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  ISDII Challenge Commodore report #11 (10/11/2020)
This report was submitted by COM-TACA-FSE/HA Anahorn Dempsey/ISDII Challenge

ISD-II Challenge
Commodore HA Dempsey reporting
Report ID: H.AD.011
Report date: october 11th, 2020

Commodore's speech

Sirens were blaring throughout the mighty warship, as the ISD-II Challenge reverted back into realspace. The moment the deceleration was complete, the hyperspace lights in the hangar bay dimmed, and Dempsey saw engines light up. It took only a few moments, and then the first of the X-wings leapt forward and left the safety of the hangar bay and the Challenge's shields.

On the bridge, the Wing Commander was staring at her tactical displays as twelve pips separated themselves from the outline of the ship. The twelve pips quickly assumed formations, and split up into three groups, each with their own destination. She watched, as the lead group went straight ahead towards their target.

"All batteries report ready, sir!" Came a voice from nearby. She waved her hand in acknowledgement and turned towards the helm. "Full thrust towards the secondary target," she said. "Weapons control, stand by for my order." She hit a switch, and the tactical display was replaced by a view from one of the forward cameras. In the distance, she could see the massive Golan III battle station high above the yellow planet. 'Finally', she thought, 'the first real battle since this ship came to life again.' She smiled.

"Sir, the enemy has launched a fighter screen. Our squadron is outnumbered at least three to one at this point."

Lieutenant Colonel Denys Elara raised herself up. "Launch second squadron," she said. Signal all fighters they can fire at will. Weapkns control, fire all torpedo tubes as soon as we're in range."

Another very interesting week, pilots of the TIE Corps, and pilots of the mighty ISD-II Challenge in particular. With RtF long forgotten, the Emperor's Hammer is well underway to reclaiming lost territory. New recruits are still coming, Star Wars Squadrons is finally released, with the COO Office now taking screenshot submissions for LoC and LoS awards, and we saw the commissioning of another squadron aboard this ship. With the return of Firebird squadron, we have taken another major step towards former glory as this is the first of many squadrons that will employ Alphabet fighters. Yes, the Infiltrator Wing has returned. Although at this point 'wing' is probably an overstatement.

I'd like to welcome COL Stryker back to pilot seat of his starfighter. For those who don't know, the Colonel is an old vet from the IW, and was there when the last remnant of this part of the EH, the MC80B Redemption was retiredall those years ago. It seems someone still needs to restore his historic record, as well as that of CPT Hermann I believe. Several pilots have volunteered for a Tour of Duty in Firebird squadron, so the good Colonel won't be lonely.

The short fiction above is hardly finished. I challenge all Challenge pilots (pun intended) to finish it for me. Deadline for submissions is this Friday.

Also, as some of you may have noticed, your Commodore finally got off her lazy arse and installed Discord. It takes some getting used to. 'But I will, I'm not too old for new things...

Lastly, the MSEs have made it onto the TCCOM's desk, so I hope they will be done by the end of the week. It promises to be an extremely good run this time around. The release of Squadrons also has ignited a mad rush of LoCs and LoSs being awarded this week, compiling a complete list took me a lot longer than usual. This means good things for next month's MSE! I like it....

Of course, all is not always only good news. Even though every cloud has a silver lining. The bad news is that the Hammer's Commodore, HA Elwood the Brave has decided to hand over the reigns of my former ship to someone else. The good news is I wasn't even tempted to do so.... Also the good news is that once a new Commodore has taken his place, he will take up a position in our very own Firebird squadron, claiming his former rank of general as he does so. I knew he couldn't be away from me for long....

News headlines this week

  • Firebird squadron recommissioned
  • MSEs almost done
  • Welcome back from the reserves, LT Turel, MAJ Jedgar
    Transfers, promotions and medals this week


  • SL Hackers: SSD Avenger -> Firebird 1-3
  • LT Hawkins: Inferno 1-3 -> Firebird 3-3
  • LT Turel: M/FRG Phoenix -> Firebird 1-2
  • LCM ERiSi Inferno 3-2 -> Inferno 2-1
  • LCM TI-40026: Lambda 1-2 -> Firebird 3-2 -> Firebird 3-1
  • CPT Starfire: Inferno 2-1 -> Inferno 3-2
  • MAJ Jade: Alpha 2-4 -> Firebird 2-1
  • MAJ Jedgar: M/FRG Phoenix -> Firebird 2-3
  • COL Blackheart: Epsilon 1-2 -> Firebird 2-2
  • COL Stryker: Sin 3-1 -> Firebird 1-1


  • SL Crawl: promoted to Lieutenant
  • SL Freddo: promoted to Lieutenant


  • LT Caelleigh: Grenadier -> Lancer


  • SL Hackers: none -> Trainee
  • LT Angel: Certified -> Marksman 4th -> Marksman 3rd
  • LT Caelleigh: none -> Trainee -> Certified
  • LT Dynamus: Trainee -> Certified
  • LT Freddo: none -> Trainee -> Certified -> Marksman 4th
  • LT Hawkins: none -> Trainee
  • LT Setroc: Trainee -> Certified
  • LCM ERiSi: Certified -> Marksman 4th -> Marksman 3rd
  • LCM TI-40026: Trainee -> Certified -> Marksman 4th
  • CM EvilGrin: Officer 4th -> Officer 3rd -> Officer 2nd
  • MAJ Jade: none -> Trainee -> Certified
  • COL Naiilo: Officer 2nd -> Officer 1st
  • COL Stryker: Officer 3rd -> Officer 2nd


