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    Chief Media Officer
  • Birthday 12/01/1974

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    Star Wars, Guns, Lego, Table-top Gaming
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    Tim Allen
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  1. Hello Troopers, Welcome to our election-time issue. In this issue we will have a few words from our current CO, hear from a veteran MEPD member, check out the roughneck stats, and meet our new PO and SWAT officers. As always, stay dirty! Word from DL Veteran Trooper Interview Emperor’s Roughnecks Swat and PO First of all I would like to wish all of the troopers of the MEPD a happy new year! Another amazing year has passed us by, a year where we have added yet another great trooper to our ranks, the Mimban Trooper! We’ve seen a lot of requests for PO and SWAT too and most of them have been granted respectively the title of Police Officer or SWAT Officer. Well deserved and a great example for troopers that have the ambition for taking it to the next level. Now we only have to wait for the first Mimban, Jedha or Magmatrooper to request deployment. One other program that I’m really proud of is the Roughnecks program. It’s so good to see that we already have several troops who are the proud owners of a Roughnecks certificate and I’m going to do my best to create an extra item that can be handed out with each certificate as an incentive. Even though it’s still a couple of months away, I would like to point out that at Celebration Chicago will be the opportunity of 2019 to portray the MEPD spirit as the detachment with the most accurate troops within the 501st and not to forget the brother-and sisterhood that we all are so proud of. Use this event to get together, meet other troopers of the MEPD in the flesh and have an interstellar good time! Don’t have too much of the blue milk though Our design team has created an awesome patch for this occasion too so if you don’t have it yet, please get yours asap if that is still possible when this newsletter is released. As the elections are just around the corner as well this will be my last piece for our newsletter as your DL, as we all don’t know who will be at the helm for the oncoming year. It’s as always all up to you troopers of the MEPD. Make sure that you all are eligible to vote, if not make the necessary adjustments in your 501st profile before the end of this month so I can make the needed changes. Therefor I would like to thank the amazing bunch of people I’ve had the honor to work with this year in my Command Staff for their knowledge, feedback, creativity, dedication and not to forget their friendship. Not to forget all of the troops of the MEPD that have believed in me and supported me in 2018. I take my helmet off and salute you all!! Thank you my brothers and sisters! Who knows, maybe untill the next newsletter and in the meantime stay safe and stay dirty. Move along…. -dutchy Hello again Dirty Troopers, In this time of new CRL’s and ever-growing numbers, we thought it would be fun to take a step back and focus on one of our early members. I recently caught up with one of the longest-serving TD’s in the MEPD, Rolf Henriksen TD-252 1. Do you remember the first time you trooped? Can you tell us about it? Hi there. My name is Rolf Henriksen. I got my first stormtrooper suit in 1999. After I saw a few from my garrison troop at an event for the movie Phantom Menace coming out. I quickly got myself a suit. And back then it was a fan made FX suit. We did a lot of trooping back then and we had a lot of great Star Wars events in the city Copenhagen in Denmark where I live. I think my first event in my FX stormtrooper, now turned into a Sandtrooper armor, was an event with a few actors from the movies, with Warwick Davis and Kenny Baker singing pictures, and stands selling Star Wars merchandise etc. Great event back then. 2. What has changed about trooping over the years? I guess it has just grown bigger and bigger and more serious and professional like most other things in this world. It’s still the same fun and games to me, and for most, I guess. Just bigger and more people involved making the events stand out. 3. Is there are particular moment or memory that stands out for you? I met Anthony Forrest around 6 years ago. It was a great time meeting the man himself, Mr. Move-a-long. I was there early. He had nothing to do. So, we had a few hours talking about this and that, but mostly normal things in life. Great person for sure. It was a great moment and memory for me to meet the man behind the mask of the suit I have made replicas of over the years. 4. Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of? I have assembled around 18 full suits. Around 12 Sandtrooper suits and 6 Stormtrooper suits. FX. GF. AP. TE2. TM. RS. Most of them were meant to be keepers, but upgrades and more accurate suits came up through the years and I followed up as well. Now all are sold, and I only have a Stormtrooper RS and a Sandtrooper RS. The Sandtrooper suit I have and kept is the most accurate I have done in every way. As I have trimmed and assembled and painted and made up the same dirt spots and patterns as the screen used move-a-long suit. The special achievement I’m most proud of will be, I guess, when I was a MEPD staff member for the first time many years ago coming from small Denmark. I was also the first MEPD member getting the Swat title in here. And not too long ago, summer 2018, I was used on the 501st CRL for the Sandtroopers. 