To the community of UFOP: StarBase 118,
- This special welcome is presented by Commander Jarred Thoran, the Awards Facilitator for this year's ceremonies.
Welcome to the fleetwide awards ceremony for 2019, or, in world, 2396!
As the veterans among you will know, the award ceremony recognizes some of the most talented people in the history of the organization and coincides with the fleet's 'birthday'. This year is extra special - we're celebrating 25 years of excellent simming!
There are five categories of awards: General Awards (which some ships have presented to their crews already), Duty Post, Special and Staff Awards recognise players across the rank spectrum for all sorts of IC or OOC achievements. The member Length of Service Awards continue to grow, recognizing membership lengths of one, three, five, 10, 15 and even 25 years! A remarkable number of simmers have been around for such extended periods, and we invite you to continue on to that list below the staff awards to view this impressive collection of simmers.
Congratulations to everyone recognized in this ceremony, and a great many heartfelt thanks to all our members who submitted nominations and assisted with the awards process.
- The Awards Committee, comprised of Rear Admiral Toni Turner, Captain Theo Whittaker and Commander Evan Delano who voted on the Duty Post and Special Awards. This is a complex process that involves reviewing all the nominations received, along with supporting links for a given award and then selecting which candidate they feel best matches the qualities the award is seeking.
- The Deputy Award Facilitators, Lieutenant Commanders Jocelyn Marshall and Randal Shayne who helped prep the awards nominations for review, compile materials for the awards ceremonies, along with assisting with other tasks relating to the awards. They put in a considerable amount of time and effort to help ensure everything was accurate, prepared and ready for awards day. Their help has allowed the awards ceremony to continue to run smoothly.
- The commanding officers of the fleet, who put in a lot of time and effort to review the nominations for their ships and ensure that the right people are selected for awards.
- The first officers of the fleet, for voting on the staff awards to provide recommendations to the EC about who they should choose to receive each award, for determining the recipient of general awards where their CO was nominated, and writing awards presentations where needed.
- All of you who submit wonderful, heartfelt nominations each year!
Lastly, on this, the 25th anniversary year of our founding, I would like to give special thanks to our community’s founder, Fleet Admiral Wolf. It is in no small part to Fleet Admiral Wolf’s tireless efforts and guiding hand over the past 25 years that we are able to enjoy such a warm, welcoming and vibrant community. Many of you may not know just how involved he is behind the scenes - from maintaining the websites, forums and other resources, ensuring new members are set up with they need, and much much more. It is these efforts that allow us to focus on the important things with little worry, and no matter how long you’ve been with the fleet, whether you’re a brand new ensign or a seasoned admiral, he has an open door policy and I know I count myself amongst many who have benefitted from the Fleet Admiral’s counsel and support. The fact that we are celebrating our 25th year in existing is a testament to Fleet Admiral Wolf’s passion, drive, tenacity and dedication. For your exemplary example and leadership over the past quarter century, on behalf of the whole community, I would like to offer Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf a huge thank you - thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for this community.
Happy 25th anniversary everybody!
-- Richard (Commander Jarred Thoran)
Duty Post Awards
We begin with the awards presented to members of our fleet who most fully realize the duty posts in which their character sims. The nominations in these categories are reviewed by a panel of three staff members: one commanders and two members ranked captain or above.
The Prantares Ribbon
Awarded to those Medical officers who has moved beyond competence to display a true gift for the healing arts in the context of space medicine. The officers given this award should display the ability to keep a steady hand in the often hazardous conditions in which they must practice, as well as the willingness to risk their own life to save the lives of others.
Genkos Adea, USS Gorkon - Presented by Quinn Reynolds
- From the moment he arrived on the ship, Genkos Adea left a deep impression on everyone around him — though sometimes he wished he hadn't! A throwaway comment on a Romulan colony had terrible consequences, and became one of the formative incidents in this medical officer's career as he tended to the aftermath. It's something that he still refers to now, and it's wonderful to see how his early experiences have and continue to shape his character.
- We have had the pleasure of watching him grow from an inexperienced young ensign into a skilled department chief, the writer expertly weaving Adea's skills and abilities into the story when the spotlight is upon him, all the while supporting other members of the crew to ensure they have their chance to shine, too. A recent mission is a fine example of this; when his team were infected with the deadly Rushton's Disease aboard a broken and failing ship, he made sure that their quest for a cure provided plenty of opportunities for non-medical members of the team to have some fun. It was very well done; a delight to read and I know a lot of fun to sim, reminding us all exactly lucky we are to have him as our Chief Medical Officer!
- And so, I am so very pleased to present Genkos Adea with the Prantares Ribbon. Congratulations, Elliot!
The Natasha Yar Pin
Named after the Chief of Security of the USS Enterprise-D, killed in the line of duty, this award is given to those Security officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in protecting and preserving the lives of their crewmates, even at risk to their own.
Blaidd Vescori, USS Eagle - Presented by Oddas Aria
- When Mister Vescori first appeared on the Eagle he immediately jumped in and began playing a security officer in the finest tradition of the fleet. Given his character’s size and background he could easily have played the role of a sort of overbearing cop. As he plays he not only shows himself to be a capable security officer, but one who goes out of his way to job professionally, while competently.
