Newsletter of the 210th Marine Expeditionary Unit, STARFLEET Marine Corps

By J.D. Clancy

SUMMER 2009 ISSUE
CONTENTS
Waffle House Region 12 Picnic What Have They Done to My Trek By MAJ Mark Webb Summer Movie Preview G.I.Joe—The Rise of Cobra Inglorious Basterds When Things Go Very Wrong Rogues’ Gazette Calendar Not Entirely Successful –Part II By MAJ Mark Webb Adios, Green Machine! In Starfleet, summertime is summit and international conference trip time. We have one firm tradition in the 210th: while traveling we eat at least once at Waffle House. The phenomenon of Waffle House will be something of mystery to people who aren’t from or haven’t visit the Southern United States. Most restaurants are located in this area. Waffle House restaurants can be found along interstate highways and industrial areas. They cater to a ‘value for money’ customer base– people who need a hearty meal for not many dollars. Since Waffle House is open 24 hours a day, there is a definite late-night crowd who prefer a cooked meal to generic ‘fast food.’ Waffle House has an old time lunch counter or diner feel. The kitchen is in the public area, surrounded by a counter and seating. You can see your eggs and hamburgers being prepared. The quality of service is sometimes hit-and-miss, but usually the staff is friendly enough. A Southern breakfast staple to try is grits! Another signature dish for this restaurant is hash browns– shredded and fried potatoes available with a variety of toppings. The toppings come with their own terminology: ‘Scattered’ (with onions) and ‘Covered’ (with cheese) are two ways to order hash browns. Personally, I like having my coffee served in a ceramic mug while I watch my food being prepared and partake in some conversation with traveling companions. If you’re in North Carolina for International Conference this year and you haven’t been, A typical Waffle House restaurant try the local Waffle House!

STAFF
Editor: J.D. Clancy jdclancy@multinatl.org Contributor: Mark Webb, MAJ webbmaw@cox.net

210th MEU WEB SITE
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Region 12 Picnic
Through various unfortunate circumstances, a full-on Region 12 Summit was not convened this year. But, due to the efforts of the Hellfire & Brimstone crew, a Region get together was held on May 23, 2009 in Topeka, Kansas. The venue was an outdoor picnic in a local park. Besides Region business, the park offered a lot of leisure and entertainment options including the local zoo, playgrounds, carousel, and mini-train ride. Official business for the year was conducted by VADM Jeffery Higdon. CO’s/XO’s present convened in the morning for their meeting. A State of the Region address was given after lunch. A new chapter, USS FireFox, was introduced. Promotions and the Region Annual Awards were presented. As you can expect from such events, a large part of the day was given over to socializing with old acquaintances. Some Marines recognized with promotions were: Jenn Hoover (226 MSG), Mysteri David (226 MSG), and Mark Webb (210 MEU).
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What Have They Done to My Trek
By Major Mark Webb By now, most of you dear readers have had the opportunity to see the film Star Trek, the eleventh offering from Paramount and its partners. This film is, to say the least, a considerable departure from the long-established vision of Star Trek, and it is up to each and every one of you to decide how you feel about that. You may expect future columns from this reporter on this subject. It represents too great a shift in the future laid out in the Trek reality to be dealt with in just one small offering. The picture opens with a battle between a great and terrible ship and a Federation starship that was the state-ofthe-art at the time of James T Kirk’s birth. Of course, Kirk’s father was the last man on the starship, and he gave up his life in the line of duty, just as his son, James, came into the universe. When next we see the young Kirk, he is a boy of 10 or so, with obviously too much time on his hands. He begins his illustrious exploits by getting pulled over for speeding and reckless driving among other things. Meanwhile, we meet the young Spock, who gets his butt kicked as he learns a lesson about how Vulcans can still be capable of bigotry, despite their logic and lack of emotions. We see his feet set on the path toward Star Fleet even then. Then, we see Kirk being sought out by Captain Christopher Pike as someone who has potential, to join Star Fleet and make his mark there. He does so, out of defiance as much as anything, and then we see him defeat the Kobayashi Maru test, by shamelessly cheating, and getting on Spock’s bad side before they have not even officially met. Then, the terrible ship that fought Kirk’s father’s starship, (which turns out to be a Romulan mining ship on a mission of revenge) attacks the planet Vulcan. There is a brand new starship to meet the emergency, but of course, even though the ship has been under construction for some time and is ready for its shakedown, Star Fleet is so disorganized and unprepared, that they have no crew to man her. So they have to send cadets from the academy to do the job. This writer won’t tell you the entire story, but the plot goes farther and farther from the timeline we all know as it goes on. The Batman and Spiderman movies of the past 2 decades have a certain comic book quality to them, both in their plots, and in their effects. Star Trek, in the opinion of this writer, exhibited these same characteristics. It is clearly an effort by Paramount, to make Star Trek appealing to people who are not traditional Trek fans. The question is, how will Paramount proceed from here? Is this the last of the Trek movies? Do they intend to follow this new timeline from now on? It would certainly provide them with material for whole new rafts of series’ and movies, as well as new novels and other peripheral aspects of the franchise. Look for more articles from this writer on how this story effects the timeline, both for specific characters, and for the future of Trek in general. There are many questions that need answered and many aspects of this that need to be explored and this writer will do his best to do that.