5. Why? This is a hobby. It’s creativity. It takes time to make a top screen accurate suit. Living a normal adult life with a day job and having a kid, girlfriend, etc. As well too, it’s always nice to get a shoulder clap for all the time and work put in a suit. I guess like other art products out there, getting a positive reply on the work from the public. 6. When did you first hear about the 501st? The first time I heard about the 501st was I 1999 at the event I spoke about above, where I first met the ones in armor. 7. What attracted you to this cause? I have been a Star Wars fan of the movies since my childhood. My dad was a big cartoon magazine collector and loved movies as well. Especially, space adventure movies. He took me in and showed me The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and it blew me away as a 7-year old kid. I was hooked. And got all the Kenner action figures toys. Plus, I was trying to make my own Stormtrooper suit back then. In 1983, I was still all in and have been ever since. I later saw Star Wars A New Hope on television between 1980-1983. My dad took me also in and showed me a display event of a Danish television series called Crash around 1980. Crash as about a kid going to space with a story like Star Wars A New Hope. On the show, there were full size armor robots looking a bit like ANH stormtroopers. I remember back then I made myself a promise that if I ever could get myself a Star Wars Stormtrooper suit. I would do it no matter what. Ha ha and I guess I did. 8. What inspires you to still be involved? My childhood love for the old saga and suits from there. My Sandtrooper suit stands on a mannequin in my living room for me to look at it every day even when I’m busy with normal adult life with work and having a kid and a girlfriend and seeing her two kids. I still find the time to put on the suit and have a good time with my garrison at events here and there. 9. How do you continue to support the Legion or your Garrison? Yeah, I’m still an active 501st member, being a part of the legion for around 20 years now. I show up at events here and there and try to assemble all the Sandtrooper members for making fan movies and photo shoots in sand grave locations, etc for a good time. 10. What was the biggest challenge you face trooping? To me it’s easy, as I have a helmet on. So, no need to be shy. But around 2002 at a big Attack of the Clones event, the Danish television came up to us and want only three of us on their direct life television show. The plan was with helmets on. A few minutes up to the show going live on air on television screen, they changed it to be without helmets on. I did it, but I did not like that kind of challenge. Ha ha. 11. How did you come to choose the Sandtrooper costume? I got the cartoon magazine of Star Wars A New Hope in my childhood, around the late 70’s. On the first pages, there were some black and white photos of Sandtroopers. I could see they were like Stormtroopers, but their armor was more bada** looking. So, the Sandy’s quickly became my favorite ones and still are today. To me, the Sandtroopers are a higher-level trooper over the regular Stormtrooper. With the personal back packs, pouches, magazines, weapons, pauldrons, and weathered look. They have got personality and a history and are not just the look-a-like Stormtroopers. 12. What would you say to someone considering joining the 501st today? Go for it. Lots a great people in the hobby and lots of fun. It can be a traveling-around-the- world-sport as well, meeting people. Many wonderful people have said to me, “Come visit me. You can stay in my house.” Sadly, I have not the time to do so back then, as I was living alone with my son, and still do. But I hope the time for that will still come for me to do so someday. 13. What do you think other people should know about this organization? There can be many rules but take them as you like and have fun with it. If you are a rookie to this hobby, there are so many good-hearted people out there ready to help you out when you’re getting into this hobby and helping you get your suit done so you can get approved. 14. How has this changed you? I’m a social person. I like to have fun here and there. Plus, I love to be among others who have the same passion for Star Wars as I do. I guess it’s deep in me and from my love of the old saga moves from my childhood. It’s a great feeling, not leaving my passion from back then. Plus, I like putting a smile or a “wowwww” on children’s and adult’s faces and that’s still a “keep going” feeling for me. 15. Is there anything else you would like to share with me? I have done 8000 posts on the MEPD over the years. I’m not as active as I once was, but I’m still around as you can see. But to me, I reached my goal with my first generation cast of a screen used Star Wars A New Hope Sandtrooper’s suit, a RS suit. Back then we only had FX, GF, AP, TE, etc. We were more hooked finding