In Memoriam — Mel Knowles
Mel Knowles— Central Base Mel was a long-time member serving in both Rebel Legion Central Base and 501st Legion Central Garrison in Fargo, ND. He spent many troops in his clone commander Vill, clone commander Appo, and Republic commando Boss armors. Troopers in the area always knew if Mel was around, things would be a good time. Some words to describe Mel – big heart, full spirit, generous, spontaneous, amazing, great father,...
In Memoriam — Brian “Bri-Gon” Rittel
Brian “Bri-Gon” Rittel — Central Base Central Base bears the loss of one of our amazing members. Brian made frequent appearances as his X-Wing Pilot as well as his custom Mando and was well-loved and respected by many of the Star Wars club members in Iowa. He was a founding member of the Vhett Manda MMCC clan, as well as their first Ver’alor. He has been recognized and honored by the Vhett Manda clan, as well...
In Memoriam — Pete (Walker Sky) Cagle
Pete Cagle — Kessel Base The Jedi Council bears the loss of Jedi Master Pete (Walker Sky) Cagle. Jedi Master Cagle was a well-respected Jedi in Star Temple and Kessel Base. A wonderful grandfather, father, and husband. He was a pillar of the West Texas costuming community and he will truly be missed. Rebel Legion has awarded Jedi Master Cagle the Medal of Valor posthumously in honor of his dedication and service to the Legion...
In Memoriam — Art Liu (Kuang-Hung Liu)
Art was a great pilot who worked for China Airlines and enjoyed his time in the sky. He was also a huge Star Wars fan since childhood. His favorite costume in the Rebel Legion was the X-Wing pilot, just like his job as a commercial airline pilot. Art also loved collecting lightsabers and had 8 of them in his Star Wars collection.
He already finished his pilot costume and started to make his Jedi costume just one week before his passing. He was that close to joining this big family as an active member of the Taiwan Outpost, but sadly this dream would never come true.
In Memorial – Terry Cannon
Grampy-Wan (Terry Cannon) was a nine year veteran of the Rebel Legion, costuming as a Jedi, a Pilot, an RFT, and he was seen every year of Phoenix Comic Con playing poker for charity in his favorite costume, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
A polio survivor, he never let his disabilities get in the way of doing good, especially for charities involving sick children. He was a founding member of Mos Eisley Base, as well as a member of the RLSC, the KJO, and RAID. He left us for the galaxy far, far away on October 4, 2016 at the age of 62.
In Memoriam – Justin Craig Manning
Justin “Phantom6” Manning
joined with the Force at the age of 43 on Sunday morning, January 17th after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was a member of the Rebel Legion since 2003, and a two-term BCO of Alderaan Base. Though his battle required him to move to inactive status, he was never far away, and often attended events, his camera in hand. Always at his best when he was making sure others were having a great time, he went out of his way to ensure everyone felt welcome. Justin made friends wherever he went, and will be missed by everyone in the New England costuming community.