Summer Movie Previews
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra is a live action film based on the 1980’s comic book/cartoon/action figure line. Most of the popular characters are represented. Operating in secret, the Joe Team fights the shadowy terrorist organization COBRA. Release Date: August 7, 2009 Director: Stephen Sommers Writers: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot Run Time: 107 minutes Starring: Dennis Quaid—General Hawk Sienna Miller– The Baroness Marlon Wayans—Ripcord Joseph Gordon-Levitt—Cobra Commander Ray Park—Snake Eyes Christopher Eccleston—Destro Quentin Tarantino’s latest effort is a homage to 1960’s war movies. Inglorious Basterds is not a remake of the 1978 B-movie starring Fred Williamson. Like most Tarantino efforts, various story lines come together at the film’s climax. The Americans are on a mission to eliminate Nazis. A Jewish girl tries to evade the Nazis. And the Nazis are out to get everyone. Release Date: August 21, 2009 Director: Quentin Tarantino Writer: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Brad Pitt– Lt. Aldo Raine Diane Kruger—Bridget von Hammersmark Eli Roth—Sgt. Donny Donowitz Christoph Waltz—Col. Hans Landa Melanie Laurent—Shosanna Dreyfus

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When Things Go Very Wrong
By J.D. Clancy You may be in a situation where there’s no electricity. I’m not speaking of being out in the wilderness, where one would expect to have no electricity. We’re going to discuss what happens when you’re comfortable at home and suddenly there’s no power. NOTE– there are more than the usual amount of safety notices to this article. Making and using your own electricity can be dangerous! One thing to consider is the serious nature of an event that causes long term (1+ day) disruption of the electrical production/distribution system. Several routine situations may occur that cause minor power outages– breakdowns of equipment, accidents, and poor energy management (brownouts, blackouts). Consider whether you’re going to stay in your home and try to survive until conditions improve, or evacuate. If you’re going to stay at home, you may want electricity. Nearly everything in the modern home runs on electricity. One strategy is to minimize your need for electricity. Keep a manual can opener, have a solar or hand-cranked radio, make sure you know how to manually operate an automatic garage door. Be practical about your power needs. Even a large solar panel will not power your refrigerator, air conditioner, and television all at once. Remember that unless you have a way to store power (some kind of battery) after dark your solar panel will be quite useless. People who are somewhat mechanically oriented may attempt to build a human-powered electricity generating system. A bicycle can be turned into a stationary cycle and used to generate power. Even a device that turns a wheel by hand-crank could potentially be used to build a power generating system. With the recent emphasis on homeland security concerns, many stores are selling gadgets for emergency power. Various emergency cell phone chargers are available. Gasoline powered generators can be purchased in discount stores and home improvement stores. Gasoline powered generators are a topic all their own. From a small portable generator to a large automatic standby unit that can power an entire house, the variety and capabilities of generators will be A solar panel and battery power can provide eleccovered in a separate article. SAFETY NOTICES: 1) Operating a tricity in an emergency. generator inside your house or garage can cause death by carbon monoxide poisoning. 2) Improper wiring of a generator into a building’s electrical system can cause a fire or electrocution of occupants and utility workers. Another possible source of electricity is batteries. Many small items run off batteries. Do you keep a few extra batteries and rotate your supply regularly? Amateur radio operators may keep a Marine battery for emergency power. The advantage of this type of battery is that it is ‘deep cycle’; meaning you can drain all the power out and after the emergency charge it back up and store it again. (most car batteries, lawn mower batteries, etc. are dead permanently after draining all the power out once) While we’re talking about batteries, car batteries provide a different type of power than what comes out of the outlet in your house. Some people have a bank of batteries in their basement, and intend to use an ‘inverter’ to turn their battery power into usable electricity. A person could plug an inverter into their car, but should be aware of several issues: 1) If you don’t run your car, the battery may go dead quickly; 2) You may run your car of gas; and, 3) SAFETY NOTICE: If you run your car in a garage, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning. One thing to remember: don’t panic and cause a larger problem for the sake of a short term solution. For example, you try to run several appliances off an inverter attached to your car battery. The electricity is back on by the afternoon, but you now have to find a ride to the store so you can purchase a new (expensive) car battery. As always– evaluate your situation. Will electricity be off for some time, or just temporarily? How serious is my need (Promotions, Awards, Recognition) for electricity? If you have purchased any equipment to provide emergency power, be sure Promotions: to follow all the manufacturer’s safety warnings. It is best not to ‘jury rig’ or modify equipment for use outside of its intended application. Injuries and fires can make To Major your emergency situation much worse. DISCLAIMER: The author is not responsible for misuse of this information. Over time, techniques change. Be familiar with safe use of all equipment and the latest Mark Webb technical information.

