Event Round-Up, August

September 4th, 2018

8/10/18 U.S. Army Military District of Washington Family Day – D.C.

Troopers arrived at the PAO building around 0930 to suit up and headed across base to the parade field where the event began at 1000. Troopers then patrolled the area until 1200, taking photos and talking with many supporters of the Empire. After dekitting, Troopers headed back out to eat some wonderful BBQ and raided the USO truck for Girl Scout cookies.
– Total Number of hours worked: 2 hours
– Money Raised: N/A
Photos have been submitted to the OLG PR email.

Brian Vetter – TK
Jason Lizek – ID

Other Garrison/Group Troopers:

Galactic Academy:



8/10/18 Aberdeen Iron Birds

Aberdeen provided plenty of cases of chilled water. Jason had purchased many cookies from the bakery but Kate neglected to bring them out of the auto…. It wasnt written on the clipboard list….

Squads/Groups were put together Per Jesse Pollock request. Each group had 1 squire. As the evening went on, some groups merged together and became a larger group. Some troopers sort of mingled with the crowd on their own.

Rebel Legion, Mercs, and Sabre Guild were also in attendance.

MANY fans came over to see us. Photos were taken! Chats were had! We seemed to be very popular with loads of peeps. It is awesome to see so much Star Wars love in one place.

Number of hours worked- We started at 530 and stopped at 830. 3 hours.
Monies raised- No money was raised by us.
Photos- All photos have been sent to PR email.

Troop Lead- Kate Walsh supervised by Jason Pangborn. I could not have done this troop alone. I am not skilled on how to speak to a vendor that doesnt comply with the previously agreed upon/ promised requirements. It was very educational to be able to watch this interface happen in order to file it away for any future challenges.

OLG Troopers:
Andrew Simansky – Clone
Brian Aiken – TK
Chris Bancells – TR
Devin Minnich – TB
Emily Schram – CC
Jason Pangborn – R2
Jeremy Bender – DS
John Aiken – TI
Kyle Gainey – DZ
Pat Vetrone – BH
Ryan Dassing – TI
Thomas Wyatt – TK
Warren Markert – TA

Visiting Garrison Troopers:
Andrew Hall – IG
Andy Wolf – DZ
Craig Staley – DZ
Donna Gillie – TI
Nicholas Hall – IG

Galactic Academy:
Delaney Markert – Boussh
Mary Gillie – TA

David Meickle
Heather Aiken
Jeanne Aiken
John Gainey
Kelly Markert
Rose Boquila


8/4/18 Star Wars Spectacular – Hampstead

  • This was a short event at a small library. I arrived with R2 about 15 minutes before the doors were to open at 10am. Vader was alright there and suiting up. Kate was en route but running behind and then was sent to the wrong location by her GPS so by the time she arrived the troop had wound down to the point that there was no reason for her to put her costume on.
    When the doors opened, about a dozen kids and their parents came in. The library had arranged several tables with Star Wars themed crafts and activities for them to do. And R2 and Vader posed for photos. It stayed rather bust for the first 40 minutes or so, but then started dying down.
    We wrapped up on schedule at 11am
    – NA

    Photos sent to OLG PR

    Brett Canfield – SL
    Jason Pangborn – R2

    Kate Walsh


8/11/18 Washington County Library Comicon – Hagerstown

We were provided with a place to change and store our bins on the lower level in the break room/lounge area. The library also provided us with water, chips, and sandwiches for lunch. James had the table set up and ready to go, and we were stationed on the 2nd floor in the children’s reading area. When the Con officially started at 11am, there was a fairly steady flow of people throughout the day. Troopers posed for countless photos, as well as roamed around the library interacting with fellow con-goers. We also spoke with several folks at the table who would make great recruits–we encouraged them to sign up on the forums. Josh from GC agreed to be one of the judges for the costume contest, and after the winners were selected there was a parade of all participants down the main steps in the center of the library (all TKs looked on safely from above). At the end of the parade, a special shout-out was given to the 501st Legion thanking us for attending. Around 330pm, troopers headed down to the break room to de-kit and then packed up the table. By 4pm we all departed, and headed a few blocks over for some post-troop eats.

– Total Number of hours worked: 5 hours

OLG Troopers:
Brian Jones -TK
Jess Wedlock – TK
Michael Dissinger – TB

OLG Squires:
Arthur Klipp-Lischner

Garrison Corellia:
James Welsh
Josh Fite
Michael Endicott
Scott Stevens





Event Round-Up, July

August 6th, 2018

North Point Library SW Night – Dundalk 7/16/18

We arrived at the location and were led into a conference room area that served as both our changing room, and the room that the event was to be held in. We suited up and the crowd was led into the conference room. After some words and trivia from our host, we were introduced to the crowd. Jesse got up on stage and spoke a bit about the 501st Legion-OLG and what we do, as well as what goes in to making our costumes. After a brief Q&A session, we took pictures with the guests. Troopers: (List troopers in alphabetical order)

Jay Lizek – ID
Jeremy Bender – DS
Jesse Pollock – DZ

Galactic Academy
Jake Bender (CDZ)

Bryan White



Family Fun Day Carnival – Columbia 7/21/18

We arrived at the church and were led back to the infants and toddlers room which served as our secure changing location. The pre-event festivities ran a little over so our host asked us to wait a little while longer before coming out. Once we walked out into the area, we patrolled the floor and took pictures with the guests, as well as answered questions about the 501st. The kids seemed to be having a good time with the bounce houses and participating in the games. But I got the feeling that the adults were a little more excited to see us. As the event started to wind down, we headed back to our changing area for some refreshments provided by our host. We returned to our civilian clothes and exited the premises.
– Total Number of hours worked: 2
– Money Raised (if doing BAT/Auction/etc): 0
– No Photos taken at the event.