- The crew has seen Blaidd take to a role that would be relatively minor on the ship, and expand it to something fitting his large physical size. On Away missions he has written very well written sims full of action and suspense resulting in the completion of the mission in very realistic ways that have long lasting consequences.
- It is my very great pleasure to have present Blaidd Vescori with the Natasha Yar Pin! Congratulations and keep up the amazing work!
The Voyager Medallion
Named after the USS Voyager, this award is presented to those Operations officers who have shown great skill in keeping a starship in working order despite near-impossible circumstances. The officers receiving this award have advanced the field of Operations, making sure duty rosters, provisions, gear, and even recreation time are available... no matter what.
Esa Darkkdust, USS Atlantis - Presented by Brell
- Lieutenant jg Esa Darkkdust the Atlantis' Trill operations officer has since coming aboard has shown a dedication to a role that is not always easy to be sure just what it is you should be doing. Be it managing power levels, assigning crew quarters, or overseeing the installation schedule of a replacement warp nacelle, Darkkdust embodies what is is to be an operations officer.
- Those little details about their job and what it entails are common in their sims adding depth and sense of reality into our game. Being able to imagine the day to life onboard Atlantis is enriched with nearly every sim Darkkdust posts.
- For these reasons and many more it is my distinct pleasure to present Esa Darkkust with The Voyager Medallion.
The Sisko Tactical Cross
The Sisko Tactical Cross is a duty post award and is awarded to those Tactical officers who have shown cunning and bravery in battle. Master strategists, and experts in targeting and shield power distribution, these officers have done the impossible to save their ship and the lives of its crew.
Lystra, USS Constitution - Presented by Jalana Rajel
- When you are a tactical officer on a ship like the Constitution, your life is full of challenges, since we don't do much in regard of battles or space fights. Rameses has taken on that challenge when he joined us with his Secondary Character Lystra. He has shown that you don't need space battles to be a kick-butt Tactical officer, even though under his fingertips we performed one of our first Space fights on the Constitution.
- Rameses is never afraid to push the envelope, throw in twists and turns for the crew, but also work with them to solve the issues. Rameses is so great in his role, that he did not only get one but two nominations for this award.
- "Lystra is one of those officers that you expect is already much higher rank than they are. She is on point and always looking out for the greater good and safety of others. In our recent mission, Lystra stayed in a situation that put herself in danger in order to protect civilians and her superior officers. This type of behavior is a great example of a good, strong, tactical officer."
- "Lystra's tactics, whilst sometimes unorthodox, are always interesting and her descriptions of battle scenes are vividly imagined, bringing the story to life."
- I can only agree with these heartfelt comments and am happy that Rameses found his way onto the Conny.
- It's my pleasure and honor to present to him the The Sisko Tactical Cross for the great portrayal of a Tactical Officer and I can't wait to see where he'll be taking us next. Congratulations Rameses!
The Phoenix Award
The Phoenix Award is a duty post award that recognizes engineers. Named for the vessel that legendary engineer Zefram Cochrane piloted during his historic first warp flight, this award goes to those Engineering officers who continue this tradition of excellence in the field of engineering. By performing their tasks with enthusiasm, imagination and diligence, by managing to make their equipment perform above and beyond its rated capacities, the officers meriting this award further the mission of their ship by their superior know-how. In short, miracle workers.
Tasha MacFarlane, USS Gorkon - Presented by Quinn Reynolds
- A miracle worker indeed! The winner of this year's Phoenix Award writes an engineer who is as ingenious as she is enthusiastic, using her engineering know-how to solve desperate situations, such as shutting down a breaching warp core, to spending her free time building a shuttle — from scratch! — to satisfy her own curiosity and personal goals.
- Engineering can be a tricky department to play, and it's not always easy to find a way to contribute to the plot without first breaking something. Tasha adroitly manages to do just that, finding all kinds of different ways to use her character's skills to do bring something new and interesting to our stories. We've seen her tinker with the artificial gravity to protect her team from advancing assailants, and most recently, create an incredible holographic disguise for the Gorkon's bridge and crew while they were masquerading as pirates. She has a deft touch, and it's always entertaining to see what she's doing to do next.
- For all of that, and more, I am delighted to be present Tasha MacFarlane with the Phoenix Award. Congratulations, Theo!
The Cochrane Award
Given to those Science officers who have contributed greatly to the advance of science in the midst of their Starfleet career, by staying knowledgeable about their field, participating in the community of science, but most importantly, by placing their knowledge at the service of their ship and its mission.
Kayla Drex, USS Eagle - Presented by Oddas Aria
- Kayla Drex epitomizes the Science Officer role. During missions she easily interweaves the mind of a curious scientist throughout the narrative, offering suggestions and information appropriate for her position.
- Both IC and OOC Drex continually impresses, providing details and thoughts to improve writing, and realism in the science aspects of both the Ship and the Fleet. Participating in cross-fleet activities, such as SIMSCON and the SJAS, she gladly imparts her knowledge, time, and talent to the fleet as a whole, and we are lucky to have her.
- For all of these reasons I am very pleased to be able to present Kayla Drex with the Cochrane Award.
