Rebel Squadrons

Important Announcement

By FA Rahj Tharen
Unit: The Rebel Squadrons
General Announcement, Aug 23, 2003
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Greetings Members of the Rebel Squadrons,

It is with a plethora of thoughts, feelings, memories, and hopes for the future that I come to the membership today to make a rather significant announcement. Accordingly, I would like to announce my intention to retire from the office of the Fleet Commander next month.

For the past four years, I have diligently served this club at the highest levels of leadership, and the past two as Fleet Commander have been, without a doubt, the absolute hardest - but also the most enjoyable. I have reached a point where I have become adequately comfortable with everything I have ever hoped to accomplish in this club, and much more. Looking back, I think I can only be proud of the cadre of contributions I have been given the chance to realize, along with the iscores of people that helped make each and every one of these dreams entirely possible. In the end, I truly believe that although the RS is not a perfect place (and God bless our efforts, but that will likely never be achieved in everyone's eyes), the vision I have worked to establish and create has indeed made this a better place. That being said, I would presume that many of you would like to know why I am making this decision now.

Although I still continue to experience a great delight in being involved in helping make this club a better place on a daily basis, and could easily thrive on this enjoyment for years to come, the negative aspects of this position have become overwhelming and are no longer worth neither my time or efforts. I doubt I have to elaborate on this much further. However, this is only secondary to the most important reason, which is a very personal one. I am at a point in my life right now where I can no longer afford to make the RS such a high priority in my life. By doing so over the past two years, I have neglected other hopes, dreams, and people (one in particular) that I have always wanted to pursue with an undivided attention and with a full heart. I feel I cannot properly give this unbroken attention without jeopardizing the high level of intensity I believe this job absolutely requires on a daily basis. Lastly, after these past two years of service, I think I have more than contributed my share, and it is time to let someone else have their own chance at it.

This decision, however, is not a recent revelation or in response to any particular contemporary happening. Since Admiral Shikkie Kataarn retired from the RS XO position almost six months ago in March, I have set a pace for myself to finish out my two years as FC exactly on September 15th. Accordingly, let us discuss a timetable…

This past Wednesday: HC received advanced warning of this decision and announcement.

Today: The club at large has now been sent information about my decision to retire. As a result, nominations for the position of Rebel Squadrons Fleet Commander will begin to be accepted TODAY. Nominations must be sent to the High Command mailing list (which applies to current HC members only), or by using the "Email HC" option on the roster database for current non-HC member nominations (and thus forwarded to the HC mailing list). The HC mailing list is the final destination so that voting members of High Command will be able to carefully see, consider, and choose whom they will vote for. "Campaigning" (usually in the form of election speeches) may also begin on the HC mailing list, but no other RS forum.

A note about who may apply for the position of Rebel Squadrons Fleet Commander should be pointed out. The RS Bylaws state in Section 2.4:

“It is intended that the FC should be selected from current or previous members of the High Command, and that this officer be a previous or active Fleet Commanding Officer. Should the FC be a Fleet Commanding Officer at the time they are voted in to the position, he or she is expected to resign from command of his/her Fleet, and the FC position should be his or her only major command responsibility.”

Sunday, August 24th: I will be leaving for a vacation trip to Denver, Colorado for some hardcore hiking, camping, and whitewater rafting. Consequently, this is also a LOA announcement. I will return the following Sunday on August 31st.

Monday, September 1st: All nominations and campaigning will be closed. Elections will begin (a separate, detailed election notice will be sent to High Command that day to explain those procedures to the voting members). Once the results of the elections are finalized, they will be subsequently announced to High Command and shortly thereafter, to the club at large. Whenever that may be, up until Sept. 15th, I will also work towards training, updating, and transferring the day-to-day operations of this club over to the new FC-elect.

Monday, September 15th: My last day in office. I will officially retire and the new Fleet Commander will have full authority in every capacity as described by the position in the RS Bylaws. This date will also mark two years in service, and as a result, was also Dave's last day in office (some tradition history there for you).

This timetable should easily allow the voting membership of High Command to carefully consider and select a suitable replacement, as well as give me some time to work with this new replacement before he or she fully takes over. Throughout this timetable, however, I will continue to fulfill my duties with the same diligence as I always have, up to that last day.

There you have it. You have information, you have reasons, and you have a timetable. For now all you need to do is be aware. I fully intend this change in power to be as smooth as possible. This need not be a good-bye, however, because you will hear plenty from me in the coming month. If there are any questions about this situation, I would be happy to address them at

Respectfully submitted,

Fleet Commander Rahj Tharen,
Rebel Squadrons Commanding Officer

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