Posts Tagged ‘starwars’

image5Keystone Heights, destination next. After doing the Pecan park Troop. I loaded up and headed to Keystone Heights for the Parade. This would be the first time I have been to Keystone for anything so this was truly a new troop for me. I brought with me my step daughter and her friend. they would handle and take pictures for us.

We got there pretty early so we walked about and visited with other troopers that lived out that way.  As the sun started to fall from the sky we headed back and started dressing out. once all the troopers were geared up and ready to go we headed out to our position in line. we stood around and took some photos and chit chatted about past troops and other sorted tales of trooping.

The parade master walked by yelling “7 min to go” and everybody started getting in position and ready for the walk. the Sun was down and the night had fallen on the streets. The darkness was lit with the festive lights on the float in front of us and the houses we will soon be passing as we troop on.

Time to go, everybody lined up and we started our slow walk down the street. the crowed looked like shadow people as I tried to see them as we passed each block. The colorfully lit house help make the people stand out as they cheered and waved as we marched by. Its was funny as we marched I kept hearing people say “Look it’s the Star Wars” that just sounded strange and funny to me. The march was not a long one and I really enjoyed the limited sight I could see through my bucket. before I knew it we are done and I could relax.

Thanks to the kindness of the float in front of use they offered to give us a ride back to the starting point so we would not have to make that walk back. That being said as a stormtrooper is can be difficult to sit, Another troop and I kind of balanced on the edge and held on for life as we rolled on down the road. After a few moment of hanging on for dear life we were back to the staging area and we all piled into the lodge where we stored our gear and dressed back into street cloths.

To round the night out some of us troopers hit the local BBQ house and had a great meal as we chatted it up and had a good time. In all this was a great trooping day. I was able to knock out two troop and had a good time doing so.

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FrontCard386One Anniversary as a 501st Squad 7 member.

After just over a year of working on my Stormtrooper armor I submitted my images for approval to the 501st legion. As with anything it took a few more submissions to get there but on November 16th, 2013 I got the Email. it Welcomed me to the legion and to Squad 7 my local Florida garrison. I was so excited for a project completed and a new phase in my personal life.

One Year later: So I have been a member for one year now, I have completed over 21 troops in that year and I could not be more happy with the decision I made to start this great adventure in my personal life. I have met some incredible people in this organization. I am always impressed when I see the people that give of their time to go and troop the events that we do. The passion for there work and their hobby, I was not sure how I would feel going into this about putting myself out there. people knowing that I was a Star Wars fan and even bought and put together a costume to wear out in public. I was unsure of the reaction, the labeling or the cost of respect from co-workers or you bosses and piers. But once I went out and trooped a few events and saw the impact it has on the children and their parents, my mind was put at ease and the response from my piers was acceptance and understanding. This made it a bit easier to proceed with this new adventure of mine.MOSH7

The Future: What does the future hold, well as for me it getting out there and Trooping more events as I can. I love the work that the 501st does and provides and I want to be part of that. So let see what year two brings me and the 501st.

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The Jacksonville Art Walk, its one of a few things that happens each month in the city that I feel is a great thing for the city, It brings people together for a festive event and they show up even when it rains. This months Art Walk was no different, Squad 7 Troopers gathered at the old fire house and headed out for another exciting evening of trooping.

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I am always surprised by the reaction of people as we walk by in a group. you would think I would be use to it by now, but nope it still makes me smile under helmet(we Troopers call it our bucket) when they get all excited and hop around asking for a picture. This happens with boys, girls, men and women of all ages. Sometime we even get pictures with the Dogs they bring with them, fun times for all to have.

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Tonight the weather was on the Dark Side. The black clouds drifted in bring with it the flash of lighting and rolling thunder.

It was a good turn out for the evening event in spite of the weather. people braved the light rain and stayed in good sprites.

Art Walk 09-04-2013 006We headed back a bit early because the rain didn’t seem like it was going to let up, the humidity and heat was starting to take it toll.