The Pilot's Sextant
An award named after an old Earth navigational tool, the Pilot's Sextant is given to those Helm officers who have proven themselves to be the best of the best. From finding a safe route home to flying an emergency atmospheric landing, pilots who have earned the right to this award know the importance of staying focused, and puts their ability to make spectacular maneuvers at the service of their ship and its mission.
Chloe Waters, USS Eagle - Presented by Oddas Aria
- Sometimes players write in such a way as to make you believe they have been doing that job forever. Mister Waters writes this way, making you believe you are alongside her as she pilots The Eagle, or whatever she has been tasked to fly.
- Chloe adds detail, action, and thought to her writing, making it a joy to read. Reading how the Eagle responds and works is a joy through her writing, and never feels redundant.
- It is amazing to have Chloe Waters with us, and an absolute pleasure to present her with the Pilot’s Sextant.
The Order of the Valiant Heart
The Order of the Valiant Heart
This award is given to those ship's Counselor who have shown great skill in protecting the mental health of their crewmates, clearly demonstrating superior ability to care, assist, and comfort those in need. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty in assisting their crewmates with their problems, and in preventing future problems from occurring.
Alexander Brodie, Embassy of Duronis II - Presented by Toni Turner
- At the Embassy Brodie performs a multitude of functions ranging from standard psychological evaluations to the more complex counseling needed when the traumas of battle become overwhelming. Due to the "head shrinker" stigma, Counselors have been a much maligned duty post, but Counselor Alex Brodie takes his patients in a new, less threatening direction - he counsels by NOT counseling, but is adept at getting people to talk to him, and his powers of observation are excellent. He has skillfully crafted a fatherly tone whose words are consistently measured, poised – and above all – supportive both inside and outside of the consultation room.
- We are very fortunate to have him at the Embassy for his professionalism and caring. Congratulations, Alex!.
The Semper Fidelis Award
For those Starfleet Marines who have shown great skill in protecting their crew, accomplishing their mission, avoiding tragic loss of life in the line of duty, and upholding the values of the UFoP in times of crisis.
Gogigobo Fairhug, Starbase 118 Ops - Presented by Sal Taybrim
- When Major Fairhug first came onboard StarBase 118 Ops, despite his character having a strong security background he was worried about taking on a marine role because he felt that marines could too easily turn into "violence first ask questions later" sorts of characters. But after thinking about it Gogi decided that he could really shape the role to his own character's pleasant. optimistic personality by emphasizing all of the special functions that marines can play from intel gathering to specialized security to search and rescue. He's done amazingly well in continuing the proud tradition of SB118 Ops' Marine force as a complex and multi-faceted force that thinks first and shoots only when necessary.
- Gogi has also gone above and beyond in reaching out to other players both who have marine PCs and pNPCs as well as players in other departments. He’s established himself not only as a strong marine, but as a leader on the crew and a character that others love collaborating with. He’s also a terrific mentor who helps groom other players to continue in his footsteps as he moved onwards towards command ensuring that StarBase 118 will not only have great leadership but a strong complex marine force that focuses on great stories for years to come. I am so proud and so happy to present this award to Major Fairhug!
The Black Cross
This award is given to a member of the Intelligence community that strives to accomplish the goals of Starfleet Intelligence, while simultaneously upholding the ideals and structure of Starfleet command. This person has the cunning to gather intelligence by means of deceptive dialogue or espionage, as opposed to force drawn confessions. While matters of intelligence are often game changers, this person strives to attain those goals within the boundaries of their Commanding Officer, and the regulations of Starfleet.
Rune Jolara, USS Columbia - Presented by Theo Whittaker
- I am extremely proud to present this award to Rune Jolara. Given to those who are adept at playing the role of Intelligence Officer. Kait, the player of Columbia’s chief of intelligence, has spent a great deal of her time with the fleet operating from the shadows. After all this time, she still manages to write the role in a realistic and engaging way. She is not a super-spy a la James Bond but nor she is an unethical operative undermining the core values of the Federation. She is instead a master analyst who can parse a situation with relative ease yet still throw up roadblocks for us to surmount. Skilled at threat assessment and getting to the truth, there is nobody I trust more to suss out the hidden dangers of the Sagittarius Reach both IC and OOC. Rune has become a close advisor to Theo and an integral part of the Columbia’s voyages in the distant Sagittarius Reach.
The Lwaxana Troi Medallion
The Lwaxana Troi Medallion
This award is given to a member who takes a unique role outside of the normal StarFleet positions and creates a colorful and engaging character.
Toryn Raga, USS Atlantis - Presented by Brell
- Lt Commander Toryn Raga has, in his role of Mission Specialist, shown amazing adaptability in filling this multifaceted position. Mission Specialist is a little of this and a little of that – working with any department on the ship. Raga was well prepared for this, being formerly the head of Security and for short time the acting chief of Atlantis' Marines detachment.
- His dedication to moving plot forward and facilitating the writing of others using his position is displayed in his sims time and time again. His character is the core that stays with him from position to position and always colors his actions making for richly detailed lively reading.
- It is my pleasure and honor to present him with The Lwaxana Troi Medallion. Well earned Raga!
