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Imperial Transmission on Upcoming Events and Event Requests
By Dirty Scout on Apr 3, 2020 at 12:24 PM.
Imperial Update on Event Appearances and Requests

Due to the current pandemic caused by COVID-19, the Midwest Garrison has cancelled all appearances for the month of April. We hope to resume events again in May 2020, but we will follow the guidelines and recommendations by the CDC and comply with the wishes of the CDC, our hardworking President Donald Trump and his administration, the Governor of Illinois, Chicago Mayor Lightfoot, and our local municipalities, and the 501st Legion Command for the safety of our fans and our members.








We thank you for your time and cooperation with this matter, and we look forward to spreading cheer again in this galaxy.


2019 CHARITY REPORT
By Dirty Scout on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:33 PM.
2019 Charity Report




2019 was a busy year for members of the Midwest Garrison with multiple conventions including Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Library Fan Fests, Free Comic Book Day events all across the state, a plethora of parades and many community events. Together in conjunction with members of the Rebel Legion, MMCC, and other sister organizations they brought smiles, laughter, and joy to the communities in this galaxy. This wonderful hobby of costuming also helps many organizations by participating in various walks, runs, and other charity fundraising events. Together, the Star Wars costuming groups in the Midwest Garrison territory helped raise:

DIRECT FUNDS: $29,723
INDIRECT FUNDS: $10,979,449


Some highlights include

Indirect Funds for Make A Wish Illinois: $559,929

Direct Funds from 15 years of fundraising by the Imperial Walkers at Relay for Life of McClean County: $91,304

Indirect Funds from participating in The Troops and Cops For Kids Hockey Game 2019: $18,000 raised for the N.I.C.U. at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL

Direct funds of $2517 and Indirect funds of $1,137,000 for Tour De Farms Bike MS 2019

Direct Funds of $4245 and Indirect Funds of $5,700,000 for 2019 St. Jude Run in Washington, Il and Peoria, IL

That is just a few of the charities that were helped by these Star Wars costuming clubs in 2019.


THIS IS THE WAY
By Dirty Scout on Mar 9, 2020 at 2:24 PM.



Under the Spotlight, Under the Armor
By Dirty Scout on Jan 13, 2020 at 2:10 PM.
It's 2020 and it's time for another installment of Under the Spotlight, Under the Armor.

In this installment, we get an opportunity to meet a trooper that goes the extra mile. No matter where the event may be, whether it is Chicago or Cairo, Kankakee, Peoria, Champaign, St Louis, or somewhere in between-this trooper can be found. Jim Marriott is not just a trooper, he is a leader, follower, dreamer, friend, and all around great guy. Jim has a serious side when it comes to planning an event and he is a master at using social media to help coordinate the events that he is involved in and hosting. In November of 2019, Jim accepted a post as the new Midwest Garrison Captain of the Guard or Garrison Guard. Jim has helped many of our troopers get their kits finished by opening up his garage and also his heart. He is a dedicated trooper. So without much further ado, let us meet Jim Marriott, Member ID 21175.





How long have you been a member of the 501st/MWG?
Since July 2017

How did you become aware of the 501st and the MWG?
When the original trilogy was re-released in the mid-90s, my interest in Star Wars was rekindled. I had seen a few images of stormtroopers in public, and I started searching for info. I came across the old FX armor, but the price was out of my budget at the time. I've been following the MWG and the 501st since then.

After becoming aware, what helped you decide to become a member and join the Star Wars Costuming group?
I was finally in a position, both financially and physically, to be able to build a kit. I met Chip Childress, Rick Devine, Thomas Bickel and Chris Stewart at Rogue One's release in the local theater. Rick lived in my town, and Chip was also close by. Having members that close to me convinced me it was time.

What costume/costumes do you have?
ANH TIE Pilot and ANH TK (stunt)

Why did you choose that costume?
I actually purchased the TK because who doesn't want to be a stormtrooper? While waiting on that kit, I won a raffle for my TIE pilot.

