A Brief History of the 501st Connecticut Garrison

The State of Connecticut was once part of the New England Garrison, until breaking away in late 2005.

It all started when Scott Allen, TK-413, while residing here in CT, came into contact with the ECG around 1999 and in 2001 founded the NEG. As the numbers of members grew here in CT, Scott would regularly seek them out by email or phone to welcome them to the group. He would constantly be found helping others with their armor or another costume, selflessly giving of his time and knowledge. Through this, the members in CT started to form strong bonds of friendship which grew into regular social dinners. It was not uncommon to see every active CT member as these dinners grew.


CT members had always been heavily involved in the NEG volunteer staff, starting with Scott himself as CO in both 2001 and 2002. Then Rob Rak TK-158 was elected CO in 2004. Eventually Charles Corrente TK-3302 served with Jerry Buote SL-11 in 2005 as his XO. Others served in supporting roles such as Treasurer and in Public Relations. It was during this time that we realized that CT was growing into a strong unit that could sustain itself as a Garrison.

Under the guiding principles of friendship and comradery, the CTG was born. We have continued to foster our commitment to the 501st and to the people in our unit, doing so together.

A Thank you to Scott & Jerry for your inspiration, and for being what you thought members of the 501st should be…friends first!


The founding members of the “Conn Squad”: Charles Corrente TK-3302, Di Coriano TI-3970, Derek Erismann TD-4434, Bob Morgan TK-7074, Mike Cizik TK-1669 and Gary Manion TK-6931, and all of the then members from CT who supported and contributed to the new unit!

Retired Officers
Diane Respeto Coriano
Mike Cizik
Retired Executive Officer Officer
Retired Merchandise Officer / Executive Officer
Served from Dec. 2005 – Feb. 2009
Served Dec. 2005 – Feb. 2009 / Feb. 2009 – May 2011
Diane joined the 501st in 2002. She was instrumental in helping form the CTG during 2005. Once the CTG became a Garrison in late 2005, Charles chose Di to serve as his XO. During that time she coordinated many events, helped to enforce club policy, and served on the Legion Council with Charles. She also believed in the laid back, friendly style that the CTG was founded upon. Her contributions to the Garrison are too numerous to mention, and she still continues to serve in a less stressful capacity…for that we are extremely lucky and thankful.
Mike joined the 501st in 2002. Mike worked hard at designing and obtaining all the CTG swag so we could look cool. Whether it was T-shirts, sweatshirts or banners, he always came through with something great. Oh and we cannot forget the CTG challenge coins! Don’t show up at an outing without one or you may just end up buying. From 2009 through 2011, Mike took over as Executive Officer, which allowed him to make sure things ran smoothly for The CTG. Mike has moved on so he could take care of his most important job: the job of being a father!
Derek Erismann
Robert Morgan
Retired Garrison Webmaster
Retired Garrison Membership Liason
Served from Mid 2005 – Feb. 2007
Served from Dec. 2005 – July 2009
Derek joined the 501st in 2004. He was instrumental in creating the CTG’s web page for Council approval to break off into our own Garrison. He worked with Charles for months before the official launch. His dedication & contributions to the creation of the CTG in general will never be forgotten. He currently spends most of his time with his family and small children. We wish him all the best!
Bob joined the 501st in 2003. He was instrumental in helping form the CTG during 2005. Bob was in charge of making sure our Garrison’s membership status was set to “GO”. All new membership applications went to Bob for processing, who then reviewed and sent the application to the Legion’s Membership Officer for acceptance. Much thanks goes to his years of service. Bob was also privaleged to represent the CTG in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena CA.