Upcoming Events
Sat., 2/28: Curve Ball Fundraiser (Oak Brook, IL)
This fundraiser is for “One for the Kids”. Their foundation raises money to help less fortunate kids.

Sat., 2/28: Polar Plunge (Mahomet, IL)
Join the Midwest Garrison for this event

Sat., 3/7: Cub Scout Pack Dinner (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Its a Cub Scout celebration of the birthday of the Boy Scouts of America. This year they are having a Star Wars theme.

Sat., 3/14: St Patricks Day Parade (Naperville, IL)
The Garrison has been set up with the West Suburban Irish to once again participate in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Sun., 3/15: South Side St Patricks Parade (Chicago, IL)
The Garrison has been invited to participate in this year's South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade.

3/19: Chi-Fi 2015 (Chicago, IL)

3/21: Library Comic Con (Schaumburg, IL)

3/21: Interplanetar 5K Run (Peoria, IL)

3/21: Birthday Party (Schaumburg, IL)

3/28: Green Bay Gamblers Hockey (Green Bay, WI)

 
Legion News
Forward March! TB-101 Leads the Way!
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/TB101%20on%20the%20March%20554_zps0baj6g0a.jpg The 501st Legion congratulates Aimee Jorgensen, TB-101 , on her re-election as Legion Commanding Officer ! Aimee...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for December 2014
Congratulations to Valter Santos, BH-3738 of the Portuguese Outpost , our December Legion Trooper of the Month! In December, Valter was instrumental in making Comic Con Oporto one of the largest and successful events on the Iberian Peninsula in Legion...

Vader's Fist Presents Liam's Arm
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/Liam%201_zpsrjoqkyw4.jpg Members of the 501st Legion's Georgia Garrison had the great honor of presenting young Liam Porter with a custom-built prosthetic arm,...

In Memoriam: Debora Rojas DZ-13480
On the 26th of January, 2015, Debora Rojas (DZ-13480) of the 501st Legion?s Garrison Argentina , walked on to a world of peace and love. Debora is remembered for her charisma, unyielding sympathy, and companionship. She embraced the 501st Legion and...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for November 2014
The Legion Trooper of the Month for November 2014 was chosen from two very worthy candidates: Matthew Morley, TK-4108 of Old Line Garrison , and Terry Chui, TK-2886 of Outer Rim Garrison! Both men have given hours and hours of their time, regularly...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for October 2014
The Legion had no less than five nominations for Trooper of the Month in October 2014: Daniele Alfonzo, DZ-3364 of Italica Garrison , who has put his organizational skills have made events far, far easier for his fellow troopers; Adam Cannon, TX-2943...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for September 2014
September saw two nominations for Legion Trooper of the Month. Jim Cembrook, SL-7287 of Florida Garrison , headed up a Legion-wide merchandise run of police-style badges, so that our members can better keep Order in the galaxy. Handling a massive...

501st Mission Spotlight: Crocus Expo, Moscow
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/RussianOutpost-Troopers_zps829ca013.jpg At the beginning of October, the 501st Legion's Russian Outpost had their main event of this year - the first true...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for August 2014
There were no less than four nominees for August's Legion Trooper of the Month! Every one of them has gone out of their way (in some cases literally!) for the benefit of their local unit and for the 501st as a whole. This month's title went to Nicky...

The 501st Legion Trooper of the Month for July 2014
We had three nominees for Legion Trooper of the Month for July 2014, and each of them has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Andrew Kudryavtsev, TK-25007 of the Russian Outpost was nominated for designing and building a professional-grade, Death...

 
Neighboring Units
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Wisconsin

Bloodfin Garrison
Indiana

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
Bad Guys Doing Good
By Sakic Jade on Feb 24, 2015 at 1:24 PM.


Bad guys doing good. That is who we are and what we do.

In 2014, the troopers of The Midwest Garrison went above and beyond the call of duty. We volunteered our time for countless birthday parties, school functions, charitable functions, and hospital visits. We logged over 1200 hours of our free time volunteering. We collectively raised $21,887.31 for charity, and contributed our time to events that raised $3,213,231.09. We don't plan on stopping there! We now set our sights to increase those numbers in 2015. We already have two great events, supporting two great causes, this Saturday, February 28, 2015.

First up, is the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. Our troopers will be in attendance to support those brave people who will dive into the freezing water, on an even colder day. The event kicks off at 9:00 AM in Mohamet, IL. For more information, THIS LINK, and see how you can get involved.

Also on Saturday, our troops will be at the Curve Ball Fundraiser – hosted by One for the Kids. This foundation raises money for less fortunate children, and we will be there to support them. For more information about the event and the charity, please click HERE.

2015 will be an amazing year for Star Wars, and The Midwest Garrison will be out in full force. Come back often to find out where and when, and to find out more about the Bad Guys Doing Good.

