Upcoming Events
Tue., 11/21: Children's Hospital of Illinois visit #6 (Peoria, IL)
Follow the link for more information

Thu., 12/14: Death Star Dance (Woodridge, IL)
This will be our 3rd year at this event

Fri., 12/15: Last Jedi Release (Hodgkins, IL)
The AMC Quarry Theater in Hodgkins is asking for 501st and Rebel legion folks to come out and attend

Sat., 12/16: Boy Scout Fundraiser Celebration (Lenox, IL)
Rainbow Council Boy Scouts of America is celebrating the achievement of the scouts

Legion News
501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment - Fully Funded!
https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*vjZLFe6t3RxWsmX2vgbp1g.png 501st Legion Raises $150K and Fully Funds the 501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment Atlanta, Georgia, June 1, 2017???The 501st Legion, the world?s largest Star...

501st Legion 2016 Charity Report!
https://www.501st.com/charity/charitypromo2016sq.jpg The 501st Legion is also known as the "Bad Guys Doing Good," and our passion for charity in our communities continues to grow! In 2016, we saw a 50% increase in direct...

Celebrating Star Wars in Orlando
https://www.501st.com/celebration/Star-Wars-Celebration-Death-Star.jpg It?s the 20th Anniversary of the 501st Legion, and we?re inviting fellow fans to celebrate with us as Star Wars Celebration returns to Orlando, Florida! From...

Troopers That Go the Extra Parsec
Today, I would like to honor eight 501st Legion members from around the world for their great deeds. In 2016, the 501st Legion set up an endowment with both Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International - the first endowment to bridge both...

Carrie Fisher 1956 - 2016
The 501st Legion honors actress, author, and Honorary Member, Carrie Fisher. Carrie was a friend and hero to the 501st, sharing her famous wit and charm with our members countless times over the years. Carrie's untimely departure was a blow to the...

"Never Tell Her The Odds"
Kathlyn Chassey is a 24-year-old Star Wars fan battling Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening lung disease. Her condition has progressed to the point where she will not survive without a lung transplant. After being initially denied her life-saving...

A Fine Start
If you?re reading this, we probably owe you a lot of thanks. Over the past six weeks we have promoted our first public t-shirt sale in support of Make-A-Wish, and we have been continually shocked, humbled, and overwhelmed with the show of support...

501st Make-A-Wish T-Shirt Fundraiser Begins
The 501st is breaking new ground to support the 501st Legion Make-A?Wish Endowment Fund. To raise funds for Make-A-Wish, we have opened our t-shirt sales to the public for the first time. Now you can show your support for Make-A-Wish by buying your...

Introducing The 501st Legion Make-A-Wish Endowment Fund
The 501st Legion announces today our commitment to a first-of-its kind international endowment in a unique partnership with Make?A?Wish: The 501st Legion Make-A?Wish Endowment Fund. This endowment fund intends to empower Make-A-Wish to grant...

Walk This Way
A newly-formed 501st Legion squad has been deployed in the Louisville, KY area just in time for this weekend?s FandomFest . Derby City Squad has hit the ground running on their debut event and rolled out a completed AT-ST walker, affectionately...

Neighboring Units
Wisconsin Garrison

Bloodfin Garrison

Midsouth Garrison
Kentucky & Tennessee

Central Garrison
N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, & Iowa

70th Explorers Garrison
Kansas & Missouri

Northern Darkness Garrison
Northern 22 counties of Indiana

Nar Shadaa Base
Rebel Legion - Wisconsin & Illinois

Garrison News
Rancho Obi-Wan T-Shirt Fundraiser
By Avatar190 on Oct 19, 2017 at 2:22 PM.

The 501st Legion is excited to announce a special fundraiser for Rancho Obi-Wan to help create an online gallery, repository, and museum for Star Wars collectible fans all over the world! For the first time, members of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, and R2 Builders are uniting to fundraise for a worthy cause! By purchasing one of these limited edition t-shirts, you will help ensure that the legacy of Star Wars memorabilia will continue on for future generations to enjoy!

And of course, the best way to celebrate the legacy of Star Wars collectibles is with a Star Wars collectible -- a special edition t-shirt available only through this fundraiser!


To learn more about Rancho Obi-Wan's mission here: http://www.ranchoobiwan.org/about/mission/

#StarWars #Lucasfilm #RanchoObiWan #offical501st #501stMWG #MidwestGarrison #RebelLegion #NarShaddaaBase #MandoMercs #NexuClan #R2Builders #UnitedInStarWars

Buddy Walk 2017
By Avatar190 on Oct 13, 2017 at 8:24 PM.

