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Saturday 20 April 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #12


 CT Sideways    20 Apr 2019
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SPLAT!

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Friday, April 19th, 2019

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     Greetings. Today's newsletter has some important information about one of the most distinctive detatchments of the 501st Legion. With the campaign resuming, the news team had a chance to talk to CC Lava about the Acklay airborne detatchment of the 501st. Whether it's their distinctive uniforms or their equally distinctive combat role, Acklay is a force to be reckoned with and serves their Republic well. CT Daku conducted an interview and he had the honor of writing the following story:




In our ever escalating conflict against the Separatist menace, one must recognize the value of striking a foe at their flanks or from where they least expect it. So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.



     It is with this idea in mind, the Acklay Detachment paints its canvas across the fields of battle like the most exhilarated of artists, leaping from the battle hardened LAATs of our Razor pilots to the sodden ground of the enemy’s back-lines. This reporter caught up with the Acklay HQ Commander CC Lava to discuss further the ins and outs of these airborne warriors.

    
When asked what the Acklay detachment is, the LAAT Jumper responded:

     “Acklay is an Airborne Detachment. We perform such duties as Infiltration behind enemy lines via High altitude Drops. General tasks usually are to raid, assassinate or disrupt enemy flow. Other duties include; Pathfinding, this is to find and secure LZ's for the main unit to start their assaults. Finally, QRF (Quick reaction force) to assist the main force when and where needed. Acklay practices these duties weekly to ensure we’re ready and efficient when called upon.”  - CC Lava


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     Inquiring more to this lieutenant regarding what this detachment and those within it mean to him as he continues his work from within, CC Lava replies further to this reporter:

     “I have been in the detachment for 600 days now. I have watched it grow and change vastly in that time. To this day it is still ever changing. Simply put, to me it’s home. An area in which I can devote my time to the big picture, the 501st. I'm very proud to say I'm a part of the detachment and hope to nurture it further.” - CC Lava

    
Since the birth of this Reporter in the labs of Kamino, It’s worth noting that the Acklay detachment itself has grown into a platoon element, itself full of personality and talent from across the 501st legion and directed into fashioning a skilled asset for command to use to pick apart an enemy at their legs.

    
But to what plans are in the future for a fighting force such as these?:

     “My plans for Acklay is minor currently. Acklay is updating our old SOPs to assist the 501st better. My near future plans would be a potential uniform update, it would be nice to have a new lick of paint. As I stated before Acklay is ever changing, given time who knows what the future may entail.” - CC Lava

    
As for you, fellow troopers of the 501st, you can apply yourself to achieve such a role of responsibility and high altitude by following this helpful advice that the reporter quizzed out of our Acklay Commander. When asked what would be said to those looking to join their detachment, CC Lava had this to say:

     “To those interested I would say practice. I was new to this two years ago and thanks to the members both past and present I have learnt vast amounts and continue to do so. To me a good mindset is primarily the most important. Having an interest to learn, the initiative to do so and the patience to perfect yourself. You will fail, time and time again, but it is your job alone to persevere. Don’t ever be afraid of trying.” - CC Lava

    
But of course, this reporter left the final question of utmost importance to last. Something we’ve all been waiting for! Whilst this reporter has tried tirelessly to create an item worthy of infantry flight and to no success; I finally get to ask directly towards the holder of such technology.

    
Can I has a Jet Pack?!:

     “I’m afraid I only have jump packs in my arsenal. That's my polite declination.” - CC Lava

    
Drat! Maybe next time...




     Maybe next time, indeed, Daku. While he figures out how to fly, I'd like to thank you all for continuing to read the 501st Newsletter. It is the dedicated work of our journalists like Daku that helps bring this news and stories like it to the public attention and the entire 501st Legion. We look forward to writing new articles and more great stories. Coming soon is the update for the ongoing Galactic Campaign and where the 501st will be deployed next. That and more in the 501st Newsletter...



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Promotions And News

Battalion HQ -

We’re going to the Outlands” - BC Jay

Avalanche HQ -

“I'm back in action and ready to the bring the hammer down.” - CC Player

Avalanche 1 -

Ruse (CT to Sr. CT), Duck (CT to Sr. CT)

1st platoon is ready to cut through the Savareen sector like a hot knife through butter.” -CS-M Point


Avalanche 2
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Riddle (CT to Sr. CT), Chaser (CT to Sr. CT), Maverick (CT to Sr. CT)

“We're doing better than the other two below us.” - CS-M Crisis


Avalanche 3 -
Drammon (CT to Sr. CT), Rebellion (CT to Sr. CT) and Courtney (CT to Sr. CT)
"Third platoon is doing great, ready for the next sector." - CS Andromeda

Avalanche 4 -

"4th Platoon is ready. For what? We're not sure. But we're ready for it." - CS-M Coward

Acklay -

"Everything's under control situation normal." - CC Lava

Onyx -

This week we’ve begun training for our newest candidates, CI Flux and CM Singed. They’re very early in the training process and we look forward to seeing what they can bring to the table

“Everyone thinks I’m from California” - CS-M Crow

Razor -

Flight Officers CX-P Kushiban, CX-P Exose, CX-P Zatama, CX-P Jaisus.

Flight Ensigns CX-X Shuffles, CX-X Grizzly, CX-X Keryl.

“I lead my formations. Leadership is about the people in your charge, not being in charge of the people. If you want to be a leader here it'll do you good to remember that.” - CX Scuba

Mynock -

“Your foe is well equipped, well-trained, battle-hardened. He believes his gods are on his side. Let him believe what he will. We have the tanks on ours.” - CC Klein

RTO -

“Coming to a conclusion stage of our testing”

“Ewik is a closet Estonian” - CI-O Roadboy


Zeta -

"The Zeta campaign is going to be fabulous, way better than any pseudo campaign Coward or Crisis can cook up. And our team are working together here in house in Zeta Company is set to be the best trade deal, in the history of trade deals, of all time!" - CC Machete


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DID YOU KNOW?

During the battle of Mygeeto, there are multiple clones in the background wearing Commander Bacara's armor.

501st Trivia

Lieutenant Euler has not seen the bright light of the God-Emperor of Mankind and his soul will be fed to the Gods of the Warp.

