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Thursday 21 March 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #9


 CT Sideways    21 Mar 2019
 None    Announcements

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Victory in the Sujimas sector!

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

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     Victory has been scored by the Republic! The Sujimas sector has been secured in the Galactic Campaign. In this issue of the 501st Newsletter, we take a look into the region of Sujimas and the planet of Pantora that the 501st has been fighting for. Once again the 501st News Team works hard to bring you the latest information from the front!

    This week was a hard fought week for the company. Several Avalanche platoons were redeployed to defend against Separatist counter-attacks. Victory was achieved when Avalanche performed several ground assaults and denied land control to the CIS, with the help of Razor and the newly formed Mynock detachment. Mynock was utilized for the first time during this weekend’s campaign operations as another layer of support to ensure a 501st victory, with their training in mortar support and our troops had the honor of BC Jay fighting at our side. Our troops held the line very well and ensured a hard fought victory. With this victory the 501st has finished the  Pantoran Galactic Campaign objectives when “The Hand”, a Separatist T-Series Tactical Droid pulled out and fled from the system. Remaining operations to be conducted on the planet will remove any routing CIS stragglers from the system as their leadership has withdrawn.

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-Elements from Razor and Acklay celebrating the recent victory over the CIS on Pantora.

    
In the past few weeks the 501st Legion has been deployed to the planet of Pantora, which has been the current phase of a very important struggle to remove the the Confederacy’s presence in the system. Located within the Sujimas sector, Pantora is a very humid, but habitable planet, filled with marshes and swamps with variable amounts of farmland and urban centers. Pantora is home to the Pantorans, a human-like alien species, which are known for their blue skin, that makes them often get confused with the Chiss. The Pantorans are a democratic society and are led by the Pantoran Assembly, they are also members of the Galactic Senate. The current representative for the Pantorans is Senator Riyo Chuchi. The Pantorans are a fairly new members in the galactic power scene, only coming into power a few decades ago.

    
The Kazaraki were once the galactic power in the Sujimas sector, and even had a large presence in the Galactic Senate. This all changed when a comet struck their planet, Kazarak. Afterwards in the resulting power vacuum the Pantorans came to power. The Pantorans have been seen to be using this new found power to spread their influence, which has moved the Kazarki and set them down the path to join the Confederacy. That is the situation where we find ourselves today, our struggle in the Sujimas sector is important, no longer is it just about it’s strategic value but our actions on the battlefield will be felt by billions of Pantorans across the galaxy and the many other inhabitants of the sector.

   
With our victory, we have effectively won the sector, while it was not a clean victory, it was hard fought and unfortunately, the 501st Legion did not capture The Hand, or remove the foul presence of the Kazaraki. With this loss, the CIS will surely regroup their forces and threaten other places in the galaxy, just like the Sujimas sector.

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     Tune in next week for more information regarding the campaign and any updates from the 501st Legion.

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Promotions and News:

Battalion HQ -

“Remember, do the right thing, even if it isn’t an official rule.” - BC Jay


Avalanche HQ
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“There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt.” - CC Klein


Avalanche 1
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“I got 1-6, Legia got 1-7, we survived our retreat to Linchpin, and looking forward to the next sector.” - CS-M Point


Avalanche 2
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CS-M Crisis to PLT CO *Acting*
CT Urse (CT to Sr. CT), Holiday (CT to Sr. CT)

“Everyone is working hard and I am excited for whats in store of the future of second platoon. Also, the statement below is false.” - CS-M Crisis


Avalanche 3
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CS Andromeda is now slotted as the 3rd platoon Sergeant Major

“Whatever Coward says is incorrect.” - CC Ewik


Avalanche 4
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“4th Platoon has excellent, strong, and handsome new leadership.” - CS-M Coward


Acklay
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We have an FTX this week, we plan to do better in this one" - CS-M Jan


ARC
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“CI-C Aaron has been promoted to Senior trooper, we are very pleased with his work/efforts in the detachment and he deserves the promotion to say the least.”

“We have begun the AnS Cycle #5 of the Onyx detachment and initially started with 40 applicants, we are already down to 31 on day 2/7 of the selection cycle and are anxious to see who passes!”

“The whole detachment deserves a big pat on the back for their efforts on this AnS Cycle as well as previous missions on the campaign. They have been working very hard and it's greatly appreciated.” - CS-M Crow


Razor
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“Every airplane you see is struck by lightning at least once a year. However, daily engagements with Lightning is good for clone health. Thank your nearest Lightning pilot! (Lightning did really good at the recent official operations)” - CX Scuba


RTO
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“CC Ewik’s quote is wrong” - CI-O Roadboy


Medical
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“Join Blight Company on Halo Waypoint.” - CM-O Koda


Zeta
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“Mortar Men are Sexy Men” - CS Verax

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DID YOU KNOW?

