All posts by admin

Admiral’s Banquet 2021 CinC Speech

We missed seeing everyone at our annual Admiral’s Banquet which is usually held on the last Saturday in January. When faced with a challenge, this group comes together and finds ways round those issues. This year we held the banquet online where we connected by video conference. After a brief speech by the Commander-in-Chief, Rear Admiral Carl Stark, everyone settled down to eat a favorite meal and watch Galaxy Quest together. It was a movie we all owned and all enjoyed.

Here is the speech from the CinC for you to enjoy.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone later this year at the Fleet Picnic and Fleet Day. We also hope to see everyone at the 2022 Admiral’s Banquet.

Hailing Frequencies Open: February 2021

Hailing Frequencies Open logo

It was good to see everyone at the online Admiral’s Banquet. Hopefully next year we will be able to get back together in person like it should be. See you on January 29, 2022.

Hailing Frequencies Open: February 2021

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:

February 10: USS Mystic anniversary (2001)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:

February 2: Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

February 8: Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager)

February 11: Philip Anglim (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

February 14: Andrew Robinson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

February 14: Simon Pegg (Star Trek)

February 16: LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

February 17: Jerry O’Connell (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

February 21: Martha Hackett (Star Trek: Voyager)

February 22: Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager)

February 23: Majel Barett-Roddenberry (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation)

February 24: Tawny Newsom (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

February 25: Anson Mount (Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds)

February 26: Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Other Dates To Note:

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 15: Presidents’ Day

March 14: Daylight Savings Start

March 19: St. Patrick’s Day

March 20: Spring Equinox

Other Items To Note:

Due dates for several chapter newsletters are coming up soon. Get your submissions into your newsletter editors.

Upcoming Events:

February 6: Seventh Fleet Council 1st Quarter Meeting

April 24: Seventh Fleet Picnic

August 7: Fleet Day

Hailing Frequencies Open is posted on the 1st of the month at SeventhFleet.org. If you have an entry that you would like to be included in a future HFO, please contact your Commanding Officer. The CO needs to have it submitted to the Admiralty by the 2nd to last day of the month for inclusion.

2021 Admiral’s Banquet

The last Saturday of January is the annual date of the Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet. Traditionally we all gather together at a location set up by a host and we have a meal together in uniform or nice dress.

As you’ve probably guessed, this year will be a little bit different. None of the banquet facilities we normally use were available for large public gatherings. The Seventh Fleet Council discussed this at our 4th Quarter 2020 Council Meeting and it was decided that we would have an online event on January 30th at 2:00pm. This will be held over a commercial Zoom meeting. This way it can be accessed by computer, smartphone or tablet. There will be some brief speeches before we start our main event. We will be watching a movie together (and we will have access to a chat room while the movie is going on). Everyone will be making a favorite dish to enjoy while watching the movie. This can be a full meal or just a bucket of popcorn.

If you would like to make sure you get the meeting invite to the onlne meeting, please contact your Commanding Officer an let them know which email you wish to have the invite sent to.

We still want to get together and see each other in person as it is a part of our friendships. So we are planning a Spring Picnic on Saturday, April 24th. Details will be announced as they become available. There is also the Fleet Day games planned for Saturday, August 7th which will be held in Davis County, Utah.

We miss you all and glad that you are all doing your part to stay safe.

The USS Pulsar Spirit Guide is…

… The Owl. In a ceremony Captain Joe Coleflesh unboxed the spirit guide that had selected the crew of the USS Pulsar. Inside was a statue of an owl wearing a steampunk jetpack. The crew decided to name the spirit guide “Minerva”.

Minerva
Minerva

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode “The Cloud“, Commander Chakotay introduces Captain Janeway to her Animal Guide. This guide offers spiritual guidance for the person. A spirit guide is unique, but does not represent the individual. It also cannot be chosen as the animal guide has to choose them.

In the Seventh Fleet, we have adopted the tradition of having animal spirit guides for our chapters. While individual members of the crew can decide what The Owl means to them, the Seventh Fleet had the following traits listed for this spirit guide. “Wisdom, Truth & Patience”. The spirit guide for each chapter is listed in the Chapter sections of the Seventh Fleet website.

Articles from members of the fleet- Oslo Class

Last August we posted an article from Admiral Hollinger detailing the Khitomer-Class Alliance Battlecruiser detailing a playable ship from Star Trek Online. Admiral Hollinger just submitted another article for the blog, the Oslo-Class Heavy Escort.

If you have an article, artwork, puzzle, filk lyrics, poetry, video, model, cosplay or prop photos that you would like to have displayed on the Seventh Fleet Blog or your chapter’s newsletter or blog, submit it to your commanding officer. We are sure you will get a big thank you.

Oslo-Class Starship page 1
Oslo-Class Starship page 2
Oslo-Class Starship page 3

Hailing Frequencies Open: January 2021

Hailing Frequencies Open logo

Welcome to a new feature that we will be posting once a month on the Seventh Fleet blog. Hailing Frequencies Open will be a short “hey this is happening and here are some items we are celebrating”. It will primarily focus on the many wonderful members who are a part of our Star Trek family. As we do more of these, it may evolved and grow. But it should be a simple and quick post done every first of the month.