Join The LineJoin The Line

501st Discord

501st Patreon

501st Donation Page

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 Lissy, CC Lava and CX-X Orange. Additional graphics by: CT Shifty and CT Daku

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CT Sense

Writers and Journalists: CT Daku, CT Stone and CT Ruse


Friday 12 April 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #11


 CT Sideways    12 Apr 2019
 None    Newsletters

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Wardens? Wardens!

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Friday, April 12th, 2019

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     Hello Clones! We have been busy down here at the 501st News team trying to get you the latest news on the Legion. After some restructuring and movements to the schedule, we’re back in action! This week we had CT Daku take an in-depth look into the life of a Warden, this is what he found:


    
Inter-Galactic War! It can be a tiresome & expensive occupation. It’s filled with the expected supply & management difficulties that make our adventures as clones for the Grand Army of the Republic more difficult [and yet so exciting] as we venture forth to whack every clanker we come across.
     
     Thankfully, you have Blaster Mags for such a task, as well as a plethora of assets to your disposal against the Separatist menace. But what happens when you run dry on those mags or supplies? What happens when the management of war can be too much for the already hard working command officers to handle as they morph every clone into a droid killing machine? Thankfully the Wardens of our grand unit have your back!

    
Interviewing Master Warden CX-W Flog, he kindly informs the News Team of the roles the Warden team undertake with their hard efforts and management skills:

     “We are the support for the support. Performing duties such as Re-arm, Repair, and Refuel or as I've started calling it, R3. We also perform the role of Air Traffic Control to maintain clear and proficient airspace above the FOB or outside of the Venator/Acclamator.” - CX-W Flog

    
This reporter also notes that these Wardens aren’t without teeth of their own, often seen in the ball-turrets of Republic LAATs as gun crews, ready to blast the droid army back into scrap at a moments notice. When asked about the overall effect the section has on the unit and its war effort, the Master Warden explains:

    
“For myself and my colleagues, we bring a new level of play for Support roles. We operate to support 2 detachments now so each Warden is being looked at now as having much higher standards to perform our jobs to the highest degree of professionalism. I haven't seen anything like this role in any milsim or starsim in Arma. I feel that this position is unique to the 501st and is necessary given how large we(501st) have become.” - CX-W Flog

    
The Warden’s creation & implementation into the StarSim scene has generated a wave of positive results for the Battalion as whole, with its members putting their time and effort into creating an efficient and more immersive experience which also offers unique ways for our Story-Writers & Campaign Management Teams to add extra layers to the overall adventures ahead. Adding further comment, you can assist in their efforts in future operations:

    
“When other sections listen to where we tell them to be and those members listen to our requests, everything flows much more smoothly. Of course we try to be as polite as possible when giving flight deck orders. Staying on whisper to talk with your squadmates allows us to hear our radios better.” - CX-W Flog

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When diving in through the window of the traffic control tower for final comment on the future of himself and his colleagues, the Master Warden informs this reporter:

     “My plans for Warden is to expand so that we can have more Wardens online doing each job that we can do. I hope to see a Warden on Tower(ATC radio), on R3 and infantry duties, at least 2 in the field with Mynock, one on Recon drone, and the rest in ball turrets. We've already hit three goals in the new year, new ranks, new uniforms, and representation in Leadership meetings. Give us time and I'm sure we’ll find something new and appealing for Warden to add to our repertoire.” - CX-W Flog

    
And as this reporter falls to his doom, I’d like to conclude this report with a thanks to the entire Warden staff for their commitment to making sure you have the assets you need where you need them, good work team! This is CT Daku signing out!

    
Now… If only I had a parachute…


    
With that ends another week of news from the 501st. With the Avalanche and other elements practicing hard for the next wave of campaign operations, so is the news team in bringing quality content to the members of the 501st Legion. During the course of the next few months we’ll be taking an in-depth look into more of the history and function of each part of the unit. Stick around for that and more!

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Promotions And News


Avalanche HQ -

Andromeda has taken over BLC due to CS-M Odin climbing in the ranks and an announcement will be coming soon for ALC.


Avalanche 1 -

“Excited to kick ass and take names when the campaign starts up again.” - CS-M Point


Avalanche 2 -

Stone (CT to Sr. CT)


Avalanche 3
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“We’re doing good.” - CC Ewik


Avalanche 4
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“Still Alive!” - CS-M Coward


Acklay
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“After the recent campaign, Acklay has doubled down on trainings, FTX's and Phase trainings. This cycle will mean that Acklay will be much more efficient next campaign cycle to assist the 501st as a whole. While there are many bumps in the road and challenges as well as with the recent reopening of recruitment to refill the ranks, I believe Acklay is heading in a good direction with a strong foundations. To everyone interested in what Airborne does or who we are, you are more than welcome to come talk with us. Contrary to the rumors, we don't bite!” - CC Lava


Onyx
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“We have just finished Assessment and selection with 2 passing members out of 40 applicants, CI Flux and CM Singed. We’re excited to bring them into the ARC Candidacy program.

Other than that, we’ve been creating new training topics we look to make accessible to the rest of the 501st!” - CS-M Crow


Razor -

“To see rules and procedures for Razor just click on our channels on TS. Not hard stuff to understand but you have to know it. Ask us if you have questions.” - CX Scuba


RTO -

Simon (CI-C to CI)

“Current testing for new comms systems are going well. Ewik's quote is wrong” - CI-O Roadboy


Medical -

CM Logic has returned to the Medical Branch

Fallout(CM-C to CM), Trip(CM-C to CM), Ares(CM-C to CM)

“We are beginning to test a new ACE Medical system that may be added into the main ACE system in the future” - CM-S Shade

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DID YOU KNOW?

Enfilade is the opposite of defilade.


501st Trivia

Lieutenant Euler is a man of taste and refined culture, as he romances Tali in every one of his Mass Effect playthroughs.


501st Discord

501st Patreon

501st Donation Page

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 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: CP Kahn and CR-C Ruby. Additional graphics by: CT Shifty and CT Daku


Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI Daedalus and CT Sense.

Writers and Journalists: CT Daku and CT Stone.


