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In Memoriam

Detachment Leader

Executive Officer

Provost Marshall

Deployment Office

Pre Approval Forum

3D Section

Hall of Fame

Just For Laughs

In the Media



Imperial Attaché Program

EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean?

Advanced Tactics Awards

EIB - The March To 1000

Merchandise & Branding Officer


Public Relations
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The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.


Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode 3 of the prequels, and the New Trilogy. He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor. He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth. But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.


The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family that he would love for decades to come. As the films released and became more well-known he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve with his role in the Star Wars universe. For more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the world spending time with his fans and friends. Peter developed lifelong friendships with the other cast members and his fans while on the convention circuit touching the lives of millions. As he realized over the years the impact he could have, he became heavily involved with the 501st legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-a-Wish, and other non-profit organizations.

To this end, he established the Peter Mayhew Foundation, supporting everything from individuals and families in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. He not only provided funds but became personally involved with each individual, family and cause he supported.


As he grew older he continued to “soldier on” as he put it and was completely in his element around his fans and supporters. He grew great strength from the energy of his family, friends and the fans he knew and loved.


He is survived by his wife Angie and three children. His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie taking the helm as his voice.


There will be a memorial service for friends and family held on June 29th and in early December in Los Angeles there will be a memorial for fans set up with his family in attendance, personal effects, and collection at EmpireConLA. 

For additional information, information on the memorials or to offer condolences email ryan@ReelAppearances.com


Rather than gifts and flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the foundation so that they can continue his efforts to help the community. You can donate at http://petermayhewfoundation.org/make-a-donation.php

Buckets Off














Greetings Troopers,


May has always been a Star Wars themed month; 5/01 day, May The Fourth, Revenge of the Fifth/Sixth.  With many garrisons fielding a plentiful number of events this month, it's a very exciting time.  Weddings, Hospital Visits, Movie Showings, Ball games, and more!


Even more exciting news is coming up with the detachment this month; the first round of proposed CRL changes have been posted, and we're looking for feedback!  You can see all the changes at this link: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/47176-2019-crl-change-list-anh-esb-rotj/


Be sure to check them out between all the trooping ;)



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Sarah Bailey

TK-20466 "Alay"

Detachment Leader






Hello present (and future) Troopers!


After months of work, we are ready to roll out the new CRL updates for ANH Stunt, ANH Hero, ESB and ROTJ armor!!


As of now, the effective date for the changes is June 1st.  Those wishing to be "grandfathered" in at any level will need to have their submission in before May 31.


After that date, all new applications for all levels will be required to adhere to the new guidelines.


In order to reflect a more screen accurate/uniform appearance the majority of these updates/changes will apply only to those aiming Expert Infantry and Centurion levels, but there are several that apply to those seeking Basic 501st approval.  We will also be tightening up some of the wording to make it less ambiguous and doing some serious editing to make it less confusing and more streamlined.


As you may be aware, the CRLs are an ever-evolving thing.  In order to avoid confusion we try to keep the updates to a minimum, but there comes a time when we have to move forward.


One of the new features which will also be added is new models for the main photos.  In addition to the front/back views, included will be side views of the armor and helmet showing the "ideal" look to strive for.


If you are about to submit for approval at any level and have concerns about the changes, you are encouraged to contact a Command Staff/Extended Staff member (Imperial Attache).  We will be more than happy to help you work out any issue you may have and assist you in resolving it.



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Joseph Pedigo

TK-10863 "justjoseph63"

Executive Officer




















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Steve Sheades

TK-10466 "starsaber25"

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Deployment Officers


Greetings troopers!


We're very excited to have just approved EIB #912, which means we are only 82 approvals away from EIB 1000. As a reminder, although it is by far the most popular costume, the ANH Stunt TK is not the only costume eligible for L2 and L3 approvals. Now that Anovos FOTKs are finally being shipped, we're looking forward to seeing more troopers applying for higher levels of approval with TFA and TLJ costumes. 


For those of you who are currently building your kits or who are planning on applying for EIB or Centurion soon, please keep a close eye on the upcoming CRL updates to be sure that your costumes are still meeting the requirements for higher levels. While we don't believe there are any drastic changes, we would hate to cause unnecessary confusion or upset because a trooper is building based on outdated information. As Joseph mentioned, the last day to submit under the old requirements is May 31. 


If there are any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here for you all, and we're just a click away.


-Sha Sha



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Sha Sha Chu

TK-19233 "shashachu"

Senior Deployment Officer





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Daniel Melin

TK-99665  "TheSwede"

Senior Deployment Officer









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Christine Lee

TK-10401 "Cricket"

Deployment Officer





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Mike Souza

TK-11463 "msouza"

Deployment Officer













The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval.


This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval.  Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful.


Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide.


