Task Force 31 MACO General Staff (MGS)
The MACO General Staff exist to help the commander make and implement decisions. No command decision is more important, or more difficult to make, than that which risks the lives of Operators to impose the Federation’s will over a resisting enemy. Staff organizations and procedures are structured to meet the commander’s critical information requirements.
The Headquarters Staff is the decision-making body of the MACOCOM and is made up of the top Special Warfare Operators with in MACO.
The Task Force 31 MACO Command Staff General Staff is comprised of seven (7) individuals who are charged with conducting the day-to-day business of the Task Force 31 MACO. Their duties include setting policy, awards, recruiting, equipping, training, maintenance, support, readiness, deployment, and education of Task Force 31 MACO Special Warfare Operators.
All members of the MACO General Staff serve at the pleasure of the MACO Commander, with the exception of the MACO Commander who serves at the pleasure of the Task Force 31 Commander. Any member of the MACO General Staff may be removed from their position at any time for any reason.
Currently the MACO General Staff is comprised of the MACO Commander (MACOCO), MACO Deputy Commander (MACODCO), MACO Command Sergeant Major (CSM/MACO), MACO G-1 (MACOG1), MACO G-2 (MACOG2), MACO G-3 (MACOG3), MACO G-4 (MACOG4), MACO G-5 (MACOG5), MACO G-6 (MACOG6), and the MACO G-7 (MACOG7). Please note that Deputy General Staff Officers (DGS) and any departmental staff are not considered to be part of the General Staff.
Members of the MACO General Staff are appointed to their positions for a three (3) year term by the MACO Commander, with exception of the MACO Commander who is appointed to a three (3) year term by the Task Force 31 Commander. Members of the General Staff can be any one in the Task Force 31 MACO as the positions are open to all members in good standing of the Task Force 31 MACO. The one exception to this is, no member of the MACO General Staff can be a member of the STARFLEET MACO. This requirement is due to avoid any possible conflicts of interests. Minimum qualifications to be a member of the MACO General Staff are laid out below, however additional qualifications are set by the MACO Commander as he sees fit. Usually those qualifications center on the duties associated with the position being filled. For example in the case of MACO G-6, a candidate must be proficient in web site design and building.
Most members that are called upon to serve on the MACO General Staff are considered career STARFLEET members, who have on average many years of service completed already and have served in various positions within either STARFLEET or the Task Force 31/Task Force 31 MACO.
Each member of the MACO General Staff is assigned to a specific position that has unique duties assigned to it. Below is a listing of those duties assigned to various members of the MACO General Staff. Please note that the duties listed can change at any time.
MACO Commander (MACOCDR)
The MACO Commander is appointed by and answerable to the Task Force 31 Commander, the MACO Commander is the top of the Task Force 31 MACO Chain Of Command (COC). He is responsible for Task Force 31 MACO as a whole, and his functional duties include-
- Acting as liaison between Task Force 31 and the Task force 31 MACO.
- Appointing all members of the General Staff.
- Accounting to the Task Force 31 MACO membership on MACO financial matters.
- Reporting to Task Force 31, through its various publications what is happening in the Task Force 31 MACO.
Essentially, the Task Force 31 MACO Commander is responsible for the overall management of the Task Force 31 MACO and is ultimately responsible for the actions of the MACO General Staff. The MACO Commander must report to the membership of the Task Force 31 MACO every month through the Task Force 31 MACO website and every other month through an article in the Task Force 31 MACO newsletter “Black Ops” regarding the current status of the Task Force 31 MACO as well as plans and goals being pursued by the Task Force 31 MACO Commander and the MACO General Staff to improve the efficiency and organization of the Task Force 31 MACO.
MACO Deputy Commander (MACODCO)
The MACO Deputy Commander is appointed by the Task Force 31 MACO Commander, he is the Second-In-Command of the Task Force 31 MACO. If, for some reason, the MACO Commander is unable to fulfill his duties, the MACO Deputy Commander will assume command of the Task Force 31 MACO until such a time as he/she can return to duty or until a new Task Force 31 MACO Commander can be appointed. The MACO Deputy Commander functional duties include-
- The MACO Deputy Commander will provide, in detail, a report of all activities supervised by his office, to the MACO Commander once every two months. A report will also be provided to the “Black Ops” on a bi-monthly basis.
- The MACO Deputy Commander is directly responsible for overseeing all charitable activities undertaken by the Task Force 31 MACO.
- He/she may be responsible for overseeing committees and other duties as assigned by the MACO Commander.
- Revisions to the Task Force 31 MACO Operations Manual will be overseen by this office as well as being the editor/publisher of the Headquarters Newsletter (similar to the CSR) at a time when the Task Force 31 MACO Commander feels that such a publication is necessary.
The MACO Deputy Commander has also been designated as the primary contact person for all issues involving the Uniforms and Awards of the Task Force 31 MACO. Any questions, proposals, concerns or other matters relating to these matters should be sent to the MACO Deputy Commander for attention. The MACO Deputy Commander will either rule directly on the issues presented or take them to the MACO General Staff for further input and discussion before deciding on how to respond.
Command Sergeant Major of the MACO (CSM/MACO)
The MACO Command Sergeant Major of the MACO is appointed by the Task Force 31 MACO Commander. The Command Sergeant Major of the MACO’s functional duties include-
- The CSM/MACO is responsible for acting as an advocate for the enlisted members of the Task Force 31 MACO.
- Developing the Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) chain of support by recruiting and retaining NCOs.
- Advising the MACO Commander and other members of the MACO General Staff on issues that concern the enlisted ranks within the MACO.
- Promoting and assisting in the organization of community service activities at all levels within the MACO.
MACO G1 (Personnel)(MACOG1)
The MACO G1 is appointed by the Task Force 31 MACO Commander. The MACO G1 is the principal staff officer for all matters concerning human resources, which include personnel readiness, personnel services, and headquarters management. Functional duties include-
- Update and maintain the Task Force 31 MACO Personnel database.
- Unit strength maintenance, including monitoring, collecting, and analyzing data affecting soldier readiness.
- Monitoring of unit personnel strength status
- Casualty notification to the MACO Commander/MACO Command Sergeant Major when a real life incident occurs involving a Task Force 31 MACO Special Warfare Operator/Officer.
- Retention (reenlistment)
- Awards program