2011 was a particularly good year for the BIGHTSTAR and its crew members. This year would mark for the first time since its conception, the newsletter StarLight would go full volume year without an interruption. Later at the annual STARBASE INDY held over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the BRIGHTSTAR would take home a total of four awards from both Starbase Six meeting and at the Starfleet Command meeting. At the Starbase Six meeting, the First Officer would take home 'Senior Officer of the Year' first place. BRIGHTSTAR would also take home 'Ship of the Year' second place (tied), and 'Newsletter of the Year' Second Place (tied). At the Starfleet Command meeting (Fleet Meeting), the First Officer would take home "Senior Officer of the Year' third place.