You can bind a key to drag people. Under controls > custom controls > ACE common > drag/release.


501st Trivia

Lieutenant Euler is known for talking in his sleep.


501st Discord

501st Patreon

501st Donation Page

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501st News opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the entire community. If you’d like to help the news team, you can in many ways, including but not limited to, signing up for the news team, submitting an article, posting a piece of media or getting publicity for an event. For those interested, please contact either CT Sideways or CI-C Daedalus for more information. Your voice matters, let it be heard. We’re currently looking for journalists to collect stories, media and content and story writers to write articles. Also please consider donating to the 501st to help pay for server costs and help keep this community alive and well maintained. Photo credits: CT Swanny, CW-O Archon, CX-W Kaj, CW White

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Writers and Journalists: CT Sense, CT Daku, CX-X Koop and CT Stone.


Thursday 14 March 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #8


 CT Sideways    14 Mar 2019
 None    Announcements

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501st Newsletter Issue #8

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

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    Once again, the news team comes to you to with the latest and greatest news in the 501st. This week an interesting turn in the Galactic Campaign, a major announcement and many placement changes are included in this week’s issue of the 501st newsletter.


    During the last week in the Galactic Campaign, Avalanche company aggressively pushed and destroyed a droid vanguard threatening the rearguard and many elite infantry forces, but not without their own loses as well. The CIS had attempted a counterattack which was a tactical failure for them and both sides are in position to strike a crippling blow at each others command elements. The northern region of Pantora had third platoon pushing towards the Confederacy’s rear to allow first platoon to get out of “Black Rock” while also eliminating a large number of enemy forces. First platoon then pushed out of Blackrock dealing severe blows to droid vanguard forces. Meanwhile in the southern region of Pantora, fourth platoon was pushing around the southern flank of the CIS but ended up trading large blows with them. This action allowed second platoon to push through the middle and put the 501st in a position to strike at the CIS T-Series “The Hand” and deal a decisive blow to the CIS and end the fighting on Pantora. Elsewhere, the Acklay detachment had to take a defensive stance rather than their standard assault in taking their objective but have eliminated all enemy forces near their position while Onyx acted as a quick response force for all of the Avalanche platoon operations.

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    A major announcement has come forth from battalion! Mynock has been introduced to the 501st Legion as the first dedicated ground support detachment. Major Jay and other command staff noticed that a support element would be very beneficial to the battalion and has  been in the making for a very long time.

“It will be nice know that someone will be on the other end of artillery calls making sure they are putting rounds down range accurately,” said Major Jay about the changes.

     This ground support will come in the form of long range fire support (AV-7’s and mortars) and vehicle support so that the detachment is not stuck with the same task during every operation. The size of the detachment will also be small so that it does not hamper server performance for the other elements. In fun-ops the detachment will work very similar to how Razor operates in that their equipment and vehicles are not to be used by those outside of Mynock unless approved by them beforehand. This will include many of the vehicles that we are using now but also the HAWv-A2 "Bantha" Fighting Vehicle from the 212th Attack Battalion Auxiliary mod, which will be included in the 501st modpack on Monday the 18th. As for now the Bantha is the only piece of equipment that will be utilized from that mod due to balancing issues. Other equipment is being tested for use by the 501st and battalion will be excited to test out the new AT-TE’s and UT-AT’s as they become available.



     Applications for Mynock have opened up and will conclude on March 20th. There are currently RTO, Medic, Trooper, and NCOIC positions available and you can apply using the links Major Jay posted in the important information tab on the 501st discord. These positions will require additional training listed in the Mynock ORBAT after being accepted. You will not need to message anyone about your application to Mynock as you will be notified if you have been denied or accepted and anyone with questions should refer to the memorandum posted by Major Jay.



    With the news of Mynock and the preparations for the continuation of the Battle for Pantora, that concludes this week’s report from the front. We hope to hear more from Battalion on any changes coming up in the future and telling you the history of the unit. Thank you for reading this issue and we hope to see you next week!


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Promotions and News:

Battalion HQ -

Archon (CW to CW-O)
CC Player’s dog Ghost (Sr. CT to VT CT), now company dog
CS Legia moved to Avalanche 1-7
CS-M Sorensic is now Zeta’s XO
CS-M Odin is now Avalanche’s NCOIC
CS-M Coward is now 4th platoon’s acting commander
CM-O Koda and CI-O Roadboy received their sergeant major ranks in medical and RTO’s, respectively.

“We are dying a lot, we need to stop dying.” - BC Jay


Avalanche 1
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Ford (CT to Sr. CT)

“First platoon is doing alright, working hard and excited for the next week of operations” - CS Point


Avalanche 2
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Gnu (CT to Sr. CT)


Avalanche 3
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CP Cyber has moved to 3-4 squad lead.

