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About Us

Welcome to the website for the Wisconsin Garrison, proud members of the 501st Legion. We are a group of Star Wars enthusiasts located throughout the state of Wisconsin, and we look forward to expanding our presence. You may see us at a post office. You may see us at a birthday party. You may see us at a theater. You may see us at a charity event.

Of course, there may be times you will not see us, but we will be there -- protecting and serving, of course....

Please, enjoy your stay here. Use the menu above to learn more about us, see what we're up to, and if you would like us at your event, please contact us!


  • Bob M. Merritt, SL/ID/TK 549 -- Commanding Officer
  • Corey F. Brandt, SL/DZ 6475 -- Executive Officer
  • Michael K Washko, DZ/TK/TB-0895 -- Garrison Membership Liaison, Garrison Web Liaison
  • Kristal Brandt, TB 6575 -- Garrison Public Relations Officer
  • Brian M. Rogers, TK 5569 -- Garrison Merchandising & Branding Officer
  • Tom A. Hobson, TB/DZ/ID/SL-5435 -- Garrison Web Master
  • Adam N Petersen, TI/IC/TX/TK-7863 -- Garrison Event Liason
  • , -- Garrison Administrative Officer
  • Scott Goebel IC/IG/TI-6773 -- Garrison Charity Liason
  • Geoffrey M. Pfeiffer TK/TB/TS4813 -- Garrison Guard
  • To Contact Garrison Officers, Please email:

Mission Statement

The Wisconsin Garrison strives to uphold and represent the mission of the 501st Legion within the state of Wisconsin, and any other location outside our borders in which we participate. Our volunteer membership is proud to contribute to our local communities through public, civic, and charitable appearances. We take our role as a public face of the 501st Legion seriously, but we also have fun doing it.

The 501st Legion

The 501st Legion is the world's definitive Imperial costuming organization. The mission of the 501st is threefold -- to promote Star Wars, to celebrate its legacy, and to contribute to charitable organizations worldwide. While the 501st Legion is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd., it is the preferred costuming organization of Lucasfilm Ltd.. In fact, we members of the 501st eagerly help out Lucasfilm Ltd. in whatever way possible to promote Star Wars.

As mentioned, part of the mission of the 501st Legion is to help charities. We consist entirely volunteers; we do not do this for any sort of monetary gain. Rather, we members of the 501st dedicate our time, money and effort to combine our loves of Star Wars and costuming in order to help out those less fortunate than ourselves. The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundations are two of our favorite charities, but there are many more charities who we are proud to help in whatever way we can.

You can find much more information about the mission and ideals of the 501st Legion, as well as information on how to join, by visiting our website: www.501st.com. (Note: The 501st Legion website will open up in a new window, as you are leaving the Wisconsin Garrison website.)

We invite you to browse our website, as well as the 501st Legion website, to learn more about us.

The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans.
While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC, it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group.
Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm.
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