Are you currently working on any others, and if so, what are they?
Yes, a Shoretrooper Grunt

What would you like to do in the future if you would like to do more costumes/uniforms?
I think a Scout is likely next.

What is your favorite part of trooping an event?
The camaraderie with my fellow troopers ranks up there near the top. It depends on the event though. We're doing a Down Syndrome event in the near future, and that's always fun. Interacting with the fans and seeing them get excited.

What has been your favorite event that you have participated in and why? What made it stand out?
I have to say that going to Celebration Chicago is at the top. I went as a fan, but was lucky enough to be tapped to help with so many special experiences. We helped with a couple Make-A-Wish events and a private Gold Star family event for fallen police officers' families. We were also put on the main stage and had some video shot that was used in the Star Wars Show footage of the event.

On a more personal note, and only share what you want to share since this will be public.
What do you for a living?
I am an Occupational Safety professional for the University of Illinois

What do your Family and Friends think of your Star Wars Costuming Hobby?
They're supportive, but they wonder about me sometimes... My kids secretly think it's cool but would never admit that in public.

What is your Favorite Color?
Black

What is a non Star Wars hobby that you like to do? What are your other interests?
General home remodeling. I've been remodeling my house since I bought it 11 years ago, and we're almost done. Finally!

If you want to share anything about your family, please do. If you don't want to, that's fine.
Married for 19 years, two kids (15-year old daughter, 16-year old son)

What is your favorite Star Wars movie? Why is that one a favorite?
Rogue One. Hands down...it's a great story, and it's got a gritty feel that the others don't have. I love "war movies" and this one really nailed it.

What is something that most people don't know about you that you would like to share?
Honestly, I am a pretty open book. What you see is what you get.

If you could have dinner with one famous or non famous person, who would it be?
She isn't famous, but I would love to have dinner with my grandmother one more time. I lost her to pancreatic cancer five years ago.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the MWG?
The people. There's a lot of great people in the Garrison, and the Legion. I've had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world!

Trooping for many folks gets squeezed in between job and family commitments. Yet, there are some events where afterwards folks tend to get together at a restaurant for a meal, a snack, or even soft drinks to socialize. When I was a member of the Jaycees we referred to this as the "meeting after the meeting." I like to call this "the troop after the troop."
What are your thoughts about "the troop after the troop?"

The "troop after the troop" is a great way for us to relax after the event. It's a become a tradition of sorts for us and we relish the time spent together. It's a great way to just relax and talk, get to know each other a bit more and become closer as friends. We all share the love of Star Wars, but rarely does the conversation revolve around that topic. In fact, it's usually the last thing to come up!

Finally, what would you like to tell someone who was looking and possibly thinking about joining the Midwest Garrison or any of the Star Wars Costuming groups?
Do it. You won't regret it. But do it the right way. Don't try to go alone, there's so much information available from so many people that can help you. Reach out, ask questions and jump in.


Happy New Year 2020
By Dirty Scout on Dec 31, 2019 at 10:43 AM.


The Midwest Garrison Command Staff would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year 2020!

As a garrison, we ring in this new year with hope and excitement of what this new year will bring. We are celebrating our Twenty first year as a garrison in 2020.

2019 was a fun year as we celebrated our 20th Anniversary, Star War Celebration Chicago, Joliet Library Star Wars Day, C2E2, Chicago Comic Con, Ace Comic Con, and many other events. We saw the opening of the new Disney Parks with Galaxy's Edge, approval of new members from every walk of life, approval of new costumes, we witnessed the launch of The Mandalorian and we gathered together to celebrate the ending of the Skywalker Saga in The Rise of Skywalker.

