Upcoming Events
Sat., 2/20: Cub Scout Banquet (Washington, IL)
Banquet to celebrate cub scout crossover to next rank.

Sat., 3/5: Polar Plunge (Oakbrook, IL)
Follow the link for more information

Sat., 3/5: Birthday Party (Arlington Heights, IL)
Top Secret

Sat., 3/5: Library Comic Con (Schaumburg, IL)
Schaumburg Township District Library hosted a very successful Comic Con in March 2015. It is a celebration of pop culture and comics for people of all ages.

Sat., 3/19: Interplanetar 5K Run (Peoria, IL)
This is a fun event where the Garrison usually start the kids race and cheer all age groups across the finish line.

3/20: 17th Anniversy Jersey Auction Game (Rockford, IL)

4/15: Family Fun Night (Elk Grove Village, IL)

4/24: Chicago Toy Show (St. Charles, IL)

5/7: OLPL Fan Fest (Oak Lawn, IL)

6/25: Southern Illinois Miners Professional Baseball-Star Wars Night (Marion, IL)

Legion News
November 2015 Trooper of the Month
The 501st Legion extends its heartfelt congratulations to our November 2015 Trooper of the Month winner, Jen Belgin, aka BH 5361! http://i.imgur.com/H61lM7U.jpg In November 2015, Jen planned a formal event for the Georgia Garrison to...

The Legion Logo and R2-KT Appear in The Force Awakens
The 501st Legion extends its appreciation to J. J. Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney for honoring us in The Force Awakens by including a variation of the Legion logo hanging proudly from a flag on the exterior of Maz Kanata's castle on the planet Takodana....

The 501st is Ready for the Awakening
http://www.501st.com/images/homepage/JJTFApremiere.png The eve of a new Star Wars film is finally upon us. We in the 501st Legion hope that you are as excited about the new film as we are! To show it, Garrisons & Outposts across...

Stormtrooper Armor Stops Bullying Yet Again
http://501stlegion.org/images/homepage/layla.png Layla is yet another young girl who was teased at school for liking Star Wars amongst other "boy" things. As a result of the bullying, Layla began to lose herself. She stopped...

Stormtrooper?s ?501 Mile Walk? to Finish on the Golden Gate
http://501stlegion.org/images/homepage/doyleggg.jpg On August 15, 2015, at 7am in the morning, 501st Central Garrison member Kevin Doyle (TK-172) will cross the Golden Gate Bridge escorted by a garrison of fellow stormtroopers. Kevin?s...

501st Legion Crafts Armor for Disabled Boy
http://501stlegion.org/images/homepage/tillyer.jpg Matthew Tillyer is an alert and positive 13 year old Carlsbad, California boy who, in December 2013, went from a typically active kid to unable to walk after unexpected complications from...

Welcome to the Legion, Corey Dee Williams!
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/Corey-Dee-Wiiliams-554_zps2vzj0t3j.jpg "I?ve just made a deal that'll keep the Empire here forever." At Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, members of...

In Memoriam: Janice Decker ID-5259
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/Janice%20Decker%20ID%205259_zpssmkbbzfx.jpg On the 9th of April, 2015 Janice Decker (ID 5259) of the MidSouth Garrison? passed away after a brief but fierce...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for February 2015
In February, Tyrene Teo, BH-80666 of the Singapore Garrison , organized troopers from four 501st units, the Rebel Legion, and the Galactic Academy for the Chingay Parade in Singapore, one of the largest street performance and float parades in Asia....

In Memoriam: Lance Moore TK-31088
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/Lance_Moore%20554_zps7czx8uxt.jpg On the 10th of March, 2015, Lance Moore (TK-31088) of the 501st Legion's Georgia Garrison passed from this World. Lance is...

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Kentucky & Tennessee

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Garrison News
The Force Awakens
By Sakic Jade on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:18 AM.

Its finally here! The Force Awakens TONIGHT!

This weekend, the Midwest Garrison will be out and about across the state making appearances at different theaters to interact with fans as they wait for their showtime. If you'd like to come see us, check out the interactive map of our appearances here, or check out the list below.

Please remember that we at the Midwest Garrison will be remaining SPOILER FREE after seeing the movie. Please don't ruin it for your fellow fans on social media or as exiting the theater.

Enjoy the show!

NCG Cinemas, 1505 N. Bridge St. (Rt 47), Yorkville IL 60560 - Thursday 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Friday 2:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Savoy 16 IMAX, 232 Burwash Ave, Savoy, IL 61874 - Thursday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Hollywood Blvd Cinema, 1001 W. 75th St., Woodridge, IL 60517 - Thursday 5:30pm - 9pm
Tivoli Theater, 5021 Highland Ave, Downers Grove, IL 60515 - Thursday 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Adler After Dark, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605 Thursday 5:45pm - 9:30pm
Hollywood Palms Cinema, 352 S Rt 59, Naperville, IL 60540 - Thursday 6pm - 9:30pm
Classic Cinemas, 5311 W. American Prairie Dr., Peoria, IL 61615 - Thursday 6pm - 9pm; Saturday 6pm - 10pm
Navy Pier IMAX, 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60605 - Friday 6am - 9am
Classic Cinemas, 1050 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 - Friday 5pm - 9pm
Carmike Theater, 910 Meijer Drive, Champaign, IL 61822 - Friday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
O'Fallon 15, 1320 Central Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269 - Friday 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Helping Kids Have A Merrier Christmas
By Sakic Jade on Nov 30, 2015 at 12:38 PM.