Thursday 28 March 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #10


 CT Sideways    28 Mar 2019
 None    Newsletters

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Mynock is officially open!

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

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     Hello Clones! This week the 501st Legion’s many platoons and detachments took part in many field training exercises to prepare themselves for the next wave and planets in the Galactic Campaign. This does not mean that the news team didn’t find any information for the 10th weekly newsletter. We are proud to bring forward for the long awaited Mynock detachment that will provide the other elements with fire support and ground assaults with vehicles! We also had a moment to speak with CS-M Sorensic about his time in the unit and CX-S Jackson on how he hosted a Rainbow Six: Siege tournament with the 501st!



    
Mynock has officially be opened! As of March 24 2019, Mynock detachment has had all of it’s slots filled for the time being. The following have been transferred from their previous billets into Mynock.

  • CC Klein
  • CS-M Jan
  • CM-T Shiv
  • CI Zulu
  • CW White
  • CI-C Loki
  • CT Bobs
  • CT Compo
  • CT Conair
  • CM-C Ifrus
  • CT Ranger
  • CT Richard
  • CT Nuwisha
  • CM-C Solace
  • CS Royal
  • CI-C Atlas
  • CP Calvary
  • CT TrueSight
  • CT Hicks
  • CM-T Reck
  • CP Osprey
  • CT Grendal
  • CT Zen
  • CM Deo

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-Mynock command prepares for combat!


    
Mynock has begun it’s testing period and are beginning to get it’s documentation in order. Stay on the lookout for any changes to Fun Op rules in relation to Mynock and any Zeus rules in relation to Mynock. If you have any questions regarding Mynock please direct them to Major Jay, Captain Klein, or Sergeant Major Jan. We here at the news team hope to see Mynock in action as their help will be greatly needed in the campaign to come...



    
The 501st News Team had the chance to speak with the illustrious Sergeant Major Sorensic who has been with the unit for a long time and his story is almost as long as the unit itself. Sorensic joined June 2nd, 2017, just two weeks after the 501st had been formed. He was drawn to the unit by invitation of an old friend of his, who was from a Mount and Blade community he frequented. He had never been in an Arma 3 unit before, due to a slow computer but it was fairly simple to join at this time. When he first joined the unit he was fairly intimidated by those around him, many came from military backgrounds. Sorensic knew that he was stepping out of his own comfortable corner of the internet and despite this he knew that he wanted to lead. He soon went on to squad lead in his own initial training. During his first four months as an NCO, he mentions that if he had the chance, he would have banned himself for his own performance. Splitting his time in half between M&B:WB and the 501s, Major Jay saw the leadership aspect in him and by his fourth FTX, he was a Sergeant. Back then people were coming and going at such a fast rate, squad leaders were more concerned with keeping themselves together and providing structure together and maintaining order. Sorensic was a Sergeant for a month and then he was Bondoer’s Sergeant-Major.

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     Sorensic had learned a lot under Bondoer and mentions that this was the time that many of the experiences he has had during this time have influenced how he leads and how he interacts with people in the unit. His first operation under Bondoer, Sorensic was pretty much his compass on the field, and had Bondoer help him out, who told him what he did wrong and what he did right. As time went on he had to straighten himself out had to take a step back and evaluate what he learned and what to value. Two reasons he for sticking around, he stuck around because of the group of guys and he appreciated the easy going spirit, even if going on the field meant focusing to get the job done. Sorensic saw all of that and more in the group of people that the unit composed of.
     Around this time however Sorensic’s Youtube channel: Sorensic Steel, also kicked off. Over the course of a month, his videos went from hundreds of views to over 1.6 million, and with that began the July Massacre, where hundreds of people joined the unit in a very short amount of time. With the demands of life, the unit, and Youtube pouring down on him, he took a step back a chose to stay as a Sergeant-Major, to prevent from collapsing under the pressure of life. Streaming and Youtube has greatly affected his time within the 501st. Sorensic has not forgotten that the unit helped him get where he is today. He does everything he can to help the unit out because of this reason.
     Sorensic has been with the 501st for a long time now and hopes that he continues to serve under the blue banner. His greatest hopes are encompassed in people’s creativity and hopes to see more creative and enjoyable experiences in this unit, lest it descend into stagnation. His story will continue to evolve in parallel to the 501st and his influence will continue to inspire many to create their own stories.



     In other news, CX-S Jackson and CI-O Roadboy have hosted a Rainbow Six: Siege tournament featuring teams created in the 501st. We had a chance to speak with them on the internal workings and the thought process behind such an exciting event.

     “The process for this has been fairly straight forward, I've got a check-in from team captains of who's attending, possibly having Sorensic cast it for people to see, and we have the teams all lined up ready to go with an addition of people who may want to come in and don't have a team. I used a website (https://challonge.com/501stR6STournament) to help guide the process in and set up the bracket while making it look good. People can use this to make predictions of the game and they can also watch live of how it's going.” - CI-O Roadboy.
    
The response has been amazing so far, many teams have registered on the discord, with around a total of 90 players who have joined up in response to Jackson setting it up. Possible plans for the future could come under seasonal matches, or regular events on a basis such as monthly/every 6 weeks. It would be ultimately up to Jackson for that however he listens to the people's wishes within the Discord.

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With that, another week concludes in for the 501st newsletter. We will report back on any news from the campaign, internal unit progress and and updates from the 501st.

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Promotions and News:


Avalanche HQ
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“I have been in Avalanche Company for my entire career up until today (July 2017 - March 2019) in the 501st Legion, having been an Assault Trooper in 2-2 under CP Euler, to a Team Leader in 1-2 under CP Alpha, to the Squad Leader of 1-1 as a Senior Trooper,  then 1st Platoon Commander, and finally Avalanche Company Commander. I have witnessed Avalanche grow from 2 Platoons to 4 Platoons, been through its rough times and the good. Many of you in Avalanche I have known and followed your paths your entire service in the 501st, some of you I helped influence to pursue leadership.

I leave Avalanche at the highest point it has ever been under my leadership. The Platoons are performing the best they have ever performed and the squads are active and conducting weekly trainings more consistently than ever before. I love Avalanche and I will miss it dearly. I am so proud of everyone in Avalanche, for all the work and dedication yall have done. I leave you in the very capable hands of 2nd Lt. Player, whose dedication to Avalanche Company rivals my own.