2020 is just on the horizon. We hope that many of you will come join us and our sister organizations in our Galactic Sandbox. Star Wars is for everyone and we hope that you will find a home with us and the other clubs that we work together with. Start your path by registering on our forums and then introducing yourself in our Welcome Mat thread on our forums. We will guide you and work with you to help you become the Imperial, the Rebel, the Jedi or Sith, or even the bounty hunter you always dreamt of being or becoming. To quote Darth Vader, "We would be honored if you would join us."

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU and cheers to a safe and wonderful new year!


Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas
By Dirty Scout on Dec 24, 2019 at 2:26 PM.




Season's Greetings, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas from the Members of the Midwest Garrison. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday travel.


Under the Spotlight, Under the Armor
By Dirty Scout on Dec 24, 2019 at 1:11 PM.
UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT, UNDER THE ARMOR. I AM MIDWEST GARRISON!

Our next trooper spotlight is a quiet and reserved trooper. When I think about this member, I think of a gentle flowing stream. When you are around her you get a peaceful easy feeling, someone that evokes patience and understanding. She is a trooper that you can count on to suit up in her armor when she is available to troop, even in 100 plus degree heat. But do not underestimate this woman, she is a force to be reckoned with in anything that she is passionate about. She is a loyal and dedicated friend. She is a lover of Crab Legs. And there are rumors that she wore out her brother's Star Wars DVD when she was a kid. So without further ado, let's get to know our Spotlight trooper a little more, I present to you Liz Kachlic, member ID 15251.





How long have you been a member of the 501st/MWG?
I have been a trooper for about a year and 7 months.

How did you become aware of the 501st and the MWG?
I became aware of the 501st Legion at about the age of 13. I found the 501st Legion page by coincidence and found it to be rather awesome and inspiring. However, I knew I had a long wait to go before I could join.

After becoming aware, what helped you decide to become a member and join the Star Wars Costuming group?
For many years after I turned 18, I kept procrastinating on when I wanted to join. I had done previous research and one day I just told myself, it's now or never. I just had to take that leap.

What costume/costumes do you have?
I have a TK, which is a Stormtrooper costume ANH Hero

Why did you choose that costume?
Ever since I was young, I thought that stormtroopers were really cool and I thought that being a female stormtrooper would be a unique yet awesome experience.
Does it ever shock someone to find out that you are a woman under the armor?
Yes, normally it does. I typically get the response of "that’s a girl in there!" or as they are walking away "was that a girl?"
Yes, stormtroopers can be women too.


Are you currently working on any others, and if so, what are they?
In process of putting together an Imperial Officer.

What would you like to do in the future if you would like to do more costumes/uniforms?
There are a few that come to mind. I would like to do some sort of Princess Leia, possibly from ANH, or Jes Gistang. I also have an idea to create a Twi'lek Mandalorian.

What is your favorite part of trooping an event?
Trooping brightens my day and I love the feeling that it produces. Witnessing the excited reactions from not just children but adults too.

What has been your favorite event that you have participated in and why? What made it stand out?
My favorite event was a Ronald McDonald event, where we visited a young boy named Austin. That was my very first volunteer event, which also made it special. My second niece was born with gastroschisis and spent most of her lifetime in a Ronald McDonald house. I felt that I was able to give back some joy to the children there and while it was challenging (emotionally) it meant a lot to me.

On a more personal note, and only share what you want to share since this will be public.
What do you for a living?
I am currently a server at Egg Harbor Café but am a student at College of Dupage pursuing a career in dental hygiene.

What do your Family and Friends think of your Star Wars Costuming Hobby?
My friends find it pretty darn cool, and my family is supportive of it. My brother and sister-in-law are also in the 501 st .

What is your Favorite Color?
Purple, always and forever.

What is your favorite snack when you watch a movie?
Usually very buttered popcorn, anything chocolate, or sunflower seeds.

What is a non Star Wars hobby, that you like to do? What are your other interests?
I enjoy PC video gaming, crafting jewelry or scrapbooking.

