The roster is down by two which tends to happen when the monthly evaluations come around and the CMDRs are really looking at who’s been around and who hasn’t. Big thanks to everyone who’s been proactively communicating with their CMDR so that your status is clear.
TIE Corps in Battle Season Three wrapped up since my last report, congratulations to LC Genie for winning the whole thing! On the unit side, Tempest Squadron and the ISDII Challenge took top honors. Season Four needs to start soon in order to complete another five month session by the end of the year, so be on the lookout for that.
The three ship commodores put together group direct messages in Discord for each squadron so that there’s a direct line from the CMDR to the COM to all three members of the TCCS. I like to think these are working out pretty well, getting things processed in a format that’s more immediate and flexible than email. It’s a little less formal, but I think that’s a good trade for getting questions answered and getting some of the more routine requests accomplished with fewer steps. This also works out well for something I’d had on my agenda for a while, which was figuring out a good way to discuss evaluation comments since spreadsheets aren’t great places for discussions.
With regard to competitions and how they’re discussed, what I hope we can avoid are negative characterizations of individuals or whole units. While there’s going to be banter and things said in jest, there’s a point where good-natured ribbing becomes accusation and resentment. Being competitive is something we definitely encourage, it’s a lot of what we do here in the TIE Corps, but taking it to an extreme turns friendly rivalries into grudges and that’s not healthy for the group long-term. There are at least two sides to all of these stories and I’d encourage all of us to try to look at things from another point of view before jumping to conclusions. If there’s a situation you’re unhappy about, please talk about it with your chain of command so that we can either explain what we’re seeing or so that we know it’s something we need to look in to.