The Strange Medallion
Named after Commander Sally Strange, widely known as one of the most creative and dedicated First Officers in the fleet's early years, this award is given to those who perform above the call of duty in the position of First Officer.
Jarred Thoran, USS Columbia - presented by Theo Whittaker
- Where, oh where, do I start with Jarred Thoran? Saying that Jarred performs “above the call of duty” is an understatement of galactic proportions. I have been proud and privileged to watch this outstanding officer grow and thrive as Columbia’s first officer (and before that, on the Blackwell). A dedicated man of honour and duty, nothing is ever too much trouble for him: whether it be leading a rescue of a certain starship captain from the clutches of augments, leading the charge against mercenaries or willingly leading a team in to danger against near-omnipotent espers changed by their exposure to the galactic barrier.
- He has won the respect of every member of the Columbia’s crew complement and everybody looks up to him as an inspirational leader. One day, he is going to be an extraordinary commanding officer- of that I have no absolutely no doubt. But for now, let us celebrate the career of this remarkable man. Congratulations, Jarred!
Next, we continue with awards which recognize members of the fleet for particularly important contributions or roles which affect the fleet's OOC areas. Here, too, the nominations are reviewed by a panel of three staff members: one commanders and two members ranked captain or above.
The Rising Star Award
For members who show great promise in many facets of their participation in the group, and to whom we look to as a future leader.
Jarred Thoran, USS Columbia - presented by Theo Whittaker
- Oh my! I feel extraordinarily privileged to be able to award the Rising Star Award to one of the most hardworking, supportive, loyal, talented and dedicated members of this fleet. He is, quite simply, an inspiration to us all. From the publicity team, to the image collective, to the training team, to the captain’s council, to reaching out to players on the Columbia with generous encouragement and support… nothing is ever too much trouble for Jarred Thoran. He is the living, breathing embodiment of the Rising Star Award. When he tackles something, he does with vigour and never, ever gives anything less than 200%. I cannot recall a time when he has turned down an opportunity or a request. I frequently marvel at his tireless efforts on behalf of this fleet and I know that he is here for the long haul.
- On top of all this is a humble and a bloody lovely chap! He inspires everyone he meets, both IC and OOC. When somebody is feeling down, he is always the first one to reach out and offer kind words and a shoulder to cry on. At times, it feels that there is nothing that Jarred cannot do.
- This fleet is extremely lucky to have him in it’s ranks and I cannot wait to see what this incredible person does next! Congratulations on this much deserved award!
Given to members holding the rank of ensign, lieutenant junior grade, or lieutenant. For those who show great promise in their future endeavours in UFOP: Starbase 118 RPG.
Geoffrey Teller, USS Vertias - Presented by Roshanara Rahman
- Since joining the fleet last year, Geoffrey Teller has quickly cemented himself as a stalwart member of the community. He is a brilliant writer whose sims capture and ignite his fellow shipmates’ imaginations. He’s introduced countless new elements to his ship and the other characters that populate it, whether it’s a coffee shop for the USS Veritas inspired by his captain’s caffeine addiction or a pirate adventure that involved him and his fellow junior officers. Beyond his ship, he is a regular presence on the fleet’s Discord channels, bringing both good cheer and words of encouragement and support to those around him.
- Like his character, Teller’s writer Brian is a problem solver at heart, always looking for ways to improve things and make both his ship and the fleet at large the best it can be. He tackles challenges given to him both IC and OOC with unbridled enthusiasm and positivity. Most of all, though, in the time he’s been with us, Brian has made a lasting impression on so many of his fellow members across the fleet, and he will no doubt take his place as a future leader in the fleet.
- Congratulations, Brian, and thank you for your kindness, creativity, and passion in all that you do!
The Locutus Award
The Locutus Award is a special award given to those members of the Publicity Team who go above-and-beyond their monthly requirements for participation on a regular basis. These team members show enthusiasm and flair for spreading the word about or role-playing community and take an active interest in finding new ways to invite people to join our ranks.
Groznin Smith, USS Gorkon - Presented by Jarred Thoran
- During my tenure as the Publicity Facilitator I have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic individuals in spreading the word about our community. For the past year there has been one person whose passion for this community shines in everything they do. Few others approach recruitment with such gusto as Groznin Smith. Groznin has shared details of our group far and wide, and I know more than a few members that he has directly recruited from some far flung corner of the internet. That alone is a fantastic achievement - but Groznin does not stop there! He is also a very active member of Discord - often being one of the first to greet new members with a warm friendly welcome.
- Thank you for everything you do, and congratulations Zech!
The Sarpeidon Award is a special award given to any simmer who has made outstanding contributions to the 118Wiki. Sarpeidon was the world in TOS's "All Our Yesterdays," in which the planet's population created a library containing their entire world's history. This is, in essence, what our wiki strives to become: a collection of our group's history and a simming database.
Jarred Thoran, USS Columbia - Presented by Theo Whittaker
- As with every other OOC commitment that Richard, a.k.a. Jarred Thoran, undertakes – he approaches the upkeep of the wiki with enthusiasm, an “anything is possible” attitude and a fire that inspires others. He spearheaded the update of the Columbia wiki pages, helping the transition from the Andaris Task Force (ATF) to the Columbia go as smooth as possible. He’s always on hand to help with any tricky wiki coding and he won’t drop and issue till he has resolved it. He essentially wrote the ATF and Columbia rulebook and did it with pride and distinction, earning our undying love and devotion in the process. He is a credit to the Wiki Ops team and I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more!
