Since his promotion to Lieutenant Commander back at the end of January this year, twd/Thomas has shown his continued commitment to Bravo Fleet through a range of activities and contributions. As a result of this, I wholeheartedly would like to place him forward for the promotion to the rank of Commander.
Not only did he agree to become Task Group 9’s Commanding Officer, but he has also shown his level of passion for his writing within Bravo Fleet by his great involvement in the Archanis Campaign. Since his last promotion, he has been awarded 13 Service Ribbons (that’s 3,250 words) for his writing of the USS Fearless and that also includes the joint pieces he has participated in for some of our task force released information. Getting to know the Fearless, one of the older classes of ships in our fictional land has been a lot of fun!
Not only is Thomas active with our fiction writing, but is an active player on Endeavour NX-06, serving as deputy game manager while writing for the first officer position. Prior to this, he was just the MACO leader on Endeavour and while being on this game (as well as the USS Excalibur for it recently took a hiatus) for over a year now, he has collected 7 Duty Ribbons for the posts he has contributed to. The players on both games have enjoyed writing with him and he is a great sounding board when developing storyline ideas.
His activity doesn’t just stop there, as well as being so involved in the writing element of Bravo Fleet he has kept himself involved in our competitions, this includes participating in 4 competitions, receiving two Action Medals with Star Cluster, and he has been involved with our gaming side in Star Trek: Online as shown by him winning a Strategic Action Ribbon. Thomas also received the Meritorious Service Cross in May and has continued with his efforts as a member of TF17’s senior staff by creating and judging recent TF17 themed competitions, awarding players for their activity, and being involved in the development of the Task Force’s new storyline. Finally, his contributions to a range of discussions on our Discord channel have brought him up to Level 14 on Discord!
After being in Bravo Fleet for twelve years prior to all of this, Thomas is a great example to the rest of our players in showing what it means to be a member of our great community and club! When new members have joined TF17, he has been eager to reach out to make the first “hello” and welcome them to the Task Force. He is a fantastic writer and someone who enjoys what we get up to! – Commodore Zack Marshall-Bennet, TF17CO