Honoray Member: Confirmed! Jaime Hyneman joins the Legion
by Fleetfang on Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:38 am

Back in 2009, a plan was set in motion to induct the Mythbusters, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, as Honorary Members of the Legion. Five years later, all of the equations have been balanced, and Jamie has at long last joined Adam, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron as an Honorary Legionnaire!
Congratulations, Jamie! Keep on bustin'!

Honorary Member (ILM Model Maker for Star Wars Multiple Episodes)
Date: June 21st, 2014
Location: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nv.
Sponsor: Jamie Metz (ID-9522)
Inducted by: Neon City Garrison

In Memoriam: Lance Starmer SL-2640
by Fleetfang on Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:25 am

Lance Starmer, SL-2640 of the 501st Legion, passed away on the 5th of June, 2014. Lance joined the 501st in 2000, as a member of the Empire City Garrison and later found his home in the Northeast Remnant.

Lance always put the fun in trooping. He had an infectious smile, and an uncanny ability to make the folks around him laugh. No matter what kind of day a person was having, Lance could make a comment about something from out of the blue, and you couldn’t help but feel better in his presence. He never took things too seriously, and he had a sharp wit and a twisted sense of humor... a dangerous combination around a bunch of guys and girls dressed in plastic, clinging on to our childhood.

Known for his dedication to charitable causes, Lance was adamant about helping others achieve their costuming best in both the Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica communities, sometimes staying up all night to help a friend build a costume. He is survived by his children Christopher, Lance Jr., Aaron, and Clarissa. But he will be missed by all who knew him.

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

The 501st Legion and the Expanded Universe
by Fleetfang on Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:43 pm

New developments at Lucasfilm regarding the continuity of the Star Wars galaxy have cast some doubt on the future of Expanded Universe costumes in the 501st Legion among our members and potential recruits. Now that the LFL Story Group has decreed that the only sources of canonized history are the films and animated television shows, will characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn, Death Troopers, Darth Talon, and Mara Jade have a place in the 501st?

The short answer is a resounding YES! These characters have long had a place in the 501st Legion, and you can rest assured that they are not going anywhere!

If you want to learn more, you can read the entire statement from the 501st Legion's Commanding Officer in the 501st Legion Spotlight!

In Memoriam: Taggart Cline TI-7430
by Fleetfang on Sun May 25, 2014 8:30 pm

Taggart Cline (TI-7430 of Wisconsin Garrison) passed away on the 12th of May, 2014. Holding dual memberships with the ‪‎501st‬ and Rebel Legions allowed Taggart twice the opportunities to share his costuming passions with fans and friends. Along with wearing his costumes to benefit others, Taggart found reward in the smiles of children. We now proudly enter Taggart into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires, where his name shall reside in honor forever.

In Memoriam: Heidi Peterson TI-1938
by Fleetfang on Sat May 24, 2014 10:34 am

Heidi N. Peterson, TI-1938 of 501st Legion’s Old Line Garrison, passed away on the 10th of April, 2014. A long time member of our costuming community, Heidi was well known for her creative generosity and compassion. She will be dearly missed. Those wishing to honor Heidi's memory may send donations to the Baltimore County Animal Shelter, 13800 Manor Road, Baldwin, MD, 21013.

It is with great pride that we enter Heidi’s name into the 501st’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.

501st Mission Spotlight: Star Wars Day, Rome
by Fleetfang on Thu May 22, 2014 9:19 pm

After two months of planning, more than 100 members of Italica Garrison assembled at the Roman Colosseum for "Star Wars Day." Joined by members of the 501st Legion's German Garrison, the Rebel Legion, and the X1 TIE Fighter Project, they made it a May the Fourth to remember for thousands of Star Wars fans, young and old!

Read the full mission report in the 501st Legion Spotlight!

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