Greetings, and welcome to the main website of Task Force 31!
What is Task Force 31?
Let’s first define Task Force: A Task Force (TF) is a unit or formation established to work on a single defined task or activity.
Task Force 31 is a group of chapters that are a part of STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association. These chapters are currently spread across several states on the eastern coast of the United States.
What chapters make up Task Force 31?
The following STARFLEET chapters comprise Task Force 31:
Station Robert de Bruce (Sanford, NC)
USS Freedom (Wilmington, NC)
USS George Washington (Newport, RI)
USS Helen Pawlowski (Warwick, RI)
USS Panther (Tiverton, RI)
What is the purpose of Task Force 31?
Forming a Task Force has several purposes:
- The Task Force offers a greater opportunity to work with other chapters.
- The Task Force offers an additional venue to resolve any chapter to chapter conflicts before and after any issue arises.
- It brings together a group of chapter Commanding Officer’s to discuss the issues that face the chapters and its members at the Regional and STARFLEET levels and to formulate a mutual consensus or response.
How does Task Force 31 accomplish this ?
We accomplish much of this via a Task Force council made up of each Chapter Commanding Officer. This council is lead by a Chairperson. Every two years the Chairperson is elected by the Commanding Officer’s from the chapter associated with Task Force 31. The Chairperson’s function is to coordinate and facilitate Task Force 31 activities and has no authority over the individual chapters or their crews. The Task Force COs communicate at the minimum once a month in several ways, i.e. phone, emails, chat and when available, face to face.
The chapters in the task force are much alike. Each chapter adopted the same awards program, we use the same promotion system and several other regulations. We also use the same award ribbons and share some of the same department logos. The concept is that by having a lot of the same day to day procedures, members from each chapter will have a much better understanding of each other. Should members wish to transfer for what ever reason, going to anyone of the other Task Force chapters, their rank, awards and accomplishments follow with no issues of having to take a rank reduction or not having your awards recognized.
The chapters in the task force are also different in many areas. Each chapters “fictional” timeline differs. For example; two of the chapters timeline puts them during the Wrath of Khan time period, while one chapter is far in the future in the 29th century, and several of the other chapters place there timelines with starting of Star Trek: TNG through just after Star Trek: Nemesis.
Other areas that the chapters differ revolves around the members interests. Some chapters are involved in online gaming with such games as Star Trek Online, Xbox and PS4 matches in Black Ops III and the HALO series. Others like crafts and some incorporate other Sci-Fi shows like Dr. Who, Star Wars etc.
We have some chapters that are involved more into community service compared to other chapters but each chapter has the same overall goal and that is to have Fun!
How do I get more information about each of the chapters that comprise the Task Force?
That is easy. All you have to do is click one of the chapter links in the main menu above. This will take you to which ever chapter you want to visit. Some pages are joint pages such as the Links and Quartermaster. On these pages you will see several menus on the right side, each one belonging to one of the Task Force chapters.