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Hailing Frequencies Open: July 2021

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A very hot July is upon us. A time for fireworks and BBQs. Because of the hot dry weather and drought conditions, please be very careful out there with the fireworks. There are already way to many fires in the west as we speak.

We are getting very close to Fleet Day on August 7th. This will be held at Barlow Park in Clearfield, Utah. It is recommended that you bring water, folding chairs and sunscreen. We are looking forward to seeing members of our Star Trek family after the events (or lack there of) from the past year.

Several theaters are airing a 35th Anniversary showing of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home on August 19th. So far we know that the Megaplex Theaters and the AMC Theaters are hosing airings. A quick google search should give your information on airings near your location.

Hailing Frequencies Open July 2021

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
July 1 Dominic Keating (Star Trek: Enterprise)
July 2 Brock Peters (Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
July 8 Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery)
July 9 Linda Park (Star Trek: Enterprise)
July 13 Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Picard)
July 19 Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness)
July 22 Louise Fletcher (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
July 22 Star Trek: Beyond premiers (2016)
July 26 Nana Visitor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
July 29 Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
July 30 Mary Wiseman (Star Trek: Discovery)

Other Dates To Note:
July 4 Independence Day
July 24 Pioneer Day (Utah)
July 29 NASA founded (1958)

Other Items To Note:
The latest USS Ticonderoga newsletter is available online. It can be accessed here.

Upcoming Events:
July 31: Seventh Fleet Council 3rd Quarter Meeting
August 7: Fleet Day
August 19: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 35th Anniversary Showing
August 11-15: Star Trek Las Vegas
September 16-18: FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention

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.

Hailing Frequencies Open: June 2021

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Summer is finally here and it couldn’t have come any sooner. The warm weather beckoning us outside with friends and bar-be-ques and fun all around. And speaking of fun, make sure you plan to attend the upcoming Fleet Day (aka The Seventh Fleet Games) on Saturday, August 7th. It will be hosted by the USS Ticonderoga in Clearfield, Utah. This is like a Star Trek family reunion.

Hailing Frequencies Open June 2021

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
June 1 Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise)
June 1 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock premiers (1984)
June 2 Anthony Montgomery (Star Trek: Enterprise)
June 2 Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Kelvin-Timeline Movies)
June 4 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan premiers (1982)
June 6 Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)
June 7 Karl Urban (Star Trek Kelvin-Timeline Movies)
June 9 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier premiers (1989)
June 13 Malcolm McDowell (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
June 13 Fred Tatasciore (Star Trek: Lower Decks)
June 19 Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Kelvin-Timeline Movies)
June 22 Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
June 28 Alice Krige (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager)

Other Dates To Note:
June 14: Flag Day
June 16: Captain Picard Day
June 20: Summer Solstice
June 20: Father’s Day
Jul 4 Independence Day
Jul 24 Pioneer Day (Utah)
Jul 29 NASA founded (1958)

Other Items To Note:
The USS Kelly will be hosting a “Kelly KampOut” on July 2nd to the 4th. This will be held at a campground near Liberty, Utah. Anyone interested should contact the Kelly at USSKelly@SeventhFleet.org for details.

Upcoming Events:
July 31: Seventh Fleet Council 3rd Quarter Meeting
August 7: Fleet Day
August 11-15: Star Trek Las Vegas
September 16-18: FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention

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.

Star Trek: Lower Decks Season One

Star Trek: Lower Decks Season One Steelray Collectors Edition

Note: Funds raised from the Amazon Store link will be used to cover costs of keeping the Fleet website up and running. You can purchase the disks for Star Trek: Lower Decks season one here.

The first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, May 18th. This unique comedy Star Trek series was a big hit when it first aired on CBS All Access (now Paramount+) This series was a big hit with Star Trek fans not only because of the humor, but of the many different easter eggs hidden throughout the series. Often after an episode had been released social media would buzz with “Did you spot this or notice that?” One of the more unique easter eggs was the infamous Star Trek Helmet that was made in the 1970’s by the toy company Remco.

This series followed four Ensigns that were assigned to the California-Class USS Cerritos. These Ensigns try to fulfill their duties without going insane from the hustle and bustle in the lower decks are Beckett Mariner (who holds a secret), Brad Boimler (who wishes to rise to the rank of Captain), D’Vana Tendi (an Orion who is starstruck about being onboard) and Sam Rutherford (who has a cybernetic implant and loves engineering). There are also several cameo appearances by characters seen in other series.

