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October FISD Newsletter 2021


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In Memoriam

Detachment Leader

Census 2021


Hall of Fame

Just For Laughs

Around the Detachment

Costume Totals

Update Your Build Threads



Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary

Pre Approval Forum

3D Section

Field Exercise Award

Imperial Attaché Program

Fire Teams

EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean?

Advanced Tactics Awards

Public Relations

Staff List 2020
Follow FISD





Günter Hense (ID-22247) passed on 9 December 2020.


He loved life, was a healthy, active and happy person and he was always grateful for the people around him and the happiness he felt as a result. He always took that as a gift and never for granted.


He greatly enjoyed being out and about with his Garrison at events, philosophizing about costuming and life in general during regular meetups, and seeing all the wonderful places that were open to troopers, through his beloved hobby. Many visited him and his family at home in the bicycle workshop, had good conversations with him and, above all, laughed a lot. He was very grateful for all of that.


And he was incredibly happy when he was accepted into the German Garrison, and was "officially" allowed to take part in the outreach programs in costume. Since it was he who introduced his son (ID 55255) to Star Wars as a child, it was clear that this was also a family activity for him.


Our condolences go out to his family, friends.


"Buckets Off"






Tessek and Mon Calamari Officer Gerald Home Dies, Aged 70

Just days before his 71 birthday, sad news Gerald Home has passed away following an illness with cancer. He will be remembered by Star Wars fans for his roles in Return of the Jedi as Tessek and a Mon Calamari Officer, and to many others as Mr Muscle. He was a popular face at numerous conventions all over the world.


Our condolences go out to his family, friends.


"Buckets Off"




Greetings fellow members, and welcome to the  October edition.


In last months newsletter we discussed the forum work that has been taking place and an update was coming soon. I shall now expand on what that entails but stop short of divulging the entire scope of works until launch time.

We understand the importance of keeping the forums up to date, relevant, exciting and ultimately the most welcoming and friendly forums in the legion.

One of the more critical areas of our vast forums is the New Recruit section. It is generally the landing point for anyone new to FISD, non 501st, and Legion members starting their TK journey.

There is a mass of information just in that block of forums alone, making it an important sector of focus.

We have completed a clean up sweep of the area already, so now we move on to  rearranging and revamping,, pinning and corralling more of what could be considered, the more important posts for ease of use and location.

There will also be renaming of some forums and consolidation of others taking place, again to streamline the entire section aiming to make it all easier for new comers to find the information they need quickly.

Along with this work, we are looking to create a new staff position so there will be someone to drive and participate in discussions, and develop a new section we are planning.

Hopefully the next time we are talking about this section, it is to launch the changes and introduce you to a new staff member.


IPM news.

Imperial Propaganda Machine


It gives me great pleasure to announce a new member of the IPM team.

Since he has arrived on FISD's doorstep, he has been enthusiastic, helpful, goes out of his way to not only greet new members, but offer as much help and advice as he can.

He quickly became an attaché, and hasn't looked back.


Please join me in congratulating TK46116 CallMeMrTibbles, Richard Tibbetts!


Good work sir, your ethics and dedication has not gone unnoticed. 


Attaché Outstanding Achievement Award

I have been informed that TK-12953 (jsilvius) James Silvius has sent the last  shipment of coins out this past week, and I would like to personally thank him for the monumental and at times stressful service he has has performed for the detachment.

As we have in the past, I would like to officially award James the Attaché outstanding achievement award for exceptional service to the detachment for undertaking a  large scale merch run. 

He not only helmed the Anniversary coin run, but did it efficiently and shipped all coins out in record time.

Brilliant job James, the staff are truly grateful, as I am sure the membership are also. You are a credit to FISD.



With Unquestioned Loyalty

Andrew Franke

TK11469 "Sly11"

Detachment Lead








501st Legion 2020 Census has begun, it is the responsibility of all 501st approved members to fill out the census each year which you can find here


You must be registered on the main forums to participate in the census:here


I didn’t’ troop because of Covid-19
Due to Covid-19 many didn’t get the opportunity to troop during this census period, Legion Command has advised that GCO’s will determine how they want to proceed in regards to a members trooping activity and status, as such check in with your local garrison command. 

Here's what the charter says about activity definitions: Operations Protocol/Membership
An Active Member is defined as a member in good standing who meets the following requirements:

  • Meets all 501st Membership Requirements (i.e. ownership of an approved costume, is over 18 years of age, etc).
  • Has an approved membership record in the 501st Legion Membership Database
  • Maintains active contact with their Garrison CO or GML. Active contact and participation will be confirmed during the annual Legion Census held each year during the month of October.
  • Maintains contact information/membership record in the 501st Legion database either through their Garrison CO or GML.
  • Participates in at least one Garrison or Legion activity per year while wearing an approved 501st costume owned by said member as recorded in the Legion Census. (One year is defined as the period from Legion Census to Legion Census). Examples of an activity include, but are not limited to conventions, charity events, or any activity designated as an official event by a coordinating administrative unit of the Legion.
  • Members who serve in military branches are exempt from activity level requirements if their service renders them unable to meet these requirements.

These Minimum Activity Level Requirements should be administered as justly and with as much common sense as possible.

A member may retain active status, even if they do not meet all of the requirements listed above at the discretion of their unit Commanding Officer or Legion Command.

Filling out the census only takes a few minutes and you also have the opportunity to update your contact information ie: address, email, phone and so on.

