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August FISD Newsletter 2020


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In Memoriam

Detachment Leader

Deployment Office


Fire Teams

Hall of Fame

Just For Laughs

Costume Totals



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
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Wilford Brimley passed away on August 1, 2020, at the age of 85. 

Brimley played Noa Briqualon in "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor", he also starred in more than 70 roles on television and on film such as "The Natural", "Cocoon" and "Absence of Malice"

A diabetic, Brimley worked to raise awareness for the disease. In 2008 The American Diabetes Association honored him with an award to recognize his lifetime of service.


Our condolences go out to his family and friends.


"Buckets Off"





Greetings troopers


Last month we finally closed out on the huge Det shirt run from 2019 (over 700 shirts). With so many shirt orders and a few manufacturing errors, Chinese new year and then the Pandemic to drag things out we can finally put this chapter to bed.

Due to the overall quantity of shirts ordered it moved the price point back a few dollars as the run met the next price break.

This left a residual which members were offered two options. 1. A refund for the few dollars and 2. donate your dollars to a charity. The charity chosen was MAW (Make a wish) We decided that after the global 501st charity event we would follow suit in supporting this great charity for children.

After refunds and a few Paypal fees the donation grand total $2,308.33


I would personally like to thank all those that chose the donate option for your generosity and making a difference.

Thanks also for your patience as Mark worked through this to get the shirts ordered, sorted, shipped and then dealing with the refunds and donations side of it. 


Our 5" shield patch sales thread closed at the end of July and the order has been placed with the manufacturer.  A total of almost 1700 patches were ordered so once these are shipped to the US Redforce, TK 10666 (Anthony) will start the arduousness task of sorting packing and shipping these around the world so stay tuned for updates through the DL's Blog or from Anthony.


March to 1000 update and announcement.

We are steadily approaching the big number, and actually even closer than any of us had realized.

In a process of due diligence gmrhodes13 (Glen) spent many hours starting from EI approval 1, yep ground zero checking all the approved numbers. Well to his surprise he actually found two members that had been approved and not issued an approval number.

The DO's, Glen and myself have been in discussion and done extra checks to verify Glens findings and he is absolutely correct.

The two members who had been simply labeled as Approved, will now be given the next 2 numbers of approval taking us that little bit closer to 1000.


Mark "humperdingle" TK22700  originally approved September 13th 2016.  Approved (985)


Daphne "Athenall" TK62317 originally approved October 7th 2016. Approved (986)


I'm getting pretty hyped about the March to 1000 campaign as we draw closer and closer to that magic number, so be sure to read Glens article on Expert Infantry and it's history latter on in this addition.


Also very much looking forward to revealing the special merch item's for this historical event so please if you are considering the upgrade, get on it now.


Until next month, please take care out there, and if you haven't heard from a fellow trooper or friend for a while, perhaps reach out to them and make sure they are doing ok.



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK11469 "Sly11"

Detachment Leader








New, updated EI/Centurion Photo Requirement lists


Many of you that are headed for your Expert Infantry and Centurion badges have been asked to provide additional photos so that we can better see some of the great details that you have worked so hard on.  Unfortunately, this can delay your application by days or more.  


To make it easier (and faster) to get you approved, we have updated the Photo Requirement checklists for both OT and FO and included visual examples of what we as D.O.s are looking for in order to move you along at an expedited rate.

These can be found here:


Expert Infantry:  (For all non-FOTK costumes)

Centurion:  (For all non-FOTK costumes)

FOTK:  (EI and Centurion)


Many thanks to the following:

 Arthur (giskard8) TK 39093 (EI photo model)

 Philip Aitken (Ruffalo) TK 41808  (Centurion photo model)

Jasper Tan (merkava74)  TK 7867  (FOTK model)

Andrew (sly11) for doing the PDFs


Deployment Officers



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Joseph Pedigo

TK-10963 "justjoseph63"

Deployment Officer




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Sha Sha Chu

TK-19233 "shashachu"

Deployment Officer

Deputy Deployment Officer



With Unquestioned Loyalty


TK-48117 "TKSpartan"

Deputy Deployment Officer





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FISD Standard Shield Patches (NOW CLOSED)











Another glimpse 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 14 to go


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Approved EIB ONLY Merchandise

There is something special in the works which will only be available to be purchased by approved EIB's, more info on this will be posted soon, keep an eye on the forums and newsletter for updates ;) 












Looking for trading cards? Eric "Hoda" TK77520 has recently taken over production of the FISD trading cards and things are moving along once again.

There are 7 more cards in this series available.

 You can order your cards here 




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Welcome to our 60th Fire Team:  


Region: Denmark, Danish Garrison

NameGhost Division

(Logo to follow)



Congrats Troopers!!


For the full list of Fire Teams here 

For more information on Fire Teams here  

(NOTE 501st membership is needed to view this area)





Update Your Fire Team Info:


Hi all,


I've been doing some housekeeping in the approved Fire Team area, mainly to make all the posts in a uniform, easy to see format.  The original post were in a different forum theme and those font colors were hard to see in the current theme.


Anyway, please check any teams you may be a part of and see if they are still active, members up to date and the logo still works.


Please contact me directly if any of your information is incorrect or you need your logo updated. For the full list of Fire Teams here 





With Unquestioned Loyalty

Mark Ryner

TK4584 "captsafe66 "

FISD/Fire Team Director







Hello Troopers - hope you are all doing well during this relaunch time!

Without further delay please join me in welcoming TK - 11672 Carsten to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!




Stay safe everyone!



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Aaron Gibson

TK-99725 "Pyrates"

Curator Hall of Fame









Currently as of 4/08/2020 there are 30,381 approved costumes in the legion, out of these under FISD there are 5661 which is 18.63% of all approved 501st costumes, there was was a time TK costumes would not fall below 20% of all legion costumes. 
















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 July - August


No awards issued this period







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

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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 Merchandise




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

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 (Imperial Attaché's ONLY)







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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/


Photo Checklists

To make it easier (and faster) to get you approved, we have updated the Photo Requirement checklists for both OT and FO and included visual examples of what we as D.O.s are looking for in order to move you along at an expedited rate.

These can be found here:


Expert Infantry:  (For all non-FOTK costumes)

Centurion:  (For all non-FOTK costumes)

FOTK:  (EI and Centurion)


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

Expert Infantry Badge Award:



Brett "CleantrooperTK9593   EIB 976

Tom  "masterx244TK22443   EIB 977

Steve "snaketcherTK11764   EIB 978

Alex  "Cardena5TK55105   EIB 979

Sergio "KekoTK10650   EIB 980

Ken "ForeverFanFirstTimeRecruitTK88667   EIB 981

Scott "HesikayaTK41469   EIB 982

Nora "Escrich TrooperTK26590   EIB 983

Martyn "Mar2D2TK17210   EIB 984


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

Request your free EIB certificate here


Centurion Badge Award:



Fernando "Fernando BaroTK29415 Centurion 469

Mister "Mr_FahrenheitTK42185 Centurion 470


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 14 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 , Sha Sha or Mario.


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 





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




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


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