What is your favorite Star Wars movie? Why is that one a favorite?
A New Hope has always been my favorite. I had watched the movies all throughout my childhood and the iconic imaging of Princess Leia giving R2D2 the death star plans has always stuck with me.

What is something that most people don't know about you that you would like to share?
I really enjoy pickles and could probably eat a whole jar in one sitting.

If you could have dinner with one famous person or special person to you dead or alive who would it be?
Carrie Fisher. She had come along way and has inspired so many women including myself. The day that I found out we had lost her was a devastating day.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the MWG?
Asking me to choose one thing is rather difficult. The community within the MWG is heartwarming. We are like a big family, through the ups and downs we are there for one another.

Finally, what would you like to tell someone who was looking and possibly thinking about joining the Midwest Garrison or any of the Star Wars Costuming groups?
Don't wait, the moment you see that child’s face light up because you brought their fictional character to life, you know it was worth it.


Holiday Special-Under The Spotlight
By Dirty Scout on Nov 27, 2019 at 7:50 AM.
Holiday Special-Under The Spotlight, Under The Armor. I AM MIDWEST GARRISON!

2019 is the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Midwest Garrison. Our garrison started with four individuals with a love for Star Wars and a desire to build Stormtrooper armor. From humble beginnings, these four founders helped grow the Midwest Garrison to five states. Today there are 6 Garrisons that have grown and probably close to a thousand members that have joined over those 20 years.

We have had three Trooper Spotlights and in each spotlight our members talk about the connections that create a large circle of people that will help those in times of need, whether it's a ride, a phone call when you needed it more than someone could ever know, a person that will help you move, a person that will visit you in the hospital, and even say prayers for you when you need healing.

It's a love for Star Wars that brings people together in this group, yet it is the esprit de corps that bonds these people through the rough times. And for some, this garrison is more than just a group, it's an extended family.

So tomorrow, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. As we give thanks, I can think of no higher privilege than to say "Thank You" to the Four Founders of the MWG- Javier Esqueda, Luis Boileve, Michael Washko, and Arturo Delgado. It's hard to believe the impact that this group has created but let us take a moment and reflect from the year of 2018.

Members of the Midwest Garrison:

Participated in 37 events linked with children's hospitals

Helped package 151,000 meals for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Helped collect over 3300 toys for Christmas

Helped raise direct funds of $18,455 dollars for various charities

Helped raise indirect funds of $3,771,103 for various charities including Ronald McDonald House, Lurie Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Illinois, Make A Wish, Autism Speaks, St. Baldrick's, Bugs Pals, Childhood Leukemia Warriors Foundation, Second City Canine Rescue, and so many more.


We have a special holiday edition of Under the Armor, Under the Spotlight. This time we turn the Imperial Spotlight on a loving husband, a loyal friend, a trooper that loves to have fun, and a founding member of the Midwest Garrison, Luis Boileve. He has a smile that lights up a room and a love for trooping that spills out from behind the helmet. Luis has been donning Star Wars costumes for 20 years to bring smiles, joy, and happiness to this galaxy. So without further ado, let us get to know Luis Boileve, Member ID # 604.



Luis, you were one of the founding members back in 1999. 20 years is a long time with a hobby and obviously many changes have occurred within the Garrison. How have you kept your passion for Star Wars Costuming for 20 years?

The Star Wars part was easy. I've always loved Star Wars, the passion started when I was 9 and I saw that first Stormtrooper bust through the doors of the Tantive IV. I fell in love with Stormtroopers instantly and literally dreamed of having a Stormtrooper as my best friend.

How have you maintained your desire to stay a part of a changing organization?

Honestly, I just go with the flow. I was the original XO (we called it Second in Command) to Mike Washko as CO. I was also a Legion Forum Board Officer but stepped down from that as well. I now stay out of politics and always try to surround myself with positive people/troopers. There are a lot of wonderful people in this organization and I am proud to be a small part of it.

How did you become aware of the 501st?