There were ten episodes in the first season which include:

Second Contact (Stardate: 57436.2)- The crew of the Cerritos follows up with a new planet that just made contact with the Federation.

Envoys (Stardate: Unknown) Boimler and Mariner must escort a Klingon general to Tulganan IV.

Temporal Edict (Stardate: 57501.4) The USS Cerritos is ordered to Gerlak V to deliver some “diplomatic trinkets”.

Moist Vessel (Stardate: 57538.9) Can Mariner survive being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (j.g.)?

Cupid’s Errant Arrow (Stardate: 57601.3) Ensign Boimler’s girlfriend arrives on the Cerritos. Is she what she claims to be?

Terminal Provocations (Stardate: 57663.9) The Cerritos crew faces off against the Drookmani scavengers. Ensign Rutherford introduces his holo-creation “Badgey”.

Much Ado About Boimler (Stardate: 57752.6) Ensign Boimler is pushed out of phase by a transporter accident. Can Starfleet Medical cure his condition?

Veritas (Stardate: Unknown) The four ensigns must testify before a tribunal to save their senior officers on K’Tuevon Prime.

Crisis Point (Stardate: Unknown) Ensign Mariner reprograms Boimler’s holoprogram into a movie, with some twists.

No Small Parts (Stardate: Unknown) Mariner’s secret is revealed as the crew of the Cerritos fights off an invading enemy.

The Star Trek: Lower Decks season one Blu-ray set also includes several special features including deleted scenes, trailers and more.

Hailing Frequencies Open: MAY 2021

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It was good to see everyone at the Seventh Fleet Picnic on April 26th. If you missed it, don’t worry. Fleet Day (aka The Seventh Fleet Games) will be hosted by the USS Ticonderoga in Clearfield on Saturday, August 7th. There are several fun events planned. Get a hold of your Commanding Officer and let them know that you want to attend.

Hailing Frequencies Open May 2021

Congratulations To:
Captain Nada Linnarz has moved to St. George, Utah. Which unfortunately is too far to remain the CO of the USS Kelly. Lt. Commander Jill Bogler-Patterson and Lt. Commander Dawn Woods have accepted the position of Acting-Captain and Acting-Executive Officer. Congratulations to the new command staff and best of Luck Captain Linnarz in Southern Utah.

Fleet Birthdays and Anniversaries:
USS White Buffalo anniversary (2010)

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:
May 5: Mark Alaimo (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
May 5: Santiago Cabrera (Star Trek: Picard)
May 8: Star Trek premiers (2009)
May 12: Jennifer Hetrick (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
May 12: Eugene Cordero (Star Trek: Lower Decks)
May 16: Star Trek: Into Darkness premiers (2013)
May 20: John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, The Orville)
May 24: Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery)
May 30 Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

Other Dates To Note:
May 4: Star Wars Day
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 9: Mother’s Day
May 17: Tax Day (moved from April 15th)
May 31: Memorial Day
June 14: Flag Day
June 16: Captain Picard Day
June 20: Summer Solstice
June 20: Father’s Day

Other Items To Note:
We are looking for photos for the online photo album. Needed are photos from any chapter or fleet even from any year.

Upcoming Events:
July 31: Seventh Fleet Council 3rd Quarter Meeting
August 7: Fleet Day
August 11-15: Star Trek Las Vegas
September 16-18: FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention

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.

Book Review- Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope

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The cover to the Star Trek: Picard novel “The Last Best Hope”

Note: Funds raised from the Amazon Store link will be used to cover costs of keeping the Fleet website up and running. You can purchase the novel Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope here.

Book Review- Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope

Title: Star Trek: Picard The Last Best Hope

Author: Una McCormack

Page count: 336

Breakdown: Fifteen chapters in three parts.

Year Published: 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9821-3944-5 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1-9821-3945-2 (ebook)

The Last Best Hope is the first novel based on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) series “Star Trek: Picard”.  I recently had a chance to purchase this book for my Amazon Kindle to add to my reading list.  Being the first book in the series, I knew that I just had to know the show and not any previous books (I’m doing a lot of catch up on my Star Trek reading right now) so I was eager to open this book up and explore.