Rogues’ Gazette

Calendar
2010 STARFLEET International Conference; July 29-August 1, 2010; Wagoner, Oklahoma; website: www.ic2010.org

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Not Entirely Successful - Part III
By Major Mark Webb This is a work of fiction, based upon the Star Trek depiction of the future. It is intended in no way, to infringe upon, or exploit an any way, any copyrights, patents, or other rights or property rights, either real or intellectual, that are owned by any entities who have legitimate ownership of any part of the Star Trek franchise. 6. The battle group hung together in formation in deep space. Sixty of the proudest and finest ships of the Cardassian and Dominion fleets were massed in the flight path of the weapon they knew to be heading toward them. Their strategy was simple. They would stay in formation and use interlocking fields of fire to overwhelm the weapon’s defenses and destroy it. They tracked the weapon’s approach from several light years away and if it turned away from them, they were determined to pursue it if need be. M-4 was equally aware of them. Even if it did not have its own active sensors, its passive sensors would have registered the dozens of scanning beams that played over it from so many ships. M-4 was not concerned, however. It had a specific objective in mind and the Dominion played directly into that plan. It had formulated its course of action 3.6 seconds after first registering their presence on its sensors. It had no intension of engaging all those ships or even giving them a clear shot at it. Yet, there were so many of them. In the days when it was originally created, none of the space-faring races that were known to the Federation had such a large space fleet to control their entire space, let alone being able to throw so many against one small target. M-4 was finding that forming a strategy against such a large number of opponents was turning out to be a considerable challenge. It was determined, however, to get to the automated observatory which the Dominion and the Cardassians were both so fond of building. It needed the extremely long-range sensors on the observatory to devise a plan for its long-term survival. These observatory systems could only be accessed from a short range, without the necessary codes and clearances, so M-4 had no choice but to penetrate Cardassian space to find out what it needed to know. M-4 slowed only a little as it approached the enemy fleet. It was not unusual for an enemy to come to a stop, or at least, to slow to a small fraction of sub-light velocity as it confronted them. This is what they expected. They counted on being able to scan it thoroughly and choose the specific systems they would target, so as to destroy it most efficiently. They did not get that chance, however. M-4 streaked in at full impulse with its shields up and its weapons pumping out massive barrages of energy and torpedoes. They hastily began to return fire as it charged into range. Their shots either missed it entirely, or bounced off its shields. It continued to approach at high speed and some of the commanders of its enemies believed it was preparing to ram one of them. They began to make preparations to move out of its way but this turned out not to be its plan.

