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The Empire's Finest: Unveiled!
by Fleetfang on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:58 pm

The 501st Legion is proud to reveal the first image in our new "Empire's Finest," ad campaign!
Developed over the last several months by Rob Semos (TD-5085), with help from Dean Plantamura (TK-899), Brian Troyan (TB-8968), and Kristen Bankert of the St. John & Partners advertising firm, the campaign aims to highlight the Legion's charitable activities by juxtaposing them with our characters' Star Wars-canon events. At the same time, we aim to show off the incredible detail that is captured by the screen-accurate costumes worn by 501st Legion members. Everything that has been completed so far is merely the beginning of what will be rolled out over the entire coming year, leading up to Star Wars Celebration: Anaheim!

Read more about this exciting new campaign about our charitable works and about the people behind it in the 501st Legion Spotlight!


501st Legion Trooper of the Month for February 2014 is ...
by TK 3809 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:07 pm
Andrew Wilcockson, TK-8547, Redback Garrison

Andrew has been instrumental in laying one of our own to rest. In February 2014, Craig ‘The Sniper’ Budge, DZ-7622, passed away suddenly. Andrew had been helping Craig and his fiancee relocate to the townhouse they had just rented. During this time Craig collapsed. Andrew immediately reacted and performed CPR for over 20 minutes, unfortunately without success. Since then Andrew has supported and helped Craig's family and fiancee in their time of need. He organised funeral arrangements and a wake for Craig. Craig's family also attended a troop in which a game of cricket was played in armor, where they dedicated the winning trophy in Craig's memory.

Andrew's conduct has been outstanding, above and beyond. He is the very symbol of the bond that all 501st Legion members share!

Runners up for February are. Richard Csernelabics, RC-6403, Garrison Tyranus and Dan Trippler, TK-10705, Wisconsin Garrison.

Congratulations to Andrew, Richard, and Dan!

Long live the Empire!

Mission Spotlight: Middle East Film & Comic Con, Dubai
by Fleetfang on Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:41 pm

The 501st Legion's UAE Outpost has made their first successful mission in the name of the Empire! During TD-19976's solo patrol of the Middle East Film & Comic Con at Dubai World Trade Centre, he brought order to some rowdy Vikings, became part of a work of art, and ran into a ton of colorful characters and celebrities, including an encounter with true Royalty!

Read the full mission report in the 501st Legion Spotlight and be sure to become a fan of the new UAE Outpost Facebook Page to show your support for our troopers on the leading edge of the 501st Legion's ever-expanding Empire!

501st Legion Trooper of the Month for January 2014 is ...
by TK 3809 on Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:43 pm
Jason Boyd, TD-5945, Carolina Garrison

Jason has done an amazing job this past year as the Carolina Garrison Events Coordinator, often setting up last-minute events with surprising results, including actively seeking out charity events near and far, such as organizing several successful Blast-A-Trooper events to raise money for families needing help with hospital bills and other expenses.

Very often The 501st Legion receives requests for birthday party appearances, many of which we are forced to decline for various reasons. As a show of kindness, Jason regularly sends special replies back to the children along with various Star Wars items. Jason recently received a very touching video reply from one of these children thanking him for his gesture.

Runners up for January 2014 are Mike Fessler, TK-9721, Central Garrison and Jeremy Horn, TK-11972, Central Garrison.

Congratulations to Jason, Mike, and Jeremy! Keep up the good work in the name of the Empire!

501st Trooper Spotlight: TI-4523
by Fleetfang on Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:19 am

The Legion Spotlight falls on Jeff Hickey, TI-4523 of Georgia Garrison! Jeff had an incredibly meaningful moment with a little girl during the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade this year. Read more about this Imperial TIE Pilot and his unique experience on the Legion Spotlight page, here:

501st Legion: Annual Report 2013-2014
by Fleetfang on Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:00 am

Legion Commanding Officer Aimee Jorgensen has compiled an annual report and year in review for the 2013-2014 administrative term. It highlights much of what has been accomplished behind the scenes by the 501st Legion's Command Staff, including commentary from every Legion department. From Membership to Charity, from Merchandise to Web development, Public Relations, Events, and more. Learn about all of the advancements and initiatives that came to fruition in the past year, and get a taste of what's to come as we all move the 501st Legion forward together!

The full 501st Annual Report for 2013-2014 can be viewed or downloaded in PDF format by clicking here:

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