With Fleet Admiral Stilwells
resignation, the remaining members of the Executive Committee named Captain Fran Booth as
"Interim Correspondence Secretary" charged with processing all memberships.
Nominations for a new Commanding Admiral were held in January and February, with the
election held in March. On March 27, Captain Booth was informed she had won the election
and was promoted to Fleet Admiral as the Sixth Commander, STARFLEET.
In May of 1984, Fleet Admiral Booth published a Special Edition Communiqué
to inform the general member of the events transpiring between Fleet Admiral
Stillwells resignation and her own ascension. Due to the general state of confusion
within STARFLEET, one of Fleet Admiral Booths first acts was to purge the
Admiralty of STARFLEET. All Flag Rank officers were removed from the roster and she
named nine Admirals and twelve Rear Admirals. Any other member who previously held the
rank of Rear Admiral or above was reduced to Commodore.
The Booth Administration began immediately to rebuild the Fleet, almost from scratch. She had entered office with no funds in the STARFLEET account and over seven
hundred members lost. Fleet Captain Stephen C. Thomas requested that the remaining 1500
members each send $2.00 to Fleet to help rebuild the coffers. Fleet Admiral Booth also
redefined the Executive Committee, reducing it from seven to five positions by abolishing
the Offices of the Chief of Personnel and Chief of Cultural Affairs. A new staff position,
Chief of Computer Operations, took over the duties of the Chief of Personnel, though this
position was not part of the Executive Committee.
Captain Steven Smith was appointed the new Chief of Communications and quickly brought the
Communications Department back on-line. Within a month information to STARFLEET
members was back with the production of an informative but inexpensive Communiqué.
The release of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
in 1984 helped renew interest in Star Trek fandom and STARFLEET. With
the debut of the USS Excelsior in that movie, the USS Exeter
took the plunge to become the first Excelsior class starship in the Fleet. Captain
J. Scott Spadaro of the USS Saratoga in Region Five also produced a new Rank
Insignia Guide, which was used by STARFLEET for many years.
Admiral Bryan A. Ackerman, Commandant of STARFLEET Academy, announced three new
correspondence courses: the Cadet Training School (to teach cadets the basics of Star
Trek trivia and STARFLEET), the Post Graduate School (allowing officers to
earn degrees in various areas), and the Command Training School (which prepared officers
for their own Commands one day). The Officer Training School under Rear Admiral Jason E.
Genser became a popular course, and Commodore Alex Rosenzweig expanded the Post Graduate
School with multiple disciplines for the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctorate programs. And
the STARFLEET Senior Captain Network served as a kind of "Big Brothers, Big
Sisters" program for STARFLEET Commanding Officers. Each Regions Senior
Captain, who held the rank of Fleet Captain, would take new COs under their wing and help
them in their first months as CO.
The STARFLEET Shuttlecraft Program was developed to both recruit new members and
chapters and to train their leaders in how to run successful chapters.
But the toll of rebuilding the Fleet weighed heavily on Fleet Admiral Booth and at the end
of her two-year term she announced her intention not to run for reelection.
Chapter Seven: Steven Smith