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Fall 2021 Ticonderoga Transmissions is now online

You can stop checking the website, the latest Ticonderoga Transmissions has now been posted. The theme for this issue is Friendships that we’ve seen in Star Trek and in the Seventh Fleet.

The issue can be downloaded here.

If you have anything that you would like to submit to the newsletter. It could be an article, artwork, a puzzle, trivia or anything. The editors will bless you if you submit it to them. You can send it to Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

USS Ticonderoga Model

On our club website we have documented the actual and fictitious history of the vessels bearing the name “Ticonderoga” in our Namesake History section. Basically we love seeing the efforts that other Star Trek fans have completed using the name USS Ticonderoga.

Today, custom model builder and Star Trek fan, Bill Krause, posted these images of a Constitution Class (refit) USS Ticonderoga on his twitter account. We reached out to Mr. Krause and he has graciously given us permission to post the images here for all to enjoy. Thank you.

USS Ticonderoga model saucer section.
USS Ticonderoga model saucer section.
USS Ticonderoga model bridge module with travel pod.
USS Ticonderoga model bridge module with travel pod.

Congratulations to the USS PUlsar

Admiral Carl Stark (CinC Seventh Fleet), Captain Charles Corr (CO, USS Valkyrie), Captain Joe Coleflesh (CO, USS Pulsar) and Captain Erica Stark (CO, USS Ticonderoga).

Captain Erica Stark had the pleasure to represent the USS Ticonderoga at the Commissioning Ceremony of the Nova Class USS Pulsar, NCC-72358 in Utah County.

Captain Joe Coleflesh had launched a chapter-in-training, the Runabout USS St. Lawrence off of the USS Ticonderoga several years ago. He was able to build the chapter-in-training and obtain his rank of Captain with the help of Star Trek fans in Utah County. Thus the St. Lawrence was graduated to full chapter status and the USS Pulsar was launched.

The actual launching ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in 2020, however it had to be delayed until 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. The official launch date of the full chapter is still listed as March 9, 2020 on the Seventh Fleet website.

After the Seventh Feet Commander-in-Chief read off the official orders giving Captain Coleflesh command of the Pulsar, Captain Stark and Captain Corr participated in the christening ceremony by smashing bottles on the “hull” of the ship.

Congratulations to the crew of the USS Pulsar. We are looking forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures for years to come.

Ticonderoga Transmissions SPRING 2021

With this post the Spring 2021 issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions is now released to the public to enjoy. This issue celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the club that became the USS Ticonderoga. In 1996 the USS Euphrates, a chapter-in-training off of the USS Kelly was launched.

The issue can be downloaded here.

If you have anything that you would like to submit to the newsletter. It could be an article, artwork, a puzzle, trivia or anything. The editors will bless you if you submit it to them. You can send it to Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

The new online duty report is now live

We have made a major update to a section of the USS Ticonderoga website. We have switched the program for the online duty report that makes a simpler cleaner report. It also automates one of the steps in the process (thus taking out a possible bottleneck of getting your duty report to the Executive Officer).

You can now find this form by CLICKING HERE or clicking on the down arrow next to “Ranks” along the top menu and selecting “Online Duty Report” from the pull down menu. If you have the old online duty report bookmarked, you will want to replace it with the new URL linked above.

Don’t forget that submitting a monthly duty report helps to keep your membership status active. It also assists your Department Chief and Executive Officer with your rank advancements, merit awards and addressing any questions you may have. This is an important communication tool that works when people use it. You should be submitting the duty report for the months that have passed. Thus if you are submitting a duty report now for the month of March, select March from the pull down menu.

SPECIAL NOTE: This form has been tested on the following: Windows 10 Computer using Firefox, MS Edge and Google Chrome. Android Smart Phone using Google Chrome and Dolphin Browser. Amazon Fire Tablet using Silk Browser. They all submitted the form to the recipients. However if you want to make sure your form was received, mark “Yes” on “Please send me a copy of this duty report” and the Executive Officer will forward a copy of the report back to you.

If you have any issues or suggestions with the new form, please email them to Webmaster@USSTiconderoga.org.

Twenty-Five years of the USS Ticonderoga

The first USS Euphrates command staff at the official launching.

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

Ticonderoga Transmissions Winter 2021

The latest issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions has arrived by way of the Delta Flyer. It celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager (has it really been that long?) and it can be found here: TICONDEROGA TRANSMISSIONS WINTER 2021

If you have anything that you would like to submit to the newsletter. It could be an article, artwork, a puzzle, trivia or anything. The editors will bless you if you submit it to them. You can send it to Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

Fall 2020 Ticonderoga Newsletter

The new Fall 2020 issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions is now online. The special themes for this issue is Dragons and collecting celebrity autographs. You can find the issue here. FALL 2020 TICONDEROGA TRANSMISSIONS

If you have anything that you would like to submit to the newsletter. It could be an article, artwork, a puzzle, trivia or anything. The editors will bless you if you submit it to them. You can send it to Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

Double issue of Ticonderoga Transmissions

The latest issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions is now released and it is a big one. The editors have elected to combine the Spring and Summer issues into one giant issue. Plus there is a bonus section celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

The theme for this issue is the Ticonderoga Spirit Guides. This includes our current guide “The Otter” with our past spirit guide, “The Turtle”. A spirit guide holds several qualities that the crew of the Ticonderoga currently demonstrates or should work towards.

If you have anything that you would like to submit to the newsletter. It could be an article, artwork, a puzzle, trivia or anything. The editors will bless you if you submit it to them. You can send it to Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

The SPRING/SUMMER 2020 newsletter is 13.4 MB in size.

The latest newsletter is now online

The productive Binars over in the Newsletter Department have been busy, busy, busy getting this latest issue of the Ticonderoga Transmissions finished up. Here it is for your reading pleasure.

This is a reminder that the editors for the newsletter will praise your name if you turn in any submissions for the newsletter. It could be artwork, articles, puzzles, reviews (there are new episodes of Star Trek Picard that have aired) or anything fit for publication. If you have anything you would like to submit, send it to Newsletter@USSTiconderoga.org

And without further ado, follow this link for the WINTER 2020 newsletter. It is in PDF format and is 4.7MB in size.