The Empire- From the Front Lines (Amazing Jawa Duo Edition!)

Every month we highlight one of our troopers to share a bit about themselves and how the their Legion commitment affects their lives.  This month, in light of Mother’s Day, we have decided to highlight Suzanne Thompson and Caitlin Thompson!  This mother-daughter duo are a great example of how the Legion can be a wonderful bonding opportunity.
501st Alias/Callsign
BadMamaJawa / VirtualCaitlin
DZ-26123 / DZ-31093
What is your name and why did you pick your 501st Alias?
Suzanne Thompson (S): I picked “Bad Mama Jawa” because it sounds like “Bad Mama Jama”. But also because it’s true. And it has a nice ring to it. Caitlin Thompson (C): I’ve always been “Virtual Caitlin”, even before joining the 501st. I went to high school on line; I’ve got a strong internet presence.
When did you join the Legion and why?
S: I joined the legion in January of 2017. I was peer pressured! This is what happens when half your family is in the 501st. You get recruited to the dark side. C: I joined in March 2016. My step dad has been part of the 501st for years, so I knew about the group before I joined. I liked their mission. I like what we do. I still do. I also really wanted to be a storm trooper…my armor is still a work in progress though.
Of all of the troops you have been a part of, which one has stood out the most & why? 
S: For me, it’s not any one particular troop that stands out, it’s the people from each troop that genuinely enjoy Star Wars and were so excited to see us that I remember. There was one little boy at a troop whose FAVORITE characters were the Jawas, and he hugged me. Jawas rarely get hugs. C: The last Children’s Hospital troop was my favorite. There was a little girl that was scared of me at first, but I gave her a Sabine doll, and she and her mom were so excited about the blue hair, and it was really awesome to see how happy it made her and how she felt more comfortable around us by the end of the troop. Also, I like how excited the nurses get when they see Tad Cooper [the baby Jawa]. They love him.
How has being a part of the 501st impacted your life? 
S: It makes me more aware of my community, and I get to contribute more to it. There’s so many events and organizations I didn’t know about until I started trooping. I also love how Star Wars can be a unifying interest for so many diverse people. C: It’s made us a closer family, and it makes me feel closer to my community. I think I’m more aware of what happens in my community and in the world now, and I think being part of the 501st has made me a better person.
Outside of trooping and 501st related stuff, what do you do for a living, and what are some other interests or hobbies that you have?   *
S: I work as an administrative assistant for a public works department. When I’m not trooping, I’m fencing which my daughters, friends and finance. Stabbing people is very therapeutic after a long day at work. C: I am a mechanical engineering student at Mercer University, and I work in the 3D printing/electronics lab there. I am also a competitive gymnast, as well as a gymnastics coach and a fencer.
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 with the GA Garrison? 
S: People at work think I’m crazy, but when I explain more about what we do and how it helps people, they usually think it’s cool. Since most of my family is in the 501st- or get volunteered as handlers- they’re all for it! C: Yeah, not as many people think it’s crazy for me. A few think it’s weird, but most of my friends thinks what I do is cool.
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? 
S: I have no filter, but since Jawas aren’t supposed to talk, most people don’t find out until it’s too late. C: I’m a national champion gymnast
Thank you so much for participating, ladies! We are so happy to have you in the Garrison. Happy Mother’s Day!