The Boothby Award
For trainers who go above and beyond their Academy training requirements. These trainers display an outstanding example of dedication to bringing new cadets to our community.
Jocelyn Marshall, USS Gorkon - Presented by Quinn Reynolds
- To say Jo Marshall goes above and beyond doesn't quite cover the boundless energy and time she pours into one of our most important teams! It is a rare week when the call for volunteers goes out and she doesn't answer, offering her experience and skills in any role that's required, all of which she performs to the very highest standard.
- It says so much that there were so many nominations — not just from those who volunteer alongside her, but from people who had passed through the academy under her guidance. Graduates spoke of how welcomed and valued she made them feel, guiding them through the class with kind, light-hearted and insightful feedback. Similar glowing comments came from her fellow training team members, who talked about how she supports them as they progress through the various training roles so that they can become competent trainers in their own right.
- She has left a lasting impression on everyone she encounters, a sterling example and one of our finest training officers. For this, I am thoroughly delighted to present Jo Marshall with the Boothby Award. Congratulations, Em!
Quark's Bar is a special award and is awarded to members who are regularly active on the forums and have been supportive and involved in conversations enhancing the overall forum experience.
Irina Pavlova, USS Eagle - Presented by Oddas Aria
- When the USS Eagle launched it was a hectic time, one that saw members being added, newsgroups set up, and in general, the crew gathering its legs. During this time Irina Pavlova saw the need for the forums to be populated and ‘seeded’ with content, and did not hesitate to jump in and do so.
- This attitude is one she carries into the OOC group, helping keep conversations going, information flowing, and in general helping our new crew feel cohesive and integrated.
- It is my great pleasure to award Quark’s Bar to Irina Pavlova! Keep up the great work!
The Xalor Clan Xifilis Award
The Xalor Clan Xifilis Award
Given to any simmer who overcomes any sort of disadvantage while simming. This award was originally called the "Rachel Garett Pendant," but was renamed for the 2000 ceremony to to honor a respected simmer in UFOP: StarBase 118 who passed away in that year. This is the only Special Award that is given more than once per ceremony.
Chloe Waters, USS Eagle - Presented by Oddas Aria
- One might assume that a text-based game would be difficult for a writer depending on a Screen Reader. Chloe manages to not only participate, but to do so in an exemplary manner, one that is an example for others to follow and emulate, and one that continuously impresses all who are privy to it.
- Chloe is an excellent writer who manages to add her own little twist to all adventures and is an integral part of the crew. Congratulations on winning the Xalor Clan Xifilis Award.
Femi Cattan, USS Astraeus - Presented by Mei’konda Delano
- When I first met Yasmine after she transferred from the Atlantis, I didn't know much to think about her at first. I could tell she was a great writer, but didn't know the person behind the character. That was until through a series of unfortunate events where her grandparents died back to back a month apart from each other. I felt really sad for her so I wanted to talk to her and see how she was doing. That was when I realized the amazing heart she has for people.
- In the game, Cattan is a counselor as well as a Doctor. After having to go through her loss in real life, her simming was less than frequent which was very understandable. Yasmine then soon to struggle with keeping up, but I could tell she was trying her best. She has a very heartwarming personality and we all wish her the best and are ready to support her however we can as she works to deal with life’s challenges.
Kurt Logan, USS Atlantis - Presented by Brell
- Paul the writer behind Marine Captain Kurt Logan found himself in a situation not many of us could even bare to imagine seeing two loved ones hospitalized at the same time which led to him needing to take a short LOA. Through all of his personal strife, and worry Pauls caring and friendly spirit remained intact. Since returning he has thrown himself into simming, posting at rates shattering his previous records, he has recently joined the ship's staff and remains an integral part of Atlantis. As well as someone I feel truly honored to have gotten to know over our years simming together in the fleet.
Theo Whittaker, USS Columbia - Presented by Jarred Thoran
- Over the past eighteen months I have come to know a great deal about Mikey, the writer behind Theo Whittaker, including his struggles with autism. It is something that he is not shy about sharing with other - in fact many times I have seen him share those troubles with other simmers who are in a similar situation, letting them know they are not alone. Even when at his lowest points, Mikey does not allow it to interfere with his duties as a captain within the fleet. He is a true inspiration and I am honoured to present him with the Xalor Clan Xifilis Award.
The Community Champion Award
For members who participate in – or help facilitate – simming community events, representing the best of UFOP: SB118 to other organizations by hosting events, acting as contest judges, or otherwise contributing their expertise in a way that benefits the wider community.
