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July FISD Newsletter 2020


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In Memoriam

Detachment Leader

Executive Officer

Public Relations - Social Media


Fire Teams

Hall of Fame

Just For Laughs



Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary

Pre Approval Forum

3D Section

Field Exercise Award

Master Armorer Program

Imperial Attaché Program

EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean?

Advanced Tactics Awards

EIB - The March To 1000

Public Relations

Staff List 2020
Follow FISD







On 13th July 2020, Grant Imahara passed away.


As a tinkerer, electrical engineer, and media personality best known for his stint in Mythbusters, Grant Imahara’s contribution to the Star Wars universe lives on through almost a decade of work at Lucasfilm. Moving to Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) from THX, he eventually became the chief model maker responsible for visual effects such as the animatronics used in the Prequel Trilogy, and lent his inventive and collaborative spirit to other movies such as Galaxy Quest, The Matrix, and Jurassic Park.


Fellow Mythbuster and 501st honorary member Adam Savage paid tribute to Imahara, saying: “I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.‬”


Our condolences go out to his family and friends.


"Buckets Off"





Greetings troopers, hope this newsletter finds you well.


Wow, can you believe we are already 5 months into this term and what an interesting year it has been so far.


First lets recap on the Detachment health and what we have achieved thus far, then move into what lies ahead.


As far as command staff planning and election promises go we are in a great position. Some projects are long term others short to mid term but we are moving along smoothly and to the numbers.

  • First order battle group continues to expand and will do into the future but we are glad there finally exists a good home and one stop resource outlet to support our First Order family.        If you have anything to contribute to that section please do so.
  • Visual checklists and guides are almost complete across all our CRL's for EI and Centurion with some big hours and outstanding drive from wignut65 (Jeff)
  • DL's blog to keep you in the loop and behind the scenes with what's going on is alive and well, and I will continue to put these out on a regular basis.
  • Forum refresh is in it's last stages with the colorful banners created by gmrhodes13 (Glen), personally I think they are all awesome, I hope you folks do to.
  • New Vendors list completed, and it's great to see a FO specific list with so much content. I'd like to thank all our vendors for the outstanding products they produce and supply with consistency, you make becoming a highly screen accurate Stormtrooper that much easier.
  • A few minor CRL amendments to make life easier for GML's and members alike. There are several larger updates to be started on where membership will have plenty of input so keep an eye out for those in the near future.
  • March to 1000 special event merch is now designed and ready for the approval process. This will go on sale once we achieve the number and I will continue to leak teasers for this one off piece of merch as we get closer.
  • CRL Translation team.  This has just recently started with our first CRL being translated into Spanish. Many languages to follow but as we got through this process we are still finding a few errors in the CRL's themselves that need to be fixed. Stay tuned for updated progress on when they go live.
  • Trading card issues now look to be resolved and moving forward again thanks to much help from  Hoda (Eric) We now have a new spreadsheet and system with Tray finishing up the last few outstanding cards.  

While on the subject of Trading Cards, Tray has found it increasingly more difficult to continue fulfilling the print service he has so wonderfully offered over the years. The current Covid situation, work and real life has consumed his time so we will now revisit the topic of Print Your Own services for all trading cards moving forward. Thank you Tray for your long standing service, we hope things improve for you in the future.:salute:


What's to come

  • The DO's are working on a new guide to make it even easier to get your application for EI and centurion right the first go. They are focusing on the top items that applicants get wrong so this will hopefully all but eliminate the same mistakes being made by applicants in the future.
  • CRL revamps for TLJ/TroS and Phasma TFA TLJ. these are rather large projects that will take time but we are aiming to fix any of the errors and update with new information and images.
  • RotJ CRL, yep we are finally in discussion regarding a weathered Endor variant to add to this CRL. This cant be done without a CRL Model, so if this interests you please be sure to send the XO's or myself a Pm.
  • Remnant Incinerator Trooper (The Mandalorian) CRL will be under construction later in the year as we currently have a new member  Nicker (Nick) building the costume for the CRL to be created.
  • Staff position compendium will start in a few months with the notion to make a job description for each staff role clear and understandable. This guide should make it easier for anyone wondering what is entailed in all roles from the top to the bottom.
  • Continued forum clean up and image restoration. This is one of those ongoing processes that is quite time consuming but slow and steady wins the race. I just recently posted a thread explaining how any member can play a part in helping with the clean up process, it's easier than you may think.
  • EI Gallery recovery. Monumental task that requires some back end manipulation to attempt to bring it back to it's former glory. Then it needs to be updated with over a years worth of EI submissions. This is going to take a lot of time but we will get a start on it if we can recover the old data.
  • Future merch possibilities. We would love to get a coin run happening later in the year and are floating a few other ideas so stay tuned.


That's it from me until next time, stay safe and see you all again for next months edition.



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK11469 "Sly11"

Detachment Leader





Greetings Stormtroopers and Stormtrooper enthusiasts!

There is a great deal of work and activity that is always happening beneath the surface of the FISD, so that it can continue to be the fun and valuable asset that it is for each of you.  The Newsletter is really just the proverbial tip of the iceberg that you see each month.

