From Fleet Commander Mark Williams
(This article appeared in the Winter/Spring 2016 edition of the Starfleet Command Q1 newsletter.)

FADM-WilliamsIt is hard to believe it’s been a year, but it has. Starbase Indy marked my first year as the Fleet Commander for Starfleet Command. One of the things I’d like to start off with is the missing December SFC Newsletter. To me, one of my main jobs here is to balance the wants with the needs. The costs have risen for the newsletter a great deal in the last year alone, plus add the fact that the new layout was so well received by the membership. More of the printing has had to go to print shops, and less has been done in‐house by members. Yes, we do have a treasury, but free spending could deplete what was gained by so much hard work during the FADM Jackson term. So, in December planning, prices, format, etc. took its toll and we didn’t get it out. The good news is that it allowed ADM Sams (Chief of Public Affairs) and I time to investigate more options and I think that we can now bring you a nicer newsletter and at a reasonable cost.

2015 was also an interesting year in membership. Some of the growth in the smaller ships was interesting to watch. Many ships changed class due to losing or gaining members. There were outstanding displays of charity work, both by ship and individuals. During the meeting to vote for awards, some people and ships won by only 1 point, it was so close.

Very soon the fleet store will be restocked and the long wait to receive your merchandise will be greatly reduced. The mom‐and-pop shop that we deal with can be slow, but they are also willing to do small orders. However, small orders do not take precedence. By ordering in larger quantities of stock, we will greatly reduce or eliminate this problem. And, you might need some SFC gear for something coming up soon….

I’d like to make a quick note of congratulations to the CO of the USS Moore, for breaking into the large ship category. Based out of the Lafayette, IN area, they have been doing some good work up there.

FADM Mark A. Williams
Fleet Commander
Starfleet Command, Quadrant One