"Her pilots are very protective of her. They call themselves Barefoot Squadron."
Jaina Solo, on Tahiri Veila[1]

Barefoot Squadron was a New Republic starfighter squadron that utilized X-wing starfighters and was formed between 27 ABY and 28 ABY, during the Yuuzhan Vong War. Led by the young Jedi Knight Tahiri Veila, the squadron took its name from how Veila preferred to walk, and it was composed of mostly rookie pilots. An executive officer helped with the squadron's organization.


"She's more experienced that [sic] most of her pilots—almost all of them are green—and she fought well at Borleias. Kre'fey's given her a good executive officer to help her with organization and red tape."
―Jaina Solo, on Tahiri Veila[1]

Barefoot Squadron was one[1] of many starfighter squadrons formed[4] between 27 ABY and 28 ABY[3] during the Yuuzhan Vong War—in which the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong invaded the galaxy—when the New Republic began grouping new pilots straight out of flight schools with more experienced pilots from existing squadrons to create new starfighter units.[4] At the time of its creation, Barefoot Squadron was composed of mostly rookie pilots, and its commander was the teenage Jedi Knight Tahiri Veila, who preferred to walk barefoot, thus inspiring the squadron's name. The pilots of Barefoot Squadron were very protective of Veila. To help Veila deal with red tape and the organization of the squadron, New Republic Admiral Traest Kre'fey assigned the squadron an executive officer.[1]


The members of Barefoot Squadron utilized X-wings as their starfighters.[2]


"The Barefoots' real problem is the same one most of us have—too high a percentage of rookie pilots."
―Jaina Solo[1]

Jedi Knight Tahiri Veila was the squadron's commander, with most of the pilots being rookies at the time of the squadron's creation. An executive officer was also with the squadron to help Veila with its organization.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

Barefoot Squadron was first mentioned in 2002's Ylesia, an eBook novella written by Walter Jon Williams as part of The New Jedi Order series. The squadron later received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published in 2008.



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 The New Jedi Order: Ylesia
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 61 ("Barefoot Squadron")
  3. 3.0 3.1 The New Jedi Order: Ylesia mentions that Tahiri Veila participated in the Battle of Borleias before taking command of Barefoot Squadron at its formation. Therefore, the squadron must have been formed sometime between the battle in 27 ABY and the events of Ylesia in 28 ABY, with both dates coming from The Essential Reader's Companion.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way
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