Sal Taybrim, Starbase 118 Ops - Presented by Jarred Thoran
- Community Champion. Somebody who contributes their expertise in a way that benefits the wider community - for example by hosting a monthly fleet-wide chat? This is a task that Jamie, the writer behind Sal Taybrim organises on a monthly basis - each chat helping to foster the sense of community, allowing old friends to keep in touch, for members of the fleet to engage with one another. Running the chat is no easy task, from organising a date, planning topics of discussion to keeping things moving along during the actual chat. More recently Jamie has introduced the idea of "fleet watch alongs", an event which has proven a fantastic success with fleet members. Her efforts for this alone are worthy of this award, but that is not all Jamie does! She also organises the Annual Trivia Contest, a near herculean task involving composing sixty questions and then administering them in a controlled fashion for the community to guess the answer. Whilst she is not busy planning the next chat or running Ops, Jamie also keeps a watchful eye over the Discord lobby, helping to maintain the pleasant atmosphere. Jamie puts an inordinate amount of time into fostering the community that we have all come to love and it is my privilege to present her with the Community Champion Award. Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work.
The Trailblazer Award
Trailblazer Award is a special award and is awarded to members who originate a creative and innovative way for the fleet to engage with each other and the Star Trek universe. These participants provide unique opportunities that help to make our game an immersive and unique Star Trek experience.
Ash MacKenna, USS Eagle - Presented by Oddas Aria
- The Image Collective is something I, and most members of the fleet, depend on for everything from Avatar Images to Banners to just the minutiae of things that go into giving our ships, quarters, and generally everything else a bit of extra help in describing and visualizing our world.
- It is amazing to me that the Image Collective is a relatively new group, and was conceived by Ash MacKenna. The Image Collective adds so much to our group and our fleet would greatly diminished without it.
- Thank you so much for having the foresight, and imagination, to create such a group. Thank you for letting me have the honor of presenting you with the Trailblazer Award.
Staff Awards are reserved solely for officers who are Commander in rank, or above. As the people in our group who carry the burden of leadership and investment in our future success, it's important that we take a few moments to recognize the dedication and work they put in throughout the year. Without a staff as dedicated as the one we have, we simply wouldn't be able to sustain our community nature and many of the activities we enjoy.
This year, the fleet’s First Officers were again empaneled to vote on the nominations and advise the Executive Council on recipients. For the nine awards presented below, all come from the recommendations of the First Officer panel.
Staff Member of the Year Award
For staff members who have contributed tirelessly to the organization through any number of OOC channels, while maintaining excellence in simming on their vessel.
Tristan Wolf, Executive Council - Presented by Quinn Reynolds
- The winner of this year's Staff Member of the Year is someone who is always visible, yet the dedication and countless hours he puts into the group often flies under the radar — to the point where I assumed he must have already won this award! Tristan Wolf leads or has a hand in almost every major OOC effort that we have: the Academy, the News Team, the Publicity Team, the Chat Team, and of course the website, forums, wiki and Discord.
- But wait, there's more!
- In the past twelve months, he's been a driving force behind the launch of multiple ships, supporting the fleet's new commanding officers with teething problems and unexpected situations. In fact, he is always on hand to offer guidance to captains both new and veteran, offering thoughtful and practical advice that can be instantly implemented, helping them through all kinds of difficult (and sometimes unusual) circumstances.
- Of course, it's not just the staff he supports, but members too. He's a dab hand at the art of placement, finding our new graduates or transfers a home where they'll have the best chance to flourish and have fun. Every new cadet is welcomed to the fleet and extended a genuine invitation to come to him with any difficulties. Close to my heart and that of many others, he's always making sure that all our community environments are a considerate, safe place for all.
- It's fair to say that this fleet would not be the place it is without his dedication, leadership and vision, and so for this reason I am honoured and delighted to present Tristan Wolf with the Staff Member of the Year.
The James T. Kirk Cross
Given to new Commanding Officers who show outstanding potential in the field of commanding.
Mei’konda, USS Astraeus - presented by Roshanara Rahman
- This year’s James T. Kirk Cross recipient, Captain Mei’konda, celebrated his promotion to captain recently, the culmination of his journey towards command that he and his writer Aaron began two years ago. Since his first days as an ensign, Aaron demonstrated a knack for leadership in-game, most memorably when he was given the opportunity to take command of his ship the USS Mercury early in his character’s career to complete a mission. Yet while his simming and storytelling remain as impressive as ever, it is the skill and effort that Aaron demonstrates each day since having assumed a command of his own last year that has earned him this recognition as an outstanding new commanding officer.
- Since his transition from a supporting ship’s staff member to the role of a command staff officer, I have witnessed Aaron’s development as a mentor, teacher, and leader, first as FO for the USS Veritas and now as CO for his own crew. His kindness, patience, and ability to pinpoint an issue for him and his crew to focus on serve as a model for the members under his command now learning to become leaders in their own right. He has honed his communication style that is gentle yet direct when giving feedback to others. The positive roleplaying environment he has created aboard the USS Montreal and USS Astraeus is reflected in the enthusiasm of his crew’s simming. Through it all, he remains humble and seeks the advice of his fellow COs as he continues to learn the intricacies of command.
- It has been a great privilege to write with Aaron since he was first assigned to the Mercury after his graduation in 2013, a great honor to serve as his command mentor for the past two years, and now a great joy to call him my fellow captain. Congratulations, Captain Mei’konda on all of your achievements and godspeed as you and your crew embark on the next chapter aboard your new vessel!
