After nearly fifteen years of continuous operation, it is with mixed emotions that we announce that USEC will be closing its doors, effective 01 Jan 2017. This decision was made due to the unmanageable administrative requirements which we are burdened with to ensure daily operation could continue. Unfortunately these demands eventually take their toll, and with no simple fix available, our preferred course of action at this stage is to cease operation at a time where we can maintain both USEC’s pride and her dignity.
This was by no means an easy decision for us to make, given that all three directors have been a part of this organisation for over half of USEC’s life, but we feel that now is as good a time as any to hang our hats and look back in pride at what we have accomplished.
There are no current plans to rebuild USEC, however early discussions have commenced regarding a relaunch of USEC’s parent organisation, Unity Virtual Aviation Community (UVAC). With that being said, please be reminded that the name USEC and UVAC, as well as all associated content and graphics are trademarked under license by Dean Hall Design and subject to copyright.
It has also been decided that all remaining donations in the PayPal account will be donated to an appropriate charity supporting international veterans. A determination is yet to be made on which charity(ies) this will be.
The USEC website, TeamSpeak and Arma Servers will be decommissioned from 01 Jan. The public Slack channel will remain available for the immediate future and will be used to announce anything of importance, as well as to retain the ability for current members to socialise.
We understand that this announcement may come as a shock to some of you. While it is disappointing to see her go, USEC has had a long and dignified history as one of the internet’s pioneering Virtual Military Organisations, and all of our past and present members should feel proud to have contributed to our success.
Please see personal messages from each of the directors below.
Arden "Nedra" Marshall:
Having joined USEC 8 years ago, I have had the privilege of watching USEC restructure, reform and adapt to suit the needs of its members, with varying levels of success. While I regret that personal circumstances have had me stuck behind a desk since I returned from a 12 month break last year, I am still immensely proud of what we have achieved in the past 18 months.
I would firstly like to personally thank Paul and Sam on the significant time and effort they have both expended over their USEC careers. It has been a privilege to work with both of these fine gentlemen, and I hope to have the same opportunity in the future. I would also like to make mention of a few of the most significant contributors to USEC since I joined: Dean Hall, Lyndon Mason, Joe Highman, Chad Griffiths and Chris Cunningham sit at the top of that list. Together we have contributed thousands of hours of our own time into helping keep USEC afloat, and it was an honour to have worked alongside each of them.
I would finally like to thank the thousands of members who have passed through our doors over the years. Each of you has contributed in at least a small part in making USEC what it has become, and it is due to our members that we lasted as long as we did.
I wish you all the best in wherever life takes you, and thank you once again for making USEC great.
Paul "chalky" White:
I started at UVAC in 2001, and moved onto USEC when it opened in 2002. For over fifteen years, the Unity brand has been a part of my life, and it will continue to be important to me for a long time to come, as I've grown as a person through my interaction with some amazing members. Arden has already mentioned some, but there were loads of good folks that have rotated through USEC over the years, and it's been a privilege to have worked alongside many of them. As I've said many times, “you get out of life what you put in.” So with that being said, I hope that all of you can take pride in your accomplishments here at USEC, and take away some valuable life lessons for the offline world. If anyone would like to connect, I'm on Steam as Tutmeister_80, Facebook as Paul Tutty, and on Github as @codethirteen for the geeks among you. Thank you to each of you for your contribution, and I am sure most of us will stay in touch one way or another.
Sam "Utmost" Maunder:
Well, you jinxed it. USEC is dead. 7 years, 33% of my life and I have the strange task of helping to close down the online community which I can undoubtedly say has changed my life. I have made lifelong friends from USEC, some that I’ve known longer than some of my real-life friends, some of whom I have met in person. I have worked on projects and tasks that created an entire gaming genre and has also changed the lives of everyone involved (from Twitch streamers to USEC members like Matt and Dean), I can even say it contributed to helping me get my current job and when I finally sit down and look at the bigger picture of the last 7 years, it is incredibly humbling. I did not know what I expected when I joined all those years ago, but it wasn’t this. I have held every position from Squad Leader, XO, CO, SGTMAJ and, for a brief time, the Chief of Staff before finally sitting down in my position on the Board of Directors and this has given a great understanding of running online communities and the struggles that can arise. Having known no other gaming community aside from USEC I do personally feel at a loss, I don’t know what to do moving forward since USEC has become a part of my identity but I hope that many of the members that I have met during the years I will continue to stay in contact and game with. To any member who has committed even an hour of your time to the running of USEC I cannot thank you enough, since without you we would never have made it where we are today and although it does sound rather generic, you should be proud of that. All said and done however, the memories and experiences that I have gained during my time here will stay with me for a lifetime and I wouldn’t ever change that for the world. I would do it all again.
Everyone. Do your Utmost.
For anyone who would like to stay in touch for any reason you can find me on steam at: “mindless1507” or Skype at: “lkarnaxl”.