Well troops, here we are! Welcome to the final edition of the MEPD newsletter before Legion elections. What a year it has been for the MEPD. For the first time in our almost 18 years as a detachment, we now have 3 approved CRLs. Outstanding. We are moving forward as a detachment and growing. It has been amazing to see so many new faces on the forum.
As Chief Media Officer for the MEPD I would like to thank everyone who has been reading these newsletters this year. I would like to thank my team, Airborne Trooper, Punisha and Love Monkey. I would also like to thank Dutchy for giving me the opportunity to represent our detachment though these newsletters, social media and on other forums. Thanks for an awesome year boss!
Lets get into it shall we? In this issue:
- A word from the Detachment Leader
- 2018 Legion Elections
- Police Officer and SWAT
- Troop of the Month
-Henselmonster - TD-11787
Who’d have guessed that where we are today would have been considered impossible a couple of years ago for the MEPD. We have been walking alone as TD’s on Tattooine but now have found brothers and hopefully sisters too on other planets like Jedha and Sullust. The MEPD family is rapidly expanding and that is a good thing. Moving forward to new horizons, sharing newly found discoveries and not to forget friendship and sister-/ brotherhood.
I personally still can’t believe what we have accomplished this year as a detachment. The year went by so fast with changes, some minor some big..
Adjusting to a new situation is apparently also second nature for us TD’s as we kept the detachment running smoothly. Besides the accidental interruption we have had it all firm in our grasp.
But back to the present.
We did it brothers and sisters!!! We have successfully added 2 brand new CRL’s and there are more CRL’s on their way or close to completion. Thank you all for making this possible especially the people who have helped out first hand! So start with your Battlefront Magmatrooper or Jedha Sandtrooper build today!
The whole year their weren’t any major issues with the forum, besides the accidental downtime, but sadly the last couple of days we’ve had some interesting issues. If it weren’t for Happytrooperdotcom his efforts we’d still be experiencing them. I am proud to have such a skilled member in the Staff.
Looking forward to 2018, first up will be the election and after that it’s back to keeping the machines running regardless of who’s in the driver seat.
Nothing but love for you all and thanks for the last 12 months, it was an honor and I take my helmet off to salute you all!
Your Detachment Leader,
Hello Brothers and Sisters of the Sand. It is February already and that means it’s time for the Legion elections to begin. This means that 501st members will be able to vote for Legion Commanding Officer, Garrison or Outpost Commanding Officer, Commanding Officers of the various detachments in which members are active and have an approved costume, and Squad leaders if a member is part of a squad. Everyone knows exactly what to do right? Well….maybe not. Maybe you’re new, never looked at it before, or forgot and need a refresher? If you fall in one of these areas, don’t sweat it because we are here to help.
Step 1- Check your detachment status. (Ideally, you would have done this step already. This has already been locked by Legion command for this year, but it never hurts to check and be ready for next year's voting.)
Login to the 501st Legion forum. In the brown box on the left hand side, select “Membership DB.” Next select, “Your Profile Data.” Then scroll down to “Your Unit Affiliation.” Make sure that you see “(Approved)” next to any detachment for which you have a costume. If it says pending, or if the detachment isn’t listed, contact the detachment CO for more information. The detachment must say “Approved” for you to vote in the detachment elections. Remember that most detachments require that you post something on their respective forums at least once a year to remain an active member of that detachment.
Step 2- Nominate or check into who is nominated for various positions. Remember that a person must be nominated and must accept the nomination to become a candidate. A person cannot dominate himself or herself. Whether you nominate someone or not, get those questions ready and submit them when the time is open, so you can see what these candidates are all about. The time line is below:
Saturday Feb 3rd at 12:01 GMT Nominations Start
Thursday Feb 8th at 12:01 GMT Nominee Q and A starts
Tuesday Feb 13th at 12:01 GMT Candidate Closing statements start
Wednesday Feb 14th at 12:01 GMT Voting starts
Sunday Feb 18th at 11:59 GMT Voting ends
All nominations and voting will happen here:
Step 3- Enjoy another trip around the suns with the 501st Legion and the greatest Detachment within the organization, MEPD.
As many of you are aware, here at MEPD we have two additional levels you can achieve - Police Officer (deployed) and SWAT. While neither is required, members who strive to achieve these additional levels make their armor resemble “screen accurate” troopers and thus look as if they stepped out of the movies and into real life. SWAT members take it one step further and emulate a specific trooper from the movie, down to the weathering patterns, pauldron color, backpack and pouch configuration, and chosen blaster.
For those of you who are working on getting your 501st approval or for those who are thinking of making the jump, it’s definitely possible if you’re willing to put in the extra work and you can start while you work on your basic approval by adding some of the necessary requirements. Something to think about is if you decide to go for SWAT, which trooper will emulate? Which jumps out at you and ignites that fire inside of you?
For those who are interested in applying, please check out some of the submission threads in the following forums:
Police Officers - http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/12-mepd-police-officer-program/
SWAT - http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/44-mepd-swat-program/.
Looking through these threads will show you what goes into a submission, what pictures you need to take, and some of the problems others have run into. If you do your homework, your submission should pass with flying colors.
If you have specific questions, please reach out to one of our department armourers, who will guide you to whatever goal you’ve set for yourself. Here’s a list of our armourers:
- @Airborne Trooper
With unquestioned loyalty,
The MEPD Road to 500
Troopers, as a detachment, we currently have 318 deployed Police Officers. As a command staff, we’d like to issue a challenge to all of you who may be looking to achieve rank or who may be on the fence about putting in the extra work. We’ve set the following goal of 500 deployed Police Officers.
As you can see, we are well on our way to achieving this goal but we still have a long way to go.
As part of our goal, we’d like to take a moment and recognize those troopers that have achieved either Police Officer or SWAT status since the last newsletter. Congratulations to the following members:
- Markus "tiny" Zeitvogel TD-10276
- jdelaney TD-10290
For those who have achieved their Police Officer status, please make sure to take advantage of the following swag:
Deployed Officer Coin
I hope 2018 is treating you all well so far. It's been very cold here in New York and I tend to go in hibernation during the Winter. This edition's pick was chosen from Mos Espa Security Patrol's The Last Jedi troop on December 15th. Our new Detachment Officers Thomas and Urs are both members and continue to faithfully serve and represent the MEPD. It looks like they had a great time interacting with Star Wars fans and even had a chance to make a few laughs. Keep it up guys!
Remember troopers, if you would like to be featured in the next newsletter, make sure you’re updating your troop logs! Explain the purpose of the troop, who attended, and any additional details you can!
- Airborne Trooper • TD-82573