Welcome to the Carolina Garrison website!


The Carolina Garrison is the North Carolina/South Carolina chapter of the 501st Legion, an all-volunteer international Star Wars costuming organization with more than 6,000 active members representing more than 47 nations. The 501st Legion's aims are to celebrate the Star Wars saga through costuming, to promote the quality and improvement of costumes and props, and most importantly to contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work.


The 501st Legion legacy started in the Carolinas back in 1997 with Albin Johnson and Tom Crews in Columbia, SC....Now, the 501st Legion is a world-wide organization, well known for charity work, and the preferred costuming group for LucasFilm Limited/Disney when it comes to high profile Star Wars events and TV spots.


Even though the 501st Legion is world-wide and has had over 10 thousand members over the years, there are still some of the very first Legion members still active in the Carolina Garrison. The roots of the 501st are heavily planted here in the Carolinas.



Join the First Through the Door, be a part of the Legacy....


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Oct 04 Ronald Mc Donald House Charity Breakfast (Winston-Salem, NC)

Two Clone Commanders and a Sandtrooper were dispatched to Winston-Salem, NC on October 4, 2014. This event was to benefit the Ronald McDonald House for

October 04, 2014 Mission Reports
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Sept 27 11th Annual Carolina Children’s Charity Walk (Charleston, SC)

This was our 2nd appearance at the festivities that take place after the run / fun walk. The race started @ 8am and was over

September 27, 2014 Mission Reports
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Sept 27 Hickory-Con Hickory, NC

Hickory Con Fall 2014 September 27th Hickory Con is a one day con featuring artist, comic and sci-fi vendors, and hosts large card game tournaments.

September 27, 2014 Mission Reports
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Sept 20 Asheville, NC Comic Expo

This was the 3rd year of the Asheville Comic Expo, which was held at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, NC. ACE offers a

September 20, 2014 Mission Reports
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Sept 20 Rebel Base 20th Anniversary Charlotte, NC

Lord Vader wanted to know why this Rebel Base was still standing after 20 years…. I reported back to the Dark Lord that it has

September 20, 2014 Mission Reports
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Sept. 14 – Florence Comic Con 2014

The 2nd Annual Florence Comic Con has come and gone. This year it grew in size from a small art gallery and took place at

September 14, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug. 30 – Librari-Con (Fayetteville)

Troopers from the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion attended the eighth year of the Cumberland County Librari-Con in Fayetteville, NC. The troopers also presented

August 30, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 30-31 Cosplay America Con (Raleigh)

Troopers from the Carolina Garrison met at the 2014 Cosplay America convention in Raleigh NC. We were invited to do two panels about the 501st,

August 30, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 9 -“Page to Screen” Barnes & Noble (Cary)

Barnes and Noble get pop culture event in Cary NC felt the force once again, despite the rain. As Vader made his way threw the

August 09, 2014 Mission Reports
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Aug 9, 2014 Owensby Wedding Reception

Lord Vader and his personal escort attended the Owensby wedding reception in Greensboro, NC 2014. Troopers in attendance: Austin T, Stormtrooper Jerry S, Darth Vader

August 09, 2014 Mission Reports
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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm LLC., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2014 Lucasfilm LLC. & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
The Carolina Garrison is the only official chapter of the 501st Legion in North and South Carolina. Any use of the name or logo(s) of the 501st Legion and/or Carolina Garrison by other groups is unofficial and not approved by the Garrison or Legion unless otherwise stated.