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May 19 2018 - Elizabethton, TN
Johnson City Symphony Orchestra's Tribute to John Williams

(My first troop!)

 

A joint troop between myself in Garrison Tyranus, Phil, Tyler and John of Carolina Garrison and Bobby of the Mando Mercs. We also had an R2 unit there and a Vader. Near the end of the show, we came down the isle during the Imperial March and got photos with everyone after. An awesome experience and a great first troop.

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Great photos and thank you for sharing!


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July 29 2018 - Kingpsort, TN
ROB-CON

 

Group shot from the convention photographer. He was great.

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The missus and I getting suited up for the con floor.

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I will echo that, those are some very nice photos!

Keep them coming!


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August 25 2018 - Johnson City, TN
Johnson City Cardinals Star Wars Night

 

Our local minor league team had their Star Wars night and broke their all time attendance record! It was a really great troop. Lots of troopers showed up, the fans were great, kids loved us and check out the team's jerseys for the game!

 

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Looking sharp and styling!

Great photos!

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On 9/8/2018 at 10:03 PM, Pyrates said:

Looking sharp and styling!

Great photos!

Thanks man! The baseball game was especially fun.

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October 13 2018 - Kingsport, TN
Conapalooza 2018

 

My first troop in my new ESB configuration!

 

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The whole family was deployed this past weekend! Myself, my wife (ID-22513) and two girls were called in to pacify Rebel activity. As it turns out, my own stepdaughter was the instigator... Who could have guessed?
 

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The local Mandalorian Mercs were also there to keep order. It's always a blast trooping with these guys.

 

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Beautiful work on your new ESB - keep stylin’n’profilin trooper!

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November 10 2018 - Asheville, NC
Asheville Comic Expo 2018

 

We had an awesome turn out for this event!

 

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December 1 2018 - Elizabethton, TN
Elizabethton Christmas Parade 2018

 

This may have been my most favorite troop yet. There was a huge crowd packed with Star Wars fans, young and old. We made it all the way through the parade before it started to rain. We were soaked by the time we got back to the staging area, but it was so worth it! Didn't get any pics of the actual parade, but made sure to get shots before we set off.

 

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December 8 2018 - Johnson City, TN
ETSU Buccaneers Basketball Star Wars Night 2018

 

This troop was for East Tennessee State University Buccaneers Star Wars Night, but most importantly to benefit Children Exceeding Expectations. CEE a St. Jude's Hospital partner school for children battling cancer. The kids got to meet with Chewie, R2 and Threepio plus Lord Vader and cohorts. The kids were so sweet and it was nice to know that for just a moment, we got to bring a smile to their faces in what is otherwise a very difficult situation for them and their families.

 

After the meet and greet with the kids and their families, we were part of the opening ceremonies before tip off and patrolled the stadium during the event. The game was shown on ESPN 3. A film crew was also present filming for their documentary about the 501st and Rebel Legions.

 

Three 501st Legion Garrisons were present as well as the Rebel Legion members who traveled all the way from Ohio in what was the eve of one of the worst snow storms of the year.

 

 

 

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December 8 2018 - Johnson City, TN
ETSU Buccaneers Basketball Star Wars Night 2018
 
This troop was for East Tennessee State University Buccaneers Star Wars Night, but most importantly to benefit Children Exceeding Expectations. CEE a St. Jude's Hospital partner school for children battling cancer. The kids got to meet with Chewie, R2 and Threepio plus Lord Vader and cohorts. The kids were so sweet and it was nice to know that for just a moment, we got to bring a smile to their faces in what is otherwise a very difficult situation for them and their families.
 
After the meet and greet with the kids and their families, we were part of the opening ceremonies before tip off and patrolled the stadium during the event. The game was shown on ESPN 3. A film crew was also present filming for their documentary about the 501st and Rebel Legions.
 
Three 501st Legion Garrisons were present as well as the Rebel Legion members who traveled all the way from Ohio in what was the eve of one of the worst snow storms of the year.
 
 
 
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These are some epic photos Trooper - beautiful and thank you for sharing.
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February 9 2018 - Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Ice Bears Star Wars Night 2019
 
First troop of 2019!
This troop was for the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey team's Star Wars Night. I managed to crush my helmet under Husky bin in the car after a three hour drive to get to the troop. Luckily, it only cracked the helmet around the rim. The crack was bad, but I was able to put white Gorilla Tape over it and troop anyway. It has since been fixed.

