The Imperial Rough Rider Squad would like to introduce you to one of our troopers, Joe Cygan…also known as ID-882. Joe’s fandom began in 1977 when Star Wars was first released. He and his friends saved their allowances and watched the movie multiple times during the original release!! Joe submitted his first costume in October of 2004 to be judged for entry into The 501st Legion. Unfortunately, there were very few members at that time so he had to wait until May 2005 to learn his costume had met the rigorous requirements to gain his TK-ID. Since then Joe has completed several additional costumes and has had up to seven approved at one time including a Stormtrooper, Tie Pilot, Tusken Raider and the fan favorite, Darth Vader.
Since joining, Joe has trooped countless events but two remain his favorites. Each year he troops the Make-A-Wish World Wish Day held at Morgan’s Wonderland and the American Cancer Society’s Halloween Boo Bash. Each of these are meaningful to Joe in the smiles that can be seen by both the recovered or current patients and their care givers. Joe is especially touched when we are able to bring a smile to a care giver's face because “they are underappreciated for the tremendous amount of work and pain they also go through.” We might be off by a few months (as we usually are!) but Join Us...!!! as we celebrate DarthJoe and his Thirteen Years as a 501st Legionnaire!! #501stLegion