the holy grail, aka a screen used suit. We were posting finding small trails and some in the us, like Gino and Brakes Buddy, got to go the archives and study screen used helmets and suits. Now you can buy as a rookie, a fully-assembled RS Sandtrooper looking good. Back in the days we had to study and search for answers. Now they are here. To me, the suit hunts are not the same, but I guess I’m also just a bit older ha ha. But something I love to see old members, like myself, still around posting on this dusty and dirty forum... I guess once a Sandy... all ways a Sandy! I’d like to start this by congratulating those troopers who have earned awards since the last newsletter: 25 Troops MarinaMC, TD-23587, 09/24/2018 Lt. Dan, TD-26129, 10/01/2018 coldwarSalty, TD-21141, 11/12/2018 colin1138, TD-6049, 11/28/2018 As most have you have seen, this award is completely for you. I know that for me personally, I like to have a goal to work towards. Not only has this helped me get out and troop more (like we all need another reason to get out and troop), it gives me something to work towards and are some of the proudest things I’ve done as a 501st member. Looking back over your troops, I hope you have feel a sense of pride and accomplishment for not only reaching these goals, but for all the people and charities that you’ve helped along the way. The power we have as a group to make the world a brighter place isn’t just mere words because I know I’ve experienced it. For those of you who haven’t yet earned your awards or are currently working towards your next one, keep up the good work. We won’t find those missing droids any other way. I look forward to seeing more and more of you earn your awards during this next year. To read more about the program: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15808-emperors-roughnecks-program-overview/ To request your hard earned reward: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15796-emperors-roughnecks-requests/ With unquestioned loyalty, LoveMonkey, TD-18542 New Police Officers: Andi85 - October 3 2018 wook1138 - October 9 2018 wowwookie1 - October 28 2018 DT_FETT_TROOPER - October 28 2018 Hoda - November 2 2018 Hoth - November 26 2018 knopi - December 2 2018 Curoth - December 4 2018 RLH2515 - December 17 2018 Chopper48104 - January 14 2019 Vieillecaque - January 20 2018 New SWAT Officers: Andi85 - 13th January 2019
  2. Hello MEPD brothers and sisters. Welcome to our slightly belated current issue of the MEPD Newsletter. We have some light reading for you today. First, check out a few words from our fearless leader. There’s also an awesome spotlight on a troop of the month. We have some new SWAT and PO officers to congratulate. We also have an update from some hard working troopers in the Roughnecks section. And we revisit our latest CRL in progress, the Mimban trooper. -Punisha In This Issue: - Word from the DL - Mamba Trooper Info - New Roughneck Awards -New POs -Troop of the Month From the dusty desk of your Commanding Officer It has been a while since our last newsletter but we all had a well deserved summer recess, at least on my side of the planet everybody had it, so now that we all have recharged our battery we can pick up where we left in high gear! I wish I could say that the CRL for the Mimban trooper is live but sadly it isn’t due to some rule changes that all new CRL’s need to comply with. But hey, I promise you..this will go live!! As all of you have noticed, we have changed from the old server to a new one but we are experiencing some minor setbacks. I wish it wasn’t so but our IT team is working hard to get it all fixed so we can enjoy a fully operational webpage and forum! Let’s talk merchandise here! We are working hard on getting new interesting items up for sale but sadly on that part we are also depending on Legion Command. Which doesn’t mean that you need to keep an eye out for new MEPD swag! One success though is the fact that we recently have done a run of the shield patches that was being hosted by a third party. As this worked out great we are thinking about other patches or items that can be done by them. If you have any suggestions please shoot me a pm! What makes me really proud is the simple fact that new members keep finding their way to our forum and that we have a steady flow of new Police Officers and SWAT Officers. Each and every one of you all is what makes the MEPD a success! Never forget that we all are ambassadors for the MEPD! Furthermore, if you have any questions or suggestions…step into my office or send a pm Keep up the good work troops and move along for now! -dutchy Hello again MEPD. As predicted in the last issue, the Mimban Stormtrooper from Solo landed at the MEPD. Just as a reminder, this trooper gets its name because they are deployed on a planet named Mimban, in the Expansion Region of the Star Wars universe. This trooper is dirty (well super dirty) and some even have a backpack. The Command staff is hard at work developing a CRL as we speak. That’s right, the MEPD roster continues to grow! They hope to have this one done and approved this year. To aid in this endeavor, the-ever-hardworking Jimmiroquai has completed his armor and his own version of the Mimban trooper already. Be sure to