I researched obtaining Stormtrooper armor and during that time I ran across a GeoCities website named Detention Block 2551 (if I remember correctly) for a group stormtroopers. It was just a list of names and pictures and I wanted to make that list. I emailed Albin Johnson when I got my armor and he "officially" listed me on his page and sent me an awesome letter with my first patch and welcomed me to the 501st. That for me was a wonderful moment. I was accepted, and I was a Stormtrooper.

After becoming aware, what helped you decide to start a garrison?

In 1999 Mike Washko (TK895), Arturo Delgado (TK412), Javier Esqueda (TK265), and myself, just kind of said, let's do this. Everything fell into place and we just decided to form a garrison. Maybe the stars aligned perfectly, or we were just at the right place at the right time. Either way I am very thankful and grateful to know these three men (and their families), who are now my brothers.

Starting a garrison back in 1999 was probably a different process than it would be today, but what were some of the obstacles back then?

In the beginning there really weren't obstacles. Things were way different back then, "before the dark times, Before the Empire."

How did you and the founding members recruit new people?

At every and any event, we would make it a point to talk to everyone interested and promote as much as possible. Our first events were always someone who knew us, family and friends and then it grew by word of mouth, then television news interviews and so on. More and more people became curious and we just kept promoting the 501st - Midwest Garrison's good name and what we do and why.

Did you ever imagine that after 20 years, there would be 6 garrisons within 5 states and well over 500 members (and maybe closer to 1000 members)?

I had no clue, all I knew is I was amongst friends that had the same passion and love for Star Wars that I had. I was able to travel from city to city, state to state and meet new brothers and sisters from every walk of life and we were instant friends.

What costume/costumes do you have?

I have:
Classic Stormtrooper
Classic Sandtrooper
Biker Scout
Tusken Raider
Death Trooper (Zombie not the Rogue One TX)


Why did you choose that costume?

I originally chose Stormtrooper because I fell in love with them the first time I saw them on screen. I always wanted to have one as my friend and as I got older, I wanted to be one. In 2002 at Celebration 2 I was officially a Stormtrooper. We did guard duty as security while wearing armor and we got reimbursed with badges to Celebration. So technically that's when I became an official Stormtrooper working for Lucas. Then again in 2007 at the Tournament of Roses, that was a wonderful time!

Are you currently working on any others, and if so, what are they?

I have Ralph McQuarrie Stormtrooper armor I need to put together and my wife's Stormtrooper armor as well.

What would you like to do in the future if you would like to do more costumes/uniforms?

I'm always up for new costumes, but I am also a Ghostbuster and I have a Predator Costume

What is your favorite part of trooping an event?

At first it was the, "Wow, did you see that Stormtrooper!!??" Then it was the reminder of how I felt when I was a child and wanted a Stormtrooper to be my best friend and I turned my focus to the kids in the back. What I mean is, most parents push their kids up front of the crowds to take pictures and there are some that are left out. They are usually behind the crowd. There are always enough troopers for pictures, and I don't like to stand still so I walk around and look for a new "best friend".

The hardest part is trying to be fair and taking turns with the children. I try my best to keep them lined up in my head according to how they got my attention and try to give each and everyone of them my unconditional attention. That would have made me as a child so incredibly happy, so I try and do that for others.

I still find small birthday parties and hospital visits the best and they warm my heart. I don't really go to conventions anymore unless it's to meet up with old friends.


What has been your favorite event that you have participated in and why? What made it stand out?

I submitted this a few years back and it still stands out as my favorite Troop

TK-604 of the 501st Midwest Garrison shares a story about why he troops...