It has been an honor and a privilege serving as your Company Commander.
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Captain Klein  
P.S. I transferred to the Mynock Detachment Commander role and will be providing all the Artillery / Armoured Support for the 501st.” - CC Klein


Avalanche 1
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“1st Platoon kicked ass and took names last Saturday, and we're looking forward to this FTX cycle to continue to learn and improve” - CS-M Point


Avalanche 2
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We’re doing just dandy, and ribeye is the best kind of steak”- CS-M Crisis


Avalanche 3
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No promotions

“Cavalry will not be missed, he may be a traitor but at least he's a successful traitor in mynock. 3rd's doing aight. Also whatever crisis and coward said in their quote is incorrect.” - CC Ewik


Avalanche 4
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CTs Hook and Brain are becoming Senior Troopers

“4th Platoon is preparing for our next campaign deployment. We are anticipating heavy droid casualties.” - CS-M Coward


Acklay
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“Were doing good, congratulations to all those who got into Mynock.” - CC Lava


ARC
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“We are very proud of the many hours that our members take out of game in organising this very important period of ANS. Their valued time and effort put into this selection process can not be overstated. Well done to all of you.” - ARC Command


Razor
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Other info: If you are interested in joining Razor send a message to CX Nocturnal or CX Scuba that you would like to participate, will be taking candidate names through the first of April.

“I am proud of the team and results of the campaign operations. The excellence ribbon really goes to all of them.” - CX Scuba


Medical
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Tom (CM-C to CM), Zoro (CM-C to CM)


Zeta
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“Verax has gone into hibernation for the spring, Machete and Sorensic are taking a brief nap, and Fancy hasn't slept in months.” ~ Zeta HQ

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DID YOU KNOW?

If you get caught while dragging someone, press your "C" key to free yourself.

501st Trivia

Lieutenant Euler lost a Halo Online 2v2 to CX-X Koop and CT Sideways.

501st Discord

501st Patreon

501st Donation Page

JOIN THE TEAM

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 White, CT Mosin. Additional art by: CT Shifty

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editors: CI-C Daedalus, CT Sense

Writers and Journalists: CT Daku, CT Connor and CX-X Koop

I'd like to thank CT Sense for his help on the news team. He is being rewarded with a promotion to news editor.


Thursday 21 March 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #9


 CT Sideways    21 Mar 2019
 None    Newsletters

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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    Newsletters

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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    Newsletters

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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


Thursday 28 February 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #6


 CT Sideways    28 Feb 2019
 None    Newsletters

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501st Newsletter Issue #6

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

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     Welcome to the 6th weekly newsletter of the 501st Legion. This week the unit continues it’s campaign against the CIS with the aftermath of Negev. Additionally, more information from Hailstorm Battalion has been announced regarding the new leadership courses that will be coming soon. All this and more in this issue of the 501st newsletter.




     The Republic has made extreme progress in the galactic campaign and liberated the planet of Negev in the Sujimmas sector. Now the 501st has moved to the Pantora system. Unfortunately for the 501st, they had crash landed somewhere on the planet with estimated losses at a quarter of the strength of the company. Enemy fire caused their captured Munificent-class star frigate to crash on the planet surface. CS Coward was spotted in the bridge during this incident and no further information could be obtained. Pantora is a Republic allied planet with many marshlands, with a booming industry and valuable war material, it’s no wonder the CIS has made its plans to try and take the planet under its own name. The 501st has set up large defensive networks around the capital city in an attempt to halt the CIS invasion and force them out of the system. The native Pantorans have given their pledge to the Republic to destroy the invading CIS forces from conquering the planet and all the neighboring systems. Reports from Avalanche command indicate all infantry platoons are doing excellent, morale is up and the latest field training exercises that were held proved to be of great utility for the battle to come.

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     Basic combat training has released photos of its 100th course (previously announced in issue #5), along with the new BCT map that will be used for all future trainings.

BCT Map album

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     The 501st is continuing to grow and evolve which requires training to evolve with it. The unit has revamped old leadership courses so that they may better suit its needs that comes with changes in procedure. CC Klein and CS Verax are in charge of implementing these new training qualifications and stated that these training are the work of all elements coming together to create a cohesive unit-wide training program. These trainings will be conducted with the highest standards so that they produce quality leaders and inspire both NCO’s and non-NCO’s to commit themselves to improve the 501st as a whole and its members individually. It took one month to make these courses and required the work of many individuals who are listed next to the course designation.


Basic Leadership Course (BLC) - Document Contributors: Odin, Rexi, Warlord, Gamble, Salvo, Klein and Verax
-Starts in March
-Runs every other month
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Takes 2 Days to Complete
-For Avalanche, ARC,  and Airborne Team Leads, Platoon Medics, and Platoon RTO’s
-Accepts 5-10 applicants
-Billet required to apply for certification and audit
-Removed from billet if BLC is failed
-When removed, placed into non-leadership position within the same platoon
-Not required if CP

Training on

Military Tactics

Tactical Discipline

Team Management

Effective in tactics and combats

-We have an approved working document, details will still change

Advanced Leadership Course (ALC) - Document Contributors: Crisis, Point, Legia, Raven, Gamble, Lava, Crow, Klein and Verax

-Starts in April

-Runs every other month

-Takes 1 month to complete

-Required to qualify for CP, CM-P, CI-P

-Removed from billet if ALC if failed twice

-When removed, placed into non-leadership position within the same platoon

Training on:

AAR documentation

Disciplinary reports

Administrative Discipline

Squad management

Senior Leadership Course (SLC) - Document Contributors: Coward, Lava, Crow, Klein and Verax

-Starts in June

-Runs every 4 months

-Takes 1 month to complete

-Required to qualify for CS, CM-S, CI-S

-Could failed if application paperwork is unsatisfactory

-More intense than old course to produce quality NCO’s

-Instructional training then individual testing

Training on:

Strategic Discipline

Platoon level documentation

And various levels of testing

First Sergeants Academy (FSA) - Document Contributors: Player, Lava, Crow, Klein and Verax

-Starts in July

-Occurs 1 month after SLC (SLC must occur for an FSA to take place)

Training on:

Platoon element tactics

Detachment specific training

OPORDs

Sergeant Majors Academy (SMA) - Document Contributors: Verax, Klein and Battalion HQ

-Selection based evaluation for CS-M position

-Evaluation occurs by the officers ranging from platoon, to company and finally battalion

-Runs when any CS-M billet is open

-Contains high command unit level training and testing

     When we asked CS Verax about work on these courses, he has stated that they are the combined effort of Battalion HQ, Avalanche Company, ARC and Airborne. Verax’s main role is to ensure that these trainings fulfill their goal of making sure leaders are dependable, that they have tact when dealing with their responsibilities and that leaders should uphold their positions for righteous reasons. Verax’s reasoning with these courses are “to mold people who can consistently deliver on these qualities.”