This was a good Troop and I had a great time with all the Squad 7 Troopers along with the Handlers that joined us.

Thanks Troopers for making this a fun one

here is the Jacksonville.com photo album of that evening, there are photos that feature us doing what we do.

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FoorballHelmet_black2webIt’s Squad Seven 501st Fantasy Football time.

Are  you ready for some Fantasy Football well so were some of the Squad 7 members, Some of the Squad7 members have started a Squad 7 Fantasy Football League this year. There are 8 team set to what seem an easy style of play format as most of us have no real idea how to do this. This is yet another way for our members to get together and get to know each other outside of trooping.

Draft Day, So we met today with our players scratched on paper and gathered up the list of players and positions and began our picks. It was an interesting mix of people and their knowledge of the players and some who like me have limited knowledge, picking and chatting our way through all our picks. we par-took in a lunch meal and marked off the taken players and plotter or guessed our why through our sixteen players for our roster.

I think most of us got a lot of what we wanted and some of us (BJ) kind of threw darts for their picks, so he will most likely win the whole dang thing.

So if you want to keep an eye on our progress just bookmark the follow link -> Squad7 FFL and you can keep up and watch all the excitement as the 2013 Squad 7 Season teams competes from week to week.

Follow the Florida Garrison thread that is linked to this years game right here –> http://www.fl501st.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=26914

Team and member names that are playing. you can click the team name and go directly to their page

1 EDGE merica number one East bradley edgin  
2 WOOD TK Troopers West Walter Woodruff    
3 MYN Outer Rim Mynocks East Joseph Coleman  
4 ARD Arkanian Dragon East Jane Smith  
5 ROGE TN GoodOleBoys East Curry Rogers  
6 BW Team Black Widows West Gina Franklin  
7 BJS7 Cotrscant Clones West BJ Savage  
8 LAWT Blitz’s Ewok Hunter West Michael Lawton  

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Another Troop down in the books or blog as it were. Tonight the Kids and I headed downtown for the monthly Art Walk. We got there around 6:45pm and I got dressed in armor and then headed for the long walk of high fives and photo opps.

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I will not have any photos of me trooping tonight as there was no one to take them this time. however there was one fellow walking about that had these two amazing Stormtrooper Tat’s that I was able to have photographed, Loved them both

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We made the rounds and visited with people for around two hours, we then headed back to the fire station where I shed my armor, gasped for fresh air then wiped the sweat off my face and called it a night.

So goes another Art Walk and a successful troop.


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What do you get when you mix Squad 7 troopers and bowling?

You get bowling pins cracking up….. laughing at such a site.

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Yep it was Cosmic Bowling at Bowl-America were the  http://www.walk-of-hope-foundation.org raised over $1,100.00.  We greeted a crowed of fun and exciting families that were gathered to join us for the evening of cosmic bowling.

After posing for pictures and passing out high fives for the crowd, some of the troopers laced up some bowling shoes and settled in for a night of bowling. It was quite a site to see them grab a bowling ball and march up to the lane and with all the style and grace of a Stormtrooper, delivered a rolling blow to the evil pins at the end of the lane. you should see these guys and girls in actions, take a look at the video provided below.

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Art Walk, Down Town Jacksonville

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It was an over cast rainy Wednesday afternoon, and I was head downtown to troop my first Art Walk in armor. If you have never been to the Art Walk you should, mark one of the first Wednesdays of any month in your calendar and head on down.

The Art walk will offer you 3 hours of the many faces of Jacksonville both in the Artiest and the fans that walk the closed off streets of downtown. There are many Artiest showing off their talents, Musicians preforming for the masses and all sorts of entertaining things to hear, see and eat.

On this night the 501st meet up at our new location, from what I understand it will be a new base of operations and in time we will setup a table and maybe even host a Blast-A-Trooper event. This will allow us to recruit new people into the fantastic community that is the 501st.