Back in 2000, at the #StarWars Magic of Myth museum exhibit, we were standing around taking pictures in a big group but I can't stand still, I NEED to mingle and walk around, so as I worked my way through the gigantic crowd that surrounded us, I saw a little boy in a wheelchair. He was in the back of the crowd and couldn't get any closer. This was a big crowd. The #501st was still new, and people had never seen anything like us before.
I walked up to him and his little body was deformed, he couldn't speak well, and he was kind of pushed back in his wheelchair to one side. I extended my hand to him and said, "Hi!" His sister told his mother in Spanish that the Stormtrooper wouldn't understand her brother, as the kid was trying to say something (again in Spanish). I really couldn't hear him because he was a tiny little thing and had a soft voice, so I said "Como estas, me llamo TK-604," in my broken Spanish and the kid FREAKED! He sat up, reached out and grabbed me to hug me, and his family started tearing up and told me he doesn't get excited anymore. That tiny little kid pulled me down to him and hugged me like I have never been hugged before.

I still think of that day and feel that hug when I need a good memory because I'm having a bad day at work or something. From the kid's point of view just imagine being confined to a wheelchair but you like Star Wars and you get to see Magic of Myth and then Star Wars characters and THEN one of them talks to you in your language? How cool did that kid feel? In all reality, I think I felt even better than he did.

I always say I am thankful for the helmets; I don't need everyone see me crying when I do this. Hospital visits, retirement homes, rehab facilities, children's hospitals, children's foster homes, cancer wards, I've been to animal hospitals as well, no, not for the pets but their guardians. I LOVE THIS HOBBY!!! For those that don't know me you should, I'm just like you. The love and passion for this hobby we share is the same. We do it to show off our costumes and wear them in public, to show off our skills and the benefits we receive are smiles. WHAT A PAYOFF!!
With much love and respect,

Luis TK604 Boileve


On a more personal note, and only share what you want to share since this will be public.
What do you for a living?


I'm a Lead Field Service Tech for BD / CareFusion covering or assisting to cover 24/7 Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, The Dakota's, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Spokane, Washington

What do your Family and Friends think of your Star Wars Costuming Hobby?

They love it and support me 100 percent, especially my wonderful wife, Tracy.

What is your Favorite Color?

Blue

What is a non-Star Wars hobby, that you like to do? What are your other interests?

I am also a Windy City Ghostbuster and I also am part of the Predator Clan.

If you want to share anything about your family, please do. If you don't want to, that's fine.

I have one brother and two sisters, but my sister has one sister and two brothers!

What is your favorite Star Wars movie? Why is that one a favorite?

I always say, "Star Wars" and it was named Star Wars before they updated it to "A New Hope" because that is the one that brought me into this amazing world and Stormtroopers.

What is something that most people don't know about you that you would like to share?

Although he may have a tough exterior, he's just a big softie. (Quoted by my wife, Tracy.)

If you could have dinner with one famous person dead or alive, who would it be?

Hmmmm, Famous? I would rather have dinner with my parents just one more time.

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the MWG?

Instant friendship, as soon as you join, you are among friends and one of us.

Finally, what would you like to tell someone who was looking and possibly thinking about joining the Midwest Garrison or any of the Star Wars Costuming groups?

Stretch out with your feelings and join! You won't regret it!




Under the Spotlight, Under the Armor
By Dirty Scout on Nov 20, 2019 at 2:26 PM.
Under the Spotlight, Under the Armor 3



In part three of our trooper spotlight, "Under the Spotlight, Under the Armor," we have the privilege to introduce another one of our wonderful stormtroopers. We hope that you will enjoy getting to know our members as they open up to their fellow members and to the public. This young chemist always has a smile on her face, even though you cannot see it underneath that helmet. She is a loyal friend and dedicated trooper. Without further ado, let's get to know Isabella Wong, member ID# 10232.

How long have you been a member of the 501st/MWG?
About 4 years

How did you become aware of the 501st and the MWG?
I have a friend that invited me to Star Wars Day in Joliet about 5-6 years ago. He was a Death Trooper (when EU was considered canon) and I met all of the other Star Wars characters. He began to tell me about the 501st and what they do.