The Sarek Star
Given to a command officer who shows great diplomatic ability in working with members and staff.
Theo Whittaker, USS Columbia - Presented by Sal Taybrim
- The Sarek Star epitomizes a Command Officer’s ability to work with others, and recognizes extreme effort put into building communication between crewmates, ship staff, the Captain’s Council and the Executive Council. No command officer better exemplifies this award in 2019 than Captain Theo Whittaker.
- Over the past year Captain Whittaker had worked through a number of hurdles that are common in roleplaying games and have the potential to either break a game or make it stronger. And in even circumstance, Captain Whittaker rose to the challenge. His crew strongly recognized his efforts to work with a disruptive player, all the while protecting the rest of the players from the disruption. They recognize his calm and supportive mentorship, as well as his ability to build up new staff members when experienced staff need to take an LoA. Captain Whittaker had done an exemplary job in supporting and training his command staff and creating a fantastic mentorship program for new leaders in the SB118 fleet.
- Captain Whittaker also made great strides in building strong positive communication with his fellow Captains and flags officers. He reaches out to his fellow command staff for help early on so positive solutions can be implemented before a crisis happens. This not only builds stronger bonds and better trust between command officers, but it also protects Whittaker’s crew and makes sure the game on the Columbia stays fresh and fun. I am so proud of everything Mikey has done over the past year to ensure the success of the USS Columbia and this award is so richly deserved. Congratulations, Captain Whittaker!
Shuvalis Diamond of Recognition
The Shuvalis Diamond of Recognition is a staff award for long-term achievement in leading the Publicity Team as a way of advancing peaceful relations with ‘newly discovered life forms.’
Jarred Thoran, USS Columbia - presented by Tristan Wolf
- This year, one of our most decorated officers will be Jarred Thoran, a seemingly tireless community member, First Officer of the Columbia, and even the Awards Facilitator for 2019! One place he was highly nominated was for his work on the Publicity Team, where he has been dedicated to expanding our reach, organizing the team, and finding new channels for recruiting. This led to the discovery of Reddit as fertile ground for nostalgic Star Trek fans, and dozens of new applications that helped bolster fleet membership just when we needed it most. One nomination said he 'injects with his own energetic love for ushering in new blood to SB118,' which seemed like a delightful way to describe it. And there are more fun projects on the horizon that Thoran is facilitating with the hopes of expanding our reach even further. So for all this ingenuity and diligence, awarding him the Sarek Star seems like the exact way we need to honor his work. Thank you and congratulations, Cmdr. Thoran, for everything you're doing to help our community grow and thrive!
Christopher Pike Pendant
Awarded to commanding officers who command their ship with honor and dedication, and help to provide a creative atmosphere which fosters outstanding simming.
Jalana Rajel, USS Constitution - Presented by Toni Turner
- Of all the awards presented the Christopher Pike Pendant is one of the most coveted as it symbolizes the things that every commanding officer in UFoP: Starbase 118 aspires to do — Command their ship with honor and dedication and help to provide a creative atmosphere which fosters outstanding simming. And Fleet Captain Rajel certainly has accomplished that goal as anyone can tell from the sims her crew submit. They are comfortable in the environment she has created. It is evident that this talented lady takes pride in her work and strives for perfection in everything she does to enhance the entire community through the Collective and her writing. So it is my honor to present her with the Christopher Pike Pendant and give her my sincere congratulations for her accomplishments.
Recognizing the essential staff members whose determined work has benefitted the group In Character, and/or Out Of Character, even while their primary service was not as the Commanding Officer of a simming installation. Inspired by the non-commissioned and enlisted personnel who are the backbone of any starship but were rarely recognized in Star Trek lore in favor of the officers.
Alex Blair, USS Constitution - presented by Tristan Wolf
- It's always a pleasure to recognize someone like Alex Blair (Jeremy) who has been a member for quite a while now, across a number of ships. In his case, this recognition comes for his quiet and reliable service in a number of OOC roles where he's been an invaluable pillar. If you've never simmed with him, then you almost certainly know him from our weekly email newsletter, which comes out every weekend with a roundup of the last week's worth of Community News and reminds everyone about upcoming events in the fleet. Jeremy has been assembling the newsletter for over two years – dutifully preparing everything we need and delivering it on time for review. It's been a benefit to the fleet as more people know about what's happening around the community, and Jeremy's help has been invaluable to me on making it happen! But that's not all – in addition to the newsletter, Jeremy's also the Chief Academy Statistician. This is a role that requires keeping careful notes about not just every new and returning player that comes through the Academy, but also about all the Training Officers. In this role, Jeremy has helped us keep track of when each trainer finishes their requirements for promotion, but also just ensuring that we rotate trainers properly each week with new classes. As thanks to him for all of his work over these past few years, we award this Chief's Citation. Congratulations, Cmdr. Blair!
Length of Service Awards
Length of Service Awards are presented to members who have been continuously active for at least a year, there are also tiers for three, five, ten, 15, 20 and even 25 years of continuous service.
The list below only contains members who have newly hit the threshold for the award. For example, a member who's been here for four years, and received the 3-year award last year, won't be listed below. You can see all previous winners of Length of Service awards here.
