Command Team

Commanding Officer - Zach Tyke

Zach joined the 501st in April of 2018 and resides in Murrysville. Usually, can be found with a camera or a droid on a troop, but from time to time you will see him in uniform. Outside of the garrison he is into hockey and cars. He also really enjoys building and tinkering with all kinds of different things. 

Executive Officer - Jenna Miller

Jenna

Jenna joined in November of 2018.  She enjoys trooping alongside her husband Tim who joined in September 2018 and daughter Adia who is a member of the Galactic Academy. If your son or daughter is interested in joining sign up here. If you want to talk to her and have us at your event, check out our Request an Appearance page.

Membership and Website Liaisons - Jacob Messmer and Greg Geibel

Jacob

Jacob has been a member of the 501st Legion since 2014. Currently has 6 approved costumes. He was one of the founding members of Starkiller Garrison, along with being the first GML/GWL for the garrison.

Greg has been a 501st member since 2016. He entered as a stormtrooper and has added a death trooper to his collection. He enjoys long walks on the beach, a cute rom-com, and singing show tunes in his spare time.

Garrison Public Relations - Josh Curry and Dylan Burton

JoshCurry

Josh is one of our PR Officers and a member since 2017. He is a geek who likes Star Wars. The end. 🐐 Goat status. 

Dylan has been a 501st member since April of 2019 and got approved on his birthday! Currently he has a ROTJ Royal guard or the one arm wonder but is also working on a bunch of other costumes including a Chewbacca! When he is not trooping he is usually found doing things in the great outdoors or working on all kinds of costumes and props.

Event Coordinators - Pat Sutton, Bob Barker,
Kevin Weir & Abby Fetzner

Pat has been a member of the 501st since 2018. He has several costumes but prefers his Stormtrooper above the rest! He is a long-haul network engineer by day and a hockey Pap by night. In his free time he enjoys not being eaten by Ewoks, as well as trooping with his Imperial cadet granddaughter. Battle of Yavin survivor and former captain of the Pismo Beach disaster recovery.

Bob has been a member of the 501st legion since 2007. He has also served (serving) as the Detachment Leader of the Imperial Officer Corps Detachment. He has been traveling the world building nuclear power plants and is happy to be living home back in the Pittsburgh area in the last two years.

Kevin has been a member since June 2019 and currently is a ANH Stormtrooper and would love to add more costumes. He enjoys spending time with his family whether it be trooping or just at home.

Abby joined the 501st in October of 2018. She currently has two approved costumes; Jawa and Tusken Raider AOTC (Male). She was able to convince her mother, Michelle, to join and they often troop together. When not trooping she enjoys reading, anime and board games. 

Charity Officer - Shayne Garcia Bish

Shayne joined the 501st in 2019. She enjoys trooping with her husband Todd and daughter Juli who are members of the Rebel Legion, as well as her son Micah who is a member of the Galactic Academy. Outside of Starkiller she can be found teaching 5th grade and helping lead online worship services for her church. She enjoys hiking and traveling to different national parks.

Want to know what charities we work with and donate? Check out our Charities page.

Webmaster - Fred Terwilliger

Webmaster Fred Guitar

Fred joined the 501st in November of 2015. He is usually found collecting bounties on a  troop, but from time to time you will see him walking in single file to hide his numbers. He helps run this website and our forums. When not in costume, he is probably playing hockey or guitar .

Merchandising and Branding Officer- Adam Hnatkovich and Rob Craig

Adam has been a member of the Garrison since 2021. In addition to trooping, Adam designs board games and is a professional cartographer. He enjoys raising chickens, backpacking, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

See, here’s the thing. I’m Rob, but beyond that, I just don’t know. I literally do not know who I am. It’s all untested. Am I funny? Am I sarcastic? Sexy? Right old misery? Life and soul? Right handed? Left handed? A gambler? A fighter? A coward? A traitor? A liar? A nervous wreck? I mean, judging by the evidence, It is I, Robert, son of another Robert, from the kingdom of Butler. King of nothing, defeater of doughnuts, Sovereign of all within my basement! I along with many trusted allies have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search of toys/collectibles who will join us in our collections. I have ridden since the snows of winter covered this land, through the kingdom of Mercia, through… Ahh nevermind. I basically like to collect vintage toys and comics. When I’m not doing that I can be found doing what I’m told by my lovely wife and son. I like to buy stuff so why not lend a hand in locating cool stuff for others to buy, like Merchandise. If you are like me and want to buy “killer” stuff then keep your ear to the ground for what’s stomping it’s way out of the paddock this year….. So many non-Star Wars related movie references. I said good day.

Bryan White - Quartermaster

Bryan joined the legion in 2003. He has served on command staff at the garrison, detachment and legion level. Of his many costumes, his AT-AT is his favorite. He has been trooping in it since 2004. When not trooping, he enjoys hockey, photography and video games.

Captains of the Guard- Dave Glass and Megan Stahl

Dave has been a member since April of 2017. He lives in DuBois with his wife Jess and three of their sons. By day he a county commissioner (no, they don’t give them BatPhones – I call BS); by night he referees sports and now acts as one of our COG’s (hopefully we call less fouls here than on the field!)

Megan has been a member of the 501st since 2015, though her costume building journey started back in 2011. Standing at 5′ 3″ on a good day, she is proof that you’re never too short to be a stormtrooper.