check out his pictures on the CRL development thread. I hope to see some approved Mimban brothers in our ranks in the near future. -Punisha As was announced last newsletter, the Emperor's Roughnecks Program is off to a great start, with many of our troopers earning various awards. This program is all for you, to get you out and trooping in your amazing costumes and to reward you for your hard work. Not only can you earn a certificate for your hard work (and a spotlight on the Facebook page), other merch items may come in the future to celebrate your hard work. For those overachievers, we’ve added one more level you can earn: 250 troops! So for those on their way or who have already achieved 100, get moving on 250. I’d like to congratulate the following troopers who have earned awards since the last newsletter: 25 Troops macnolo, TD-18814, 06/10/2018 German, TD-23676, 06/10/2018 Darth Mout, TD-9841, 06/11/2018 hitoman, TD-11366, 06/11/2018 DarthStevius, TD-18969, 06/11/2018 LoveMonkey, TD-18542, 06/11/2018 bigwam, TD-30571, 06/12/2018 Prozent, TD-26001, 06/14/2018 vf2112, TD-21112, 06/19/2018 BadBatch, TD-17105, 06/19/2018 Slick, TD-11250, 07/14/2018 50 Troops macnolo, TD-18814, 06/10/2018 Darth Mout, TD-9841, 06/11/2018 hitoman, TD-11366, 06/11/2018 LoveMonkey, TD-18542, 06/11/2018 BadBatch, TD-17105, 06/19/2018 100 Troops hitoman, TD-11366, 06/11/2018 To read more about the program: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15808-emperors-roughnecks-program-overview/ To request you’re hard earned reward: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15796-emperors-roughnecks-requests/ For those working towards your next award, good luck and good hunting! With unquestioned loyalty, LoveMonkey, TD-18542 Congrats to our newest PO officers form the last few months! Buncs , June21th. Der Gummo, June 21st Volksjager, July15th Sandy Soldier, July 21st Battle Lion, July 26th TheSwede, August 15th MrFlavaFlave, September 4th Here in the northern hemisphere (sorry Aussies!) it’s warm and time to sweat it out on these outdoor troops. There’s one event that many of us get to do and that’s Star Wars night with the local minor league or professional baseball team. In this edition, we recognize TD-1705 aka BadBatch’s troop for the Beloit Snappers’ Star Wars Night in Beloit, Wisconsin! Remember troopers, if you want to get featured on Troop Spotlight, fill out your troop logs with photos and as much info on the event as possible. We all like to see some context on your events. It’s fun knowing what other Sandtrooper are up to! - Airborne Trooper • TD-82573
  3. Hello MEPD. Welcome to our May/ June newsletter. We have a wealth of exciting MEPD related items for this busy month of Star Wars and a moment of sadness. Check out Dutchy's updates for our current CRL's and the possible new CRL's coming from Solo. There is also the exciting new trooping incentive program announcement! Make sure you sign up and track those troops. Congrats to the new PO and SWAT members and the Troop Spotlight. Finally, we have a sad farewell to our fallen brother, MEPD Police Officer TD-83314 Art Liu. Word From DL Fallen Trooper Memorial Main Topic: Muddy Brothers from Solo SWAT and PO New Trooping incentive: Emperor's Roughnecks Troop Spotlight Happy May the fourth be with you or the fifth or the 17th ..hahaha, having said this it’s time to zoom in on what has was noteworthy the last period. Well I don’t have a lot to talk about but one issue struck me and that is the case of the merchandising officer of the FISD. Lots of things were discussed about this case and I would like to refer you all to the 501st forum where you can read all about it. In a nutshell, we as the 501st aren’t allowed to make a profit on merchandise runs. But exciting times again for the MEPD for sure as a lot of us are looking forward to the new Solo movie and the characters that can be seen in it. My money is on the Mimban Trooper as a potential candidate of armors that can be added to our ranks. Let’s hope that we can announce some good news soon, for now hold on tight! As I am writing this I immediately have to think about our current CRL’s and than specifically the one for the TD. I’m currently looking into making some changes to make it clear what is accepted for each level as there are still some grey areas or items that can/ could be free for interpretation. To make these changes I have been talking with our Deployment Officers to find out what they would like to see changed for the better of the CRL . This all so we can keep demonstrating excellence. On the IT side we are making good progress as well, Damon even got Tapatalk up and running again! There is also an interesting new program in the making of which we are now dotting the I’s and crossing theT’s. Later in this issue it will be explained what it exactly is, but I am excited to have such a program within the MEPD as it will boost morale for sure! One other thing that I would really like to ask special attention for is the piece in this edition that zooms in on a very special trooper that showed personal perseverance and courage!! Your Detachment Leader, Dutchy/ Justus Troops, It is with deep sorrow that we announce that one of our brothers, MEPD Police Officer TD-83314 Art Liu, from the Taiwan Garrison passed away. Art was a pilot with Mandarin Airlines and accordingly to news report, became very ill just as his flight was about to depart. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3392861 Art joined the 501st Legion in Auguest 2016 with TD as his primary costume. Other than being a Sandie, he is also a TI, IC, ID and SL (Darth Revan) . He was deployed as a Police Officer on Oct 17, 2016. His thread can be found here. Art is a good friend and we trooped together on 2 occasions last year, the first ever Star Wars Run in Asia held in Singapore and Star Wars Day at Legoland in Malaysia, both took place in May 2017. He also attended Star Wars Celebration in Orlando the month before as well. Art is an outgoing person who is a joy to be with. He brighten up the party whenever he is around. He will be dearly missed. Buckets off. - Gordonator Hello again dirty troopers. As this year flies on by, we find ourselves with another exciting Star Wars film premiere. This time, it’s the prequel tale of the Rebel Scum who just barely slipped away from us at Docking Bay 94, Han Solo. That’s right, Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming in just 3 weeks. The anticipation is high. The trailers look beautiful. The fans are all ready for premiere night. And here at the MEPD….. We see some potential new CRL’s to add to our growing list of troopers. New Dirty troopers! The first new trooper in our sights is the Mimban Stormtrooper. According to the information we have so far, the Mimban Stormtrooper gets its name because they are deployed on a planet named Mimban, in the Expansion Region of the Star Wars universe. While we have only gotten quick glimpses of these troopers, the action figures are showing up and offering a better look. Both Hasbro and Bandai have shown versions of this new trooper in their respective toy releases for this year. White armor and a cape. Correction….dirty white armor and a cape! What’s not to love? There are even some rumors of Mimban troopers with backpacks. That’s even better. The next trooper who looks like a possible candidate for the MEPD is the Mudtrooper. What’s dirtier than mud? It seems like a natural fit…mud and sand. Based on the footage and toys released, the Mudtrooper has visual elements of troopers from other detachments. From what we have found out prior to the film release, the Mudtrooper is also deployed on the planet Mimban, but they work in the swamps specifically. These guys might land here, but they may also land in a different detachment. Time will tell. Of course there are plenty of other reasons to be excited about this next Star Wars chapter, and regardless of where these trooper CRL’s end up, we are pleased to see these latest editions to the Emperor’s ranks. - Punisha As we embark on our journey to 500 deployed members (we’re currently at 324), there are bound to be headaches, frustrations, and other problems along the way. In past newsletters, I’ve shared common questions new members or recruits might have as they begin their builds. These questions and answers are designed to help each of you make it to Police Officer and SWAT right from the get go. You can find the Q&A here - In order to further help those of you with your submissions, this newsletter I’m asking for help from each of you. I’d like to put together a list of what you struggled with and how you solved the problem. These list items could include weathering, armor fitting, obtaining pack parts, and/or whatever slowed you down or is slowing you down from obtaining your level 2 or 3. My hope in creating this list is to show what our current PO and SWAT officers have struggled with and how they fixed those problems so those of you currently working on your submissions can get ideas on areas you’re struggling with. I also hope that if you are currently working on a submission, please submit questions that you need help with so we can find how to help you achieve your next level. Submit questions, answers, pictures, and any feedback you have to me either via PM here or you can email me at kfolsom08@gmail.com. Thanks in advance to everyone for helping us on our road to 500. Let us send our congratulations to our newest Deployed Police officers! - Revolver Ocelot - March 20th - High Speed - March 21st - Roadblock - April 1st - Plainsrunner - April 17th - Olympus - May 10th - wozza8470 - May 14th Let us send our congratulations to our newest Activated SWAT Officer!! - talizman - May 10th Congrats and keep it up! With unquestioned loyalty, LoveMonkey, TD-18542 Troopers, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the Emperor's Roughnecks program. This program is similar to other detachments, such as the Ace program at JRS. We want to reward those troopers who get out, troop in costume, and spread the MEPD. What do you need to do? Head to the Tour of Duty forum and begin a new thread. Make the subject look like this: TD-##### Tour of Duty, (### arrests). Then reply to the topic anytime you attend an event in costume and post a picture from the event. Also include the troop event name and a small description of what the event was about. That way you can also be featured in the Troop Spotlight section here in the newsletter. What