Starfleet Divisions

Starfleet divisions are specialized organizational structures within Starfleet. Over time many different forms of the Starfleet uniform represented the three main divisions: Command, Operations, Sciences. They are identified by a color code department color, and sometimes a patch or collar insignia. 

Ship's Departments 

The Katherine Johnson is divided into five different departments, grouping crew members by common interests and talents. In addition to the Command Staff, these departments are: Operations with Communications, Engineering, Medical with Counseling, Science, and Security. Upon signing on with the Katherine Johnson, each crew member is encouraged to join a department for which they have an interest.

For each Department, a Chief is appointed by the CO. Each Department Chief is responsible for writing an article in their area of interest for publication in the chapter's quarterly newsletter. They are also encouraged to help implement projects and events in their area of interest for the ship. As determined by the CO and XO, for the good of the Ship, Department Chiefs may also handle certain real-life functions within the chapter that relate to the area of interest of their department.

The following sections briefly describe areas of interest for each department, and related Department Chief duties. These duties may be changed at the discretion of the CO and XO. The Chapter Handbook, which members receive, has a more detailed description for each department.

KJ Department Descriptions


The Command Staff is comprised of the CO, XO, and Second Officer, and acts as the governing body of the organization. Duties of the Command Staff include, but are not limited to: formulation and implementation of chapter policies; handling of promotions up to Commander, handling of chapter awards, expediting commendations, enforcing disciplinary procedures. 


This department supports the ship's operational needs, including communications, social media, training (SFA), recruiting, fundraising, and stores/merch. Its motto is Servitium ad navem! OPS-COMM positions: Communications Officer, Social Media Officer (i.e., FB, Instagram), Recruiting Officer, Training Officer, Historian, Shop Keeper (online merch), Webmaster, Newsletter Editor, Graphic Artist.


This section (part of Ops Dept.) is responsible for updating the Chapter Handbook, maintaining the ship's Facebook page and Website, editing and publishing the ship's newsletter, compiling ship fanfic stories and persona summaries, producing promotional materials, and other duties as needed. 


This department is made up of members who are interested in the fabrication and construction aspects of the chapter. Static displays, recruiting booth trappings, and other material aspects of the ship's involvement with the community are dealt with in Engineering. Engineers may also offer technical / computer support as needed, if they are qualified in real life.


This department is made up of members interested and skilled in medical and first aid services. Medical personnel often become involved with blood drives and first aid stations at local conventions. It is always nice to have experienced medical personnel at away team missions.

Medical department roles are more real-life jobs than fictional ones, but department staff members should only assist in medical situations to the level of their own skill and training, and should defer to professional EMTs, Nurses, Doctors, or other certified medical professionals at all times.

The duties of this department include: keeping track of member food allergies and important medical information, carrying a first aid kit on all away missions, and assisting with medical situations to the level of the member's own skill and training.

Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

The command staff prefers to fill this position with some sort of medical professional (i.e., CNA, RN, EMT, etc.) when available. If no medical professional is currently a member aboard the ship, only a member who is currently trained and certified in both CPR and First Aid may occupy the position. The CMO should be aware of any members severe allergies and/or medication needs, and keep a first aid kit handy on away missions.


This department is made up of personnel interested in any field of science. Science personnel help develop and present educational programs, interact with other science organizations, and provide the drive to "seek out…"

Fictional roles are sometimes merged with real roles. Horticulturalist, Astronomer, Geologist, Biologist, Paranormal Investigator, and so forth, make up the complement of the Science Department.


This department tends to the safety and well-being of the ship's crew and its materials. Publishes articles and bulletins on personal safety and security (i.e. personal, computer, internet, home, etc.). Gives support, as needed, on community service and "Away Missions".

At Conventions, oversees safekeeping of ship's property, and may assist with security issues.