MACO Awards Program FAQ

This Page contains some general information about the Task Force 31 MACO Awards Program. Complete and more detailed information can be found in the Task Force 31 MACO Awards Manual. This page was designed to answer some basic information about the program.

If the answers you seek are not located on these pages then please contact the Task Force 31 MACO G-1 at

1. Why should I download the MACO Awards Manual?
The Manual serves as a reference guide to the Task Force 31 MACO Awards Program and gives information about the MACO Awards Program that is vital to the MACO operatives and units desiring to take advantage to the program benefits.  It provides crucial  information about the MACO Awards Program including what are the MACO award categories, awards available, the criteria for each, and information on how the annual awards work (and more). The manual  took several months of research and development and is about 80 pages in length.

2. What information is included in the Manual?
The Task Force 31 MACO Awards Manual has the following information: A listing of all the Operator who worked very hard to make this program possible and why we have it. How to nominate a MACO Operator for an award and who can do the nominating. A listing of the various Achievement Awards, Service Awards, Training Awards and MACO Special Skill Badges. Which and how the annual awards are done. Information on the Task Force 31 MACO Award Ribbons (Both TOS style and TWOK style), and how to wear them.

3. Who can receive Task Force 31 MACO Awards? 
Any active SFI member, chapter in training, chapter, or department currently assigned to Task Force 31 MACOs, or any Civilian or Civilian organization, other Star Trek related organizations or Non-Task Force member that assists a Task Force 31 MACO Unit.

4. Who can nominate Task Force 31 MACO Operatives for awards?
The MACO Operator can be recommended by a member of the Task Force 31 chain of command such as the TF 31 Commander or Deputy Commander and the MACO chain of command such as a MACO Team Leader, Sector and Quadrant Commanders, and any MACO General Staff Officer. Nominations may also come from any member of the MACO Unit Chapter Commanding Officer’s, Chapter XOs, and Chapter Department Chiefs or Away Team OIC. Chapter Commanding Officer’s and XOs can nominate Task Force 31 MACO Awards for any MACO Operator assigned to his chapter. Task Force 31 MACO Operators may also nominate other Task Force 31 MACO Operators for MACO awards for actions they have first hand knowledge of. We ask that you also notify that Operator’s Unit Team Leader to let them know. Awards on the MACO unit level need to be approved by either the chapter Commanding Officer or Executive Officer. Be sure to see the information in the Awards Manual Appendix.

5. How often can I nominate a MACO Operator of my MACO Unit for Awards?
We suggest that MACO Units submit their nominations annually or monthly. We would like to receive the nominations at least one month before you need them for your awards presentations. We encourage all Task Force 31 MACO Operators to use the program as often as possible.

6. Does everyone who is nominated for an award receive one?
NO, but a majority are! The Task Force 31 MACO awards were not designed to be given out like candy but designed to recognize those MACO Operators that have gone the extra mile. Before nominating an Operator for an award, the Nominating Officer must first be certain that the award is warranted in the first place. Awards must not be recommended for a MACO Operator or chapter that simply performs their duty as expected. Usually, if you have to ask yourself if the award is warranted, then it probably isn’t. Typically, a Operator/chapter has made a SIGNIFICANT accomplishment or achievement; or has performed their duty with ABOVE average zeal and diligence. This is what should be considered and noted. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE ADEQUATE DETAILS or DOCUMENTATION WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS (see the Appendix in the MACO Awards Manual). In addition, you can’t get multiple Task Force 31 MACO awards from a single action or award entry.

7. Can I get Awards for Stuff that I did a long time ago? 
If you have certain awards like OTS or OCC. Current Regional DSAs or other awards that you have a certificate for you can get the ribbon for these. Just provide a copy of the Awards Certificate.

8. The MACO Awards Manual states that nominations need to be approved by my immediate supervisor, why is this?
Nominations at the chapter/unit level, they need to be approved by at least the Commanding Officer or First Officer as they are the first line Commanders responsible for you..

9. Are the awards certificates FREE?
Yes – So long as the MACO Awards Program can generate funds to support the printing of the initial certificates. However, we do ask that those requesting awards certificates provide adequate postage and/or a large SASE. Task Force 31 MACO Operators have the option to have the award certificate sent as a pdf file. Also we limit only 1 certificate per recipient. Additional copies of award certificates can be purchased for $1. The only conditions are that the the certificates are issued to the original recipients and the award was issued less than six months ago.

10. Where can I purchase the MACO Award Ribbons, Ribbon Holder, and Devices? 
Award Ribbons and Devices can be ordered from the Task Force 31 MACO Quartermaster or the MACO G-4. The form is located on the home page of the Task Force 31 MACO Quartermaster site and MACO Awards Program site.

11. What are ‘UNIT’ Awards?
A Unit is a any body of Task Force 31 MACO Operators who work together on a project or task (it’s a Team). This could be an away team, a MACO Operational Detachment, the chapter, MACO Operators of different TF31 chapters. We ask that the team leader submit the group for the award.