Troopers: (List troopers in alphabetical order)

Bill Thomas
Cheryl Thomas
Jay Lizek
Jesse Pollock


4th of July Parade – Laurel 7/4/18

This was a nice parade weather was perfect cool 80 with very low humidity and a nice cooling breeze. We arrived between 9/9:30 checked in at 10:00AM and was dressed and inline by 10:30. We took pictures with local parade participants Mission BBQ, and Sweet Frog. Parade started at 11:00 by 11:20 we where on the move as we marched down the 1.32 mile parade handed out candy with the help of our galactic academy cadets and Jim’s daughters who wore very fashionable star wars dresses. We also took pictures and greeting parade watchers with the weather being so nice there was a great turn out.

Hours Worked: 3 hours

Event Lead:
Stephen Bauchan – BH

Jim – SL
Mike Perkins- TD
Yvonne – BH

Natalie Bauchan

Galactic Academy:
Olivia – ID
Keira – TB
Trevor – Jawa



July 4th Celebration – Washington DC

Oh my stars… where do i even start??? This was the most fabu troop that i have done at a hospital!!!
With this troop being held in DC on July 4th, I was advised by a friend who lives in DC that leaving early would be the best bet to getting into the city with less hassles due to closed roads, reroutes, and traffic delays. I advised the group of this info and passed on the suggestion of leaving by 10am in order to arrive by 3pm. This was super early. We all arrived at the hospital parking garage by 215p. I called the contact and she said that we were welcome to come on up. We had to go thru security for ID checks to get visitor badges. The group of people that i was working with as contacts for Childrens National came down to greet us. It was wonderful to put faces with the names that I had been speaking to for the past month.
The hospital provided our own dressing room complete with en suite loo. Food was lovely catered sandwiches, cut fruit, crudités, chips, cookies and sweets, loads of water, and juice boxes. At 4p, they wanted us to eat and fill out the 2 waivers and then suit up by 630 for the troop. The Marvel DC cosplayers were very late due to the traffic. Luckily, they got there in time for the start of the event.
We were led out to the Bunny Mellon Memorial Garden on the rooftop of the atrium. It was so pretty! You could see for miles and there was buildings surrounding us so the sun wasnt going to be an issue. It was sweaty tho. Yikes.
Outside, there were bubble machines to dance in. They also had a stereo system playing a lot of dance tunes. There were craft tables and fun projects for the kiddos to do. We were popular with most everyone there. The Stanley Cup was around the hospital somewhere that same troop time. Miss USA was with our group visiting the kiddos too.
At 830p, we were asked to please wrap up and go change so that we could join everyone back on the rooftop for fireworks. It was the most fabu spot ever! We witnessed a zillion fireworks for sure. Apparently, 3 states can be viewed from our spot. The skyline was lit up for about 40 min.

Number of hours worked: 2

Money raised: none

Photos: submitted to olg pr email

Bill Thomas- TIE
Emily Schram- Captain Rex
Kate Walsh- Jawa

Jason Pangborn

Jason Pangborn


SIDASAURUS a Tribute to the Thomas’s -Rosedale 7/28/18

So all our gang showed up well with in the 1 hour before the troop and met in a parking lot and greeted one another. We then proceeded to talk to a very helpful person who gave us the use of a garage to change in. We all suited up with the help of our squires. We were then introduced to the crowed by the emperial March and walked to an area to where we could have pictures taken with anyone who wished for one. There was some marvel and DC comics favorites there to help as well. About an hour in we presented Sidney with a portion of Star Wars toys that would bring 50 portions on Jaku. He and his mother were very pleased by this gesture. Then the Mighty Kylo Renn did something very touching by giving young Sidney his light saber this got an immediate hug. After all the presenting we patrolled for a bit longer took a few more pictures before saying farewell. This was a very rewarding troop.

  1. OLG
    Charles Singer-TD
    Jeremy Bender-SL
    Rob Heck-TD


    Money raised
    Not sure to the amount. 