 

“Anyone can do it, there are no exceptions, only exceptional people.” - CS Verax


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     With these very exciting changes, we can see the framework being set up for desirable traits among the future leadership of the 501st. As always, keep tuning in for more information and major changes within the unit, from the progress of the Galactic Campaign, to alternative campaigns and other policy changes that may arise.

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Promotions and News:


C-Shops
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CC Cruisie has announced that the Holosite (website) is looking for people who can help re-shape the website and is asking to message him if you have experience with PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Avalanche HQ -
"Sabre tanks are sh*tty and should be returned to the manufacturer." -CC Klein

Avalanche 1 -
 Jupiter (CP to CS), Waylander, Lantern, Levi (CT to Sr. CT)

Avalanche 2 -
CT Urse is a new TL for 2-2

Avalanche 3
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"3rd's doing good." - CC Ewik

Avalanche 4
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Devito (CT to Senior CT)
"The above statement is a lie" - CS-M Crisis

Acklay
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"Acklay is prepping for our mission. Excited to fight alongside all our boys in blue!" - CC Lava

Razor -
Razor is still taking names for the upcoming cycle and would like to announce this piece of Razor trivia:

CX-S Nocturnal taught CX Scuba the basics of flying back in their public server days during Arma 3's infancy before they joined their first unit together; The 151st Fighting Irish, where they met CX-W Flog who is now Master Warden in our very own 501st! Along with Captain Scuba as the Commanding Officer and Lieutenant Jr. Grade Nocturnal as Executive Officer. The 151st, now disbanded, is where  Scuba and Nocturnal spent roughly 12 hours each day for months honing in on their aviation skills, learning and inventing new concepts for themselves to become well rounded pilots in the cockpit of any airframe they sit in. Captain Scuba and Lieutenant Jr. Grade Nocturnal also taught a pilot named Canik via phase trainings here in the 501st, who is now the head of aviation for a large modern milsim known as the 21st Ranger Company.

"Razors IEA Cycles along with phase trainings are essentially the unofficial Harvard of ARMA aviation." - CX-S Nocturnal

"The values of Razor are Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence. Also known as PRIDE. We take PRIDE in being 501st and Razor Squadron. We strive to make our community proud to have Razor." - CX Scuba

Medical -
Husky(CM-C to CM)

Zeta
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"The Wardens are the real power in Zeta, the dark council oversees all..." - CS Verax

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DID YOU KNOW?
Medics can still apply fluids (blood, plasma, saline) through your entire body even with a tourniquet on.

501st Trivia
Lieutenant Euler likes to talk during meetings. A lot.


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 Nomad, CS Legia, CP Tyler and CT Swanny


Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Writers and Journalists: CT Sense


Thursday 21 February 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #5


 CT Sideways    21 Feb 2019
 None    Newsletters

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501st Newsletter Issue #5

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

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     Welcome back clones! Another week has passed in the 501st Legion and much has transpired in that time. As you may have noticed the news team has decided to move the weekly publish date to Wednesdays, mainly due to information gathering and the weekly command meetings in Hailstorm Battalion. This week we have much to tell you, from the progress of the campaign to a look into the spectacle of basic combat training, with the infamous final test and updates regarding a very special ongoing alternative campaign set in World War II. As always promotions and news will be posted from each of the elements within the 501st.



     Progress in the Galactic Campaign! The 501st legion has liberated the planet Negev, with it’s latest movements the battalion has secured the entire planet. All of the Confederate and Khazaraki resistance has either been thoroughly crushed or routed. In this turn of events after the initial push onto the planet, the 501st Legion were successful in boarding and capturing a Confederacy Munificent-class star frigate, and were also responsible for courageously capturing a planetary shield generator on the surface of Negev. Official reports from the front state that there were no CIS inflicted casualties on clone forces, although there were some startling reports of CIS war crimes against the natives of the planet. Additional information from Avalanche company states that platoons are operating at peak efficiency. As more updates roll in regarding Hailstorm’s progress in the Sumanji system, the news team will be there to give the Republic’s most accurate and important information from the front.

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     Aside from the news of the front this coming Thursday, February 21st, 2019 will mark the 100th basic combat training (BCT) hosted by the battalion. On January 23rd, 2018, Hailstorm Battalion began marking the basic training classes after the January mod update that had breathed some very new air into the unit and furthermore, said basic trainings have made an extremely successful impact in the unit since their inception and continue to guide new recruits into battle. Battalion Commander Jay was the one to kickstart the original basic training program long before the January mod update, during the unit's first year. Later being passed onto the 258th training battalion, a joint operation between the two current GARC units, the 501st Legion and 212th Attack Battalion and the former GARC unit, the 104th Battalion. Unfortunately for the 258th, it failed to keep up with the quality and the sheer volume of new recruits, so discussions were made to move away from it and eventually it was replaced with new ownership and redirected internally within the 501st, where it was soon taken over by CS-M Sorensic, who still attends most, if not every BCT class until it was eventually passed on to other members within the unit.

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     Basic combat training is among one of the most important topics in the 501st, mainly being the primary hope of the 501st Legion’s future and legacy and is meant to excite recruits for what's to come in their career in the unit and also gives older members a look back towards their own. It prepares the recruits for the intensity, confusion, and strategic planning of the battlefield all across the galaxy.