After becoming aware, what helped you decide to become a member and join the Star Wars Costuming group?
I have always been a big Star Wars fan and I really wanted to become a Storm Trooper because they're just so cool to look at and people love them! But seeing them in their "official" armor rather than just something from the Halloween store was even more enthralling. Plus, the fact that it's a non-profit group that loves to cosplay for charity and special events just because they love Star Wars also drew me in. The look on the children's faces when they see a real trooper, Mandolorian, wookie, etc. was what made me join the group.

What costume/costumes do you have?
Just a TK ANH edition

Why did you choose that costume?
I love dressing as a storm trooper because you get to wear the bucket and people are sometimes surprised that a girl is wearing the suit. It's a classic and you cannot go wrong with it! Plus, you can never have enough storm troopers!

Are you currently working on any others, and if so, what are they?
I am currently looking into a Shore Trooper from Rogue One.

What would you like to do in the future if you would like to do more costumes/uniforms?
I would like to cycle in and out my costumes, if I ever have time to work on them. I am not good at building costumes or sewing, so I have to ask someone to do it for me.

What is your favorite part of trooping an event?
Seeing how the people, especially the children, react!

What has been your favorite event that you have participated in and why? What made it stand out?
I like doing the Adler After Dark events. I like it because it fits the theme of space and Star Wars and also because other adults cosplay. It's just fun to walk around and take lots of different pictures in different poses. And you get to talk to enthusiastic adults that either understand or respect the world of cosplay.

On a more personal note, and only share what you want to share since this will be public.

What do you for a living?
Chemist

What do your Family and Friends think of your Star Wars Costuming Hobby?
They're pretty amused. They don't mind as long as I like doing it and it's safe. Also as long as I don't go broke lol

What is your Favorite Color?
Blue

What is a non Star Wars hobby, that you like to do? What are your other interests?
I like to cycle and ice skate. Road biking is one of my favorite things to do. I can ride for hours because it makes you feel free and you are getting a lot of good exercise.



What is your favorite Star Wars movie? Why is that one a favorite?
The Empire Strikes Back. A very worth sequel that strongly continues the saga. The twist and turns don't feel cheap or forced.

What is something that most people don't know about you that you would like to share?
I love high end designer bags and high heels! I like to keep a collection of those in my closet.

If you could have dinner with one famous person, who would it be?
Billy Corgan. I am a Pumpkin head

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the MWG?
Pretty much everyone helps the other out with events and costuming. You get to to meet all different kinds of people and you can end up building long lasting friendships and relationships.

Finally, what would you like to tell someone who was looking and possibly thinking about joining the Midwest Garrison or any of the Star Wars Costuming groups?
It might seem really intimidating and scary because there are a lot of people committed to Star Wars cosplay. The costumes may seem expensive, but the reward is priceless. If you REALLY enjoy cosplay and playing a role just for fun, then I recommend joining. A lot of the members will help you when you have trouble with your costume or if you're looking to get a new kit. I would not be able to become a storm trooper without the valuable help and advice of several people (they are now one of my closest friends). And you don't have to "compete" with others. You don't have to have the most costumes, the best props, or the most troops. Just as long as you enjoy what you are doing, then there's nothing wrong with it. We all have each other's backs. There's probably more that I want to say, but I think it's along the lines of what I just said.
Isabella Wong
TK 10232



Happy Veteran's Day
By Dirty Scout on Nov 8, 2019 at 2:35 AM.
The Midwest Garrison Command Staff would like to give a special salute to all of our Veterans. We thank you for your service and appreciate your call to duty. A few of our troopers were willing to share their service photos and their branch of service, we salute our fine men and women that have served our country and now serve our costuming group through their community outreach.




Brad Hartsock - Air Force
Christan Medina - Air Force
Michael Stoughton - Air Force
Dan Venske - Army National Guard
Andrew Warchol - Army.
Sean Crockett - Army
Javier Esqueda - Marines.
Joshua Robertson - Marines
Peter Lewis - Marines.
Thomas Little - Navy


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