Our night began with everybody meeting up in our new home. It was still a bit rainy when we entered the building. After dressing out, we all headed out side and lingered with the cupcake ladies taking pictures as people passed by. Soon we began our march and the sky seems to clear right up. With the rain being held at bay, we trooped on to the park and the surrounding areas.Art Walk Jacksonville, Fl 1

The night was void of the normal crowd but it was a fun troop and we/I got to end the night with another troop under my belt and hung out with some great guys/gals.

So chalk up another successful troop for TK 50167…. Trooper out!!!

Links of Interest

Jacksonville Art Walk Website

Downtown Art Walk

Photos by: 904HAPPYHOUR.COM

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This weekend many American’s will celebrate memorial weekend in many different ways. This weeks troop was to celebrate and honor veterans from all branches of military. but this troop was more than that and caught me a bit off guard.


B.J. / Walter / Wolfgar

I first thought we were going to celebrate these men and women for their duty to our country. however it was deeper then that, I feel privileged to be able to help in some small way to bring levity to this group people that we were there to honor.

Heartland Hospice and the Jacksonville Fire Department hosted a movie screening of the World War II Veterans documentary called Honor Flight. Members of the community, as well as veterans were invited to the event and hope to raise money to be donated to the Honor Flight charity. This charity raises money to send WWII veterans to the WWII memorial in Washington DC.

As most of us know when Hospice is involved time is limited and special for families of the patient. What Honor Flight does is give a WWII veteran the opportunity to go and visit WWII memorial wall that was built in 2004, nearly 60 years after the war. There are approx 1 million WWII Vets still living and many never got to be honored for their duty. Heartland Hospice and Honor Flight helps to correct this by sending WWII vets to the wall so they can see and feel as though they were not forgotten.

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So this troop even though it was a small event serves a huge service in honoring these brave men and women for doing what was asked of them. Among the vets that were there to be honored were two from squad7 who also were honored for their service. BJ and Larry both were invited to walked up and receive a Pin and thank you from the crowd.


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it was a bitter sweet event to celebrate the WWII vets for their duty but also knowing their time was very limited here among us. That’s makes this troop a special on for me, one to remember, one to keep a hold on when I celebrate this memorial day weekend.


Links to note:  Honor Flight

Photogapher: Dan Van slyke,Jr. / Link to all the images

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Another fun troop for the books, today we were to crash a wedding reception as per a request from the bride. She let us know that her new husband was a Star Wars fan and wanted us to storm the party near the end of the reception. so we hid out in a brides room until the DJ started playing what some call “Vader’s March”.

The DJ spoke of feeling something in the force and felt at if they would be boarded. once the music started the door opened and we quickly with blasters in hand, moved about the place as if we were searching for something and then paused. the DJ then asked people to get up to dance which included us. we then walked around and posed for  photo with everybody.

The Groom was blown away and the Bride beamed with excitement.  The crowd went to startled fear, excitement and then joy as we moved about. So all and all it was a good troop.

I will add photo’s if we can get our hands on some. 🙂

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May the 4th Troop – Murray Hill Theater

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BJ (left) and Walter (Right) On Stage with the band The Blank Canvas

So after a loooong day trooping at the MOSH Sci-Fi event   I was getting myself ready for a late night troop at the Murray Hill Theater, someplace I had never be to before. I didn’t know what to expect, but the 501st was invited by a band called The Blank Canvas to join them at the end of the night to mingle with the crowd.

When I got there I realized that was a younger mans scene. But hey I was here for the long haul and little did I know at the time that I would be selected to jump on stage with the band along with BJ Savage.

We all were crammed into a small space called the Green Room which was really black in color lol. but there we were, waiting for our moment to shine, to hit the stage and show the younglings how to Rock and Roll. (looked like social zombie’s out there texting and what not)

When the time came we all headed out to the crowd,  BJ and I made it to the stage and rocked out with the band to about four songs, It was Fun, Hot and Awesome to do.  We ended the night by mingling with the crowd and taking pictures. All in all it was a great night but when we left that night around 12:00 or so this old man was ready for bed

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