qualifies for this award? The event needs to be an official Legion event, where you appear in an MEPD costume. - Pictures are required...not just to prove the event happened but to entertain your fellow troopers around the precinct water cooler. - 25 events from the beginning of 2005 onward will be credited toward this award. Once you have 25 events in an MEPD costume, you will earn the Emperor's Roughnecks 25 award. You can also work towards the Emperor's Roughnecks 50 and Emperor's Roughnecks 100 awards. Why should I? Not only will you spread your love of the MEPD, but you’ll also be eligible to earn a certificate for your hard work. Command is also looking at doing merch runs later this year specifically for those troopers who have earned this award. You’ll also get the chance to have your awesome troop pictures featured here in the newsletter or on our social media pages. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. With unquestioned loyalty LoveMonkey, TD-18542 Troop Spotlight On April 29th, members of the Star, Mexican, Rancor Hunters, Mayan, and Skull Garrison gathered for the 2nd annual Training Day Monterrey. They conducted a 501st Legion parade which celebrated Star Wars and the friendship of 5 garrisons which totalled nearly 100 members walking through Calzada del Valle in San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL, Mexico. For the first time in Troop Spotlight history, a trooper has nominiated another trooper. Darth Mout/TD-9841 has nominated fellow Jundland Wastes Wolves Patrol member, Roberto Vilchis/TD-5516. Roberto has ALS and completed his first parade ever in full armor. This troop displayed a great amount of perseverance and personal courage. Well done and congratulations, TD 5516! - Airborne Trooper • TD-82573
  4. Skipwith Elementary Family Fun Night 4/27 ASK Walk at The Diamond, RVA 4/28 CASA Run RVA 5/5 Free Comic Book Day RIchmond Comix 5/5
  5. Cub Scouts Blue and Gold West End Henrico County. 3/24/18
  6. 77. ShatterdomeCon day 1 11/7/14 78. SHatterdomeCon day 2 11/8/14
  7. Only Sandy. I know a have more, I just can't find info on them. I have 175 total troops. I did 53 troops in 2017.
  8. I'm going to try and recreate most of my troops here. Pics will follow as I locate them. 57. 2/12/17 Cancer Patient B-Day 58. 3/25/17 Beckett's Funeral 59. 3/3/17 VA Historical Society (Pics in an earlier thread) 60. 3/4/17 VA Victory Games 61. 4/14/17 Celebration in Orlando 501st Room Troop 62. 4/15/17 Celebration Bash Troop 63. 5/4/17 Big Brothers/Sisters Bowling troop (pics in earlier thread) 64. 5/6/17 Free Comic Book Day RVA 65. 6/10/17 NF Charity Walk 66. 6/24/17 Henrico Library Comic Con 67. 6/10/17 Richmond Comix Mini-Con 68. 6/4/17 Super Hero Heart Run 69. 7/29/17 Community Cosplay Celebration 70. 7/21/17 SW Movie in the Park 71. 7/8/17 VA Comic Con-VCU 72. 8/31/17 Salem Church Elementary Back to School Night 73. 8/19/17 Children's Museum SW Day 74. 9/30/17 Omega Con 75. 9/23/17 Glen Allen Day 2017 76. 10/7/16 BrickFest 2017
  9. I'm going to try and recreate most of my troops here. Pics will follow as I locate them. 36. 2/20/16 B and N C'ville Reading Day 37. 2/20/16 Pinewood Derby 38. 2/6/16 Va Comic Con 39. 3/19/16 Ring of Fire Con 40. 3/20/16 Ring of Fire Con Day 2 41. 4/22/16 St. Bridget's School Family Night 42. 4/9/16 Griffincon 43. 5/21/16 Goochland Relay for Life 44. 5/7/16 Bon Air Day 45. 5/14/16 Relay for Life King William 46. 6/25/16 VA Comic Con 47. 7/10/16 LynLee's Celebration of Life 48. 8/27/16 OmegaCon 49. 8/28/16 OmegaCon Day 2 50. 9/10/16 Wizard World Richmond 51. 9/11/16 Wizard World Richmond Day 2 52. 9/18/16 Lego BrickFest 53. 10/22/16 Air and Scare 54. 10/29 VA Comic Con 55. 12/13/16 Cub Scout Xmas 56. 12/16/16 Rogue One Premiere
  10. I'm going to try and recreate most of my troops here. Pics will follow as I locate them. 9. 3/21/15 Chesterfield ComicCon 10. 3/20/15 Futrell Wedding 11. Hayfield Comic Con 4/11/15 12. 4/25/15 Raven Con 13. 4/26/15 Raven Con day 2 14. 5/30/15 AwesomeCon 15. 5/31/15 AwesomeCon Day 2 16. 5/15/15 Relay for Life James River 17. 5/15/15 Fort lee Family Day 18. 5/15/15 Chalkley Elementary 5K 19. 5/4/15 May the 4th Augusta Library 20. 5/3/15 Mechanicsville Festival 21. 6/27/15 Fishersville Comic Con 22. 6/13/15 Summer Reading Kick-off RVA 23. 6/6/15 Summer Reading Kick-off Charlottesville 24. 7/11/15 VCU Children's Hospital 25. 8/1/15 Wizard World Richmond 26. 9/19/15 Glen Allen Day 27. 10/31/15 RVA Comic Fest 28. 10/10/15 Reads Day B and N Charlottesville 29. 10/10/15 Reads Day Clover Hill Library 30. 10/10/15 Reads Day CHarlottesville Library 31. 11/29/15 Toys for Tots SHort Pump TRU 32. 12/17/15 Charlottesville TFA Premiere 33. 12/18/15 Richmond Animal League Charity 34. 12/12/15 Literary Awareness B and N 35. 12/5/15 Richmond Xmas Parade 2015
  11. I'm going to try and recreate most of my troops here. Pics will follow as I locate them. 1. 9/20/14 Glen Allen Day 2. 10/11/14 Barnes and Noble Reads Day Midlo 3. 10/11/14 Clover Hill Library Reads Day 4. 10/11/14 Chesterfield B and N reads Day 5. 10/25/14Air and Scare 2014 6. 11/29/14 Help Feed the Hungry at Meadowdale Library 7. 11/30/14 Toys for Tots at Toys R Us Short Pump 8. 12/6/14 Richmond Christmas Parade