"Coward will be missed... for like a week." - CC Ewik


Avalanche 4
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Scanlon (CT to Sr. CT)

CM Merit is the new Platoon Medic

CS-M Coward is now a slotted "sir"


Acklay
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A slight uniform change for Vet Troops. (Now using the legacy helmet)
CI Power is moved up to Acting Platoon RTO.
"Always on the move" - High General Obi-wan Kenobi


Razor
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Several changes to Warden ranks:

  • Petty Officer-New Wardens
  • Senior Petty Officers- Wardens with TiG of 3 months
  • Veteran Petty Officer- Wardens with TiG of 4 months
  • Chief Petty Officer- 2 IC of Warden Detachment (complete BLC & ALC)
  • Master Chief Petty Officer- Lead Warden (complete BLC & ALC)

"Both of our commanders are dead, technically I'm dead. We blew Scuba up, Jackson is technically in charge now. Technically." -CX-S Nocturnal


Medical
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Promotions - Koda (CM-S to CM-O)

4th Platoon received their new 4-Mike CM Merit

“Since the start of the campaign we have had 337 deaths” - CM-O Koda


Zeta
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"Praise Mynock" - CS Verax


TCW Mod Team -
Koop fixed his microphone this week.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Pressing CTL + SHIFT + T will wipe your goggles clean if things get messy.

501st Trivia

Lieutenant Euler likes cheeseburgers.

501st Discord

501st Patreon

501st Donation Page

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501st News opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the entire community. If you’d like to help the news team, you can in many ways, including but not limited to, signing up for the news team, submitting an article, posting a piece of media or getting publicity for an event. For those interested, please contact either CT Sideways or CI-C Daedalus for more information. Your voice matters, let it be heard. We’re currently looking for journalists to collect stories, media and content and story writers to write articles. Also please consider donating to the 501st to help pay for server costs and help keep this community alive and well maintained. Photo credits: CT Swanny, CM-O Koda, the 212th Auxiliary mod and CT Shifty for the great propaganda!

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Writers and Journalists: CT Sense


Thursday 07 March 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #7


 CT Sideways    07 Mar 2019
 None    Announcements

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501st Newsletter Issue #7

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

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Another week has passed in the 501st and as always, the news team is dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date information from the 501st Legion. This week will continue the latest progress from the Galactic Campaign and includes a look back at the unit's history from the perspective of the one and only, Battalion Commander Jay. Stay tuned for more.



     This week in the Galactic Campaign, the Republic organized their own counter-attack against the CIS invasion of Pantora. Third platoon rallied at the crash site of their captured Munificent-class star frigate that they had previously boarded on Negev. Meanwhile, first platoon had attacked an abandoned Pantoran Defence Force fortress being used by the CIS, where they destroyed the droids and secured it. Fourth platoon performed a looping defense during the night to secure the southern flank preventing armor from coming to reinforce CIS forces in the area. Second platoon did a patrol to limit vanguard actions from the Confederacy and secured a communication relay. First company as a whole pushed the CIS away from the Pantoran capital, rescued civilians from bombing runs and moved them to the capital. Avalanche reports that the platoons performed exceptionally well. Acklay was deployed via lifepods to the south of Yaygin, a small town with even smaller significance, along with Onyx Beskar. Together they pushed through scouting forces to secure a point of interest called Lynchpin, which had been a larger pivot point and fortified position for CIS movement on Pantora which could later be used as a large Republic forward air resupply point and a potential fallback location for our troops.

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    This week we had the honor of speaking with our own battalion commander on the foundation and formation of the 501st. As of today, the 501st is one of the largest communities within Arma 3 accounting to around 10% of the active player base, but we wanted to take a look deeper and understand the history of such a large unit. The unit was founded on paper, on May 19th 2017 and was the first of the “starsim” units, which are communities with light military simulation elements set in the universe of Star Wars. In the beginning it was Jay and a few of his close friends, including CC Cruisie and several other individuals who enjoyed playing Arma 3 and its mods. Their group had grown extremely fast due to publicity and new updates to the Star Wars Opposition Mod, but it was not until midway through 2018 with an event known as the “July Massacre” where literally hundreds of people joined looking to participate in such a large experience with like minded people. The retention of most however, was not very long as there was a very large and glaring issue of memory leak, which caused the server to crash every hour and a half and most modules to break even before then. Despite these issues the unit kept moving forward and still managed to hold their own platoon-wide operations.