                This book starts out with Starfleet Command approaching Captain Picard with the task of assisting the Romulan Star Empire after the discovery of the supernova that will destroy countless inhabited planets.  The newly promoted Admiral Picard is immediately moved into a role of coordinating the relocation efforts that the Federation extends to the Romulans.  He first meets Lt. Commander Raffi Musiker who briefs the Admiralty on the supernova that we first learned about in the 2009 Star Trek movie. 

                There is a lot of discussion about how the Federation would handle such an evacuation.  The resources needed, the ships built, and the manpower required.  What projects would be placed on hold just to accomplish such a goal.  There is a lot of insight into what happens with refugees.  Especially when the government like the Romulan Star Empire is built upon keeping secrets.

                Author Una McCormack introduces us to several of the characters we will get to know in the Star Trek: Picard television series.  The above-mentioned Raffi Musiker and her time as Picard’s Executive Officer on the USS Verity.  We get an insight into the effects the mission has on her family life.  Doctor Bruce Maddox mentors a student known as Agnes Jurati.  This mentoring develops into a relationship, especially when Dr. Maddox is forced to abandon his life’s work to develop a form of artificial ship builders known as the Synths.  One of he Romulan planets that is evacuated by the Verity contains Zani and the band of warrior nuns known as the Qowat Milat.  Here Picard meets a very young boy named Elnor.  While not seen in the series, Geordi La Forge features prominently in this novel as he heads up the shipbuilding efforts at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards building the Wallenberg Class transport.  We also get a chance to meet future Fleet Admiral Kirsten Clancy at Federation Headquarters.

                There is also a rich band of characters that are introduced for this novel.  Estella Mackenzie works at Utopia Planitia alongside La Forge and comes up with the idea of creating androids to help with construction.  With the supernova being a unique event, Doctor Amal Safadi at Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy conducts several studies.  He tries to get a hold of his Romulan counterpart, the scientist Doctor Nokim Vritet who first discovered the disaster that had befallen his people.  On the USS Verity are two interesting individuals such as Lt. Koli Jocan, a Bajoran who is very familiar with relocation due to the history of her people and provided one of the most inspirational moments within the book.  The other is the Romulan “cultural liaison officer” Lt. Tajuth sent to make sure that Picard considers Romulan interest while within their territory.  Tajuth provides quite a bit of insight into the Romulan culture.  One of the more interesting characters is Olivia Quest.  A politician who is a representative from the agricultural colony near the Romulan border called Estelen.   She provides a lot of insight into how the smaller worlds within the Federation feel about the sudden influx of Romulan refugees into the area. 

                With this book set before the Romulan star exploded I was wondering if we were going to see or hear from two individuals.  The first one, Spock, did not disappoint me.  I was also wondering if we were going to hear anything about Nero and his crew.  They did not make an appearance, but this may have been due to (at the time) the rights to characters from the 2009 movie.

                The writing style and detail provided by the author delved very deeply into the characters and various sub-plots.  The short chapters made for quick reading.  Unfortunately, my reading schedule only allowed for short reads each day.  Most of these I did not want to put my reading tablet down.  I found myself spending extra time reading “just a few more pages”.  The writing was that engaging in the story and characters. 

                This was also the curse of the book.  The main characters seen in the show had their stories wrapped up by the end of the book in a very good story.  I’m not certain if there was a limit on the number of pages, but it seemed like the very well written characters introduced into the book were quickly wrapped up in a few pages.  This disappointed me a little.  With how well these characters had been written, I was hoping to find out more about what happened with them at the end of the book.  Perhaps this could be an opportunity to see some of these characters again in future novels.

                If you enjoyed watching the first season of Star Trek: Picard and would like to know how some of the characters developed before the television series, I would highly recommend The Last Best Hope.

We are having a picnic

So we have an opportunity to finally get together as a group. The USS Rendezvous (who was scheduled to host the Admiral’s Banquet in January) volunteered to put together a Seventh Fleet Picnic. Basically we want to safely get together and see the members of our Star Trek family.