The first weekend in October, Midwest Garrison troopers partook in two separate Buddy Walk events across Illinois. {left} Troopers TI-21175, SL-9965, TX-9293, SL-2429 and TK-21470 (photographer) were down at the Champaign County Fair Grounds for Buddy Walk Urbana. {right} Troopers BH-21273 and TK-17294 were down at the Bolingbrook Golf Course for Chicagoland Buddy Walk - Bolingbrook (photograph courtesy of SkwirlyPics). Well done, Troopers!

The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk is a one-mile walk in which anyone can participate without special training. It is an inspirational and educational event that celebrates the many abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

Assignment complete, hunter...
By Avatar190 on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:23 PM.

Midwest Garrison was saddened to learn of the passing of BH-3259, Terry Beisel, who we learned died the evening of June 27th, 2017.

Terry joined the Midwest Garrison as a bounty hunter in July 2011, as Boba Fett of the Bounty Hunters Guild. He was a great man; funny, witty, caring, and fought hard to survive.

These past few years weren't good for him, he suffered a lot. He was a single father, and his daughter Abby was his world. No matter the circumstances, she came first. He made a tremendous amount of friends, both in the Legion, and out, and had a lasting positive effect on those who had the pleasure of meeting him.

"Terry, you were a father, a brother, a son, a friend. You fought the odds, and stood your ground. You were a true Fett. You will be missed, Brother, but your memories will live forever."

So, buckets off troopers! Til we meet again...

#StarWars #official501st #501stMWG #501stBHG #BountyHuntersGuild #BucketsOff

Flyin' high five for this little future pilot!
By Avatar190 on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:52 PM.

Sean Crockett (TI-42975) engages a little one at Decatur Airport in Decatur, IL back on June 3rd for the Young Eagles Flight of the EAA Chapter.

Apologies, don't send me before the Emperor...please!
By Avatar190 on Aug 6, 2017 at 9:14 PM.

As Garrison PRO, I'd like to take a moment and apologize about the lack of updates on this page. I was waiting for a few news items, so I could make a post I was planning, and when it didn't occur in a timely fashion, then I went on vacation, then trooping...and honestly the website just got away from me. Information has been flowing in other avenues, but this medium has been lacking, and for that, I'm sorry.

Over the next few days, I'm going to be catching up with some of the stories and posts that should have appeared here, which didn't. So, there will be some old news showing up. I'll try and space them out a bit, so as to not just drop it all at once (and to still allow me some time to properly format things to my perfectionism)...

Mike Dickinson
Midwest Garrison - Garrison Public Relations Officer

Rest well, pilot.
By Avatar190 on Jun 12, 2017 at 5:05 PM.

Midwest Garrison was saddened to learn of the passing of TI-9517, Michael Walden, who we learned died peacefully the morning of June 8th, 2017.

Mike, who was known as "The Judge", joined the Midwest Garrison as a TIE Pilot in 2008, as a member of the Jolly Roger Squadron. He was a kind soul, who made many friends in the Legion. He was also a member of Garrison Carida, after moving to Pennsylvania for a brief time; more recently returning to Illinois before his untimely passing.

So, buckets off troopers! Til we meet again, Judge...

Welcome new recruit TK-61455
By Avatar190 on May 23, 2017 at 6:48 AM.

Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our newest member to the ranks, Ryan Bell (TK-61455).

Trooper, report for duty!

Welcome new recruits RC-45554 and TK-67708
By Avatar190 on May 15, 2017 at 5:04 PM.

Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our two newest members to the ranks. Peter Lewis RC-45554 {left} and Benjamin Stover TK-67708 {right}.

Troopers, report for duty!

Midwest Garrison inducts Troy Baker as Honorary Member
By Avatar190 on May 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM.

During last month's C2E2 convention, Midwest Garrison had the honor of inducting Troy Baker in the 501st Legion as an Honorary Member. Troy is known as voice actor of various Star Wars video games (notably Kul Teska from Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes and Theron Shan from Star Wars: The Old Republic, among others).

Welcome new recruit TK-60151
By Avatar190 on May 4, 2017 at 7:37 PM.

Midwest Garrison would like to welcome our newest member to the ranks, Todd Roesner (TK-60151).

Trooper, report for duty!