The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for December 2014
by Fleetfang on Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:50 pm
Congratulations to Valter Santos, BH-3738 of the Portuguese Outpost, our December Legion Trooper of the Month!
In December, Valter was instrumental in making Comic Con Oporto one of the largest and successful events on the Iberian Peninsula in Legion history. Not only did he arrange to get his Outpost ready for a major convention, but he went above and beyond to arrange travel and accommodations for troopers visiting from Spain, Ireland, and France. His efforts also helped raise 1.330 EUR ($1,650 USD) to benefit "Associação Portuguesa Contra a Leucemia” at the convention. Well done!

The Legion had three other worthy nominees in December: Kevin Wier, TK-812 of Southern California Garrison, whose efforts as an armorer has helped launch the 501st into the age of Star Wars: Rebels; Daniel Wong, TK-6316 of the Malaysian Outpost, whose charitable heart has helped raise thousands to benefit orphans; and Leigh Michaels, TR-3676 of Badlands Garrison, whose work on the Legion's charity Facebook page ( has raised awareness of the "Bad Guys Doing Good" around the world.

Congratulations to Walter and to all of our December nominees! Keep up the great work, troopers!


Vader's Fist Presents Liam's Arm
by Fleetfang on Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:55 am

Members of the 501st Legion's Georgia Garrison had the great honor of presenting young Liam Porter with a custom-built prosthetic arm, styled after a real life Clone Trooper. The new prosthetic was created by John Peterson, a volunteer with the charity group E-Nable, which pairs 3D-printing artists with boys and girls who need new limbs. Liam is a huge fan of Star Wars, especially Clones, so Peterson invited the Empire's Finest to be part of the presentation to him. With all of the pomp and circumstance expected from the 501st, Liam was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Georgia Garrison, and struck speechless by how awesome his new arm.
Very special thanks go to Jennifer Belgin, ID-5361, who painted both Liam's new arm and a matching Clone Trooper helmet to go with it!

Read more and see video from the presentation here:


In Memoriam: Debora Rojas DZ-13480
by Fleetfang on Mon Jan 26, 2015 7:33 pm
On the 26th of January, 2015, Debora Rojas (DZ-13480) of the 501st Legion’s Garrison Argentina, walked on to a world of peace and love. Debora is remembered for her charisma, unyielding sympathy, and companionship. She embraced the 501st Legion and we hugged back with video messages of cheer sent to her in hospice by members around the globe. Debora is survived by her adoring brother Emiliano Rojas (SL-8741).

As Debora becomes one with the Light it is with honour we now enter her name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires:


The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for November 2014
by Fleetfang on Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:25 pm
The Legion Trooper of the Month for November 2014 was chosen from two very worthy candidates: Matthew Morley, TK-4108 of Old Line Garrison, and Terry Chui, TK-2886 of Outer Rim Garrison! Both men have given hours and hours of their time, regularly lending their expertise and energy to both their local garrison and by extension, the 501st Legion as a whole. Matthew has been a dedicated trooper, always ready to take on additional responsibilities and perform them admirably. Terry recently helped usher his Squad to full Garrison status, a task made far easier from his devotion and expertise as a leader.
Our October LTotM honors went to Matthew Morley. Congratulations, trooper!

Both he and Terry alike deserve a tip of the bucket and a hearty salute for all of the work that they have done. Thank you, gentlemen. You make your Empire proud!


The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for October 2014
by Fleetfang on Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:23 pm
The Legion had no less than five nominations for Trooper of the Month in October 2014: Daniele Alfonzo, DZ-3364 of Italica Garrison, who has put his organizational skills have made events far, far easier for his fellow troopers; Adam Cannon, TX-2943 of Alpine Garrison, who made a very special connection with a young fan at Tree City Comic Con; Anthony Paladino, TK-10666 of Empire City Garrison, who organized the first-ever "March of the 501st" at New York Comic Con; Raymond "Tray" Nichols, TK-4251 of Garrison Carida, who helped answer calls for technical assistance from around the world during the annual Legion Census; and Kirill Tikhomirov, ID-11100 of Russian Outpost, who worked with Lucasfilm and all of his fellow members of the outpost to conduct an extraordinarily successful appearance of the 501st Legion at the very first Russian Comic Con.
The decision was a very difficult one, but our Legion Trooper of the Month in October was Tray Nichols of Garrison Carida!

All of these members regularly go above and beyond the call of duty, and these few examples above do not come close to encapsulating everything that they have done --and still do-- each day for the fans, for their fellow members, and for the Legion as a whole. The Legion is stronger for having you in it. Thank you to each one of you for your tireless dedication and service in the name of the Empire and Vader's Fist!


The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for September 2014
by Fleetfang on Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:00 am
September saw two nominations for Legion Trooper of the Month.

Jim Cembrook, SL-7287 of Florida Garrison, headed up a Legion-wide merchandise run of police-style badges, so that our members can better keep Order in the galaxy. Handling a massive demand and mistakes from the vendor with grace under pressure, he took on a great deal of work for the benefit of all.

Our other September nominee was John Dressel, DZ-3752 of New England Garrison, who completed a large-scale set for his Garrison's convention appearances. More importantly, John helped make an aspiring member's lifelong dream come true by completing Peter Allen's TIE Fighter Pilot costume for him. Because Peter (now TI-77400) became paralyzed by ALS, he was unable to complete the costume himself, but John rose to the challenge and helped him accomplish what at one time seemed impossible. And for that, John Dressel is recognized as our 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for September, 2014.

Both Jim and John went above and beyond the call of duty and are shining examples of the generosity at the heart of Vader's Fist. Well done, troopers!


RSS Feed
Older News
501st Fan Mail
Ask a Question
Honorary Members
Join the 501st
Request an Appearance
The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.