  • LT Caelleigh: none -> Beginner
  • LT Hawkins: none -> Beginner
  • LCM TI-40026: none -> Beginner
  • CPT RyderM: none -> Beginner


  • SL Hackers: LoC (x8)
  • LT Angel: LoC (x40)
  • LT Caellaigh: LoC (x10), LoS
  • LT Dynamus: LoC (x13)
  • LT Freddo: IS-BW, LoC (x52)
  • LT Hawkins: LoC, LoS (x6)
  • LT Neko: LoC (x2)
  • LT Ny`Irfa: IS-SW, IS-BW (x3)
  • LT Setroc: LoC (x15), LoS (x3)
  • LTB ThinkingLoC (x2)
  • LT Turel: LoC (x8), LoS (x5)
  • LCM ERiSi: LoC (x56)
  • LCM TI-40026: LoC (x53), LoS (x6)
  • CM EvilGrin: IS-SW, IS-BW, IS-BR, LoC (x107), LoS (x4)
  • CPT Hermann: IS-GW (x2), IS-SW, IS-BW
  • CPT Ryder: IS-SR, LoC, LoS (x3)
  • MAJ Jade: LoC (x21)
  • MAJ ShadowClaw: IS-BR (x2)
  • LC Sturm: IS-SW, IS-BW
  • COL Blackheart LoC (x3)
  • COL Naiilo: IS-GW, IS-SW, IS-BW (x2), LoC (x39)
  • COL Stryker: IS-SW, IS-BR, LoC (x32)
  • GN Berkana: IS-BR
  • GN Polo: LoS (x7)
  • HA Dempsey: IS-GW, LoS (25x)
    Commodore activity report

  • communications: e-mail, Telegram, Discord
  • SP flying: none
  • MP flying: 25 sorties
  • other: Learning how this weird thing called Discord works. It's confusing

  • FCHG status: Imperator (4,546 pts = +0)
  • Combat rating: Tan (5,010 pts = +0)
  • COOP/PvE rating: Top Ace ranger (10,762 pts = +25)
    Competitions currently running

    Challenge ship-wide competitions:

  • Challenge Pilot of the month (SP/MP) (SP/MP flying)
  • Dempsey's Weekly Screenshots (trivia)
  • Trivia for the Challenged (trivia)
  • The First of Many (fiction)

    There's always competitions running at your squadron level, or TC wide. Check your Commander's weekly report or The Competitions Center at the TC website.

    Commodore's Competitions

    Dempsey's Weekly Screenshots

    Every week, the report will have a screenshot. Not necessaarily from a Star Wars movie. First Challenge pilot to send the correct answer to the mailing list wins. Each victory earns you an IS-BR. Unless it's a 5th victory, you then get a IS-SR. Unless it's a 10th victory, which gives you an IS-GR. A 25th victory will give you an IS-PR!
    Remember - your answer has to go to the list.

    Current screenshot:

    Last week's winner: GN Phoenix Berkana

    Current standings: CPT Drake Starfire: 4pt, GN Berkana: 2pt, CPT Hermann, CPT Kalve Ryder, LC Phalk Sturm, COL Silwar Naiilo: 1pt

    Challenge Pilot of the Month

    One point per mission flown for the SP part of this competition, and 1 point per LoC/LoS for the MP part of this competition. Stats will be taken from the killboards.

    October SP standings:

  • CPT Hermann: 55 missions
  • LC Phalk Sturm: 37 missions
  • LT Dougal Caelleigh: 22 missions
  • LCM Marek Ny`Irfa: 15 missions
  • COL Stryker: 12 missions
  • MAJ Jedgar: 6 missions

    October MP standings:

  • CM EvilGrin: 92 victories
  • LT Freddo: 49 victories
  • LCM TI-40026: 43 victories
  • LT Angel: 40 victories
  • COL Silwar Naiilo: 39 victories
  • COL Stryker: 32 victories
  • LCM ERiSi: 29 victories
  • HA Anahorn Dempsey: 25 victories
  • MAJ Talon Jade: 18 victories
  • LT Setroc: 17 victories
  • LT Dynamus: 13 victories
  • LT Turel: 13 victories
  • LT Dougal Caelleigh: 11 victories
  • GN Dunta Polo: 8 victories
  • LT Ryan Hawkins: 7 victories
  • SL Hackers: 4 victories
  • CPT Kalve Ryder: 4 victories
  • COL Horus Blackheart: 3 victories
  • LT Iam Thinking: 2 victories
  • LT Neko: 2 victories
    Wrapping up

    It's been a good week. Let's see if we can continue this level of activity!

    COM-TACA-FSE/HA Anahorn Dempsey/ISDII Challenge, signing off

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