Hailing Frequencies Open January 2021

Welcome Aboard:

-Crewman 2nd Class Jack Graham (Tactical Department- USS Pulsar)

-Crewman 2nd Class Serena Henscheid (Medical Department- USS Valkyrie)

-MACO Corporal Travis Jensen (Security/MACO Department- USS Valkyrie)

Congratulations To:

-Richard Reusze for his rank advancement to Lieutenant (USS Valkyrie)

-Mira Bergevin for her rank advancement to Ensign (USS Pulsar)

-Travis Jensen for his rank advancement to MACO 2nd Lieutenant (USS Valkyrie)

-MACO 2nd Lieutenant Travis Jensen for earning the Class of Excellence, 2nd Class medal (USS Valkyrie)

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:

January 3: Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet anniversary (1998)

January 26: USS Essex anniversary (2013)

January 29: USS Porthos anniversary (2011)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:

January 3: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiers (1993)

January 6: Aron Eisenberg (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

January 8: Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

January 12: Kirstie Alley (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

January 14: Barry Jenner (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

January 16: Star Trek: Voyager premiers (1995)

January 17: Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard)

January 20: DeForest Kelley (Star Trek: The Original Series)

January 23: Star Trek: Picard premiers (2020)

January 27: James Cromwell (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

January 28: Gillian Vigman (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

Other Dates To Note:

January 1: New Years Day

January 4: The Star Trek Experience opens in Las Vegas

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21: The first Star Trek convention is held in New York (1972)

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 15: Presidents’ Day

Other Items To Note:

Congratulations to Sam Hollinger (Son of Dennis and Rhonda Hollinger) who will be married on January 2nd.

The latest issue of the USS Ticonderoga newsletter has been posted on their website.  It can be found here.

Upcoming Events:

January 30: Seventh Fleet Admiral’s Banquet 

February 6: Seventh Fleet Council 1st Quarter Meeting

April 24: Seventh Fleet Picnic

August 7: Fleet Day

Hailing Frequencies Open is posted on the 1st of the month at SeventhFleet.org.  If you have an entry that you would like to be included in a future HFO, please contact your Commanding Officer.  The CO needs to have it submitted to the Admiralty by the 2nd to last day of the month for inclusion. 

Fandom Creativity and You

Image of fleet creativity examples
A small example of the creativity produced by members of the Seventh Fleet.

At the official StarTrek.com website there is a very good article by Cindy Massre titled “Before Home Video, Science-Fiction Fans Worked Harder to Keep Fandom Alive” Before you read this blog post any further, take a moment to read that article. We will wait for you.

Back? Great. Admiral Stark was very impressed with this article as it aligns with some of the goals he has been promoting within the Seventh Fleet. Part of the reason we have our fan club is to keep the Star Trek dream alive. That through infinite diversity through infinite combinations life is worth while. This is why we are a “big-tent” organization instead of focusing on just one thing. You having fun with your corner of Star Trek fandom is something we want to help out with.

Do you like to create Cosplay? We want to see your costumes. The article talked about fanzines and books created by fans. As you can see from the photo above, we have many members interested in putting together art and publications. Putting together a Star Trek fan film? We’ve had experience doing that. Has Star Trek inspired an interest in science? It has with us as well. Prop building? From the hand held to the very large, we have had some experience putting these together. We have members who express their creativity through Star Trek filk songs just like the ones mentioned in the article. We love attending conventions and running booths that allow us to perform community service which requires a lot of creativity and planning. There are a lot of things we can create as fans to keep the Star Trek dream alive. Influences from the fandom of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s made their way into official publications and episodes (including episodes of Star Trek: Discovery).

There is also an added benefit from expressing our creativity for others to see. These become archives for the next generation of fandom who get a glance of what life was like for Star Trek fans at the date of publication. If you get a chance to look at your chapter’s past newsletters, you can see back into time. Admiral Stark has been trying to preserve older club newsletters and publications in PDF format so that they are easily available for all to see.

To give our members the opportunity for creativity, chapters can publish a newsletter or post articles on the ship’s blog. If your chapter doesn’t have a newsletter or a website yet, talk with your commanding officer. They are always looking for volunteers and there are those in the fleet that are willing to give advice on sites and publications. The Seventh Fleet will also be collecting the best articles of the year and publishing them in a Seventh Fleet Annual fanzine. This gives you the opportunity to display your creativity for future fandom. Currently an Issue Zero (concept publication) is currently being created and will be released soon.

What would you like to make today? Who would you like to inspire tomorrow? Let’s create.

Happy Holidays to our star trek family

While 2020 has not been the year we had hoped for, it was the year that we came together as a Star Trek Family. The amount of support and encouragement we gave each other was truly inspiring. We got to see new episodes of Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Discovery. We also were informed about Captain Pike and company returning with the news of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and another animated series in Star Trek: Prodigy.

2021 will be a better year. We will still be dealing with some of the challenges and after-effects, but we have no doubt that members of the fleet will come through and shine like they always have.

No matter what holiday you celebrate (even Wookie Life Day) we hope that you have a safe and happy holidays.

2021 Seventh Fleet Calendar

Sample of the 2021 Seventh Fleet Calendar cover.

Several of you have asked if we plan to do a 2021 Seventh Fleet Calendar. The answer is yes, we are moving forward with it’s production now. Thanks to our wonderful publisher, Carr Printing, we will be able to keep the price at $10.00 an issue. Please get the money to your Commanding Officer who will turn it into the Fleet.

If we are unable to meet at the Admiral’s Banquet in January, we will mail the calendars out or deliver them. Most likely to the Commanding Officers for them to distribute to the chapter members. For those chapter members that are out of the area, we can make special arrangements.

The Seventh Fleet has been publishing a yearly calendar since 2012. This calendar includes dates of Fleet & chapter activities, Star Trek historical information and known dates of conventions. We plan to continue this tradition for as long as it remains logistically feasible. Various members volunteer their time to get the inside organized, the cover created, images and artwork submitted for use. This has been one of the ways that members of the Fleet have been able to display their creativity. We would like to thank those members who have helped to put this together. We couldn’t do it without you.