At this very moment, there are a lot of moving pieces that we on the Staff are working to pull together.  There is some really exciting stuff in the works at the moment, but I'm not going to spill the details just yet, as we never know if they will come together as we hope they will in the end.  I am not at all kidding when I say that some of the things in the development phase right now are quite literally firsts for the Detachment - or they will be - if we are able to pull them off.

Aside from that however, Happy Birthday to the FISD!  Another year in the books, and membership continues to grow and serve as inspiration and support for each other.  There is truly something beautiful in this community, and that is what keeps the work happening.  It keeps happening in the forums, and out in the world.

If you're recently approved, consider submitting for EIB.  Maybe you will be #1,000!




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Tim Waychoff

TK51878 “Dark CMF”

Executive Officer









Social Media 


To get you some insights on how everything on our social media platforms evolves, I present you several diagrams. These show the progress we make within our pages and groups!

As of today our Facebook page has increased the number of followers by 544 compared to the beginning of this term. This means, we cracked the magic number of 15,000 followers, making the FISD the 501st detachment with the most followers on it's Facebook page.


Our Facebook group gains more and more interest and we can look at a proud number of 2,962 members as of today. We gain 2-3 members a day. That being considered, we will probably reach the number of 3,000 members by the beginning of August. We hope to spread the word furthermore, to get the rich information of our detachments forums out to all newbies and current builders. Our Facebook DPRO @Rat is approving new members on a daily base for this useful and entertaining group. Also a huge Thank You! to our DCoGs for helping moderate any discussions on this communicative platform!


The numbers of our much younger instagram page evolve great!  We are now at 3,354 followers, more to come. Our DPRO Teresa @Soulart creates new content on a weekly basis to keep all our fans and member updated and entertained!



Finally we have to admit, our team has been a bit lazy on Twitter lately. We haven't generated much content for the Twitter platform and also users didn't reach out to us via Twitter very often. Still our number of followers is pretty much constant, with a small tendency upwards. We plan to get more activity on our Twitter page and present more content to our Twitter using fans and followers. Stay tuned and be impressed!



To get the full FISD Social Media experience, follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook and join our group!


Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor

Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official


Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st


Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Daniel Lauber

TK55550 "Ripper_L"

PRO Editor at Large





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FISD Standard Shield Patches (closes 31st July)


Patches cost $1.53 USD each + shipping

How to order

Order thread here









Here is the first glimpses of the new piece of merchandise for the March to 1000 EIB campaign, each month there will be another section released. Approval has been given from the LMBO's and ordering will open up once we are closer to the magic 1,000, only 25 to go


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Welcome to our 59th Fire Team:  Death Star Veterans!!  They are also the first Austrian Fire Team.


Region: West Texas Squad, Star Garrison


NameWest Texas Sharpshooters





Congrats Troopers!!


For the full list of Fire Teams head here


For more information on Fire Times follow the link herehttp://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/130-fire-team-area/  

(501st membership is needed to view this area)




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Mark Ryner

TK4584 "captsafe66 "

FISD/Fire Team Director







Troopers please welcome TK - 16233 Eric to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!






Stay safe everyone!



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Aaron Gibson

TK-99725 "Pyrates"

Curator Hall of Fame












Are you new to the FISD and wondering what the heck all those abbreviations and strange sounding terms mean?  To help you @justjoseph63 has started a list of the most commonly used ones that will give you some insight.  If you have ANY questions about a particular term that is not listed or suggestions for new ones please contact Joseph. You can find the list here







Pre Approval Forum allows 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








Contributor Awards


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Don't forget to visit our 3D section when next surfing the FISD forums, there is plenty of useful information to potentially help you on your next TK adventure.


You may be a designer wishing to showcase your latest designs or prints, or maybe looking for a file to print your very own Blaster or Laser Axe.


You might be feeling may generous and share with our community a new TK related 3D file and maybe win yourself a 3D contributors award so check out the details below and be part of the in house 3D community.


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




Don't forget to create a troop log here on FISD and get awarded for your adventures

The list of accomplished troopers keeps growing, so get on board and register your troops today.






Simply start (or update!) your troop log, keep the running total in the title, and post (at least!) a date and name for the official 501st event where you wore your TK!


Once you've hit a milestone count, go over to the "Field Exercise Awards -- Post your milestones here" thread to request your profile be updated!  Simple, right?


Milestone post example:

Milestone and Troop Log Title:   [100] TK12345 My troop log

Date and Event:   8/23/2019 -- Death Star Cooking Class


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Pictures are not required, but are highly encouraged!  Your picture may end up in the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame :) 


Award Recipients June - July


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troopaward75.png.e9fe7aa9b34822e22ca1a68101e82d29.png TK72179 "jamihal" Jim  - 


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troopaward150.png.5320c92f62b35a34f5aad2722a3e56b7.png  TK62000 "scottdm62" Scott  - 


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Congratulations troopers 







The FISD Master Armorer program is an optional, detachment only incentive award to recognize individuals who have directly helped another 501st stormtrooper to achieve Expert Infantry status. Some people spend countless hours helping others, and want to reward their results as well as incentivizing new people to help as well.