For more information on this program, please visit the link here







Don't forget to check out the new 3D section, and please contribute where you can, also see the link at the bottom for the new Contributor award details

Contributor Awards


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Main forum title: 

3D Parts and Technical


Sub topics:

3D Printer owners

Your place to discuss what printer/s you own, recommendations, tech talk and the like, It’s a place to learn something new


3D CAD Designers

Home of talented 3D cad designers, show off your 3D renders, of FISD related costume parts and accessories.  Offer help and advice on programs, or offer to commission a piece for a fellow member


3D File Depository

A home for 3D file sharing, Troopers helping Troopers is what this section is all about; yes a single location to keep any 3D files offered up by our extremely generous membership. This will be a 501st member’s only section and rules will apply to any usage of the content.

I will be looking for content to get these new sections started so If you are interested in helping drive these new forums, then please send me a PM and let’s get the threads and the filament flowing. 3D printer heads will understand that last comment ;)


Here is a link to the New FISD 3D Contributor program.











Greetings Troopers!


This month we welcome a long standing member of the FISD to The Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!


She has contributed much to our community with build threads, supporting fellow troopers, and now with this epic photo!


Please join me in honoring TK - 10401 Christine - many congratulations!!!







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Aaron Gibson

TK-99725 "Pyrates"

Curator Hall of Fame















501st in The Mandalorian

The 501st Legion (nicknamed “Vader’s Fist”) was originally devoted to wearing only Stormtrooper suits from the original trilogy, but they’ve since opened their ranks to other types of costumes. Expect to see their armor on display in the show, which is a cool way to incorporate a dedicated fan community into this fictional world.. Here is what was revealed at the presentation:

Jon Favreau: In the production meeting there were only so many Stormtrooper costumes they had. So we had to plan, has the 501st ever been on camera? I know they’ve been used by Lucasfilm.

Dave Filoni: The thing I know about Star Wars fans is that in all honesty a lot of the costumes you guys made are even better than what we see onscreen. So I had no doubts that they would look great. And they act like Stormtroopers. They know what to do.
Jon Favreau: What’s so funny is how surprised some of them look because they weren’t told what this was for.

Dave: We told them it was some kind of function, like this. And then we realized everything we rolled out in front of them was like a test audience. And so when we rolled it out, we’d be like “Oh they like that.”

Why should the new streaming service spend tons of money building all of those costumes when it can benefit from the devoted fandom who’s already done the work for them? The 501st has never been officially sponsored by Disney or Lucasfilm, but it’s cool to see Favreau recognizing their efforts and rewarding some of its members with what must have been a monumentally cool experience.

First formed back in 1997, the 501st Legion has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and have granted the wishes of Make-A-Wish children around the world.


Those who participated:


Brandon Lauletta TK-12001 GGG 

Brent Wilkinson TK-25577 GGG
Brian McMillian TK-76131 SCG
Brian Payne TK-50976 SCG
Carlos Fogelquist TK-5703 SCG
Charlie Wilkes TK-76254 GGG 
Chris Elgura TK-87007 SCG 
Christaan Von Martin TK-4820 SCG 
Conrad Lujan TK-50106 SCG 
Jacko Luong TK-88808 SCG
Jacob Gonzales TK-86267 SCG
Jeff Leone TK-70701 SCG
Jeremi Aguas TK-20021 SCG
John Portman TK-46540 SCG
Joshua Eads TK-9740 SCG
Justin Reed TK-61490 SCG
Kevin Fox TK-538 SCG
Kit Sovine TK-2384 SCG
Lori Sovine TK-6260 SCG 
Manuel Gomez Dekker TK-97253 SCG
Marie Gwin TK-7608 CCG 
Mark Edwards TK-7328 SCG 
Matt Shipley TK-4202 SCG 
Michael Bender TK-6682 SCG
Omar Perez TK-51955 SCG
Rene Mendez TK-74249 SCG
Rick Alpi TK-50311 SCG
Ricky Ledesma TK-85000 SCG
Roger David TK-28602 SCG
Sam Newcomer TK-54548 SCG
Scott Diebold TK-61513 SCG 
Todd Masters TK-42077 SCG
William Glasgow TK-90277 SCG






Well celebration is over again for another year, for those who like me could not attend here are a few of the photos.












Roll on 2020






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Starlight Week @ Zing Thursday Night




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Starlight Week @ Zing May 4th Saturday





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May 4th Quiz Night





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Rocky Bay Visit





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Starry Nights





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Clearwater Threshers Star Wars Night





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By: Mike, TK82666,  "WhiteWalker"









Cricket Troops the Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run 2019





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By: Christine, TK10401,  "Cricket"









Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says:  "Keep doing what it is that got you here"!


Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper?  Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers?  If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program!

Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well.  Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level.


A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement.  Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though.  


