Welcome to the online home of the Mountain Garrison. Over 70 Imperial Garrisons and Outposts comprise the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers and we are assigned to Earth, to protect and serve the Emperor and the members of the Galactic Empire. Over 5,000 members of the Imperial Navy are here to safeguard Earth from any Rebel activity. With over 150 members, the Mountain Garrison is assigned the task of maintaining security across the states of Wyoming and Colorado.
We are also here to lend assistance to charities and provide smiles to those most in need.
The Mountain Garrison is only a small part of a worldwide organization known as the 501st Legion.
As of early 2015 the legion has over 7,000 active members and is growing stronger every day.
We are always looking for new recruits. Check out
www.501st.com and the following links for more information.
The Legion Charter - 501st rules and bylaws
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Trooper Survival Guide - This guide will help you understand what you can expect from the Legion and what the Legion expects from you.
Costume Reference Library - CRL for short, is a guide to what is required for each costume. A must read for every prospective and current member.
Request an Appearance - Request Vader's Fist at your next event.
JOIN US! - How to join the ranks of the 501st Legion!
"The 501st Legion is now recognized as one of the largest costuming organizations in the world. It has active members in forty-seven countries on five continents, divided into sixty-seven local garrisons and twenty-nine outposts (those units that comprise fewer than twenty-five members). More than 20 percent of the troops are female."
"The ultimate irony of the 501st is that for such a fascist-looking organization, it is actually profoundly democratic. There are local and global elections to the legion council every February, and they're not sham elections. There's a lot of healthy, rambunctious debate in the ranks. But ultimately they're all brothers and sisters under the Lycra; they've all literally bled for their uniforms at one time or another. The "armor bite," as the plastic panels' skin-pinching is known, is felt by everyone. (Everyone except the comfortably hot Vaders, that is.)
How do you get into the legion? By submitting multiple photos of your costume to a compliance officer, who will check the tiniest of details for screen accuracy; the six-pouch criterion is one of many. Would-be troopers have to work hard to get their costumes up to code although some find it easier than others. " I've heard guys say they can finish their armor in a week or two, working nonstop with fast-acting glue," says Ed daSilva, CO of the Golden Gate Garrison in Northern California, who built his costume in two months. "If you can handle PVC, plumbing, irrigation work, it's similar."
Taylor, Chris (2014-09-30). How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (p. 34). Basic Books. Kindle Edition."
While a growing number of people are experiencing a reawakening of their Star Wars fandom, new generations are seeking ways to celebrate their passion for George Lucas' modern mythology. The 501st Legion brings these fans together, reinforcing the enduring longevity of the Star Wars saga.
Some fans are content to collect action figures...other fans want to be action figures. Nothing professes your passion quite like building your own detailed costume replica of a classic Star Wars villain, and there's nothing quite like the feeling that comes from bringing the characters of Star Wars into the real world and sharing the magic with others.
While our organization was founded to simply provide a collective identity for costuming fans with similar interests, the 501st is proud to put its resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism. Read more about our charity work here.
Our dedicated troopers truly live by the motto "Bad Guys Doing Good!"
Here are a few examples of ways we help our communities!
Raising money by being targets for Blast-A-Trooper
Cheering on participants in 5K fundraisers and awareness walks
Bringing smiles to residents and families at the Ronald McDonald House or Children's Hospitals
Ringing bells and filling kettles
Commanding Officer (
Executive Officer ( GXO ): Calvin Mondragon, TK 18188
Garrison Membership Liason ( GML ): Aaron M Garber, BH 6030
Garrison Web Liason ( GWL ): Joshua L Larsen, SL 432
Garrison Web Liason ( GWL ): Nick Morgan, TI 42277
Garrison Web Liason ( GWL ): Steven R Schwarzrock, SL 71006
Garrison Public Relations Officer ( GPR ): Kurt A Weinreich, TD 2391
Garrison Webmaster ( GWM ): Joshua L Larsen, SL 432
Garrison Charity Representative ( GCR ): Lorri Gurnett, TI 67355
Garrison Charity Representative ( GCR ): Star M Yeo, TI 40218
Garrison Merchandising Officer ( GMB ): Joshua L Larsen, SL 432
Garrison Guard ( GG ): W. Philip Reuland, DZ 55164
Our garrison has sub groups called squads.
These groups have their own Squad Leaders that help coordinate events in their areas.
|Snowy Range Squad
Squad Leader: Aaron M Garber(BH 6030)
Covering Wyoming and following Colorado Counties:
Adams*, Boulder, Jackson, Larimer, Logan, Moffat, Morgan, Philips, Rio Blanco, Routt, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, Yuma
|Mile High Squad
Squad Leader: Steven Malson(TK 51577)
Covering the following Colorado Counties:
Arapahoe, Burlington, Clear Creek, Dela, Douglas, Eagle, Garfield, Jefferson, Kiowa, Lincoln*. Mesa, Pitkin. Summit
|Pikes Peak Squad
Squad Leader: John D Erickson,(TX 8851)
Covering the following Colorado Counties:
Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Dolores, El Paso, Fremont, Huerfano, Kiowa, Lake, Las Animas, Montezuma, Otero, Park, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Grande, Saguache, Teller
|* County is split|