To register a “win” in the program, the assistance must have provided hands-on help trimming, building, and/or fitting of said armor for the person who was awarded Expert Infantry status.


Other program notes:

• Helping remotely, giving advice, or taking payment in exchange for help does not account, all work must be voluntary and without expectation of compensation.

• The assistance must be for a period of 30 minutes or more. Spending 15 minutes tweaking someone’s fitting or taking photos does not count.

• "wins" can be retroactive, e.g. if you helped 5 people in 2017 already, those can count as long as they are fully documented.


Award Levels

armorer_award_b.png •  5+ “wins”: FISD Armorer Badge


armorer_award_s.png • 15+ “wins” FISD Senior Armorer Badge


armorer_award_m.png • 25+ “wins” FISD Master Armorer Badge


The process

• Person applying for the award will create an application thread to track the help they give.

• For each “win”, they will list the person they helped achieve Expert Infantry status by copying their EI approval thread.

• For each “win”, the person who was helped will validate that this person helped them. You can find the master award area here https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/182-fisd-master-armorer-program








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.


For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go 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 






Attaché Patch



For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. patches are available 

Here are the details..  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

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


You can find the thread here (Imperial Attaché's ONLY)








For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. rockers are now available. 

You can find the thread here





Attaché Ambassador 

The detachment keeps getting better and better.


This month we have TK-20846 and jsilvius stepping up to help their community as an attaché.


@TK-20846 (Leonardo) will be helping us extend our TK nation in Quito, Equador


And jsilvius (James) will be assisting fellow TKs right here in the states through Garrison Tyranus


The staff thanks them for stepping up and helping others




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Frank Peranteau

TK75139 "Frank75139"

Attaché  Ambassador









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 June - July the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:

Expert Infantry Badge Award:



Leonard  "lmc3TK50421   EIB 970

David  "MrFlavaFlaveTK79008   EIB 971

Dani  "chamuTK19587   EIB 972

Laura  "LauraTK17144   EIB 973

Fernando "Fernando BaroTK29415   EIB 974

Caleb  "ticopowellTK84095   EIB 975


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

Request your free EIB certificate here


Centurion Badge Award:



Eric  "GoofTrooperTK37423 Centurion 466

Dan  "R2DanTK8527 Centurion 467

Peter "4RunnerTK33348 Centurion 468



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!









Now that many of us are unfortunately stuck at home and boredom is beginning to take it's toll, it's time to wipe the dust off of that armor bin and become a part of FISD history!  


Instead of binge-watching re-runs, we are suggesting that you put the D.O. Staff to the test and spend some time on that white armor you miss wearing so much by applying for your Expert Infantry badge!




As you may be aware, we are aiming to have #1000 approved by the end of the year.  We only have 25 to go, so in order to reach that goal we are asking that you read over the CRLs for your particular armor, (this thread will help) make any necessary adjustments and post up your submission!

Photo Checklist-  Link here

Apply Here



1.  Not sure if I have what it takes to get my EI badge-  You don't know until you try, and you have not only the D.O. staff but an entire Detachment to help!

2.  I need some repairs/fixes first-  This is why we are here!  We honestly want you to succeed and are here to help in any way we can.

3.  I am happy with the way my armor looks, so why bother?-  It not only makes you look more screen accurate, it instills a sense of pride and "esprit de corps"!

4.  What if I don't make it No worries, we will provide detailed suggestions on how to reach your goal!



 Bragging rights for being one of the "Original 1000"

2.  You get a cool badge under your name here on the FISD. (Street cred).

3.  Access to EI rocker badges (coming soon) to go above your FISD patch (also coming soon)!

4.  Access to coin runs for EI awardees only.

5.  Certificate for your accomplishment.

6.  You'll be one step closer to Centurion!

7.  Most importantly, having a more screen accurate looking set of armor!!


Know that the entire Staff and those who have reached Levels 2 (and 3) are here to help in any way we can, and that you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to ask any and all questions you may have here on this thread, or contact myself or Sha Sha.


You can do it, Troopers.  Let's turn this "anno horribilis" into a banner year for the FISD!











If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm  @gmrhodes13





With Unquestioned Loyalty

Glen "Q" Rhodes

TK-85421 "gmrhodes13"

PRO Newsletter





Staff List 2020


Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469

Executive Officer (DXO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116

Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF)

Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963

Deployment Officer: (DCA): ShaSHa (ShaSHaChu) TK-19233

Deputy Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario (TKSpartan) TK-48117

Lead Provost Marshal (DCOG): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466

Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911

Provost Marshal (DCOG): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725

Fire Team Relations (PRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584

Personnel Officer (PER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597

Content Editor At Large (PRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550

Content Editor Awards (PRO):  This will be handled by the XO’s

Newsletter Publisher (PRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421

Attaché Ambassador (PRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 

Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307

Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 

Imperial Propaganda Machine: Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802

Imperial Propaganda Machine: Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520

Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674

Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959

Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020

Replica Section Curators (PRO): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911

Replica Section Curators (PRO): Daniel Melin (The Swede) TK-99665




Don't Forget We're on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram


Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor

Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official


Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st


Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st







On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department


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