This will be held on Saturday, April 24th at noon. The location will be the Richmond City Park (address is 100 S. Highway 91, very near the city building that we’ve held past Admiral’s Banquets). Attendance is voluntary. The south pavilion is large enough that we can sit with social distance. Please wear a mask as well.

This will bring your own lunch event. There are several local grocery stores and restaurants. The following list was provided by Captain Knowlton.

Local Food Establishments:
-Richmond
Big J Burgers (Pizza, Mexican, Burgers, Fish)
Maverick
-Smithfield
McDonald’s
Wendy’s
Arby’s
A&W
Various sandwich shops
Lee’s grocery store
-Logan
Lots of fast food, sandwich shops, restaurants and grocery stores

Hailing Frequencies Open: April 2021

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No fooling, we have reached April. Hopefully, if everyone continues to follow the health guidelines, we can get together for a Seventh Fleet Picnic on the 24th of this month. Location to be announced. We do know that everyone will be bringing their own lunch and that some distances may still be maintained. But we would like to see everyone. As one Captain told me in March, we are sociable creatures by habit and we need to see our friends.

Hailing Frequencies Open April 2021

Star Trek Birthdays and Anniversaries:

April 1: Grace Lee Whitney (Star Trek, Star Trek: Voyager)

April 4: Casey Biggs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise)

April 15: Michael Ansara (Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager)

April 20: George Takei (Star Trek, Star Trek: Voyager)

April 24: Jack Quaid (Star Trek: Lower Decks)

April 29: Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation)

Other Dates To Note:

April 1: April Fools’ Day

April 4: Easter

April 5: First Contact Day (2063)

April 5: Klingon Day of Honor

April 22: Ancestors’ Eve

May 5: Cinco de Mayo

May 9: Mother’s Day

May 17: Tax Day (moved from April 15th)

May 31: Memorial Day

Other Items To Note:

The Fleet Calendars have been delivered to the commanding officers. Check with them to pick up your order.

Upcoming Events:

April 10: Seventh Fleet Council 2nd 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.

Twenty-Five years of the USS Ticonderoga

The first USS Euphrates command staff at the official launching.

Editors Note: This article originally appeared on the USS Ticonderoga website.

Vice-Admiral Carl Stark, the first Commanding officer of the USS Euphrates/USS Ticonderoga was asked to write up some memories for the 25th Anniversary of the Star Trek club now known as the USS Ticonderoga. Here is what he sent in for the newsletter.

What happened Twenty-Five years ago by Carl Stark

Wow, March 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Star Trek fan club known as the USS Ticonderoga.  As I look back on how this all came together, I have many fond memories.  Some of them good and some not-so-good.  But life is dealing with both the good and the bad.  I was asked to put down my thoughts on this fan club that I helped to start and grow. 

The year was 1995 and it was not a kind one for me while I was living in the Salt Lake valley.  I was working as a computer support tech for three different companies.  And in that span of a year, I had been laid off three times from those same three companies.  I was beat and discouraged.  One of the few things that kept my spirits up was my membership in the Star Trek family known as the USS Kelly

I had been a member of the Kelly since 1991 (on the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek) and I had earned the rank of Lt. Commander in the years that followed.  I had also been tasked with being the Chief of Security.  Looking back, I’m grateful for the time I spent as a department chief.  Running a department is like running a mini-starship.  I had to select an assistant department chief, meetings had to be planned and agendas written, I had to keep my members informed and active.  We helped each other with our rank advancement goals and special projects.  It was a sense of pride to have a good running department because I felt that I was helping to make the chapter a better club. 

As it turns out, this was noticed not only by the Kelly CO, Captain Dennis Hollinger and XO, Commander Richard Henline but by the Admiralty at Starfleet Command as well.  The performance of my duties had been noted in the USS Kelly chapter reports.  I was not aware of this at the time, but my name had been placed on a promotion list of possible future commanding officers within the fleet. 

After being laid off from my third IT job in 1995, I didn’t know what I was going to do next.  I had several job leads that I was pursuing when I was approached by a former Kelly member, Robert Aswin, who had moved up to Davis County the year before.  He was looking for roommates to live in his house in Layton and invited me to move up with him.  Another Kelly member, Mark Boone, had started a job at the America Online tech support call center in downtown Ogden and stated he could put in a good word for me.  I passed the interview with flying colors and was offered a position that would start in two months.  This would give me plenty of time to get things wrapped up in Salt Lake and moved into the new area at the start of 1996.  A fresh start after the disastrous year of 1995.