Happy Holidays!
By BLUERAM on Dec 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM.
The Midwest Garrison would love to wish you and yours Happy Holidays! Here are a few photos of our recent activities of bringing smiles to all.
From surprise wedding appearance

From the Bloomington, IL Christmas Parade

From the Crystal Lake, IL Festival of Lights Parade

We leave you with something to really warm your heart from our recent visit to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

MLB Star Wars Nights with the Cubs and Sox
By iam8114 on Aug 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM.


The Midwest Garrison will again be joining in our home teams' Star Wars Days! We will be appearing Wednesday August 20th at Wrigley Field and Friday August 29th at US Cellular Field. Both games will feature Star Wars themed giveaways, events, as well as the Midwest Garrison and Rebel Legion's Nar Shaddaa Base providing photo opportunities with many of your favorite Star Wars characters.

More information and tickets for either event can be purchased at http://cubs.com/Legionmembers and http://whitesox.com/starwars

Join us in root, root, rooting for the home teams and don't forget the peanuts and Cracker Jack!

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND!
By BLUERAM on Jun 30, 2014 at 6:54 PM.


We have two great parades coming up this week in celebration of Independence day! First up is the 45th annual West Peoria 4th of July Parade! This one is put on by the West Peoria Lions Club and takes place on Friday July 4th and steps off at 10 AM. Click here for a MAP of the parade route and here for more Parade info

The second parade is the Bartlett 4th of July parade! The Bartlett Lions Club has coordination duties on this one. Sunday, July 6th is the day of the parade and steps off at 1 PM. Check out the website [urlhttp://www.bartlettlions.org/events/parade/">HERE for more info. This is one of the largest gathering of Star Wars Charters that the Midwest Garrison gathers for a parade in our jurisdiction. We enlist the help of surrounding Garrisons, Mandalorian Mercs , and yes we even let the Rebel Legion join the fun!

BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD FOR OUR DOWNSTATE TROOPERS!
By BLUERAM on Jun 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM.
We have THREE big events coming up this weekend, two in Central Illinois and one in Southern Illinois.

First up is the 24HR McLean County Relay 4 Life, this will be our 10th year attending this one! Come out and join us at Normal Community West High School, 501 N Parkside Rd ,Normal, IL 61761 starting on Friday, June 27th at noon with the closing ceremony commencing at 11:50 on the 28th. Go to our TEAM PAGE if you would like to donate . We thank you in advance for any and all support! For more event info check out THIS LINK

Up next is a local fan favorite event, Star Wars Night at the Peoria Chiefs! This takes place on Saturday, June 28th with game time of 6:30PM, we will start the night greeting fans at the main gates starting at 5:30. Tickets can be purchased HERE and a map to Dozer Park can be found HERE. The Chiefs will be using special Star Wars themed jerseys for the night that will be auctioned off during the game. The night will be capped off with post game FIREWORKS!

Photo by: Mike Smith

Our final event is also a Star Wars night , this one takes place at the Southern Ill Miners, 1000 Miners Way, MARION, Illinois. Saturday the 28th will be our inaugural appearance at Rent One Ballpark.! Game time is 6:05pm with gates opening a hour prior. Tickets can be found HERE

GENEVA SWEDISH DAYS PARADE
By BLUERAM on Jun 19, 2014 at 1:18 PM.


Come out and see the Midwest Garrison march in the 65th Annual Swedish Days Parade in Geneva, IL. This will be our inaugural appearance in the yearly parade that takes place this Sunday, June 22nd beginning at 1 PM. The Swedish Days Festival is already in full swing, for more information about this festival and parade go to https://www.genevachamber.com/swedish_days.php
We hope to see you there cheering on all the parade entries!

Walk Now For Autism Speaks – Saturday 5/17 at Soldier Field
By iam8114 on May 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM.


The Midwest Garrison will once again take to the confines of historic Soldier Field in support of the 11th Annual Walk Now For Autism Speaks this Saturday.

Join Autism Speaks and the Midwest Garrison as we walk to change the future for all who struggle with autism!

For more information on the event, or how you can help, go to http://www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1084944

We hope to see you there!


May The Fourth (Weekend) Be with YOU!
By BLUERAM on Apr 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM.
This coming weekend, the world will be celebrating Star Wars. There will be Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, Free Comic Book Day, and more. You’ll be able to find the Midwest Garrison in various locations across Illinois and the 501st across the world!



Starting Friday, May 2nd, is Star Wars Night with the Kane County Cougars. Come out and see the Midwest Garrison and enjoy a great baseball game. Members will be roaming the ballpark to pose for pictures with fans. There will be a pre-game parade, led by our troops, for any kids wearing their own Star Wars costumes. You may also catch some fun moments the Garrison on field throughout the game. Finally, following the game, the Cougars will light up the sky with a Star Wars themed fireworks spectacular!

