By: Dustin Dial (TK-5647)
On December 8th, 2007 the newly formed Jundland Wastes Squad (JWS) teamed with the Tucson Fan Force to participate in the 13th Annual Downtown Tucson Parade of Lights. The 2.5 mile route circles historic downtown Tucson and attracted 24,000 spectators. The DSG/JWS and the TFF walked the route with sabers blazing and proudly displaying the 501st banner among festive holiday floats, bands, and motorcades.
This year the Jundland Wastes Squad’s entry won the Old Pueblo Award for “Best Non-Profit Entry”, much to the surprise of the squad and the Dune Sea Garrison. The team was greeted with cheers and the load roar of applause during the parade route which was near deafening when the winning announcement was made. The entry consisted of a 501st Clone Trooper, Shock Trooper, Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Scout Trooper, Jedi, and Sith.This event is the first of many for this newly-formed and energetic squad of troopers located in the Tucson, Arizona area.