I am super excited to be here. I have been wanting to join the 501st for years and am now in a position I feel I can dedicate the time. Here is a bit about me:
Full Name: Brad Erdel
Nick name: Brad or Chef (that is my callsign)
Physical Location (City and State only): Fredericksburg, VA
Costume you have or will be making/obtaining: I want to make a TK Stormtrooper first, then possibly an Imperial Officer.
Garrison or Outpost, Garrison or Outpost name: Garrison Tyranus
What does Star Wars mean to you? I have grown up with Star Wars and it has always been a part of my life. My parents took me to see Return of the Jedi in the theaters (albeit I was 4 and don't remember it). I have always loved the movies, the special effects, and the story. I don't think there is a better cast of characters and portrayal of the good vs evil saga. Now that I have a kiddo of my own, I love sharing the movies and characters with her, and it is so fun to hear her talk about favorite movies, shows, and characters.
What are your hobbies or interests? I love to paint, cook, and bike.
How did you discover/first hear of the 501st? I don't remember, but it was a while ago.
Anything else fun for your introduction to the group? I am currently active duty Marine Corps stationed at Quantico, VA. Most of my career I flew in the EA-6B Prowler as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer. We just moved here from Okinawa, Japan. We will be here just over a year before I retire from the military and move back home to Indianapolis. Fun fact, before I joined the Marine Corps, I graduated from Culinary School, and therefore, my callsign is Chef.
Looking forward to getting started and involved.