by Fleetfang on Sun Mar 09, 2014 2:47 pm
On Saturday, February 22nd, members of the Midwest Garrison and the Rebel Nar Shaddaa Base invaded the Chicagoland Games Dice Dojo for their Star Wars Game Day! The Dojo devoted the day to running demos of Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Role Playing Game, X-Wing starfighter miniatures battle game, and Star Wars Living Card Game (LCG) as a way to celebrate the release of Suns of Fortune, a new Corellian sourcebook for the role-playing game authored by native Chicagoan Keith Kappel.
Mr. Kappel had more than a few surprises of his own up his sleeve for the 501st... in the form of a custom adventure that he wrote especially for the game day. Tailor-made for the Legion members in attendance, it featured our characters mission to storm the Tantive IV! Read the full mission report in the 501st Legion Spotlight, and game on, troopers!
by Fleetfang on Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:32 pm
From February 20th to February 23rd, the 501st Legion’s Old Line Garrison along with the Rebel Legion’s Terrapin Base were on hand to support the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for their four-day Sci-Fi Spectacular, featuring 501st Legion Honorary Member and Star Trek legend George Takei!
Read the full mission report in the 501st Legion Spotlight!
by TK 3809 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:07 pm
Dan Beltz, TK-6635, Garrison Carida
Recently, while attending a local convention, Dan responded to a medical emergency involving one of his garrison mates. Dan rendered first aid and accompanied the trooper to the hospital emergency room. Dan spent all night and sacrificed his weekend so to remain at his friends side and ensure he was cared for. This selfless act was well above and beyond the call of duty and truly demonstrates the camaraderie that 501st Legion members share. The 501st Legion is proud to award Dan Beltz, Trooper of the Month December 2013.
Runners up for December 2013 are Scott Loxley, TD-4857, Terror Australis Garrison and Glen Rhodes, TK-85421, Terror Australis Garrison.
Congratulations to Dan, Scott, and Glen! Keep up the good work in the name of the Empire!
by Fleetfang on Sat Mar 01, 2014 2:32 pm
On February 27th, Star Wars author Aaron Allston passed away. Aaron’s work influenced many realms, but it was his Wraith Squadron novels which led to his induction as one of the original three Honorary Members of the 501st Legion in 2002. His absence will be felt by all those who knew and worked alongside him, especially his fellow authors Mike Stackpole and Timothy Zahn.
Zahn had this to say about the sudden passing of his long-time friend: "Aaron was a wonderful author, a devastating punster, an erudite teacher, and -- most of all -- a wonderful friend. His humor in the midst of his pain and medical difficulties was an inspiration to everyone around him, and I will always remember the panels he and I (often with Mike Stackpole) did together. The Aaron, Mike, and Tim show, as we called it, has come to a sad close."
Ever a friend to the fan community, Aaron’s commitment to writing extended beyond his own work, and his loud shirts and sharp wit will be missed in the writing groups he passionately supported.
There’s a gray-striped X-wing waiting in the hangar for you, Aaron.
Yub yub, Commander.
by Fleetfang on Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:59 am
Larry A. Jehle Jr., TX 8301 of the Legion's Bast Alpha Garrison, passed away on the 18th of February, 2014.
Only 30 years old, Larry joined the 501st in May of 2008 and just recently became a member of the 501st Special Operations Detachment. Larry was a die hard Star Wars fan and a devoted Saints football fan. He took his two loves and combined them to create what become a popular and beloved local character in New Orleans known as Saints Fett. NOLA news stations reported on his passing in print and paid tribute to him on screen.
He was kind and generous and always thought about his fellow troopers. Larry had been fighting his illness for a long time, but because of his upbeat and positive attitude, you might never have known it.
His passing will leave a big hole in the Bast Alpha Garrison and in the Saint's fan community. May the Force be with our brother on his journey to the next adventure. It is with great pride that we now enter Larry’s name into the 501st Legion’s Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.
by Fleetfang on Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:20 am
Congratulations to 501st Legion Commanding Officer TB-101, Aimee Jorgensen, on her successful re-election to a second term in office! With a new animated series and new films on the horizon, we are moving into an exciting new era of Star Wars costuming and of community outreach. Now is the time for us to refocus our efforts toward successful events, promotions, new members, and our ever-evolving relationship with Lucasfilm and Disney. Forward march!