FICTION SECTION

It raced swiftly closer and closer and soon it was in point blank range with them. Yet, it still moved about with light bursts of its maneuvering thrusters as it came. It jinked from side to side and up and down. It rolled onto one side and then the other. It was in a constant state of constant 3dimentional motion. Even though it was close enough for them to see every feature of its modified hull with their naked eyes, they still could not score a direct hit. Meanwhile, as it approached, its stream of weapons fire grew steadily more concentrated and this began to have its effect. One by one, the rows of ships that faced it began to take damage. Their shields were overwhelmed and critical systems were hit. The precise array of their formation began to sag and slight gaps and openings began to appear in their solid ranks. Things were happening so quickly that the dominion officers on the scene had difficulty trying to figure out what its strategy was. Surely, it could not lope to damage enough of their ships to win a decisive victory. They knew they should be taking additional action to forestall whatever plan the machine had, but since they could not figure out what that plan was, they chose to do nothing other than what they were already doing. Suddenly, one of the ships in the front ranks of the formation exploded, causing major damage to those arranged so closely around it. A large hole opened in the front edge of the attacking formation. M-4 quickly took advantage of this and concentrated its fire on the ships behind that one in the formation. One of these quickly suffered the fate of its sister ship and exploded, causing more damage to the ships around it. In this way, M-4 bored its way deeper and deeper into the Dominion formation. It was using up torpedoes and weapons power at a prodigious rate but it maintained its murderous rate of fire. The front ranks of ships in the formation suddenly had nothing to shoot at as it actually passed into their midst and now, only a few ships could directly act against it. Finally, M-4 had driven deep enough into the formation, that the object of its attack came into range. It was a Dominion dreadnaught, the largest and most powerful of the ships in the fleet that had been arrayed against it. M-4 suspected that there might be a Founder aboard. It know that if this was true, the Dominion troops would do anything to protect the Founder’s life, including not firing on the enemy weapon ship. It quickly closed with this ship, and, before the huge Dominion warship could bring its massive weapons array to bare, M-4 brought its own shields into contact with the Dominion ship’s shields and a tremendous amount of energy was unleashed. It showered the two ships with sparks and bolts of fire and forced the nearby ships to back away. Then, M-4 locked all its tractor beams on the Dominion monster and it began to probe the other ship’s computer banks. There was frantic activity aboard the Dominion warship as the crew realized what M-4 was doing. They scrambled to stop the enemy from invading their ship in this way, but they were far too slow. M-4 found what it needed and just as quickly, it tore itself away and surged through the
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rest of the formation. It’s objective now, was to break free and proceed to the Dominion observatory with all speed. The other Dominion ships were maneuvering now. They had broken formation and were trying to get into positions that would allow them to resume firing on the enemy weapon. M-4 didn’t make it easy for them to do this, and within another few seconds, it had cleared the last of the attackers and had sprung into high warp speed. The Dominion ships surged away in a disorganized mass to give chase. M-4 was now able to divert most of its power to its engines now, and since all its immediate threats were falling behind it, it was confident that it would reach the observatory without further opposition. 7 Weyoun sighed and rubbed his temples. “That is not good,” he growled as he glowered at the tactical display. “The founder will not be pleased.” “Still,” Damar said as he starred intensely at the readouts of the monitors in front of him. “You can’t fault its tactics. A most impressive display.” “Impressive,” Weyoun rounded on him sharply. “You call that disgraceful performance impressive?” “Weyoun, Weyoun,” Damar said. “Calm down. I was merely pointing out the cleverness of the way that machine took one of the few disadvantages of such a large formation and used it to achieve its ends. It’s really fortunate that a living opponent couldn’t think fast enough to come up with it.” “We lost several ships in this action and failed to inflict even minor damage on the weapon,” Weyoun cried. “The enemy weapon stole information from one of our capital ships and went through a blockade of some of the finest of our forces almost without a scratch. I shudder to think what the founder will say.” “What the Founder will say about what, Weyoun,” the changeling said as she moved into the situation room. “Founder,” Weyoun gasped and sprang to his feet, preparing to make some obeisance to one of his gods. Impatient with this, she asked brusquely, “What This issue, the 210th MEU says goodbye to our trusty trip car: a 1999 Chevy Lumina known as The Green Machine. The maintenance sergeant reports it can no longer be repaired. Like a cavalryman has his horse, the 210th had The Green Machine. In addition to local unit meetings, it took us to several Region Summits and made it to the International Conference in Denver, Colorado a few years back. If there is a car heaven, we know you’re up there with a glove compartment full of cigars and a trunk full of whiskey, Green Machine!

has happened?” Weyoun took half a step back. “Ah, well, Founder,” he said apprehensively. “I must report that our engagement against the Federation weapon ship has failed. It is heading deeper into our territory and will reach its objective in approximately 5 hours.” “What can we do to protect the observatory,” she demanded. “at this time, it will be difficult if not impossible to get ships between the weapon and the observatory, Founder,” Weyoun started to explain. “You see...” “The Federation has taken advantage of this distraction to move against us in 4 sectors,” Damar said. “We dare not remove any ships from those areas or we will be at risk of losing a few ships and an observatory.” The changeling glowered at the Vorta and the Cardassian. “why did the other ships pull back and why didn’t the crew of the dreadnaught respond to such an imminent threat?” “I believe they feared that one of You might be onboard, Founder,” Weyoun replied, trying to defend the actions of the people in the recent battle. Her expression did not change. She commanded the Vorta, “Send a message to the to the task force commanders that I am not pleased.” Weyoun knew what that would mean but did not try to talk his god out of her decision. “It shall be as you command, Founder,” he declared. The founder turned and left the room in the same abrupt way she had entered it. “That went well,” muttered Damar as he reached for his bottle of Kanar. “It went better for us than it will for the fleet commander and his staff,” Weyoun rebutted. His hands flashed across the communications console as he relayed the Founder’s message. “At least we will live to rue this day.” “A pity.” Damar said as the blip on their tactical display that represented the Dominion dreadnaught moved away from the swarm of other ships and exploded. “It was a powerful ship. We could have used it when we retake the wormhole.” “When the time comes,” Weyoun said grimly, “We will have to achieve that objective without the assistance of that particular warship.”

Adios, Green Machine!
By J.D. Clancy

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