We were very honoured to have Michael Hartley from the UK shuttle York part of the USS Stargazer; we presented him with our official comm badge as a thank you for making the trip over and joining in the festivities.
After all this we had a raffle with plenty of prizes. But let’s not forget that this time we decided to do something more charitable where money from our official mugs went to charity and we partook in the St. Vincent de Paul giving tree, where gifts were donated. We received a very nice email from the charity thanking us for our efforts.
-Comms Team Out!
The Cuchulain Christmas party came along finally with a Trek theme as well as our usual raffle and other activities!
We had a huge turnout at our Christmas event, it did start later but still filled with the
all the trek imaginable. We had our usual bridge simulator where many took part and had a lot of ship battles with the Borg, Klingons and Romulans!
allied side came under fire by the Axis, to the point where the allies had moved into the square, German armoured reinforcements were called in, the Allies having then to retreat and having some heavy losses. The Axis kept hold on the Town Square. The second battle was when the Allied assault would liberate the town, with no chance for the Axis to call in for reinforcements this time, the allies made their way up the main road once again, with minimal losses. This would be the liberation as the German numbers fall; we had also come up from a rear road near their armoured vehicle incapacitating it. The driver had surrendered as well as some of the SS surrendering. The allies had liberated the town from the Axis occupation, and although triumphant the senior officers managed to get away.
Having spoken about the battle and giving you a picture of this particular away mission, nothing can express the welcome and fun we had that particular weekend, with the Chief of Security, X.O and Communications officer of the Cuchulain having attended. We met other Airsoft groups along the way, our own Banshees Drill sergeant was also present taking some lovely pictures. We had the pleasure of joining in the re-enactment with the WW2 Airsoft Re-enactors who made us feel very welcome and had let us be part of their wonderful group. Not to mention the warm welcome and kindness of the organisers of the Listowel Military Tattoo committee. If it wasn’t for them this wouldn’t have been possible, it is their 4th year running, with many groups that attend. From Airsoft groups, military
servicemen and women, dignitaries from different countries and the local police who help make it run smoothly, Next year they intend to do an almost D-Day sort of landing to make it even bigger.
The Banshees will be attending next year for sure, and we would welcome any
chapters or MSG’s to attend with us! Hoorah!
LT. Gianandrea Comandé, USS Cuchualain
The May bank holiday weekend the USS Cuchulains, The Banshees MSG (Marine Strike Group), was on an away mission to Listowel, Co.Kerry.
The purpose of the away mission was for a military re-enactment which the Banshees took part in. There were two battles, one on the Saturday and one on the Sunday, each with a plan of how the battles faired out, The Occupation of the town square by the Germans and then the Liberation of the town square by the Americans/British.
The first battle involved the Americans and their British counterparts moving their way up the main road into the town where minimal resistance was met by the German side, having made it to the town square the
Bank holiday weekend May ... the place a little town on the west coast of Ireland called Listowel. They found themselves under the heel of the German jackboot as Battlegroup Centre occupied the town. But all was not lost as the Marine group - the Banshees of the USS Cuchulain - and the WW2 Airsoft Reenactors donned their Allied uniforms and fought to liberate the town. After the Allied victory a celebration took place in the local hotel.
It was another terrific weekend in Listowel. Once again the town lent itself to being taken back to the 1940s. Speakers set up around the town played 40s music, the Bombshell Belles were back to provide the entertainment at the Hangar Dance in the Listowel Arms hotel and gave an impromptu performance in the town on the Saturday. The Banshees and WW2 RE took a spin out to the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes on the Saturday morning and this turned out to be a great excursion. The owners of the museum and the café beside it were delighted to see some WW2 soldiers pay them a visit.
After we got back to Listowel it was time to soak up the atmosphere , the full size replica of a Spitfire had been unveiled so photos were a must ... and then to the famous Christys for refreshments ... then a stroll through the stalls selling all kinds of military memorabilia ... before heading back to our base of operations to prepare for a night out on the town. And a great night it was. In the back of Christys a band played and the Fallschirmjägers danced the night away, under the watchful eye of the German high command.
Sunday was the day of the re-enactments, which was as usual great fun with a great crowd in the town to watch the battle ... afterwards it was a day for mingling around the town stopping for people who wanted photos and again soaking up the atmosphere, before getting ready for the Hangar Dance which brings the weekend to a close.
The dance was a great night the Bombshell Belles belting out the 40s classics with plenty of dancing done. It was a great way to unwind after what had been a brilliant weekend which started for some of us on the Thursday.
XO USS Cuchulain
OIC 391st MSG The Banshees
Bank holiday weekend May ... the place a little town on the west coast of Ireland called Listowel. They found themselves under the heel of the German jackboot as Battlegroup Centre occupied the town.
But all was not lost as the Marine group - the Banshees of the USS Cuchulain - and the WW2 Airsoft Reenactors donned their Allied uniforms and fought to liberate the town. After tha Allied victory a celebration took place in the local hotel.
Another fantastic party was had at the Teachers Club on December 5th. We had our bridge simulator as well as the amazingly cool Occulus Rift. This year we ran the St Vincent de Paul "Giving Tree" & food appeal following on from last year. This proved to be amazing success and we were blown away my the generoisity of the crew and fellow Trekkies.