Razor Squadron: Saviors in the Sky
CT Verax, News Editor
Monday June 18th, 2018
RYLOTH - As the sun pierces through the clouds of Ryloth, Twi’leks can be heard cheering through their capital of Lessu as they watch the famous 501st Razor Squadron bombard CIS armor and lay waste to their droid combatants. In the aftermath, a massive crowd surfaces in the city center and the citizens of Ryloth begin waving as they watch Razor Squadron transport the brave men of the 501st Hailstorm Battalion off their planet. Our news team asked Kaasha Bateen, a resistance strategist for the Free Ryloth movement, what she thought of the Republic. She responded with joy, “The greatest soldiers of peace for the galaxy, without them our planet would be under siege by the Confederacy. But we must certainly be grateful for their pilots, they saved our lives and took us to safety when we had nowhere else to run.”
ACCLAMATOR “GOLIATH” - Afterwards in the various hangars of the Acclamator “Goliath” Razor lands Lieutenant Machete’s 3rd Platoon for their upcoming debrief. Avalanche Company Medic Corporal Koda begins ordering medics to grab medical stretchers as the wardens begin motioning LAAT MEDIVACs to land on their designated platforms. As the last LAAT lands we saw Lieutenant Charmer, Squadron Commander of Razor Squadron, disembark his LAAT, we rushed over to ask him questions about the brave pilots in the 501st Legion. We first asked him what does he seek for pilots in the legion? He responded quickly, “The first thing we tell new members is that they are first being trained as an officer. Especially when you finish your Phase 2 Pilot Training because we need you to exemplify your perspective and attitude in the unit. So when we are looking for a new a pilot, we are looking for them to display a professional attitude in Razor Squadron. We are not expecting you to be the best pilot in the world but we are expecting you to learn at a professional level. Like Lieutenant Scuba says, there is a time to be serious, there is a time to have fun and there is a time to have serious fun.”
After asking the first question, Lieutenant Charmer began walking towards Lieutenant Machete’s debrief. Across our area we saw medics rushing clones troopers to the medical bay and troopers moving towards the debrief area. As we walked with the lieutenant we then asked him what does he see in the near future for pilots? He responded solemnly, “As it stands now, our roster is fairly small and our goal is to fill that roster till it is full. We have approximately 13 pilots that are active and out of those 5-6 are actively flying in the unit. As of now, it is hard, but I will tell you where I want it to go. With the new technology coming into the unit, we are looking for large scale battles and expanded systems with full air superiority against hostile forces. That includes expanding on Lightning Detachment, increased combat training and flight training. That won’t discourage us and our pilots we have now because we considered them the best. And we will continue to work to save infantry from the skies as the future is to expand and bring more presence to the battlefield as Razor Squadron.
Just as Lieutenant Charmer and his pilots were about to enter the briefing room we quickly asked him a final question. We asked why should members of the unit join Razor Squadron? He stopped in his tracks by the door to the briefing room and turned to give his final comment, “Aviation, as I am consistently told, is a necessity. It is something that a lot of infantry look forward and up to in anyway necessary. Because without pilots things can go wrong, infantry can get overrun, they may not have the precision support they need to carry out their objective. It becomes a problem because if no one is out there to support them, they can call us in and take care of it. To put it simply, we do our job to make yours easier. Everyone has their own reason to join aviation. My reason was because it looked fun. And there is a lot more to it and the fun for me comes when we operate as a squadron and see every pilot working together. For others it could be a fun team, but at the end of the day, it comes with character building skills that benefit the unit as a whole.” As the lieutenant finished his final response he quickly stepped into debrief and the doors closed upon his entrance.
If anyone has an interest in joining Razor Squadron, contact any pilots within the 501st Legion Discord or TeamSpeak3.
An inside look of ARC Basic Selection
CT Verax, News Editor
Sunday June 3rd, 2018
KAMINO - The 501st Legion 1st Regiment, 3rd Battalion “Hailstorm”, ARC Detachment “Onyx” has recently selected the ten new candidates to be apart of the ARC Candidate Program. The ten new candidates are: CT Noviix, CT Fancy, CT Daku, CT Nomad (formely CP), CT Cato, CT Casidy (formely CX-X), CT Delta (formely CX-X), CM Zest, CM Falco, and CT Mungus (formerly CS). All candidates came from different backgrounds within the unit and have shown examplemary experiences during their time within the 501st Legion. We spoke to CC Ullr, commander of the 501st special forces ARC Detachment “Onyx”, and asked what he looks for when troops are interested in ARC, Lieutenant Ullr responded confidently, “What we look for is the drive and willingness to push yourself to solve problems they do not realize. Being willing to make sacrifices to the needs of your team as a whole and in doing so to help others while still accomplishing their objective. By doing this they are living up to the name of ARC and at the same time not being afraid to be tried by fire.”
We finally asked the lieutenant what he sees in the near future for ARC. He exuberantly responded, “A bright one for sure, we see a team that assists in a variety of different ways where they can overcome serious and challenging environments. In regards to how ARC solves those problems, we are looking forward to adding on to their experience. For example, if you claim to be good with one thing, you may not be as good with it as much as you think are, and so we are pushing individuals to be well rounded with their skills and anticipate all the obstacles that comes in their way.”
Currently, Onyx has eleven ARC troopers (the commander included and two in reserves) and seeks to do another Basic Selection in the near future.