State of TRACOM May 2012

I have to apologize for the tardiness of this report. In my defense, I needed to wait until some issues were resolved so that they could be reported upon correctly and completely.

As many if not all of you already know, in April it became evident that the SFMCA site wasn't properly reporting course requests to the various SFMCA Branch Directors. This caused some marines to not receive the courses they had requested in a timely manner, or at all. The intermittent nature of the problem made it difficult to pin down and resolve.
Once the issue was understood it was corrected thanks in no small part to the efforts of BGN Joe Brouhard, DCOINFOCOM. I'll leave it to INFOCOM to go into whatever detail might be required. All I really wanted to say is, “Thanks Joe.”

The next item to report is that the Maritime Operations (MO) post has been filled. BDR Marc Easterly will be adding the MO School to his list of duties. He brings to the job both experience as an SFMCA Director (OD) but a wealth of enthusiasm as well. I wish him good sailing in this new post. Mark may be reached at: mo@sfmca.sfi-sfmc.org .

This brings me to the final item of this, somewhat abbreviated report. The deadline to apply for the SFMC Scholarship for 2012 is 01JUN2012. Thus far, there have been no applicants. Here are the details:

Who? and What for?

Any and all active STARFLEET Marine Corps members are eligible to apply for the SFMC scholarship to help you continue or begin your studies in any junior/community college, four-year college/university, graduate school, or most technical school programs leading to a degree or certificate, while enrolled in an ROTC program for one of the Armed Forces*.

* Proof of at least 4 years of prior military service in their country's armed forces or current service with the equivalent of National Guard or Reserves). This is required ONLY if you are not going to be enrolled in an ROTC program or its equivalent.

How much?

The SFMC Scholarship is currently valued at $250 and will be paid directly to your schools finance office or equivalent.


The application period is open through June 1st for awards to be announced July 1st and recognized at the International Conference and used for the upcoming school year. That means your application must be received by June 1st! Don't be late!

How do I apply?

Easy! Simply submit your completed application packet (the application form, your essay, references, and transcripts) to your friendly neighborhood Scholarship Coordinator. Instructions and addresses to submit an application are outlined in the application form. To download the application visit:


What if I have questions?

If you have any questions regarding the SFMC Scholarship email them to scholarship@sfi-sfmc.org.

What if I want to donate?

Donations are always accepted! To donate just click on the button below. We use PayPal to handle all donations. So you can be rest assured that your financial information remains safe and secure. Please note that your donations to the SFMC Scholarship fund ARE NOT tax deductible.

Have a great month, Marines!

Michael McGowan
OIC, 225th MSG

Posted: November 2012 SFMCNewsBot