THE LAST EVENT TROOPED is the most important piece of data.  Because our trooping year was cut short due to Corona-virus, Legion Command has recommended membership status changes are left to the discretion of the Unit Commander so please check in with your local command prior to filling out your census.


NOTE: members who were not able to troop should enter "COVID-19" as their last troop.


Any questions you have in regards to the census please contact either your GCO (garrison commanding officer) or your GML (garrison membership liaison)


Census form layout

With the last forum update the viewable area of the census may not be full page, as such change your page magnification to 75% and you should be able to see the whole page.


Note: make sure you tick the box "Is the above information correct?" please tick YES


If you have any problems with the logging in please contact the LWM team here: support@501st.com

So stand up and be counted troopers, you have until 31st October.   




FISD 15th Anniversary Coin CLOSED



Run is now CLOSED, coins have been shipped, please note shipping can take some time depending on your location.

For more info head to the sales thread here





Expert Infantry Coin (15th Anniversary Version) OPEN

(Only 20 Coins Remaining)



The time has come for the new run of EIB gold challenge coins!  The 15th Anniversary gold EIB coins are available now.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be an Expert Infantry member to purchase one of these coins.
If you've ever purchased an Expert Infantry gold coin before, from any run, you cannot purchase another one.  These are once per EI!


You can find the sales thread here







Please join me in welcoming TK - 54185 Georgia to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!

Well done Trooper!




With Unquestioned Loyalty

Aaron Gibson

TK-99725 "Pyrates"

Curator Hall of Fame










"Morgi's Memes"






Thank you to Luca "Morgi" TK66744 for starting a FISD specific meme thread, hope to see more of these in the future not only by you but by others as well.

You can find the thread here




"ANH Stormtroopers are all left-handed" myth busted.


A great comparison of left and right handed troopers put together by Colin TK25622 "OddViking327", you can find the thread here




Currently (as of 9th October 2021) there are 32,344 approved costumes in the legion, out of these homed under FISD there are 5,809. 


Interestingly the larger the legion costume totals grows the smaller amount of TK's there are with now only 17.96% of all approved 501st costumes, this is the first time this number has dropped below the 18%.














As most would be aware we are diligently working through the forums updating watermarked images, missing images and broken links, this has taken over a year so far and has been a monumental task but there is still a lot of work ahead of us. 


Members build threads are one of the biggest areas of watermarked/missing images and we are asking you the membership to help and update your build threads yourselves as this is just too big a task for staff. 


Build threads requiring updates are being moved over to this area https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/241-build-threads-requireing-maintenance/


Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 








For a full list of FISD awards head here





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






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 might be feeling may generous and share with our community a new TK related 3D file and maybe win yourself a 3D contributors award DGx4MwQ.png  DjQ8bJi.png 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?


Award Recipients September - October


troopaward25.png TK20466 "Alay"  Sarah troopaward25.png TK36036 "MrGrave"  Grave 






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. For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here

Some of the benefits:  Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, IA patch 6PLrnxJ.png,       IA Rocker  dPN7mwd.png

For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here


You may also be in the running for an Imperial Attaché Award   7UlPmRQ.png  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 






Want to setup a "Fire Team?  the Fire Team program is completely optional, and is intended to help form a common identity and spirit of camaraderie among 501st Legion Stormtroopers in the same geographic area/garrison that troop together. Fire Teams are not officially recognized by the 501st Legion nor the FISD, although they will be able to access a Fire Team sub-forum on the detachment website. You can find more information here 






So what exactly are kKf6hGu.png and QrRRhuF.png 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! You can find more information on the programs here




This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy and obtained EIB or Centurion or both.  FOR September - October the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate:

Expert Infantry Badge Award:



Jacob "Pistolsheets" TK86267  EIB  HWT - 2nd Award

Kris  "Crampeat TK23410  EIB 1032

Glen "gmrhodes13" TK85421  EIB  HWT - 9th Award


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

Request your free EIB certificate here

You can find a list of multiple award recipients here


Centurion Badge Award:



Brett "Cleantrooper" TK9593  Centurion  ESB - 2nd Award

Jacob "Pistolsheets" TK86267  Centurion  HWT - 2nd Award

Glen "gmrhodes13" TK85421  Centurion  HWT - 9th Award


Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers!  :salute:

Request your free Centurion certificate here  

You can find a list of multiple award recipients here


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






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

For anyone interested in having a look through any of the older newsletter they have now been moved to a new archive sub forum which you can find Here 





With Unquestioned Loyalty

Glen "Q" Rhodes

TK-85421 "gmrhodes13"

PRO Newsletter




Staff List 2021


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

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

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

Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario E RT (TKSpartan) TK-48117

Deployment Officer: (DCA): Jose Maria Sanchez (Chemi) TK-30173

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

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

Provost Marshal (DCOG): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911

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

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

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

Content Editor Support (PRO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116

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

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

HOF Director (PRO): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725

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 

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

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

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

Trading Cards Content Support (IPM): Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520

Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802

Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Jeff Salt (wingnut) TK 50297

Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Richard Tibbitts (CallMeMrTibbles) TK 46116




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



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Congratulations to all the award winners! :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:


...and thank you to the staff for my promotion to IPM. I'm not sure what I've let myself in for yet, but I'll do my best to support the team and the detachment :salute:

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Congratulations to all the award winners! :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:
...and thank you to the staff for my promotion to IPM. I'm not sure what I've let myself in for yet, but I'll do my best to support the team and the detachment :salute:

Well done Richard,
Had a feeling you would take up a position on FISD. Well deserved m8.

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