Hey, all, I've been watching a lot of Star Trek reruns on Netflix and reading a lot of the Trek books that're on my bookshelf and Kindle, and I'm just wondering what exactly most Starfleet flag officers (admirals) do (other then get on the various Captains' nerves)? How is Starfleet Headquarters organized? Do some of those admirals work directly under a senior admiral or do they have their own command? In the real-life Navy and other branches of the Armed Forces, each flag and general officer has designated responsibilities, but in Trek, it seems that most admirals are simply there for one episode, give the Captain orders, and are never seen again. Of course, throughout Trek, there are positions that seem to require a flag rank: most starbase and/or sector commanders are admirals, and there are posts such as Chief of Starfleet Operations, Starfleet Surgeon General, Starfleet Judge Advocate General, Superintendent and Commandant of Starfleet Academy, and probably a few more that I'm forgetting appear to be fairly straight forward. The 22nd century Starfleet seen in Christopher Bennett's Rise of the Federation has a Joint Chiefs of Staff, represented by a flag officer of every species in the Federation that concentrates on their service branch's specialty (Earth: exploration, Andorian: defense, Tellarite: logistics, etc.). Oh, and the Commander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleet/ Commanding Officer, Starfleet Command is conjecturally the equivalent of the modern-day Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. If anybody has any thoughts on the various admirals seen in Trek and what they do in terms of positions or postings, please let me know.