Game time is 6:30 pm. The gates will open at 5:00 pm.

Tickets can be purchased HERE!



Saturday, May 3rd, is Free Comic Book Day, and our troopers will be out at local comic books stores in support. Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores!
*Check with your local comic book shop for their participation and rules.

Come see us at one of the following locations:

Acme Comics. 112 North St, Normal IL 61761
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wheaton Public Library. 225 N. Cross St. Wheaton, Illinois 60187
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Amazing Fantasy Books and Comics. 20523 S. Lagrange Rd, Frankfort IL 60423
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Slackers Music Movies & Games. 150 Junction Drive Glen Carbon, IL 62034
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

G-Mart.  44 E. Main Street Suite 103  Champaign, IL 61820
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Lightspeed Hobbies. 5884 US Hwy 6, Portage, IN 46368
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

For more information about Free Comic Book Day, you can visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com .



Sunday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. Celebrate in style with the Empire. We will be out, celebrating this day and posing for pictures with Star Wars fans across the state.

Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser @ Walmart. 9245 West 159th Street  Orland Hills IL 60477
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Crystal Lake Public Library. 126 W Paddock St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Joliet Public Library with Artist Steve Palanica . 150 N Ottawa St Joliet, IL 60432
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Oak Park Public Library. 834 Lake St. Oak Park, Illinois 60301
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Messenger Public Library of North Aurora. 113 Oak Street North Aurora, Illinois 60542
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Woodstock Public Library. 414 W. Judd Street Woodstock, Illinois 60098
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Star Wars Screening Benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Hollywood Boulevard Theater
. 1001 E 75th St, Woodridge, Illinois 60517
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

There are plenty of opportunities this weekend to meet up with the Imperial Forces of the Midwest Garrison. We hope to see a lot of our fans at one of the many events this weekend.

May the fourth be with you!

The Midwest Garrison To Invade C2E2 This Weekend!
By BLUERAM on Apr 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM.


This weekend, Friday April 25th through Sunday April 27th, the Midwest Garrison will be in full force for C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago! This year, we will have our booth in what the con is calling the “Fan Village” located in the Grand Ballroom. Members will be in costume all weekend, walking the floor and posing for pictures!

On Saturday, we will be hosting two special events for the public. From noon until 1:30 pm, we will be running the Children’s Blaster Arena. Kids will get the chance to fight along side, and against, Stormtroopers in a Lazer Tag battle!

Also on Saturday we will also be hosting a panel, Costuming in the Star Wars Galaxy, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Come in and learn about some of the tricks and tips of creating the incredible costumes you see the members of the Midwest Garrison wearing at the con!

Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fantastic con, where you have the chance to meet and interact with a large contingent of troopers from the Midwest Garrison!

For a complete layout of the convention look at this interactive map and check out http://www.c2e2.com/ for ticket info and any other questions you might have, hope to see you there!

MWG November 2013 Trooper of the Month!
By BLUERAM on Jan 3, 2014 at 5:26 PM.


Brian Troyan and Darcy Anne Jorgensen (foreground) Thanks to Thomas Spanos for the photo!

Congratulations to Darcy Anne Jorgensen ,"Peanut" TB-81470 for being voted Trooper of the Month for November 2013!

Darcy has been nominated for her efforts at The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG), November 23 & 24, 2013. While she has only been an official member since August, Darcy has been part of the family for years and has more that earned the honor of being recognized for her efforts! Brian Troyan (MWG Commanding officer) nominated our "Peanut" and had this to say,
"Darcy has been a mainstay at Garrison events large and small for years, long before she was officially a member. At ChiTAG this year, she worked the Blast-a-Trooper booth almost non-stop for the entire weekend, explaining the game and the charity, taking donations, collecting darts, reloading guns, and ultimately helping to raise $1436.00 for LaSalle County XMas 4 Kids. She's actually performed this same tireless duty at the last two Wizard World Chicago Comic Cons, at last year's ChiTAG, and at the C2E2 Imperial Academy. In fact, at almost every major fundraiser that we've done in the last two or three years involving hundreds of foam projectiles flying in every direction, Darcy has been in the trenches on the front lines.
And on top of everything else, her can-do, positive attitude is nothing short of indefatigable. In fact, the only thing that I have ever seen dampen her spirits is finding out that she might not be able to make it to a troop. She always has a smile and a laugh to share with everyone in the garrison. Events are more fun with her around.
Darcy deserves the honor of Midwest Garrison Trooper of the Month, not just for the work that she performed this past November, but for all of the work that she has done to promote the MWG and our charitable causes since the time that she first borrowed her mother's Biker Scout costume years ago. We are extremely lucky to have her in the Garrison and in the Legion, and official recognition of her contributions is long overdue."