     “[In its current state] BCT is not expected to change its system whatsoever.” says CS Odin, who currently manages the policies and management of all the basic training staff. Odin states that only until The Clone Wars mod official and fully releases, which will bring many new features, equipment and experiences to the unit, that there will be no more major changes to the basic combat training program as it performs its function in the unit very well. The objective of the basic combat training is to get the clone recruits (CR’s) familiarized with the operations, equipment and types of contacts that they will be facing on the field. Through knowledge and information, they are kept up to speed with how things work once the final test concludes with final goal of bringing the recruits up to standard for being in the unit. As of yesterday, February 20th, the BCT class #99 was the official release of a new training map set on the rainy homeworld of the clones, Kamino. The map was released in honor of clone janitor “99”” who was featured on the Clone Wars series, and holds a special place in all of our brother’s hearts.   

     Aside from training troops what will be found on the field, one of the BCT’s trainers, CX Scuba, helps keep the recruits mentally disciplined by teaching them the very important skills of being able to not only follow instructions, but obey commands which assist in setting the tone and reminding each trooper that they need to cooperate and have a certain quality that won’t undermine their comrades in the heat of battle. CX Scuba sets an example for not only the Razor Squadron, but the many other members of 501st Legion with different backgrounds that all provide excellent role models for the future generations of clones that will continue to pass the basic combat trainings. To maintain the course, dozens of instructors, cadres, and Zeuses all come together and sacrifice their time to continue the legacy of the 501st.




     Meanwhile, in a far different world, another call was announced, for another battle that was taking place. “Charge Comrades, For the Motherland!” could be heard as a squad of Russian soldiers charged headfirst into the power station, facing machine guns, rifle fire, and even a German Panzer IV. The news team had recently talked to CW-O Lindsey, who has hosted the most recent iteration of her World War II campaign, one of many that she hosts. This mission had members of the 501st playing as an unnamed company of Russian ground forces attempting to fight the German army in the deep cold of the Russian winter.
     About a year and a half ago in the 501st, Chief Warrant Officer Lindsey began to help out with mission development for CS-M Sorensic’s extremely famous and constantly evolving Tatooine checkpoint RP missions, which soon became a staple of the 501st and a reason that many old and new members have joined the legion for. At some point in time soon after, many 501st members would often play on public World War II liberation servers and similar operations. This would convince a certain CM-S Shade to decide to run a 501st World War II operation, thus sparking interest for several more World War II, Vietnam and other miscellaneous (even Stargate!) operations to be held officially by the 501st. This is where CW-O Lindsey decided to try her experienced hand at her own vision of creating a World War II operation within the 501st. After dozens of hours of hard work and planning dumped into creating such a mission, the moment of truth finally arrived. As people began to load in, technical issues began to appear, leading Lindsey to scrap the first op, but she didn’t let this deter her, and vowed to try again for a second time but unfortunately wasn’t until the third time that the operation finally was performed without much error that many people showed genuine joy in participating in a large scale alternative operation and humbly asked for more, which Lindsey was not expecting. Lindsey got down to work and began creating several more World War II ops, and eventually expanded into Vietnam and the Cold War eras. In hindsight she mentions one of her favorite missions, a look into Operation Goodwood, a British offensive operation set during the Battle of Normandy. For this mission she went above and beyond in trying to make it as immersive and enjoyable, to deliver the best possible experience for players.
     For Lindsey, it’s the enjoyment of the dedication of putting hours upon hours of work into something and then seeing the same enjoyment from the people who never knew that experiences could be even imagined. Experiences that make bonds of comrades and friends of people who otherwise would not have been. These are the experiences that many people continue to attempt to craft for everyone in the 501st and Lindsey is only one of many people who continue to shape the wonder future and memories of the unit.

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    “Remember Comrades, No retreat. Not One Step Back!” ordered CC Machete during the briefing. His personal NKVD officers were there to enforce this brutal policy. Each NKVD officer was given a PPSH, and explicit orders to shoot any man who retreats. With a great charge, all of the infantry and tanks of the Russian troops had already captured an enemy airfield and pilots flew in LA-3s and IL-2s to begin engaging the hostile German forces. Other members were allowed to operate T-34-85s, and a heavy KV-2 tank, left to rot during some great previous siege. The battle raged until Russian forces captured a large port, the main city of Chernogorsk, and finally, a mountainside artillery position. Casualties were high, but that was to be expected from such a brutal war, but in the end, the victorious and courageous Soviet troops showed their superiority over the Germans, but not without heavy losses.

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With another week ending, so does our report on the internal events of the 501st. We hope that many new information has come to light to many people and we especially hope that such progress and strides continue to inspire the many members of the 501st to give back to the unit and give the best possible experience for everyone involved. Progress with the campaign is still ongoing, as always and will be, as always, reported officially in the weekly newsletter. More information of events and profiles of people in the unit, like BCT and Lindsey’s campaign are constantly featured and we ask you to come tell us something you would like to be shared with the 501st. This unit continues to grow with the hard work and dedication of many members from an indefinite amount of backgrounds who all want to experience the joy of creating and tearing apart droids together.

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Promotions and News:


Hailstorm Battalion Command Staff -

“Don’t drink and drive, don’t drive and drink. Don’t beat your wives and don’t let your wives or husbands beat you” - BC Jay

Avalanche Company Command Staff -
"There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt." - CC Klein

Avalanche 1 -

Raktharg (CT to Sr. CT), Levi (CT to Sr. CT), Bronson (CT to Sr. CT), Waylander (CT to Sr. CT)

“We had a hard operation this past weekend and an even harder time with the servers the weekend before, but 1st PLT held strong and carried on.” - CS Legia

Avalanche 2 -
Orion (CS to Senior CS)

Avalanche 3 -
Zeros (CT to Sr. CT)
"Hmm, let's see here... let me look at my notebook. Ah yes, of course, it says here that we're doing good." - CC Ewik

Avalanche 4 -
Fallout (CT to Sr. CT), Lucius (CT to CP)