  12. Hello all! Welcome to our first newsletter to be published since the Legion Elections. We are all looking forward to another great year here at the MEPD. The forums are getting cleaned up and should be easier to navigate. Thanks to John and Gordon, we will see lots of new MEPD swag this year! You can read more about these things below. On a personal note, this is my first issue as the Chief Media Officer, as John has stepped up to be the new MEPD XO. I special thank you to Dutchy, LoveMonkey, Airborne Trooper, and Henselmonster for making my first issue as chief a great one! Read on! Troop on! - From the Desk of the DL - 2018 Election - Spring Cleaning - Police Officer and SWAT - Troop of the Month - MEPD Merchandise -Punisha (TD-10930) First things first troops, I’d like the thank all of you who have placed their trust in me for being your Detachment Leader for 2018. It was an exciting period for sure for me and for the other candidate, Kirk “Lovemonkey”. Thanks to you too my friend for being such a worthy opponent.I’m looking forward with each and every member of the staff to yet another great and exciting year filled with new challenges, discoveries and friendship. One major change has taken place though in the command staff and that is that Strider has stepped down as my XO. Thank you Strider, my brother, for sharing your knowledge here and being an ace trooper. The trooper that has taken his place and the honorable task of being my XO for this period is Henselmonster, good luck brother! Back to business now and pick up where we were before the election period. But even during this period we managed to get another CRL approved and new merchandise and that’s something that’s worth mentioning as well! Now that’s something I’d like to zoom into. We( still) need more excellent MEPD swag and the staff and myself are working on several new ideas and how to implement them. Maybe even create a special section for merchandise only or something like that, who knows! When you have any ideas for MEPD swag shoot me a pm to run them by me. And yes, of course we will try to stay on top of things and keep being one of the best( in my opinion the best) detachment of the 501st. How to achieve this I can hear you all think. Well, we need to do this as a team so please do contact me or the staff if you have any suggestions or ideas that are worth considering, your voice counts and will be heard! With new films being introduced at the speed it currently is, we will hopefully get some new costumes for the MEPD as well . I’m aiming for adding another 2 costumes to our ranks but that’s just a guideline. I can’t say this enough, I’m proud of you all. Without you we wouldn’t have accomplished what we have done last year. So let’s do this…Find droids, drink blue milk, immobilize sandcrawlers and take it easy on the moisture farmers. Stay safe and be dirty. Your Detachment Leader, Dutchy/ Justus Hello MEPD members, Well, another election cycle has come and gone. This year saw a lot of candidates and new ideas at the Legion level. The Legion Commanding Officer candidates were Stefan Cembolista of the Belgian Garrison, Ingeli Hedberg of the Nordic Garrison, Scott Rogers of the Southern California Garrison, and Bryon Mesarch of the Northern Darkness Garrison. Bryon Mesarch was the winner and our new Legion CO for 2018. Here at the MEPD, we had 2 wonderful CO candidates for Detachment Commanding Officer. Justus Parinussa, or Dutchy, from the Dutch Garrison decided to run for a second term. Also, Kirk Folsom, or LoveMonkey, from Alpine Garrison and a member of the MEPD Command staff decided to run as well. While Dutchy won the election and returned as CO for 2018, we are lucky to have both brothers as members of the 2017 and 2018 Command Staff. And congratulations to both gentleman for a fair and honest election. The 2018 Command Staff remains largely the same, so we can keep up the progress and forward momentum of 2017. Strider has stepped down as XO, but the former Chief Media Officer, John Henselmeier (Henselmonster) has stepped up to be our new XO. I, Tim Allen (Punisha), will step in as the Media Officer. Congrats and thank you to our new XO for 2018l. Last year saw many new costumes and great ideas come to the MEPD. We all know that other great ideas are coming for 2018, so make sure you check in here often to see what’s new. - Punisha - Chief Media Officer Hopefully you all saw this announcement (http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15627-forum-cleanup/), but part of our 2018 goal is to clean up and reorganize the forums. While command is up to the task, we’d like to ask our fellow troopers to do your part as well. There are two things you can do. First, please take a moment to look through your sales threads and update or close them depending on their status. If your items are no longer for sale, we want to archive your thread so people have a nice, clean list of items that are actually for sale. We hope this will streamline your decision as you decide what to buy as you can find what is still actually for sale. Second, 2017 brought us many wonderful changes here at MEPD, but it also presented us with many challenges. One in particular is the Photobucket policy change, which no longer allows external