked my way through the ranks to serve as Bismarck’s Chief Ops and Captain. During my two-year term as Captain, I also served as Deputy Commandant, Starfleet Academy. I chose not to run again for Captain in late 2010, as a win would have prevented me from accepting the position of Commandant. That term began in January 2011.


Pinsky and Payne still hanging out together 20 years later

During my time as Deputy Commandant, I rewrote all the cadet exams. As Commandant, I continue to review the questions and tweak them as needed. I am happy to take any suggestions that people have concerning the exams and the Academy as a whole.

Could I pass as Riker’s younger brother?




ADM Gary Barclay

Chief of Public Affairs Starfleet Command Q1


Greetings and felicitations,


April was the second month in an early Roman calendar, but became the fourth when the ancient Romans started using January as the first month. The Romans called the month April is. It may come from a word meaning 'to open', or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love. April Fools' Day, or All Fools' Day, is the first day of April. No one knows where the custom began, but some historians believe it started in France. They had a New Year's festival that was celebrated from March 25 to April 1, and they would then exchange gifts. But, later, King James IV changed the holiday to January 1 for New Years. The people that still celebrated it April 1 were called 'April fish' and sent mock presents. April Fools' Day may also be related to the ancient Roman spring festival Hilaria, which celebrates the resurrection of the god Attis.

Star Trek conventions for April:

Two Australian Supanova Pop Culture Expos will start off the month of April. Brisbane 2011 will be held from April 1-3 at the RNA Showgrounds and Melbourne 2011 will be held from April 8-10 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Guests of interests to Trek fans include Star Trek XI‘s Simon Pegg, and Christopher Lloyd.

April 9, the two-day The Official Star Trek Convention: The Celebration of the 45th Anniversary will be held in Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel. In attendance will be: J.G. Hertzler, Max Grodenchik, Robert O’Reilly, Armin Shimerman, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, Jeffrey Combs, Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong.

April 29-May 1 Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. In attendance will be Robert Picardo, Chase Masterson, John de Lancie, Catherine Hicks, and Lee Arenberg.

The following article is by CDR Clara Trout Captain of the USS Gorkon:




The USS Gorkon has volunteered to help at the Ronald McDonald House January 2012.

Photo #1: Dale Trombly, CMDR Clara Trout Captain of the USS Gorkon & LTjg Shannon Gunn.

Photo #2: FCAPT Bryan Detamore, CMDR Clara Trout Captain of the USS Gorkon & LTCMDR Andrew Trout.

Photo #3: A successful meal is served by the USS Gorkon at the Ronald McDonald House.

Photo #4: Dinner is served by CMDR Clara Trout Captain of the USS Gorkon & LTjg Shannon Gunn.


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