Acklay -

"A good droid is a dead one." - CC Lava

Onyx -

New Generation 3 ARC Troopers - CT Shoe and CT Sazi
   “We have been very busy lately with the campaign well under way, conducting three official operations in one week for the war effort on Negev. This past week, we have brought in two new Generation 3 Troopers into the detachment: CT Shoe and CT Sazi. We greatly look forward to seeing what they can contribute to the detachment and will work to bring them to their full potential within the unit by mentoring, training, and offering assistance in whatever they need.
    While we may be happy about new members, we have also lost a couple of close friends in the detachment. CP Fancy and CT Mungus have been released from the Onyx detachment on good terms as they always were when they worked with us. We wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors and will always be rooting for them.
    Finally, we have been reworking the interior structure and have been making plans on our cooperation with everyone in the 501st. The Onyx detachment training staff is currently testing underwater combat gear in order to create a proper combat-diving procedure for ourselves to train any personnel on. Our vision of cohesion within the unit is going strong and we're very ambitious to continue working towards our goals!” - CS-M Crow

Razor -
“CX-X Kushiban is now our second acting Flight Commander for the 2nd Flight alongside CX-X Exose. They are in process to earn Flight Officer (CX-P). Some other minor changes in the sections were done as well. Besides that, everyone in Razor is doing well. Recruitment of new candidates is open as well. We will continue to take names through March before we start any interviews or training.” - CX Scuba

"I am not Scuba. I am CX-S Nocturnal. CX-S is not the rank of Sergeant, it is the rank of Lieutenant Jr. Grade. We kicked ass on Negev with minimal losses while operating with peak efficiencies. Razor is honored to continue fighting alongside each platoon throughout the campaign. Additionally, please give us something big to blow up. Sincerely and yours truly, Razor Squadron. - Are we done? This better not get lost in translation, the last guy to interview me misquoted me and made me look like an a**hole." - CX-S Nocturnal *1

Medical -
Cor (CM-C to CM)

RTO -

Zeroes (CI-C to CI)
Turkey (CI-C to CI)
“The quote above mine is wrong.” - CI-S Roadboy

Zeta -
"There is a civil war going on, and I have no idea what to do." - CS Verax


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DID YOU KNOW?
There's an option to quickly get into a vehicle at the touch of a button. It can be found in the menus under configure>addon options>ACE quickmount [Enable] and [Prioritize Passenger Seat]. The control to bind can be found at controls>configure addons>ACE Movement>[Bind vehicle quickmount] (Keep in mind you may need to be loaded into a server or the arsenal to see these settings!)

501st Trivia
Lieutenant Euler has the potential of complete and utter nuclear devastation upon our world at his fingertips.

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:CW Archon, CW-O Lindsey, CX-C Minashi


Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Story Writers and Journalists: CT Sense, CI Rory and CX-X Koop


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1 The person responsible for misquoting has been executed.


Tuesday 12 February 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #4


 CT Sideways    12 Feb 2019
 None    Newsletters

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501st Newsletter Issue #4

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Monday, February 11th, 2019

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     Greetings, clones! This is our fourth issue of the 501st newsletter! In this issue we begin to tackle the progress that the Legion has done in the Sujimmas sector and on the planet Negev. The initial push onto the planet has been successful and we will be examining the progress of each platoon as well an in depth look at the planet of Negev. Keep reading for the news of the unit!



     This weekend the 501st Legion have made the first strike towards liberating the planet Negev from Separatist forces, who have made it clear they’re looking for a fight. Beginning with the Avalanche platoons, who managed to take out several armored assault tank (AAT) factories and secured a large Separatist prison. This prison held valuable Separatist personnel and sympathisers, politicians loyal to the Republic that will be involved in the full liberation of Negev.  Unfortunately some of the politicians perished during the fighting, but on the bright side the 501st has managed to save one extremely valuable asset, the Minister of Justice of Negev, who could have the ability to sway much of the public opinion to the side of the Republic. Several Military advisors for the Separatists also lost their lives during the operations with the regional outskirts and large portions of the major land mass currently under Republic control. For now, the 501st continues their push deeper into enemy territory.

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     As the 501st Legion’s Hailstorm Battalion is being deployed in the Sujimmas sector, in close proximity to important systems such as Naboo, we have decided to take a look closer at the planet Negev, a planet that has been shrouded in mystery. Negev is a dry planet made up of mostly scrubland and hills with small oceans. The planet’s crust contains many natural metals, which along with the flat land and soft soil, makes it perfect for large surface and subterranean factories.

     Local fauna and indigenous species include the Negevi, who are the original inhabitants. The planet’s government is an oligarchy made up of the top magnates, tycoons and industry owners, undoubtedly aligned with the Commerce Guild and the many other faceless subsidiaries of the Confederacy. The technocrats in power set legislature and rule over the planet with an iron fist. The planet is also inhabited by the Kazaraki, a minority group who came after their planet (Kazarak) was hit by a comet. The two groups are deep allies and the Negevi have provided the Kazarki with financial aid in the past and the present.
    
    
The Negevi is currently openly trading and negotiating with the Confederacy, using their enormous factories to produce large vehicles and equipment for use in this conflict and across the galaxy. The Negevi trade with the Confederacy due to their allegiance to the Kazaraki and the great trade deals they get out of their service, which helps feed their economy and the tight grip they keep over the entire system.



     This week has proven the 501st is ready for any conflict and they proudly march into battle against those who stand against the Republic. Soon the planet will surely be under Republic control and the Negevi and the Sujimmas sector will reign free from tyranny of the Seperatists. Check back next week for more information and news from Hailstorm Battalion!

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Promotions and News:


Hailstorm Battalion Command Staff -
“After our completion of this week’s operations don’t forget: don’t drink and drive, don’t drive and drink, don’t beat your wives, and don’t let your wives beat you” -BC Jay

Avalanche Command Staff -
“Avalanche Company successfully executed our operations for the 1st week of campaign” -CC Klein

Avalanche 2 -
“Start of the campaign was good and Second Platoon accomplished their objectives. Ready and excited for the next mission.” -CC Player

Avalanche 3 -
"
The quote below is wrong... Oh, and were doing good by the way." - CC Ewik

Avalanche 4 -
Richard (CT to Senior CT), Doug (CT to Senior CT).
"We are doing better" - CS Crisis

Razor -
New members: CX-C Lutas, CX-C Hungarian, CX-C Eagle, CX-C Casnov, CX-C Minashi.
We had 8 ARC-170's. Now we have 7. This campaign is already kicking off as a checks and balance battle for Razor, but we're excited.” - CX Scuba

Zeta -
We predict Zeta will reach its full capacity this month.” -CS Verax

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DID YOU KNOW?