image linking for free. As you’ve seen around here and other Legion sites, many images are broken and show a “Please Update Your Account to Enable 3rd Party Hosting images” logo or similar image. This is not ideal for prospective members looking for information or for members looking at completed PO and SWAT submissions as they prepare their own submission. Please help everyone in the detachment by taking a moment to go through your posts and update any missing images. There are several alternatives for image hosting, such as Imgur, Flickr, or Google Photos. The sooner we can update these pictures, the sooner the information will be available to help us all. I know this is a tedious chore, but it will help everyone out in the long run. Thanks to all our troopers in advance for your help in this forum cleanup. With unquestioned loyalty, LoveMonkey, TD-18542 Congrats to @m4vrick on his SWAT activation! SWAT is no easy task, probably one of if not THE hardest level 3 in the entire Legion. It was well deserved and a first for his region. Way to go troop! Big congrats to these troopers too for achieving Police Officer Deployment: Deckard1138 - TD 16103 As you know, we recently made a goal of reaching 500 deployed troopers. 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! It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work. Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about: 1. I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper. Can I still apply? Of course! These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TDs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines. 2. How much extra will I have to pay for extra items? The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area. While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy. While blasters are not required for basic approval, for PO and SWAT levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL). You’ll also need a pack, which you can purchase pre-made, in a kit, or scratch build your own. Check out either the pack forums to learn how to build your own or head to the Supply Depot and get in touch with some of the vendors. 3. I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning? Actually, aiming for PO or SWAT is easiest to do right out of the box. You can plan the weathering, pouches, pauldron color, and other items you’ll need before you do the work. 4. I have my basic TD approval, can I still get in these programs? Absolutely! 5. Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost? Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and MEPD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin (available during merch runs). You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your MEPD signature. Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well. 6. Is it hard to apply, and what happens then? After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint: Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help). These are also listed on the main page of the MEPD site. While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out. If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly. Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit! After you are approved for PO, then you can submit for SWAT. Police Officer http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/12-mepd-police-officer-program/ SWAT http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/45-swat-submission-discussion/ Note: You will see some suggestions in the existing submissions/approval requests that, while not actually part of the CRL, are highly suggested items, (for your benefit). Those small details all add up to closer screen accuracy and prepare you for a SWAT submission. Just remember that the MEPD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just post the question, or PM one of our armourers, and best of luck on your build! With unquestioned loyalty, LoveMonkey, TD-18542 Slowly, sandtroopers across the Empire's northern hemisphere are escaping the frozen planet of Hoth. In this edition, TD-68686/spOOL68 shares his troop from the St. Louis Blues Star Wars night on January 25th. TD-68686's E-11 mounted camera takes some amazing photos. Maybe his next mission report can show a POV of him blasting away the rebellion! 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 Hello troopers! The MEPD is happy to offer two great items of merchandise for the month of March! First up is the MEPD racing shirt For those who don’t have one, this is your opportunity to have one of the coolest racing shirts in the 501st Legion. You can choose your own pauldron color, Orange, White or Black. It will come with your name, nickname, and TD Number. Check out the art below! You can find more info HERE Next up we have a brand new Challenge Coin! This coin features the new costumes that have joined the MEPD family. Of course you will have a classic Sandtrooper, also the Battlefront Magmatrooper and Jedha Sandtrooper. You can more info HERE Be sure to check back on the forums for more great MEPD merchandise throughout the year! - Henselmonster - TD-11787 - MEPD XO Instagram!
  13. I love seeing these 2 Garrison mate's kits side by side!
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