Some of the benefits:

1.  Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc.

2.  Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name.

3.  Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD.

4.  Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost.

5.  Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions.


We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts.  For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time.  (Pretzel)


For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here






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:salute:  NEW ATTACHES! :salute:


Please join me in welcoming our newest Imperial Attaches!



Serve proudly, Gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says:  "Keep doing what it is that got you here"!








Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service]




You can find a list of prior recipients here











For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, I am pleased to announce that the official I.A. patches will soon be available... again!  

Here are the details..  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Patches will be limited to TWO per person, and will only be sold to those who are current FISD Imperial Attaches.


These patches have been graciously DONATED to the FISD, so all you will need to do is cover the cost of shipping and PP fees, which will be $1.00 each for those in the U.S. and P.R. and $1.50 each for those outside the U.S. What a deal!


You can find the thread here






Attaché Ambassador


Fellow Attaches! As we progress through the year it is vital to remember to always give accurate information to the new troopers of the FISD! A great topic to keep saved in your arsenal is the reference links. Check this out, and if you have any suggestions on which topics should be added, post up in that link. 



Keep on Helping your fellow troopers, and thank you for all you do to make FISD what it is today! :salute:



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Preston Christman

TK-91488 "Pretzel"

PRO Lead - Attaché














So what exactly are EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) and Centurion levels?

These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval.  It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize!


It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work.  The 501st has a list of detailed requirements for Basic approval, (level 1), EIB, (level 2) and Centurion, (level 3) which can be found here in the Costume Reference Library, (CRLhttp://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL


Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about:  

1.  "I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper.  Can I still apply?  Of course!  These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TKs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines.  There are many specific build tutorials to every option, as well as a vast network of fellow TKs on the FISD to help you out and offer suggestions.


2.  "How much extra will I have to pay for extra items"?  The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area.  While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy.  All needed items can be found for sale on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/16-ongoing-sales-project-orders/


While blasters are not required for basic approval, for EIB and Centurion levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL).


3.  "I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning"?  Actually, aiming for Centurion is easiest to do right out of the box.

4.  "I have my basic TK approval, can I still get in these programs"?  In a word... absolutely!  


5.  "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"?  Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin.  You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your FISD signature.  Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well.


6.  "Is it hard to apply, and what happens then"?   After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint:  Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help).  These are also listed on the main page of the FISD site.  While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out.  If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly.  Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit!   After you are approved for EIB, then you can submit for Centurion.  


EIB  https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/


Centurion  https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/


Just remember that the FISD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just ask away here on the forum.







This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. 


FOR  April - May the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:

Expert Infantry Badge Award:



Fabio Delfino  "Boba IT"  TK 8084  EIB 909

Riva Li  "Riva"  TK 16769  EIB 910

Peter Lee  "TK28228"  TK 28228  EIB 911

Lindsey Turner  "CoatHanger"  TK 18131  EIB 912


GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3!  :salute:

Request your free EIB certificate here


Centurion Badge Award:



Wayne Winfield  "TK32945 Waynocerous"  TK 32945  Centurion 433


Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers!  :salute:

Request your free Centurion certificate here  


If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them!








As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program.  Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal and have just reached the 910 mark!  The amount of approved submissions is increasing (over 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy.  


Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder:


"Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture.

The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..."


Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment.  If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help.  You can also contact myself  "Pretzel" or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you!





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Brien Edick

TK-92892 "Harbinger"

Merchandise & Branding Officer -

PRO Twitter






Although I try to add any new merchandise to the monthly newsletter not all merchandise runs coincide with each issue, it is always best to keep a watchful eye on the forums and especially on the merchandise area for any new runs as I am not privy to when they may be posted, as such some runs may not be included.



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Lead Public Relations 





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Preston Christman

TK-91488 "Pretzel"

PRO Lead - Attaché






Always on the look out for member's stories or photos, you can contact me via PM @gmrhodes13






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TK-85421 "gmrhodes13"

PRO Newsletter








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TK-55550 "Ripper_L"

PRO Facebook - Editor at Large









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TK-91488 "Pretzel"

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TK-41307 "Soulart"

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TK-92892 "Harbinger"

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Tim Waychoff

TK-51878 “Dark CMF”

PRO Director Facebook













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I like to know about where do I submit my information and or photos to this new thing going on to be grandfathered in , I been a member since 2013. Please if you can lead me in the direction on how and what to do , please and thanks.

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There is some confusion to “grandfathering”, there are discussions going on in regards to CRL updates which should be upload in June, anyone already building to the current CRL’s for EI or Centurion approval may be taken into consideration for their build prior to the updates.


This does not affect any member who already has an approved Stormtooper unless you are seeking L2  EI or L3 Centurion .


Hopefully there will be a post with more information soon. You do not need to supply images to anyone unless you are seeking higher level approval.


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