One of our longest running events is also one of our favorites. On Sunday, December 6 we will be making our 12th consecutive appearance at the Bridgeview Toy Con: Toys For Charity. This event is put on to help collect toys for Children's Treasure Chest for Pediatric Oncology, supporting children diagnosed with Cancer. The Midwest Garrison has been proud to be a part of this show for years, and to help bring a Merry Christmas to those in need.

Come to the event to buy or just to look. There will be many toys for sale from the past and present. If you bring a toy to donate, admission is FREE! The show runs from 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM at the Bridgeview Community Center at 7900 South Oketo Avenue in Bridgeview.

To find out more information about this amazing show for a great cause, please go to their website: http://toycontoyshow.homestead.com/Our_Products.html.

Enjoy a day looking at some fun toys, and help out sick children! We hope to see many of our fans there!

The Midwest Garrison Helps Our Furry Friends
By Sakic Jade on Nov 16, 2015 at 2:04 PM.

This weekend, members of the Midwest Garrison will be busy all over the state, with many opportunities to do some good.

On Saturday, November 21st, our members will be out at Graham's Pet Depot in Elk Grove Village to support the Second City Canine Rescue. Paw Wars: The Pooch Awakens will be an event where you can help the pups as well. You can learn about adopting a dog of your very own, or how to become a foster parents to a dog in need. You can also donate to the Second City Canine Rescue on site. Of course, you can also take pictures with us as some of your favorite costumed characters will be in attendance.

Please join us Saturday afternoon, and help make a difference to an animal in need. The event runs from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. For more information or to see how else you can help, please visit secondcitycaninerescue.org.

The Midwest Garrison at Legoland Discovery Center
By Sakic Jade on Nov 5, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

This weekend we will be out in force at Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg for their annual Star Wars Days. The Discovery Center will be host to many Lego Star Wars themed activities. You can help build a large model of Yoda to display in the center. There will be Lego Star Wars themed speed build competitions. You can also build Lego Star Wars themed creations.

This event is a favorite among many of our troopers. Its a chance for us to interact with families in a true family environment. Keep your eyes out as you wander the Discovery Center. You never know where you might find one of our troopers hiding out, especially those crazy Tusken Raiders.

To find out more about Star Wars Days at Legoland Discovery Center, please go to their website at the following link: https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/news-events/event/43/lego-star-wars-days.aspx

We hope to see you there!

MWG Trooper of the Month August and September 2015
By Sakic Jade on Nov 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM.
Congratulations to Patrick Lewis and Michael Stoughton for being voted Trooper of the Month for August and September 2015 respectively.

Patrick wanted to continue to take the Midwest Garrison to the next level by organizing a Relay for Life troop in the burbs. He created team TIE FIGHTING CANCER for the August event back in early May and went into planning mode. Patrick created a patch which he sold to MWG members as well as to the 501st. He organized and coordinated building and supplying a MWG booth. He created various public relation flyers to help promote and raise donations not only for him but for the team as well. When the day arrived, team TIE FIGHTING CANCER had raised close to $5,000, the new booth was debuted and to top it off Blast-A-Trooper was also added to help generate more donations.

Everyone was excited and planning to participate in the Chicago White Sox SW Day game. But when Mike over heard his hair stylist talk about her son Brian upcoming golden birth day, didn't hesitate to change his mind and make this kid's birth day an unforgettable one. Brian suffers from Cerebral Palsy and although he is a HUGE SW fan he got really scared when he saw us come in. Mike worked his magic and was able to calm Brian down. Mike has a heart of gold and I'm so proud to call him a brother. Troopers like him are a TRUE inspiration and the reason I continue to support our MWG family.

Great work, troopers! Thank you!

Midwest Garrison at The Force Awakens Opening Weekend
By Sakic Jade on Oct 19, 2015 at 10:06 AM.

This will be a day long remembered.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 18, 2015. Today, Monday October 19, you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the movie. In order for our fans to make an informed decision on where they would like to spend this historic day, we have compiled a list of the theaters we are currently scheduled to appear at for opening weekend.

Thursday, December 17

Hollywood Blvd Cinema Bar and Eatery
Woodridge, IL.
5:30 PM - ???

Hollywood Palms Cinema, Emperor's Ball
Naperville, IL
6:00 PM - ???

Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Carmike Cinemas Grand Prairie 18
Peoria, IL
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday, December 18

Classic Cinemas Elk Grove Village
Elk Grove Village, IL
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Saturday, December 20

Carmike Cinemas Grand Prairie 18
Peoria, IL
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

We hope that you will join us for the opening weekend of The Force Awakens. Please remember, all appearances are subject to change.

Star Wars Reads Day 2015
By Sakic Jade on Oct 8, 2015 at 4:44 PM.

Star Wars Reads Day a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading is back on October 10, 2015.

As usual, the Midwest Garrison will be out in support of this amazing day in the community.

This year, we will be in the following locations:

Washington Community High School - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Barnes and Noble Webster Place, Chicago 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Villa Park Public Library, Villa Park 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mokena Public Library, Mokena - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Barnes and Nobile Cherry Valley Mall, Cherry Valley- 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Glenside Public Library, Glendale Heights 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Champaign Public Library, Champaign 3:00 pm -5:00 pm

We hope that you can make it out to one of the events this year. For more information on this awesome day, visit the Star Wars Reads Day website here.

The Midwest Garrison on Instagram
By Sakic Jade on Sep 29, 2015 at 7:44 AM.

Do you like seeing fun pictures of your favorite Midwest Garrison troopers? Do you like funny captions and troopers in silly poses? Do you want to know where our next appearance is? If you answered YES to any of these questions, you really should be following us on Instagram. Several times a week, you will see new pictures of our troopers. Many are funny, some are sweet, and we even post where we might be appearing that week. We are relatively new to this channel of social media, and would love to build our following.

To follow us on Instagram, please head over to our page here or search MidwestGarrison from the app on your mobile device. Just click on FOLLOW, and enjoy our posts.

Trooper Spotlight: DZ-13140 Mike Mathews
By Sakic Jade on Sep 13, 2015 at 4:40 PM.

Today's Trooper Spotlight is Mike Mathews.

How long have you been a part of the garrison, and what is it that sparked your interest in joining?
I have been in since April 2014, the interest was sparked by some friends already in the Garrison, but it was solidified when they gave my nephew, who has from Asperger, an autism awareness Trooper patch. I was told that the charity aspect of the garrison was huge and that is why I joined

Of all of the troops that you have done, which one stands out in your mind as meaning the most to you and why?
This one is a tough question as any and all troops have been near to me, but the ones that stick out would have to be the Central Dupage hospital visits, seeing not just the children but the adults smile when the starwars people show up, just for a little bit, during trying and tough times in their lives, make these troops the most rewarding to me

How has being a part of the MWG impacted your life?
It is a way for me to not only meet new people and make new relationships, but it is a vessel for me to give back or pay it forward.

Outside of trooping and 501st related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some of your other interests or hobbies?
I work in the security industry. I am a poet, a writer, a jeweler, a leathersmith, an avid reader.. and most importantly in my life, a husband and father.

What support you get from friends and family regarding the 501st and all the great things that you have done for the garrison?
All of my friends love what i do with the garrison. As far as family, my wife is also a member. We go to the troops together.

And lastly, is there anything, Star Wars related or not, that people might not know about you that they might be surprised to find out?
I am the quietest one of my siblings. I used to do the polar plunge in the winter for 8 years.

MWG Trooper of the Month June and July 2015
By Sakic Jade on Sep 2, 2015 at 9:48 AM.
Congratulations to Kathy Van Beuningen and Ray Bosques for being voted Trooper of the Month for June and July 2015 respectively.

Kathy has worked tirelessly to make sure we remember all the fun of building and making costumes is foremost in any event we do recruiting at. She not only brings her dolls to every event she can, she has devised a power point presentation, a full panel discussion, and a 7th grade science fair style poster board presentation to help people see how they can join the legion with any costume. She has gone way beyond the "So you want to be a Stormtrooper" speech. She has made the presentation a hands on tactile extravaganza that should inspire anyone on the fence to go the extra mile to jump in and join the 501st. Her Work at the library was a three day affair for her. She not only did the poster boards for the evolution of the IC to TIE Reserver to TIE Pilot, she also had each costume piece from her personal archives to have a visual on the discussion. She also did a full presentation on how to build either a Tusken or Jawa, complete with two full costumes and images from research to completion. I'm sure based on her presentations alone she has inspired several new recruits. Her display at the Library was stunning as well. She made us look good at a multi garrison event. While everyone else thinks of Joliet as a one day event, Kathy made a special trip in to set up her dolls, then used an the day before the event to set up her recruiting posters and the booth. When we went home she still had tear down and dolls to collect. Kathy gives a lot to our Garrison she deserves a little recognition now and again.

Ray went above and beyond by establishing his own fundraiser to support the Shirox Foundation. He did an amazing job setting up this event! Unfortunately, when he arrived at the location of the event, the party that happened on the night before left the placed trashed! He spent valuable hours cleaning up garbage, food and drinks from everywhere. Luckily, he managed to get it all done in time! He pulled in people for everywhere to help make this a huge success. Outstanding event and efforts Rex! You Rock!! Next year, this event will be even bigger!

Great work troopers! Thank you!