Members of the BFC Fleet,
First i want to say thank you for your service and continued support means a great deal to me. I also wanted to say have a great and wonderful holiday season which is quickly approaching us all. As of late i have been hiding behind the scenes. Monitoring how the Fleet and its members are doing as well as they conduct themselves throughout their service aboard BFC Chapters. For the most part everyone is doing very well and going good. However with good also goes a little bad. Which i have been tracking thinking the problem would ultimately correct itself, but has not. I am here to correct the problems and make the corrections needed to keep us on course as we grow steadily and firmly.
I will start with the Standard Operating Procedures or SOPs which are posted on the forum section. The link is provided below so no one has issues finding it. This is a growing library of instruction and guidelines i am releasing so everyone serving Officers, Enlisted as well as Civilians assigned to chapters can read and be up to speed. The goal is to make sure everyone is properly informed and know what is going on. This will help keep everyone honest and on the same page in order to avoid issues, headaches, morale and above all else uniformity within the BFC Fleet.
It has become apparent BFC Members military or civilian have not either been reading or, directed to read the SOPs. As such i have seen several issues come to light which should not be happening if folks took some time to read over the SOPs i have provided and many more to come covering different areas / topics. Problems which i will list below which i intend to correct in the next 96 hours no exceptions. I have duties to perform and have been granted full authority to do in the best interest of BFC Fleet.
1- Members going from one ship to another without serving a full 6 months onboard. Once the 6 months is up a member can in fact request to transfer to a different command whether a ship here in the BFC or the CDF. However a person can not just jump ship on their own accord there is proper procedure and protocol to follow. Also bribing members with promise of promotions to lure them to a ship or ship not commission is pouching. Which is not allowed nor tolerated here in the BFC or CDF you can lose your title as Commanding Officer and ship for that violation.
2- Members can not serve on two ships at the same time. It is impossible and i will NOT allow it. You must serve on one ship only regardless if it is a BFC or CDF ship regardless of its classification. Let be real folks we all serve as real life assets on the chapters we are assigned too. There is no way you can be on two ships at the same time. Also remember we are one large Fleet with in the Colonial Alliance. Crash lesson for those not aware. The Colonial Defense Forces is the Primary and designated head of all Military Colonial Assets. Even though BFC has a Fleet which i am developing as per agreement BFC also falls under the prevue of the CDF as again stated Military Assets.
3- Rank. Folks getting promoted is a privilege and NOT a right. You only get out of it what you put into your chapter. It is about promoting Battlestar Galactica out to fellow fans. While also helping to promote your chapter at conventions and other venues. You wanted to get promote then get out there and do it right. I am all about promoting people who deserve to get promoted. I just don’t go and through rank around like it really doesn't mean anything. There is a sense of pride in there unless you are hear for just RANK ONLY and don’t give a hoot about Battlestar Galactica and the ETHOS it truly represents.
4- Launching and commissioning a new ship. There are guidelines to follow and I like to talk to new perspective COs to brief them properly so they know what the expectations are as well as the Do’s and Don’ts in order to avoid problems and serious infractions. Any new ships all crew start out as Ensigns the only exception being the CO and XO. Which I will discuss in an upcoming to be released soon SOP. Although I have a complete database of personnel some ranks will stay in place if they have earned it and carried it over from the CDF or a BFC Chapter. Again these items will be discussed in the SOPS as well with the perspective new CO with me personally. I can not overemphasize the importance of launching a chapter correctly. I am personally involved with a Perspective CO until the commissioning process is complete.
There are a few members out there i noted with given ranks they are calling themselves by which I DID NOT AUTHORIZE. You know who you are i am not going to get into naming names. If you are carrying the rank b/c you are following some role playing story and its part of that persona fine i am good with it. However, I will not acknowledge a rank nor promotion which i did not know about nor approve. The only RANK i will recognize is that of those members who are and have been serving on the BFC and CDF Ships ONLY. People appointing their own ranks/promotions is UNACCEPTABLE. It’s like a free for all, however as i stated your rank will not be acknowledged unless you earned as i stated. If anyone feelings are hurt or they feel unjust about it. I am not going to apologize for carrying out my duties b/c i also have folks i have to answer too as well. I am keeping it fair for everyone else doing it right and performing their duties.
For the record i am not angry nor upset however i can not let this go on either. I need to correct this. I do not want it getting worst. If you have any questions you can contact me at here via BFC email or you can call me directly at 360-929-9427. Be advised i am not going to argue with you via email or over the phone. I am here to serve everyone and the Fleet i have been charged with i am fair and impartial i have too be. Many here and CDF have worked with me and they know what i am all about my name and creditability in the BSG community is solid.
In closing i want to say thank you to all. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you as well. During this week please keep an eye out for postings from me. Whether its a Blog section or the BFC Fleet forum sections. Please keep an eye out i will be releasing new news as well as more SOPs to help us all along. Again i appreciate your support throughout the Fleet! ~Salutes!~