Behind the Bucket: Imperial Officer Corps

Snap to attention, plastic boys and girls! It’s the Imperial Officer Corps you’re addressing this month with Behind the Bucket. Let’s talk about one of the most populous and (Disclaimer: Personal Opinion to Follow) possibly stressful costume detachments in the 501st. First, let’s address what is potentially stressful about being an officer. Aside from the…

Why We Troop, SL-34288

A little history about myself will help explain this. . . I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was about 5 years old when the original movie came out in 1977. The first movie I got to see in the theater was The Empire Strike Back. Back then that was all that there was…

From the Desk of the CO, October 2017

From the Desk of the CO: Greeting’s loyal citizens. First off, I’d like to thank you all for the support you gave the Empire City Garrison in the month of September. The mission pressed on and we certainly appreciated seeing you supporting charities that we support at our events, reacting to our social media and…

Month in Review, September 2017

Alert all commands and loyal citizens of the Galactic Empire! We bring you the Month in Review, September 2017. The ECGs began the month with a Force-ful start at two Force Fridays, celebrating the release of toys for Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. One of the many joys accompanying being a member of the Legion…

Behind the Bucket: ECG Heritage Month Edition

In September of 2015, Anthony Paladino (current CO of the ECG) sat down with Frank Usamanont (founding CO of the ECG) for an interview to gain insight into the earliest days of the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison. Anthony: How did you find out about the 501st legion?  Frank: Back in early 1999, I didn’t…

Why We Troop, DS-41311

I have always been a Star Wars fan from way back when I saw The Empire Strikes Back in the theater (1980) when I was 5. That film really opened the door for me to genre sci-fi and fantasy films and books. SW was my gateway and I never looked back. Fast forward to December…

From the Desk of the CO, September 2017

Greetings citizens of the Empire! A door has closed on another month and the Empire City Garrison has added some more incredible content to our history books. August brought us some great charity troops along with some fun events that impacted audiences on a much larger than normal scale. This past month we had at…

Month in Review: August 2017

Greetings loyal citizens of the Galactic Empire! It’s the end of August and time for our Month in Review. Our friends at the Cradle of Aviation Museum invited us along for their Retro Gaming Expo for two days of 8-bit enjoyment! ECG member held a panel at the Liberty City Anime Con. They also stormed the…

Behind the Bucket: Clone Trooper Detachment

Greetings shinies! “Looks like we got ourselves a batch of shinies, Commander.” “Shinies, sir?” “That’s right. Your armor—it’s shiny and new. Just like you.” -Rex and Echo, Clone Wars Season 1 Episode 5 “Rookies” Today we will take a look into possibly one of the most diverse detachments in the 501st Legion in terms of costume…

Why We Troop, TS-61937

When our CO Red asked me to write a blog entry about why I troop, I was a bit nervous. This would be the first time I’ve done something like this and I am still very much a rookie. He thought that the fact I was new would actually provide an interesting prospective. Obviously I…

From the Desk of the CO, August 2017

Greetings citizens! The heroes of the Empire City Garrison did it once again this past month. I’d like to send a shout out to all of those troopers who were able to get out and support the garrison’s events in July. I never get tired of expressing how happy and fortunate I feel to be…

July 2017, Month in Review

Greetings troopers, friends and followers of the 501st Legion: Empire City Garrison! Let’s take a quick look at some of the amazing moments we experiences this July! San Diego isn’t the only convention in the USA. This month the ECG attended six conventions of various shapes and sizes! True they might not look like much…