At a Kelly senior officers meeting I let Captain Hollinger and Commander Henline know of my intention to move up to the Ogden-Layton area in a few months.  While not a huge distance, I felt it was far enough that I could not give my Chief of Security duties the proper time needed to perform them.  They understood my decision to resign my department head position.  It was at this time that they let me know that my name had been placed on a promotion list with Starfleet Command. If I wanted to take a Runabout (chapter-in-training) to run in the Ogden/Layton area I had the blessing of the Kelly leadership and the Admiralty at Starfleet Command.  As Mark Boone (who was also a Kelly department head) and I were driving away from the senior officers meeting I let him know that I was giving it serious thought.  Mark turned to me and said that if I took on this new role, he would join my chapter-in-training despite still living in the Salt Lake valley.  My roommate, Robert Aswin, was very supportive as well. 

The Ogden/Layton region had originally been the home of a Star Trek fan club called the USS Dominion.  It had operated from 1989 to 1994 before disbanding due to a lack of recruiting new members and several members moving away.  But it had a lot of good remaining members who had enjoyed their time with the club.  There had been several other attempts at starting Star Trek clubs, but they hardly lasted after a year or two.  It was easy to start a club, but to keep a club going and growing took a lot of work.  While seeing those in uniforms with recruiting booths and having fun at meetings may look easy from the outside, on the inside it was a lot of time and energy.  As people found out after starting a club, this work could be exhausting if you were not prepared for it.  So, these Star Trek clubs never got very far.  But the USS Dominion had set the groundwork for the fans in the area to join the newly launched USS Euphrates. 

The Euphrates was one of two Runabouts available to launch from the USS Kelly. A chapter-in-training allows newly minted commanding officers and crew to walk-the-walk of a Star Trek club, but still make mistakes.  Learning from these mistakes with help from the mothership allowed the club to grow and eventually graduate into full chapter status.  On Saturday, March 9, 1996 at a ceremony at the Davis County North Library in Clearfield, Captain Dennis Hollinger presided over the launching of the USS Euphrates under command of Lt. Commander Carl Stark with Lt. Robert Aswin as the Executive Officer and Lt. Mark Boone as the Second Officer.  After the ceremony the first official activity was touring the Hill Air Force Base Museum as a group and going to dinner soon afterwards.  You know a meal had to be involved in there as we always seem to get together with friends for a meal.

Running the USS Euphrates did take a lot of hard work.  There was even one meeting where the only people who showed up are those that came in the CO’s car.  But there were other times when the persistence and hard work paid off.  The Euphrates lead the group of volunteers who helped at a Salt Lake appearance of William Shatner at a Star Trek convention.  Shatner was so impressed with the volunteers that he complimented them the next day at another Star Trek convention put on by the same organizer. 

After going through the growing pains of a year and a half I had been promoted to the rank of Commander and the Admiralty at Starfleet Command informed me that we were nearing the end of their chapter-in-training phase.  I was instructed to decide upon a final chapter name and class.  A list of several chapter names and classes were provided to me to select from.  After looking over the list I narrowed it down to three possible choices.  The Nebula-Class USS Virginia, the Cheyenne-Class USS Black Hawk or the Intrepid-Class USS Ticonderoga.  These names were presented to the crew and the majority of them voted to become the USS Ticonderoga.  The primary reason this name was selected was because of the history of vessels named Ticonderoga.  Apparently, this decision had shocked Captain Hollinger and Commander Henline as they thought the larger Nebula-Class would have been selected.  They even had a schematic poster of the USS Virginia printed up in anticipation of the decision. 

On October 25, 1997 the friends of the USS Euphrates: The USS Kelly, USS Rendezvous, USS Zambezi (i.e., the future USS Retributor), Rebel’s Associated (a local Star Wars fan club), the IRW Falcon (a local Romulan club) and other friends got together for a meal and the launching ceremony of the USS Ticonderoga. This was held at a banquet center in Kaysville.  There I was promoted to the rank of Captain and given command of the USS Ticonderoga, NCC-74676. 