     Initially the only field training exercises the 501st had started off with was their own campaign style mission some may know as: FTX #03. Centered around taking back a Venator from CIS forces, it wasn’t easy. They got the job done and even exceeded their expectations by claiming the vessel as their own. Next the 501st went to Tatooine where they discovered their new best friend: the entrenching tool. Before then the tool was not used as it was today but due to the large open areas troops and squads began to put the tool to good use. This is also when the Magnaguard was first used in the 501st. While initially used as Spec-Ops droids, they are now used as “mini bosses” in operations until it’s later designation as a bodyguard to important CIS individuals. Throughout this time the unit had to grapple with several main issues, some of which the unit still struggles with today. Being the first of its kind, the 501st had to come up with very basic ideas, like how it was going to operate. Many different ideas were thrown around and no one wanted to replicate the rise and fall of their community like the old type of "milsims" that have come and gone before their eyes. The Star Wars setting allowed them to do something different compared to everyone else and the ability to avoid copying a real life military. This allowed the 501st to feature large air assaults with sometimes overwhelming odds stacked against the heroic clones. Although operations in the beginning had to be fast due to the memory leak problem still present in the mod. Major Jay reminisces about a time he and a squad of seven men cleared out 28 droids in less than a minute while bleeding just to get the operation done in time. Another issue that plagued the unit in the beginning was that of Aviation’s role in the unit. Not only their role, but how they could fit into the unit. Originally, Razor was mostly there to deploy troops and run reinserts, which had fed into a negative overall outlook at Razor. There were many times where they were disrespected and made fun of by general infantry. However Razor never lashed back and they stayed professional, courteous, and always did whatever was assigned to them to the best of their ability. While some of it’s past still lingers over to Razor to this day, they have been able to get over it and do not let it reflect on what it means to be in Razor today. With the many changes of leadership, doctrine and rules, Razor is now a shining beacon in the 501st. The 501st would not be where it is without its aviation detachment due to their professionalism and courage in the field.

     Necessary changes to a growing unit and a place where people can become friends and all enjoy the shared love of Star Wars. When Major Jay was asked on what the heart of the unit was he had this to say: “I ask myself the same question, and my best guess the camaraderie between the people and the squads.”

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    We look forward to posting more information regarding the formation of all the elements of the 501st and letting you have all the information on the long history of one of the largest communities in Arma. Until then, we hope you have a good night and steady progress to all our friends in the 501st.

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Promotions and News:

Avalanche HQ -

Player is the new Avalanche XO. Benjamin is now Avalanche RTO.

Avalanche 1 -
"First platoon goes way back, way back before me. I don’t know if I could give the whole history, but 4-5 months ago, first platoon was in a really bad state. Since then, everybody has put in 110% effort and we’ve come such a long way. First platoon is doing great, but while we have come far, there’s always room to improve and so much for us to do" - CS Point

Avalanche 3 -

"3rd's doing good. Crisis smells and whatever he said in his quote is completely false.” - CC Ewik

Avalanche 4 -

“The quote above is correct”- CS-M Crisis

Acklay -
"A helpful way to get use from clankers is to melt them down with a trusty BT X-42."

Onyx -

George, Zora and Moon have all been promoted via billet today and I'm sure that they’re excited to start their roles. Additionally, we’re opening up AnS for RTO basic qualified members and medics and it will be ending in April. We’re excited to see what comes out of this session!

Razor -
“Let's go with 'Be Inspired'. That's what Razor worked on this week.” - CX Scuba

RTO's -
Turkey, Zulu Zeros Atlas and Purdy (CI-C to CI)

Benjamin and Dimitri are the new heads of training. There’s a new instructor chain and Platoon RTO course next weekend for 3 weeks

TCW Mod team -

Koop broke his microphone this week.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Shift + K can be used to determine wind direction for throwing effective smoke grenades.

501st Trivia

Lieutenant Euler is known for leaving Siege matches the first time he dies when his peeks don’t work.


501st Discord

501st Patreon

501st Donation page

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501st News opinion doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of the entire community. If you’d like to help the news team, you can in many ways, including but not limited to, signing up for the news team, submitting an article, posting a piece of media or getting publicity for an event. For those interested, please contact either CT Sideways or CI-C Daedalus for more information. Your voice matters, let it be heard. We’re currently looking for journalists to collect stories, media and content and story writers to write articles. Also please consider donating to the 501st to help pay for server costs and help keep this community alive and well maintained. Photo credits: CM Lich, CW Archon, CW White, CT Swanny

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Writers and Journalists: CT Sense, CT Daku and CT Connor


501st Archive

501st Newsletter Issue #9 CT Sideways @ (21 Mar 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #8 CT Sideways @ (14 Mar 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #7 CT Sideways @ (07 Mar 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #6 CT Sideways @ (28 Feb 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #5 CT Sideways @ (21 Feb 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #4 CT Sideways @ (12 Feb 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #3 CT Sideways @ (05 Feb 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #2 CT Sideways @ (29 Jan 2019) (Announcements)
501st Newsletter Issue #1 CT Sideways @ (22 Jan 2019) (Announcements)

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