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 are a group of STARFLEET: The International Star Trek Fan Association chapters. These chapters are currently spread across several states on the eastern coast of the United States.
What Chapters make up the Task Force?
The following chapters comprise Task Force 31:
Station Robert De Bruce (Sanford, NC
USS Excalibur (Washington, NC)
USS Freedom (Fayetteville, NC
USS George Washington (Newport, RI)
USS Helen Pawlowski (Warwick, RI)
USS Liberty (Whiteville, NC)
USS Panther (Wilmington, NC)
What is the purpose of forming a Task Force?
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 inner chapter conflicts before and after any issue arises.
- It brings together a group of chapter CO’s to discuss the issues that face the chapters and its members at the Region and STARFLEET levels and to formulate a combined response. One voice is great but more voices are greater.
How do you as a Task Force accomplish the above ?
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 quarter the Chairperson is rotated amongst the Chapter COs. The Chairperson’s function is to coordinate and facilitate the discussions 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 have 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 anyone of the chapter links in the menu above. It will take you to which ever chapter you want to. 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.