12. Where do I send my nominations?
To the Task Force 31 MACO G-1. Alternatively you can use the on-line form to submit all award nominations.

13. Is the MACO Awards Program open to ideas for new awards?
YES! The MACO Awards Program is designed to recognize the works and accomplishments of the MACO Operators and units in the Task Force 31 MACO. If you have an idea for a new award that is NOT covered by an existing award that you feel is needed, give the details to your MACO Team Leader and they will present it to the Task Force 31 MACO Awards Board. This is your awards program.

14. Why does the TF31 MACO use both the triangular ribbons as seen in The Original Series and the bar ribbons as seen in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country?
The TOS style of ribbons resemble the triangular ribbons seen on the dress tunics in the classic “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Discovery” series. Of course, “Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country” used award ribbons that were the familiar rectangular military style of ribbons similar to those used today by the military, the police, and even other first responders. Because each individual Operator and MACO Unit can choose which era that they or their unit exists in. Having both styles allows both the Task Force 31 MACO Operator and unit to have a choice closer to the era being identified with.

15. How will these ribbons look on the Newer Uniforms as seen in the latest TNG Movies and DS9?
The MACO Awards Manual has diagrams in the Annex Section that show how you can wear the ribbons on the formals and standard duty uniforms. You can also wear these ribbons on your chapter/unit jacket or shirt depending on your chapter guidelines.

16. Who is on the Awards Board?
The Task Force 31 MACO Awards Board (Sometimes referred to the Awards Committee) consists of the MACO Commander, MACO Deputy Commander, MACO G-1, and MACO Command Sergeant Major.

17. If I have questions, comments or suggestions for the MACO Awards Program, who do I send them to?
You can send them to the Task Force 31 MACO G-1. The Awards Board will discuss them and get more information on the idea if necessary.


Listed below are some General FAQ on the Task Force 31 MACO Annual Awards. If you have any further questions about the awards please either refer to the Task Force 31 MACO Awards Manual or contact the Task Force 31 MACO G-1. All questions are answered as quickly as possible.

  • Who determines the winners of the Annual Awards? – The recipients of the TF31 MACO Annual Awards are determined by the scores they receive by from MACO Awards Board members.
  • What is the General process? – All entries received by the deadline are sorted by award category and sent to the Awards Board members. Those entries that are the highest scoring are the winners. There is only one (1) awardee per annual award.
  • What is the criteria being used to determine the winner? – The Task Force 31 MACO Annual Awards are to determine the “Best of the Best”. We are looking for the best all around TF31 MACO Units and MACO Operators that best represent the ideals of STARFLEET, TF31 and the TF31 MACO. We look for TF31 MACO Units and Operators who are active in STARFLEET, In the TF31, in the TF31 MACOs in their particular Sector/Quadrant/Region, in their Communities, and on their chapter. The MACO Awards Manual gives more details about the criteria for each award. The MACO Unit award looks at Administration as well as involvement and activities on different levels. (SEE the MACO Awards Manual)
  • My MACO Unit cannot possibly compete with some of the larger MACO Units in the Task Force, why should I bother to enter? – You’ll never know unless you try! None of the winners of the past annual awards thought that they were going to win either. If fact the MACO Units and Operators that I thought had some pretty good material .. did not win… so you’ll never know.
  • Who can be nominated for the MACO Annual Awards? – All MACO Units and Operators serving in Task Force 31. There is a restriction that those serving on the Awards Board or as judges or part of the awards process cannot submit themselves for awards, but other members of their Chapter or TF31 MACO Unit may enter them. For example. If a person serves on the Awards Board they may not submit him/herself in for award X, but if their XO, or member of their MACO Team, TF31 MACO General Staff or other TF31 Operator wishes to they may do so. – so long as there is NO INVOLVEMENT in the nomination process by the TF31 MACO Awards Board or anyone evaluating the nominations.
  • Where do I mail my entries? – All Task Force 31 MACO awards are sent to the TF31 MACO G-1 either via email or USPS.

C/O Paul Dyl
44 Holyoke Ave
Warwick, RI 02889

  • Can I get a copy of my evaluation so that I can see what area I need to improve? Yes. After the TF31 MACO Awardee Announcement, MACO Unit Team Leaders can send in a SASE or request an electronic copy from the TF31 MACO G-1 for their evaluations. Four months after the awardee announcement, the evaluations forms are shredded for recycling.
  • Anything else I should know? – Please makes sure that your entries give the BEST possible COMPLETE picture of the nominees (MACO Units or Operators). Remember the judges will only have what is written on paper to make their decisions by. Please be as complete and precise as possible in the pages allowed. Your goal is to make your nominations shine above the rest. Unless otherwise posted, all annual award nominations (MACO Unit or Operator Nominations, etc.) are due no later than May 1st of the following year. For example, nominations for 2018 candidates are due by May 1, 2019. MACO annual award winners are announced electronically No Later Than August 1st of that particular year. Scores and entries can be mailed back to participants within six months of the announcements, if it is requested and a SASE is provided.