Upcoming Events
Sat., 8/23: Coles Country Realy 4 Life (Mattoon, IL)
Our appearance has been requested at the Coles County Relay for Life. The theme is "Rockin For a Cure".

Sat., 8/23: Lyman Block Party (Oak Park, IL)
This is one of two annual block parties.

Sun., 8/24: Lincolnwood Library SW Day (Lincolnwood, IL)
This is the first time the Library has done anything like this and they have asked the Garrison to come out

Fri., 8/29: Chicago White Sox Night (Chicago, IL)
The long awaited Chicago White Sox Star Wars Night is here

Sat., 8/30: Wedding Event (Orland Park, IL)
Top Secret

8/30: Kane County Cougars Star Wars Night (Geneva, IL)

8/30: Marshall County Blueberry Festival (Plymouth, IN)

9/7: Bone Marrow Drive (Peoria, IL)

9/7: Misericordia Family Fest (Chicago, IL)

9/12: Legoland Discovery Center (Schaumburg, IL)

 
Legion News
ANOVOS Costumes and the 501st
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/ANOVOSAnnouncement-554px_zps6d6671f7.jpg You've likely seen the new Star Wars costumes coming from ANOVOS , and there are a lot of questions regarding what will be "501st...

In Memoriam: Andreas Möller SL-2677
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/AndreasMoumlllerSL-2677EternalLegionnaire554px_zps30045f4d.jpg Andreas as Darth Vader, shaking the hand of 501st Honorary Member Anthony "Move Along" Forrest. Andreas...

Honoray Member: Confirmed! Jaime Hyneman joins the Legion
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/Jamie-Hyneman_zpsf3642594.jpg Back in 2009, a plan was set in motion to induct the Mythbusters , Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, as Honorary Members of the Legion. Five years...

In Memoriam: Lance Starmer SL-2640
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/ELLanceStarmer_zpscab8fd94.jpg Lance Starmer, SL-2640 of the 501st Legion, passed away on the 5th of June, 2014. Lance joined the 501st in 2000, as a member of the Empire City...

The 501st Legion and the Expanded Universe
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/EUAnnouncement-CloneEmperor-widescreen_zps3d1a2230.jpg New developments at Lucasfilm regarding the continuity of the Star Wars galaxy have cast some doubt on the future of...

In Memoriam: Taggart Cline TI-7430
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/taggart-banner_zps0b21741d.jpg Taggart Cline (TI-7430 of Wisconsin Garrison) passed away on the 12th of May, 2014. Holding dual memberships with the ??501st? and Rebel...

In Memoriam: Heidi Peterson TI-1938
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/EL_Heidi_2014RSS_zps2dc68bc0.jpg Heidi N. Peterson, TI-1938 of 501st Legion?s Old Line Garrison, passed away on the 10th of April, 2014. A long time member of our costuming...

501st Mission Spotlight: Star Wars Day, Rome
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/RomeatNight_zps2e2ea0b8.jpg After two months of planning, more than 100 members of Italica Garrison assembled at the Roman Colosseum for "Star Wars Day." Joined by...

In Memoriam: Scott Rose TK-346
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/ScottRose554crop_zps1c975961.jpg Scott Rose, TK-346 of the Legion's Neon City Garrison , passed away on the morning of April 20th, 2014. Formerly a member of the Georgia...

The Empire's Finest: Unveiled!
http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g395/MidwestGarrison/Legion%20Command/501st2014Vadermasthead-7_6875_zps83893819.jpg The 501st Legion is proud to reveal the first image in our new " Empire's Finest ," ad campaign! Developed over the last...

 
Neighboring Units
Wisconsin Garrison
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
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."

MWG October 2013 Trooper(s) of the Month!
By BLUERAM on Dec 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM.

Thanks to Mike Smith for the photo!


Congratulations to both Shannon Buetsch, BH-82371(Left) and Kim Worley, DZ-12108(right) for being voted Trooper(s) of the Month for October 2013! These two are textbook examples of what our group is all about! Great job and keep up the Excellent work!

Both were nominated by Steve Gaza, TK/BH 4034 "October cannot go through without the recognition of TWO troopers that have jumped into this legion feet first and running!!!!!"

Shannon was nominated for her Coordination of the Kane County Toy Show on October 27th, 2013.

Steve also had this to say for this exceptional trooper "Shannon is as dedicated as they come. Having only become a member since August of this year, Shannon is on her way to topping 20 troops this year. But she is not satisfied with merely attending troops. Shannon wanted to dive right into becoming an Event coordinator and did a spectacular job setting up the St. Charles toy show. IT was a fantastic turnout and we have been invited back with open arms because of her efforts! She has taken on at least three other events before the end of the year. KEEP it up, Girl!!!!!" Take a look HERE for more photos from this event.

Kim was nominated for coordinating "THE' Tusken Gathering and photoshoot on October 26th, 2013.

More from Steve on the outstanding character of this trooper "Kim has only been a registered member of the Garrison since June of this year. However, accompanied by her husband Hawk, Kim has not only attended almost 20 troops but has developed the means to build an affordable Tusken Raider costume not only for herself, but for at least 8 other members that I know of. She then orchestrated a Tusken Raider photoshoot that was a total blast for all the 19 (I think) Tuskens that showed up.
WAY TO GO, KIM!!!" Take a look HERE for a group shot and other pictures from the outing!

MWG September 2013 Trooper of the Month!
By BLUERAM on Nov 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM.




Congratulations to Mark "BLUERAM" Berry, TB/BH-4265 for being voted Trooper of the Month for September 2013! Mark was nominated for his efforts with the Pekin, IL Marigold Festival!

"Okay, he's probably going to hunt me down for this because he's part of the Command Staff and feels it's part of the job, but I'm not letting all the hard work go unnoticed. This was Mark's "baby" for quite a few months worth of time & effort. The city decided to go with
a Star Wars Theme for their annual festival and BLUERAM was very involved in the process of putting things together. This involved many nights of festival planning meetings. It started with scheduling Peter Mayhew as special celebrity guest, then having to make other
arrangements due to Peter's knee surgery. Daniel Logan and Tom Kane were found as suitable replacements. There were multiple events tied in with the two days of Marigold including a photoshoot with organizers to promote the event, a wine tasting evening, a parade, Imperial Academy, celebrity Q & A session, BAT, and an after party. There was also a wedding proposal that made the local news. Great trooper turnout and a very successful few days. I believe the host has already suggested another strong involvement for next year. In addition, Mark has been hosting armor parties to assist the growing amount of new recruits with their builds."
nominated by 9255 Keven Marion

"Thank you all! A special thank you to everyone who helped make the Marigold festival a huge success! No matter how much planning or work behind the scenes takes place the event is nothing without you guys!" Mark Berry