#ECSTRONG Festival – West Friendship 7/28/18

  • Troopers arrived between 10 am and 11am. We set up tents to change and hang out in. Troopers got dressed and patrolled the fairgrounds and manned our PR table. Posed for pictures and interacted with festival attendants. Everyone had a great time. At 3 pm we broke down camp and dispersed.
    – Total Number of hours worked: 4 hours
    – Money Raised: $27
    – Pictures are everywhere and I believe PR already has them


    – Bob TI
    – Chris TX
    – Corey TB
    – Emily CC Rex
    – Eric
    – Jason ID
    – Lexie TX
    – Matt AR
    – Mike
    – Ryan IG
    -Thomas TK
    – Warren TA


    – Arthur
    – Patrick

Event Round-Up, June

July 7th, 2018


PrattCon 2018 – Baltimore 6/23/18

The event kicked off at 10 when the library opened. Initial traffic was light, but gradually picked up. We patrolled the branch, spending most of our time downstairs in the children’s area where there was the highest concentration of people. We took plenty of pictures and gave out a lot of high-fives as patrons made crafts, had their faces painted, and listened to stories. Several teens floated in and out of our orbit to talk Star Wars and other topics. There were also table set ups from local comic shops and artists, as well as several Game Trucks outside. We circulated among these vendors, both in and outside, and took a few more pictures. Around noon, we got changed and headed out. The librarians were happy to have us and took good care of us (including parking passes).

– Total Number of hours worked – 2
– Money Raised (if doing BAT/Auction/etc) – $0

OLG Troopers:
Jason Lizek – ID
Chris Bancells – TR

Galactic Academy:
Ryan – DZ


Take Step – DC 6/16/18

At 10:45AM they started there kick off ceremony during this time we took some time in the shade, and posted for some additional pictures, at 11:00AM the walk started we stood at the start line and greeted walkers as they embarked on there 1.3 mile walk along the waterfront towards and around Nationals Stadium. During this time we took a few minutes to hydrate while we waited for the walks to return at 11:45 walks had returned and we greeted them as they return. Once all walks returned wraped up for the day headed back to parking lot to change this was around 12:30PM.

Hours Worked: 3 hours

Funds Raised: $250.00

Event lead:
Stephen Bauchan

OLG troopers:
Stephen Bauchan – BH
James Tate – SL

Natalie Bauchan

Bowie Baysox SW Night – Bowie 6/16/18

We started moving down to the assigned areas at around 5p. This was time frame for us to greet the VIPs and early access fans. There were a lot of photographs taken and many happy interactions with the fans. People were very happy to see us. Shortly after, The gates open to the genpub and we were again very appreciated by everyone that came in contact. The last trooper came up by 815p.

There were a lot of shift changes/breaks taken due to the weather. Our floating squires were offering many of the trooping groups iced bottled water to prevent any downed troopers. Thank you muchly to the squires who were recruited last min- Brandy Collins, Mozell Gant, and Deb Benigni(on loan from Rebel Legion) were awesome with giving out waters and checking on the troops. Thank you muchly to Lisa Dinko and Dan Dinko for stepping up to help by also handing out waters, gathering the TKs, and taking photographs. Ashley Oliver was so fantastic, not only did she squire her group, but floated about to others to make sure all was ok and they were hydrated. Kelly Sherwell was fabulous with being able to go from group to group to make sure all was going smoothly. Thank you to Debbie Wyatt who helped squire on a boo-boo foot! Todd Desgrosseillers and Nishaad Knights were brilliant with their squire skills.

Towards the end of the troop, the 76er Ol Garda made an appearance in the changing room. Photos and video are floating about on FB… I believe they were sent to OLGPR as well.

Total number of hours worked-3.5
monies raised- N/A
Andrew Simansky
Charles Singer
Charles Wright
Christopher Hecht
Clark Oliver
Corey Dipietro
Emily Schram
Jason Lizek
Jay Jorgensen
Jesse J. Pollock
Kate Walsh(lead)
Kelly Brantner
Michael Perkins
Neil Shivelle
Nick Dinko
Pat Vetrone
Robert Boyce
Ryan Dassing
Scott Lyons
Thomas Wyatt
Tim Waites
Tony Federici
Virgil Bauer

Visiting Garrison Troopers- N/A

Ashley Oliver
Brandy Collins
Dan Dinko
Debbie Wyatt
Jason Pangborn
Kelly Sherwell
Lisa Dinko
Mozell Gant
Nishaad Knights
Pat Talbott
Todd Desgrosseilliers

R2 Wrangler- Jason Pangborn

Galactic Academy-
Kiera Perkins


Hagerstown Sunday SW Night – Hagerstown 6/16/18

We mingled at the front gate area for pics before the game. Took several breaks for hydration. Once the game started we did a few rounds through the bleacher areas and concessions .
We sang Happy Birthday to a young man having and party and took more pics with him and his friends.

At the bottom of the 4th inning we all went onto the field near the 1st base line to participate in a hobby horse race between two kids. It was fun.

We suited down after the 5 inning.

Really glad we could help out our neighbors again.

Total number of hours worked – 2.5

Event lead:
James Welsh (substitute for Jess)

OLG Troopers:
Jess Wedlock – (stopped by for a few minutes on her trip back from B-more)

Visiting Garrison Troopers:
James Welsh-TIE Corellia
Sarah Welsh-TD Corellia
Joshua Fite- TIE Corellia
Andrew Fairall – Mando Mercs

Dawn Welsh – Corellia
Heather Fite – Corellia cadet
Brandon Fairall – Mando squire