Stamina is enabled on the servers and would be fully used, but due to a bug, it doesn’t work until the player dies once.

501st Trivia

One time, Lieutenant Euler told someone that chickens laid their eggs in water, and they actually believed it!

501st Legion Discord

501st Legion 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: CW Archon, CX-C Kaj

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Story Writers and Journalists: CT Gonzo, CT Sense and CX-X Koop


Tuesday 05 February 2019

501st Newsletter Issue #3


 CT Sideways    05 Feb 2019
 None    Newsletters

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501st Newsletter Issue #3

CT Sideways, Chief News Editor
Monday, February 4th, 2019

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     The week begins with another newsletter from the 501st Legion. Contents include the start of the Galactic Campaign with Hailstorm’s Third Platoon and an interesting look into a public training with the ARC detachment. Additionally, a feature story of an alternative campaign hosted by Lieutenant Machete. Clue in for more information about what’s going on within the unit, starting with the long awaited persistent campaign.



     This week in the Galactic Campaign, the opening moves have been played and Third platoon, A Company has secured a MSR [Main Supply Route] crossing west to east of a settlement called Midgard. Clone Tactical Enforcers covered the roads crossing to east where the other elements will begin their attack. Mention of light resistance, that wasn’t prepared composed primarily of scattered droid infantry and light armor. A possible factory that could be the source of deadly B2 battle droids equipped with personal energy shields was located, but not engaged due to lack of intel. Third platoon’s acting sergeant major, Sergeant Coward indicated that the structures could be a strongpoint in the next set of tactical movements that Hailstorm Battalion decides to take, although the enemy was very willing to give up the east with minimal resistance. One native Negevi was located and taken for processing.

     Due to some issues regarding Steam, the next movements from the battalion have been delayed until next week and Third platoon will be participating in a field training exercise while the rest of the battalion continues the initial advance.
   


     Unrelated to the campaign, on this last Friday, the 501st Legion’s advanced recon commando detachment, Onyx, offered a public training on the topic of close quarters combat (CQC) tactics and high value target/very important person (HVT/VIP) procedures for all members of the 501st. The training was about three hours long and was focused on practical training of procedures regarding protecting a single target along with a player vs. player portion, or referred to as “Combat Survivability” by the ARC members present, was meant to further test the present close combat skills of the trainees and help them understand how to obtain new skills to be used all across the battlefield.



     Sergeant George stated that “The purpose of this training was to make Onyx seem more open and approachable, to show people that they can come to us with questions. This training was the beginning of many and I hope to do many more in the future.”

   

    In other news, Lieutenant Machete has been running several campaigns on his own dedicated server, including a large bi-weekly World War I campaign, titled All American, that will be running again this upcoming weekend. This campaign has a persistent story and follows the 82nd Infantry Division through the European Theater of the First World War. It is different than most other campaigns in that it allows anyone to hold any position without their normal qualifications in the 501st. Anyone could be a pilot or a tank driver for the campaign without having the qualifications for the standard fun-operations. Another notable feature is that after a couple player deaths, rank and progress for that individual soldier is reset to ensure a realistic approach to operations and a sense of self-preservation. The Lieutenant would like to remind players that neglecting 501st duties will cause removal from the campaign. Check with Lieutenant Machete about joining his discord to participate in this campaign and others like it.

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    We here at the news team look forward to the continuation of the Galactic Campaign and we’ll be back next week to inform you what has transpired. We would like to thank Onyx and CC Machete for allowing us to feature them in this week’s article and let the reader know that they’re open for any questions you may have about them. See you next time from the 501st!

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Promotions and News:


Avalanche 1 -

Blade (CT to Corporal)
Excited for the campaign, ready to kick ass take names.” - CS Point

Avalanche 2 -

Second Platoon’s Platoon Sergeant drank out of a toilet bowl today.

G*dd*mn f**kin’ Eden editor bulls**t” - CC Player

Avalanche 3 -
Cyber (CT to Corporal)
We, believe it or not, are still doing good.” - CC Ewik

Avalanche 4 -
Sorensic and I would like to congratulate CP Drifter on becoming the new 4-1 Squad leader.” - CS Crisis

Acklay -
Nobear (CT to CP)
Acklay is utilising the extra time this week to prepare. It’s always important to be cautious!” - CC Lava

Razor -
Casidy (CX-X to CX-P)
Boarding procedures changed. the campaign started, that's exciting. Razor's pretty decent; sometimes they piss me off, but most of the time I like them.” - CX-S Nocturnal

Medical -
Bronson (CM-C to CM)

Zeta -
Section 4 is officially open and we are looking for leadership. Direct message Section Commander CW Archon and acting Section Subordinate CT Mimir for more details.” - CS Verax

From the News Team -
I’d like to welcome CT Gonzo, CT Sense and CT Karrazim to the news writing team. We’re currently looking for members ranked trooper and above in order to help maintain the weekly newsletter and find interesting things to share. Even if you don’t want to contribute to the weekly role, or you’re not a trooper, we’re always looking for interesting content to be featured in the newsletters. We love screenshots and if you send them in, we might feature them on the next weekly issue!
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DID YOU KNOW?

Ctrl + Shift clicking on the map allows you to create perfectly straight lines.

501st Trivia

The 501st used to have a Kamino map, a VR training map, and a PVP arena collection. One day, Lieutenant Euler accidentally cleared his hard drive and now they’re gone forever.

501st Legion Discord

501st Legion Patreon

501st Donation Page


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: CS Crisis, CT Sideways, CW-O Lindsey and CC Lava. Campaign video credits: CS Rexi

Chief News Editor: CT Sideways

News Editor: CI-C Daedalus

Story Writers and Journalists: CT Gonzo, CT Karrazim and CT Sense.


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