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January FISD Newsletter 2021

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In Memoriam

Detachment Leader

Provost Marshall


What You Wearing


Just For Laughs

Hall of Fame



Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary

Pre Approval Forum

3D Section

Field Exercise Award

Master Armorer Program

Imperial Attaché Program

Fire Teams

EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean?

Advanced Tactics Awards

Public Relations

Staff List 2020
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On the 17th December 2020 we learned of the passing of Jeremy Bullock aged 75. Jeremy was a fan of the fans, and was one of the first actors to be inducted as an Honorary 501st Legion Member, a title he proudly wore.

In 2009 Jeremy became a full member of the club as BH-5211 as Boba Fett, the character he portrayed on screen.

Jeremy was a friend to all who met him and will be deeply missed.


Our condolences go out to his family, friends and the whole Star Wars community.


"Buckets Off"







On the 16th of December, 2020 Master Sailor Duane Earle was declared lost at sea. Duane TK-26222 was a member of the Outer Rim Garrison and the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment. Duane’s love of all things to do with water, from sailing to scuba diving, earned him the nickname of “Squid” among his peers. After seeing his son’s reaction to members of the 501st in an event in Vancouver, Duane set out to become a Stormtrooper. Duane is survived by his two sons, a step daughter and his wife Tracy.


Our condolences go out to his family and family.


"Buckets Off"







On the 29th of December, 2020 Rudy Cabrera (DZ-41474) passed away. Rudy was a dedicated member of Star Garrison and Texas Gulf Coast Squad, as well as a proud Tusken Raider in the Krayt Clan Detachment. Rudy, was a loving family man and this showed in his volunteer work with the 501st Legion. Rudy is survived by his beloved wife Diana and their two children.


Our condolences go out to his family and family.


"Buckets Off"





Greetings fellow troopers


Welcome to 2021


Man that holiday period went awfully fast and I'm back at work already!!


Hope everyone had a break of some kind and a chance to try and recharge for the new year ahead.

In saying this, we are quickly heading into the legion election cycle come February, so if you haven't checked in to the forums, perhaps it's a good time to log in and take a look around.  We've made a few changes across last year and are making sure there is always something new to see or talk about on the FISD forums.


All considering the global situation of 2020, I feel our detachment has had a very strong year with several solid changes to the forums and some great reasons to celebrate with milestones and initiatives.


We managed to achieve many of the goals we set out in the last election, some are still underway due to the size and or nature of what they are (Forum clean up,  Photobucket image replacement, and  Centurion 500 almost there). 


We only had a couple of plans the team decided to postpone so the focus remained on the membership and how we could best keep you engaged. With the inability for most to do the things we love like troop and help others and our communities, we worked to offer a break out from the ISO so many had been placed in. FISD was the most active forum with and for members, something everyone can very be proud of.


On behalf of the staff and myself, I hope we made a difference to your year in some small way and  that FISD can continue to deliver on this with innovation, celebration and an inviting environment into the future.


Thank you to everyone who contributed in some way shape or form to this wonderful family.


2021 are you ready for more!!



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK11469 "Sly11"

Detachment Leader











Happy New Year my FISD family!  There is not too much information to pass on from the Provost Marshall office at this point.  The forums are running smoothly and the detachment is as fun as ever.  The only thing that I would like to bring up to our membership is that Legion Elections will be coming to a galaxy near you very shortly.  We will be getting the FISD set up for them soon.  I would just like to remind everyone that we have been fortunate to have very smooth running elections in recent memory.  The DCOG team expects that to continue this year.  Please be an active participate.  This forum belongs to every active 501st member with an approved FISD costume!  Engage any possible candidates.  Ask them informed well thought out questions.  Their answers will make it apparent as to who the most qualified candidate will be for the future of our detachment.  But most importantly be respectful!  This is the best way to make the Provost Marshalls job easy and we will be very appreciative.  




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Steve Sheades

TK10466 "starsaber25"

Leading Provost Marshall












With Unquestioned Loyalty

Chris Pearson 


Provost Marshal




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Aaron Gibson 

TK99725 “Pyrates” 

Provost Marshall




Hot off the heals of our Victory1000 celebrations, FISD are proud to bring you our next target event.

We are fast approaching another milestone and another chance to celebrate victory as we hit 500 Centurions approved.

This miles stone will also come with another special Centurion only piece of merch for the first 500, in the form of a pin to match the Expert Infantry exclusive.



Our very own gmrhodes13 (Glen) has outdone himself yet again and put together the perfect introduction for this milestone event so without further adieu, FISD brings you.








Now that we have reached 1000 Expert Infantry, It's time to once again become part of FISD history and enter the "Centurion500"


We are aiming to have 500 approved Centurions by the end of the year.  We only have 10 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 Checklists -  Link here

Apply here



1.  Not sure if I have what it takes to reach Centurion-  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 500"

2.  You get a cool badge under your name here on the FISD (full forum version)

3.  Access to Exclusive Centurion500 pin for those in the original 500.

4.  Certificate for your accomplishment.

5.  You will have a more screen accurate looking set of armor.


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


Let's get up to speed, push that throttle and prepare for lightspeed, you can do it troopers




Your Deployment Officers, Staff and the whole detachment crew are standing by ready to assist





If you'd like to show your support on FB here is the link to the Centurion500 profile frame










What You Wearing? - Armor Poll 2020/21 Re-opened


The what are you wearing poll has been reopened and closes 21st of January, you can find it here:







VICTORY 1000 11" Patch


UPDATE 7/01/21  Patches are in the mail, many already receiving them.

Updates here










Looking for trading cards? series 8 has just begun, information and ordering here 












Happy New Year Troopers!!!!

Congratulations to TK - 98911 Rick as he kicks off 2021 with his addition to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame - welcome Trooper!





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  December - January


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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 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)





Attaché Ambassador 


Not much to say from the Attaché department. Other then Happy New Year. I hope this year is filled with plenty of troops!

On a forum side note we are still always looking for Attaches. And for all the returning attaches please be on the look out the 2021 Attaché check in. I will be posted in the coming days (if I haven’t already).

Here’s to hoping things get better!




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Frank Peranteau

TK75139 "Frank75139"

Attaché  Ambassador





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





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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, (CRL http://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  December - January the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:

Expert Infantry Badge Award:



Thomas  "choinierx TK11730  EIB 1015


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

Request your free EIB certificate here


Centurion Badge Award:



Daniel "Lord Q TK26306 Centurion 489

Alex "azoroes TK22504 Centurion 490


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!








Welcome back everyone, hope you all enjoyed the festive season break and hope we all are in for a much better New Year. With all that is going on in the US at the moment we wish you all are safe. 

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




Editor At Large

Huge thanks to our workhorse @gmrhodes13 and to our glorious DL @Sly11 for initiating the forum cleanup with full energy this year.

Thanks to these two gentlemen we got all dead links eliminated and all photobucket watermarks removed in 67 of our 128 subforums.
We are ready to go full throttle for the next two months and work through the other 50% of the forums. But we need your help!!


Whenever you stumble across any issues in a forum thread, let us know and we will fix it! Old links, leading to a dead end? Nasty watermarks blocking details on the most important pictures?


No problem! Your friendly staff team is here to save the day! Just do us a favor an post the URL to the existing issue in the thread above. Many have done so before and we will not stop until all issues are solved. The more we find, the more we solve. We are at your service! :salute:





With Unquestioned Loyalty

Danny Lauber

TK-55550 "Ripper_L"

PRO Editor at Large



Staff List 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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




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






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Thank you to everyone that contributes to these, I am positive the membership appreciate the detail and information that goes into each edition.

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