by Fleetfang on Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:55 am
We had three nominees for Legion Trooper of the Month for July 2014, and each of them has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Andrew Kudryavtsev, TK-25007 of the Russian Outpost was nominated for designing and building a professional-grade, Death Star-style booth display for his outpost. Tamara Bos, DS-8230 of the Dutch Garrison was recognized for conceiving and constructing an ewok target range as a fundraiser for her garrison.
But it was new member Adam Hehnen, RC-21130 of Midsouth Garrison, who received the nod as the Legion's July 2014 Trooper of the Month. Adam has jumped into trooping with both feet, and in the process he helped a young man with a disability to build his own Republic Commando, leading him to open up to the world in a whole new way.
Congratulations to all of our July nominees! You have all set shining examples of what it means to be proud members of the Fighting 501st!
by Fleetfang on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:09 pm
Scott "Cajunwolfe" Smith, IC-42167 of the 501st Legion’s Bast Alpha Garrison, passed away on the 5th of October, 2014. His costuming interests spanned membership in several communities including the 501st Legion, Starfleet/USS Avenger, and the Rebel Legion. Scott’s genuine smile, eagerness to help others, and the general joy that followed him at events illustrates how good things can come in small packages.
It is with great pride that we now enter Scott’s name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.
by Fleetfang on Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:36 am
What started out as a simple request to have someone recognized as an honorary member of the New England Garrison quickly evolved into something much greater. Two months ago the NEG received an email from a social worker with Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island. She told the story of Peter Allen, a lifelong Star Wars fan in her care that has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). After spending more time with Peter and learning more about him, she discovered that he had been working towards joining the 501st Legion, building a TIE Pilot costume, but as time went on and his condition worsened he was unable to finish his work on it.
After hearing Peter's story, members of the NEG would not settle for just making him an honorary member of their garrison. They made a decision to secure Peter's unfinished costume and complete it for him so that he could finally, and officially, join our ranks...
Read the whole inspirational story in the 501st Legion Spotlight!
by Fleetfang on Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:16 am
In June, we had two Legion Trooper of the Month nominees: Thomas Gardner of Carolina Garrison and Jody McQuarters of the Midwest Garrison.
Both troopers have been instrumental in long-term planning for major events within their units. It's this kind of behind-the-scenes construction and organization that enables their fellow members to show up and have a great time! We thank both Tom and Jody for all of their service to their fellow troopers, and we send our congratulations to Tom, who officially took the honor for June 2014's 501st Legion Trooper of the Month!
by Fleetfang on Sat Sep 27, 2014 6:15 am
The 501st had no less than six nominees in May for Legion Trooper of the Month! Showing the great breadth of the Legion's good influence across the world, the runner-up nominees were: Fabrizio Prosperi, TR-5055, of Belgium: FanWars Garrison; Jay D. Ritchie, TK-10138, of Midsouth Garrison; Ruben Raspeño Muela, TK-3657, of Spanish Garrison; Christian Burgos Hernández, CC-9539, of Puerto Rico Garrison; and Ian MacPherson, TI-1873, of UK Garrison. The honor ultimately went to TX-86421, Kenny "Hairspray" Lim of the Singapore Garrison, for his off-duty effort to save the life of a fellow human being who was in pain, preventing a would-be suicide. We tip our buckets and raise our glasses to toast all of the May nominees!
by Fleetfang on Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:01 am
Barbara “Bärbel” Pallor (TI-1729) of the 501st Legion’s Austrian Garrison, passed away on the 17th of September, 2014. Formerly a member of the German Garrison, Barbara was very active in both the Star Wars and Star Trek costuming communities. Her infectious humor always added welcome levity to trooping events. Barbara is survived by her loving husband, Ulli Pallor (TK-429), and daughter Constanze.
We all will miss her, but she will continue living on our hearts. It is with great pride that we now enter Barbara's name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.