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!


501st Mission Spotlight: Crocus Expo, Moscow
by Fleetfang on Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:37 pm

At the beginning of October, the 501st Legion's Russian Outpost had their main event of this year - the first true Russian Comic Con ever! Members of the Outpost have dreamed about just such an event for years, and those dreams finally came true. Disney's Russia Team invited the 501st Legion to be a part of the official Star Wars booth at the Crocus Expo in Moscow!

Read the full mission report and see more photos from their milestone appearance in the


The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for August 2014
by Fleetfang on Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:19 pm
There were no less than four nominees for August's Legion Trooper of the Month! Every one of them has gone out of their way (in some cases literally!) for the benefit of their local unit and for the 501st as a whole.

This month's title went to Nicky Blum, DZ-8397 of Garrison Excelsior, for coordinating the Legion's worldwide assistance to the scavenger hunters in GISHWHES, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, but the other nominees were also more than worthy of recognition. Gordon Gravelese, RC-5306 of New England Garrison made a cross-country trip to move the New England Garrison's full-sized Jabba The Hutt to Rancho Obi-Wan. Joseph Polselli, DS-17315 of Southern California Garrison has displayed an extraordinarily outgoing attitude to help new members feel welcome in the new world of costuming. And Rob Semos, TD-5085 of Florida Garrison, edited together more than 70 videos for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into a single response in less than 24 hours, in answer to the challenge put to the "501st Battalion" by Star Wars Episode VII Director J.J. Abrams. (See the video here:

They have all performed acts above and beyond the call of a normal trooper's duty and are all shining examples of what it means to give your time, your energy, and your heart to the 501st!

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