The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for May 2014
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!

In Memoriam: Barbara Pallor TI-1729
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.

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for April 2014 is...
by Fleetfang on Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:48 pm
April had two great nominees for Legion Trooper of the Month, both of whom have lent their time and skill toward helping new members complete their costumes and achieve their dreams of joining the Fighting 501st: Brian Robinson, TK-2918 of Garrison Tyranus and Edwin Gay, CC-5707 of Midsouth Garrison.
In the Legion Council vote, Brian, who has traveled all across the state of Virginia in order to meet with aspiring new recruits and help them build their costumes, only barely edged ahead of Edwin to take the title. But we are honored to be in the company of both of these upstanding examples of "Troopers Helping Troopers!"
Well done, gentlemen, the Legion is in your debt!

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for March 2014 is...
by Fleetfang on Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:36 pm
...Stew Salyer, TK-8814 of the Midsouth Garrison!
Stew went above and beyond the call of duty in March by heading up a new "Disco Blast-a-Trooper" project for the MSG. Stew purchased all the equipment for the set, built it in his own time and transported from his home to Lexington, KY for the Lexington Toy and Comic Convention. He selflessly manned the booth and directed operations for three days to earn nearly $3,000 in donations for the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital! Well done, trooper!
Juan "Ivar" Xicoy, TI-20276 of the Spanish Garrison was also nominated in March, for his willingness to help out his local unit whenever and however he can.
Congratulations to both Stew and Ivar! Keep on troopin'!

ANOVOS Costumes and the 501st
by Fleetfang on Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:05 am

You've likely seen the new Star Wars costumes coming from ANOVOS, and there are a lot of questions regarding what will be "501st approved" in terms of applying for Legion membership. We certainly appreciate the interest in joining our ranks and are always looking for more costumed fans to spread the love of Star Wars and to serve the community through charity work!

It is important to understand that approvals in the Legion are based upon several factors, including accurate components and the proper fit of the overall costume. As such, approvals are done on a case-by-case basis when an individual's membership application photos are submitted to local unit membership officers. So there is no such thing as a costume that is "guaranteed" for approval—even a costume purchased from a fellow fan that was already approved may be subject to review when worn on a different person.

What we can tell you is that less-accurate "off the shelf" costumes have been approved with the proper modifications, so it is entirely within the realm of possibility that the new items coming from ANOVOS (including Darth Vader, Jango Fett, a Phase II Clone Trooper, and an Imperial Officer) could be used as the foundation for membership. Also note that the images revealed thus far are prototypes and are therefore subject to change.

We hope this helps to clarify our membership process, particularly as it pertains to licensed costumes. Read more about membership HERE and HERE!

In Memoriam: Andreas Möller SL-2677
by Fleetfang on Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:38 pm

Andreas as Darth Vader, shaking the hand of 501st Honorary Member Anthony "Move Along" Forrest.

Andreas Möller (SL-2677) of the 501st Legion’s German Garrison, passed away on the 9th of June, 2014. Webmaster for his garrison’s Western Squad, Andreas was also an active trooper with over one hundred events to his credit. Big of heart, Andreas was known for his dedication to charitable causes and will live on in the impact that he had on the lives of so many others.

It is with great pride that we now enter Andreas' name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires. Buckets off.

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