 

It was a fun troop! Awesome fans with lots of crowd interaction.

 

In the first pic, I had put my shoulder bell on incorrectly after being in a hurry to get kitted up lol.
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Fixed!

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Way to adapt and overcome excellent work

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February 27 2019 - Johnson City, TN
Niswonger Children's Hospital visit
501st/Mando Mercs cross troop

 

This was my first hospital visit, and honestly, I was pretty nervous. Niswonger Children's Hospital works with St. Jude and Shriners to treat childhood cancers and serious illnesses in our region. I can say without a doubt, these people are fantastic. The staff was incredibly friendly and made us feel right at home, not to mention the amazing way they take care of these young patients. I really can't say enough good things about them.

 

I'm glad we were able to visit. It is a scary situation for these kids and their families. If seeing a dude dressed up as a Star Wars character can just bring some good vibes to their day, I am so happy to do it. I hope for a full and speedy recovery for everyone we had the privilege to see that day. 

 

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These troops always get me in the ticker - bravo mate and well done!!!

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Double troop day! I managed to meet my self-imposed goal of trooping 12 events within 12 months and I'm pretty happy about that.

May 4th - Elizabethton, TN

Bonnie Kate Theater
Star Wars Day Movie Marathon

 

The historic Bonnie Kate Theater had a Star Wars movie marathon for May the 4th. We were invited to make an appearance and interact with fans. It was fun and we had a member of the Dark Empire show up. It's always fun to cross-club troop and I get to see costumes I'm not used to.

 

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May 4th - Johnson City, TN
Johnson City Cardinals Stadium

Star Wars Day Charity 5K

 

A charity 5K for Star Wars day at the Johnson City Cardinals Stadium. We had a lot of members come up for this one with a wide variety of costumes. I didn't get many pics, though. It ended up raining a bit before the event but cleared up in time. It was a large turnout for the event and we had great fan interactions at this event for a good cause.

 

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Bang up job Trooper and many kind thanks for sharing


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June 29th 2019 - Kingsport, TN
ROB-CON 2019

 

Had another great year at one of our local conventions, ROB-CON 2019! Great turnout of 501st, Rebel Legion and Mando Mercs. I love trooping with this group.

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I also managed to land on the opening page for the local newspaper, the Kingsport Times News! Full article here: Rob-Con Convention 2019 Kingsport Times News

 

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July 13th 2019 - Knoxville, TN
Fanboy EXPO 2019

 

My second time trooping in Knoxville, TN alongside the Midsouth Garrison. They had a great booth with a Blast-A-Trooper activity for charity. I was the Trooper being blasted for a few hours lol. I had a lot of fun with that.

Our changing and storage area was literally the walkway for the celebrity guests. I ended up talking to Carry Elwes of Princess Bride and Stranger Things fame while half dressed (SUPER nice guy) and getting a "point out" from Bruce Campbell. I'm glad I had my bucket on for that because I'm sure my face looked goofy from the smile plastered across it. Didn't end up getting any pics but of me at the Blast Booth, unfortunately.

 

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This post will end up being a bit bittersweet as it will be my last FISD troop report for a long time.
I have decided to convert my TK armor to a Sandy. It has taken a lot of wear and tear in the past year or so, plus I had always planned on being an HWT from the get go. I love the pouches, pauldrons, backpacks and big guns. So, to meet the needs of practically and taste simultaneously, I might as well go all the way. Sandy seems like the obvious route.

 

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I plan on, one day in the future, building a Rogue One TK and returning to FISD in that way. I love that kit, but at this point, it's just too much financially and time wise. I am just now putting the finishing touches on a TX Death Trooper and doing my Sandy armor conversation. I'm going to need a break from building for a little while lol.

 

I am happy to have built my first armor as a TK and have experienced the friendly atmosphere of the FISD. Everyone in this Detachment has been extremely helpful and made me feel like I have a place in the 501st Legion. I don't think I could have built anything at all without the generous individuals of the FISD and all they do to share information and guidance.

I am proud to have taken my kit to EIB :smiley-sw013:

 

One day I will return in a brand new and sparkling white Rogue One kit. Until then, I sign off with Unquestioned Loyalty.

 

Zac Bates
TK-82214

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