March usually means things warm up and spring is on the way! So lets say goodbye to winter! Our MArch pilot spot lighter is Buckethead!

Awesome okay well thank you very much for including me in the monthly newsfeed choosing me as the pilot light of the month. I’m very excited to become a tie pilot always loved the Empire and always strived to be top-notch. -Buckethead

1. Whats your name and why did you pick your callsign?
I picked my user nameafter doing a little bit of research on that tie fighter pilots being referred to as bucketheads . That name just kind of stuck with me and usually throughout the forums I like to pick a name and associates myself with the character, so me being a bucket head and owner of many buckets I thought it was appropriate.

2. How long have you been a part of the JRS, and what is it that sparked your interest in joining?
I joined the Jolly Roger squadron around the middle of 2014 during my research into building a tie fighter pilot. I find the form to be very useful and the members to be very friendly and helpful. I think what sparked my interest was the level of knowledge and the camaraderie of the pilots.

3. Of all of the troops that you have done, what would you say is the one that stands out in your mind in meaning the most to you and why?
Being a fairly new member in the Legion I have only trooped somewhere between seven and 10 events. Most of these events have been conventions and although conventions are fun and sometimes impressive I would really like to do some events where I can help make a difference. Some type of charity event would be nice . The Legion is very small in my area but it is growing and hopefully within the next couple weeks we will have a total of four members in my area. So as of now my most memorable troop that stand out to me would be ring of fire convention last year in Virginia Beach Virginia with the costumes were simply amazing and I got to meet for the first time some of my 501st legion brothers and sisters.

4. How has being a part of the 501st/JRS impacted your life?
Being a part of the 501st legion and the Jolly Roger squadron amongst many detachments has impacted my life in that it is given me a creative outlet, that I really enjoyed doing , and a way to genuinely give back to the community and give everyone , every day smiles from ear to ear. Including myself….

5. Outside of trooping and 501st/JRS related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some other interests or hobbies that you have?
As most of us I work every day and that is the majority of my life. I run my own roofing company in the area that hurricanes and high winds are very frequent so we are very fortunate to be in high demand. I also help out with the local Roller Derby league where I referee and help the girls with traveling and events. The last few years I have been practicing nonobjective abstract art but the local artist friend of mine. It is fun , but since I have moved onto the armor making constructive outlet. I also enjoy playing and listening to music I have played the drums and a few bands in our area but again that is kind of fizzled out within the last few years and I’ve been focusing mainly on Star Wars costumes and the 501st legion. So basically it’s work , Star Wars , Roller Derby . work , Star Wars , Roller Derby. In that particular order.

6. Can you give us an idea as to the kind of support you get from friends and family regarding the 501st and all the great things that you have done for the JRS?
I have actually received some very good and positive input from my friends and family. Of course everybody at first and there’s always those apples that will call you out and say that is childish and that we could be doing something better with our time, but honestly if you’re making yourself and other people happy , that seems to be one heck of a good reason to do what we do. Granted it’s not for everybody and everybodydoesn’t like Star Wars but I have found that even the people that are not hard-core Star Wars fans really appreciate the time and effort that we put into our costumes and the good things that we do for the community and charities. I have actually recruited most of all of my family into the Legion and basically costuming in general. My oldest son he has been approved into the Legion as the Carolina garrisons second death trooper approved. My youngest son he has a Jawa and man does he look good. I actually have my wife talked in to possibly a tie fighter pilot. She can basically wear my armor , if I could just get her a smaller set of boots and gloves and possibly a belt I think we could share the armor it’s not like I don’t have any other costumes to wear .

I personally love a female pilot. :wink:

7. And lastly, is there anything, Star Wars related or not, that people might not know about you that they might be surprised to find out?
People usually see me as the long-haired tattooed fella , but once they get to know me they realize that I have a heart as big as the state of North Carolina. I personallyplan on doing everything I can to raise awareness of the 501st legion in my area. I’m also working on building the ranks of the Carolina Garrison in my area. I do like working in conjunction with other garrisons and enjoy a cross trooping quite a bit. As I am a little bit closer to Garrison Tyranus and some of their events. Again that just shows the brotherhood of the 501st legion and troopers helping troopers. The 501st legion is really one big huge family.

Thank you again for including me in the newsletter and I look forward to completing my tie fighter pilot build and joining the ranks as a tie fighter pilot in the Jolly Roger squadron. Long live the Empire. – Buckethead