However, the changes were not stopping there.  Our parent organization, Starfleet Command and the Admiralty based out of Baltimore, MD after running the organization for over eighteen years had decided to disband at the end of 1997.  After finding ourselves without a parent organization I had to decide what to do with the USS Ticonderoga.  We could have joined another existing parent organization out there.  But most of them charged dues to join and we had a lot of success being a dues-free organization.  I didn’t want to turn away a fellow Star Trek fan and his family because they couldn’t afford $15 or more in dues.  We could have proceeded as an independent club, but life is better when you share it with friends.  So, the USS Ticonderoga joined up with the USS Kelly, the USS Retributor (both of Starfleet Command) and the USS Rendezvous (an ex-SFI chapter who had gone independent years ago) to form Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet.  When we had told Starfleet Command of our intention to band together, the Admiralty gave us permission to use the name “Starfleet Command” in our title and promoted Captain Dennis Hollinger to Admiral just before disbanding.  Thus, making the USS Ticonderoga a plank holder with Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet.  I’m happy to say that this new beginning has allowed us to grow and meet more friends as new chapters have joined in on the fun.

Now there are a ton of different events, memories, and happy times that I could write down for this article.  However, I know our poor editors only have so much space allotted in this issue.  So, I’d like to wrap up with how I ended my term as the Commanding Officer of the USS Ticonderoga.  One of the philosophies that we try to live by within this organization is “train your replacement”.  As a volunteer organization we understand that real life comes first.  Real life has given our friends opportunities in their lives that may cause them to move to other areas.  There have also been times that other issues have caused some members to cut back on the amount of participating that they can dedicate.  And unfortunately, a few of them have entered the final frontier beyond this life.  Thus, we have attempted to teach our leaders to give opportunities to those under their command to expand their leadership roles.  This way when real life rears its ugly head, we can tell the affected individual to take care what they need to and that the club will still be here upon their return.  So, in the early 2010’s I had initiated the “Captain for a Month” program on the Ticonderoga.  Any member who had reached the rank of Lt. (j.g.) or higher could volunteer to be the acting CO of the Ticonderoga for the month.  They would be responsible for conducting the monthly meeting, writing up the senior officer meeting agenda, preparing the report for Admiral Hollinger and (if it happened during the month they were acting CO) attend the quarterly Seventh Fleet Council meeting with myself and the XO.  This would give a ton of leadership experience to the volunteer and allow the chapter to see how they would handle command.  I had four different members participate in this program before I had been approached by Admiral Hollinger.  The growth of the Seventh Fleet had reached a point where he needed more than himself to run the organization.  He had been thinking of asking one of the chapter CO’s about taking a position with the Admiralty, but he didn’t want to leave a chapter without a commanding officer.  The question he asked me was “If I gave you a promotion, is there anyone you feel confident in taking over the center seat of the Ticonderoga?”  Because I had done the “Captain for a Month” program, I felt confident that one of the four candidates could fill the position.  Both the Seventh Fleet Council and the crew of the USS Ticonderoga accepted Lt. Erica Abner-Stark as the new CO.  She was given a field promotion to Captain (don’t worry, she still went through and completed the rank requirements adopted for the fleet) and took over as the Ticonderoga CO in 2011.  I will let her tell her adventures as the Tico CO in her own article.

To my friends who joined this Star Trek fan club and just came to hang out, to those who volunteered as department chiefs and senior officers.  To those who served as executive officers, newsletter editors and more.  And especially to the spouses of those who volunteered, I say thank you to you all.  The USS Ticonderoga would not be celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary without your dedication, hard work and effort.  I’m looking forward to 25 more years of friendship, adventures, and family.

Tally Ho,

Vice-Admiral Carl Stark, Commander-in-Chief

Starfleet Command’s Seventh Fleet

Flashback: Hansen Planetarium Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice Event

Here is another flashback article from a previous event. The Hansen Planetarium was the primary planetarium in Utah during the 1990’s. They held a cosplay event for a Summer Solstice one year that gave several USS Kelly members a chance to show off their Star Trek cosplay.

We are not certain what year this article was published or which newspaper it was. It could have been somewhere between 1993-1995. The photo itself shows at least three Kelly members. The Klingon officer is wearing a Kelly combadge with the ranks represented on the badge itself. This article was either in the Salt Lake Tribune or the Deseret News.