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I have been meaning to make this announcement but real life got in the way as usual. 

I am sure a lot of you know by now that Colonel Keith"Leonidas" Ranson, was relieved off duty as the Raven CAG.  But this is so in order for him to assume command of the Gunstar Trireme, as her new Commanding Officer.  The Gustar Trireme is the Raven's first gunstar escort and the first gunstar commissioned here at the BFC.  The OFFICIAL Change of Command took place by none other than Luciana Carro's table and was officiated by both her and myself.  She was such a sweetheart for doing it with me and as such, an honor.  I chose her since she was CAG both on the Pegasus and the Galactica so it is just fitting for her to relieved Colonel Keith "Leonidas" Ranson.  

I like to promote from within first before I even consider bringing someone from the outside.  I like to give people chances for growth.  The individual that was recommended to me to take his place, is someone that came to the Raven from the Colonial Defense Forces a few years ago.  He ask me if I would give him a chance to be a member and allow him to be an intrical part of the group. And I gave him the chance by appointing him as the Squadron Commander of The Flying Tigers.   And he just did that what he promise me he was going to do.  The Raven was still at the infancy stage and I just became her new Commanding Officer when I first encountered "Reamer" at the BFC site.  I was tasked by the President of the BFC, to turn her around and give her a new life and purpose.  The first thing I did was to appoint new competent Command Staff members that will help me run the Raven properly.  Then recruiting more members, came easily after that.  And here we are, a couple years later, enjoying much success and having fun with each other. :-)  But, we had to start somewhere.  And that somewhere, was at the bottom and gradually, work our way up. The path to success and smooth sailing, was not an easy one for us.  We had our own fair share of bumps along the road.   That is why, we are a strong and tight knit family of friends because we are able to come together, when we need it the most.  We never leave anyone behind and are always there for each other.

So, it is with great pleasure that I announce, that the new Raven CAG is none other than Major Roger "Reamer"Barstow.  May the Lords of Kobol guide you to success,as you take on this new responsibility and position.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) 

In Service,


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Comment by Paul "Iceworm" Oakley on September 13, 2015 at 1:34pm

Marine NCOIC: (Salutes) Colonel, congratulations on your new command. The Trireme is a fine and fast ship. The Raven MARDET looks forward to our first operations together.

Marine NCOIC: (Salutes) CAG, congratulations to you on your new responsibilities leading the finest Squadrons in the Fleet. The Raven MARDET looks forward to hitching a ride on your Raptors.

Marine NCOIC: New Crew members, welcome aboard the first and what will always be the finest Battle Group in the Fleet. Here's a thought: if you look good in basic black, if you like your discussions up close and personal, and if you like to add color and chaos to what would otherwise be a dull-stuffy-boring event, the Raven Battle Group Colonial Marine Detachment has a berth waiting for you. Join the semi-socially acceptable branch of the Raven Family. Pilots and other questionable personnel accepted. No references required.

To all: "There are good ships and wood ships, and ships that sail the seas. But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be."

Comment by LT. Tony "Aeneas" Carvell on September 12, 2015 at 10:28am

Congratulations to Leonidas and Reamer on their new appointments.Well done sirs! So say we all.

Comment by Maj. Roger "Reamer" Barstow on September 11, 2015 at 5:33pm

I would like to thank you Actual for putting your trust in me to take over from such an awesome CAG as Colonel Leonidas has been. I will do my very best to keep things moving forward and I'll always be there for any pilot aboard the Raven that needs any help at all.

I would also like to Thank Colonel Leonidas for recommending me for this position. It's been a pleasure to have worked beside him and I know he will always be there if I need any help.

I also want to Thank everyone else for your support and well wishes. The Raven Airwing has been and always will be the best in the entire Fleet!!!!!


Comment by Lt. JG. David "Wedge" Sangrey on September 9, 2015 at 8:23pm


Comment by Paul Nix on September 9, 2015 at 8:17pm

Good choice. He will do well for you.

Comment by Cdr. Keith "Leonidas" Ranson on September 9, 2015 at 7:35pm

And, May I Also Congratulate Maj. Barstow on his New post! The way You have Turned the Flying Tigers into A Well-Oiled Squadron Is A Sight to Behold! When you First Started with SPARTAN SQUADRON, I Knew You Would Go Places; Now,My friend, You are On Your Way; I have Confidence The RAVEN AIR WING,The Finest in The Fleet,Will Be in Very Good Hands!

Always Strive To Build on What we have Started;Take things to the Next Level,And Make it Your Own!

                                                SO SAY WE ALL!

                                                     Col. K.A. 'Leonidas' Ranson


                                                     GUNSTAR TRIREME   GSR-0201




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