Some members who have been on LOA since before these awards were created will be in multiple award tiers below as they “catch up” with the awards they missed.
We’ve used the best information we have available to us in calculating each member’s start date and LOAs. If you believe you should have received an award, but are not listed below, please contact your CO to have this corrected, and please accept our humblest apologies in advance for the oversight.
- Caitríona Cayne, graduated from training on March 31st, 2012
- David Knight, graduated from training on December 13th, 2017
- Edward Spears, graduated from training on February 14th, 2018
- Genkos Adea, graduated from training on February 6th, 2018
- Gogigobo Fairhug, graduated from training on November 21st, 2017
- Groznin Smith, graduated from training on January 30th, 2018
- Kawakame Shin, graduated from training on March 18th, 2018
- Lorian Lovar, graduated from training on March 5th, 2018
- Serala, graduated from training on December 4th, 2017
- Sotak, graduated from training on March 7th, 2018.
- Toryn Raga, graduated from training on October 4th, 2017
- Valin Dermont, graduated from training on October 4th, 2017
- Wallace Williams, graduated from training on April 11th, 2018
- Amuro McKnight, graduated from training on February 15th, 2016
- Jocelyn Marshall, graduated from training on April 10th, 2016
- Kurt Logan, graduated from training on March 3rd, 2015
- Oddas Aria, graduated from training on May 5th, 2016
- Teryn Vehk, graduated from training on March 15th, 2016
- Trellis Vondaryan, graduated from training on August 27th, 2015
- Yito Seja, graduated from training on June 28th, 2016
- Aidonann Danara, graduated from training on February 11th, 2014
- Alexander Brodie, graduated from training on May 10th, 2013
- Jansen Orrey, graduated from training on June 7th, 2008
- Sal Taybrim, graduated from training on October 6th, 2013
- Mei'konda, graduated from training on February 12th, 2013
- Ash Tristan MacKenna, graduated from training on May 4th, 2009
- Nic del Vedova, graduated from training on August 1st, 2005
- Solok, graduated from training on August 26th, 2002
- Lluneh "Luna" Walker, graduated from training in October 2003
- Kelrod, graduated from training on July 30th, 2003
Well that's a wrap! This year's Awards Ceremony comes to a close as we take stock of the past year's worth of writing and fellowship in our community. It's been an amazing 25 years forging these traditions and building Star Trek stories.
Before taking a few moments to thank the folks who made this ceremony possible, I want to recall last year's ceremony:
- Like so many things we do, the end result comes off like a song – impeccably managed, orchestrated with grace and ease, tied up with a bow and looking like a commercial product put together by a team of paid professionals. But as you will often hear us staff members remind some of our newer members: Everything you see here has been done by volunteers who are putting in their personal time for a love of the game, and a love of the community. It's easy to forget that it must have taken a lot of time and effort to put all this together.
- The Awards Ceremony, in particular, is one of our grandest hills to climb each year. The process begins more than two months before the ceremony is presented, as the Captains Council reviews the last year's ceremony, discusses changes that need to be made to the awards, and thinks about ways we can improve what we're doing. We have a manual that details not only each step in the process, but also the roles involved, which include the Awards Facilitator, and the Awards Committee Members. And that doesn't even consider the burden of your ship's staff, who are asked to rally every crew to nominations, then review the nominations for General Awards, help compile the Length of Service Awards, and more. We have detailed templates for our news posts, forum posts, and the final, complete wiki presentation that all have to be filled-out properly – a single character mistyped can mean we end up debugging for longer than I care to admit. And then, once it's all said and done, the wiki's records must be updated accurately, otherwise feelings will be hurt, or worse, more work will be added to next year's roster as we're forced to track down and verify missing awards and determine why they weren't recorded.
- So you see, like an opera, there are set pieces moving in every direction, actors hurrying here and there, costume and makeup being donned, and all of it must arrive on time, correct, complete, and parseled in both a just and fair manner. It's no easy task, and I do hope – for just a moment – you'll consider all these moving pieces and spare some appreciation for everyone involved, who are putting in the work to ensure that everyone below is thanked and recognized for the creativity they've put in over the past year.
It's really quite incredible how much work goes into this whole thing, so I'm hopeful that we don't take for granted any of the people who helped make it happen. Awards Facilitator Jared Thoran had words of special recognition at the beginning of this ceremony. In addition to what he's said above, I'd like to add my thanks to:
- Awards facilitator Jarred Thoran. It's no surprise he won a number of awards this year considering how well he managed to facilitate the ceremony and process. He managed to move all the set-pieces perfectly into place with quiet efficiency, and that's incredibly helpful to all the staff that relied on him to ensure they were told what was needed from them, by when, and delivered it into the proper places for presentation. Congratulations to him for a job very well done – and huge thanks to him from all of us!
- And once again, huge appreciation for every member of the fleet who took their time to write a nomination. Without you, it'd be impossible for us to have this kind of recognition process, because each of you helps to assemble those memories about ways that others have contributed. You're so wonderful for that – thank you!
Congratulations to all the winners of awards this year. Your hard work has paid off, and you'll go down in our history books as a part of our history and community, showing that you made us what we are.
Fleet Admiral Tristan Wolf
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