Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron, NER-NY-153

Civil Air Patrol - The official auxiliary of the United States Air Force


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December 19
       Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron Holiday Party at Dave & Buster's

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AN INTRODUCTION FROM THE SQUADRON COMMANDER MAJOR PETER CUBANO

Civil Air Patrol: A Proud Legacy Continues

Civil Air Patrol enjoys a proud legacy of selfless sacrifice and service to country and community that spans decades. 

The first Civil Air Patrol members of 1941 were a heroic breed, men and women who served their country by sinking or chasing away German submarines off America's East and Gulf coasts. As a result of their bravery, patriotism and tenacity, CAP sub chasers effectively thwarted German U-boat attacks and, in the process, saved countless lives.

Today, CAP handles 90 percent of inland search and rescue missions, with approximately 75-100 lives saved each year. Our members are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and man-made disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border.

In addition, CAP members are dedicated to counterdrug reconnaissance and to teaching a new generation about aerospace and its impact on our future. And our cadet programs ensure our youth receive some of the finest leadership training the nation has to offer.

Unlike our founding CAP fathers, many of whom flew their own airplanes and performed life-threatening missions without any formal training, our more than 55,000 members are now provided with top-notch, year-round professional development training opportunities and with aircraft equipped with the most advanced technologies available for search and rescue.

Indeed, Civil Air Patrol makes a huge impact each and every day, going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's communities. As a vigilant CAP volunteer, you save lives and preserve liberty for all. Thank you for your service.

Semper vigilans!

Maj Peter Cubano, CAP

Squadron Commander

A Cadet Life in the Civil Air Patrol - Cadet Program

New York Wing Encampment 2017 - Civil Air Patrol

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP IN THE CADET PROGRAM

CADET PROGRAM - CLICK HERE

Would you like to honor and serve America?

Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?

Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.  Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer. 

 “I am pushing myself to be a better person.” Cadet Kristin Miller

“I made my first solo flight at a CAP encampment.” Astronaut Eric Boe

“I’ve learned discipline – something not stressed enough in today’s society.” Cadet Theresa Paredes

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF PROSPECTIVE CADETS

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Thank you for supporting your child's interest in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.   CAP is a volunteer, non-profit organization that also serves as the civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force.  Our three missions are to develop youth through a cadet program, educate Americans on the importance of aviation and space, and perform live-saving humanitarian missions.

The program accepts new cadets who are at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old.   It is a year-round program with weekly meetings at a local CAP squadron and additional activities on weekends or during the summer.

CAP is not a military or boarding school, but a youth development program that incorporates aviation and military customs and courtesies.  Through their experiences as CAP cadets, young people develop into responsible citizens and become tomorrow's aerospace leaders. The leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline cadets gain through CAP prepares them to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves in life. 

To fulfill its goal of developing young people into responsible citizens and aerospace leaders, the Cadet Program is developed around five program elements:  Leadership, Character Development, Aerospace Education, Physical Fitness, and Activities.  As cadets participate in these five elements, they advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities 

Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.

In emergency services and operations CAP not only need aircrew members, but also ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage after a disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support. Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel are needed to document missions and get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.

INFORMATION ABOUT ACTIVE ADULT MEMBERSHIP

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Though Civil Air Patrol is known for its flying missions, CAP adults members, known as Senior Members, do so much more than just fly. In fact less than a fifth of all CAP members are pilots or aircrew members. CAP adult members come from all walks of life. Some are doctors, nurses, paramedics, or other medical professionals. Others are lawyers, paralegals, accountants, computer programmers, and other business professionals and executives. Really just about any career or background can be useful to and found in the ranks of the CAP adult membership. CAP supports a variety of missions that require adults from all walks of life.

In emergency services and operations CAP not only need aircrew members, but also ground team members to aid in the rescue of survivors or to assess damage after a disaster. CAP needs communications personnel to relay critical messages when there is limited or no telephone support.  Administrative staff, financial managers, logistics and supply personnel are needed to document missions and get personnel critical supplies and equipment in the field that they need to conduct missions.

CAP also needs adults to support the cadet program. CAP has over 23,000 cadets across the country that need mentors willing to help guide and support them. The cadet program provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 a well rounded program of leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and moral and ethical decision making. In today’s world we need good people who are willing to step up and help provide a healthy, drug-free environment to develop tomorrow’s leaders. Many former cadets have gone into the military, government jobs, or private sector employment where they can and do make a difference, and really excel. There are many military general officers that were once CAP cadets.  Senators and congressman, CEOs and others credit their success to CAP and the adult members who mentored them. 

CAP needs adults for its aerospace education program. In addition to educating our own members, CAP’s adult leaders provide training and resources to teachers who reach out to students of all ages across the country.  Aviation and aerospace impacts the lives of Americans every day, and CAP works to ensure that citizens know how valuable aviation and aerospace is in our world.

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Aerospace Education in CAP


Aerospace Education in CAP
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This element is a self-paced study based on the Textbook Aerospace: The Journey of Flight. All senior members have the responsibility to read and become knowledgeable with the content of this text. Once members are ready to take the Yeager test, they can do so on-line within eService’s or using offline paper-based options. Members are encouraged to take the test on-line. Members completing any of the options will receive the Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award and are authorized to wear the Yeager Award ribbon.

2. Aerospace Education Management Skills Development

This element involves the orientation and training of unit AEOs. The CAPP 215 specialty track, developed specifically for AE staff professional growth, is available on the CAP website. The specialty track consists of three phases: Technician; Senior; and Master. All three phases are evaluated by a written examination (available on-line) and by demonstrated performance. Achievement of the Technician rating in the Aerospace Education Officer specialty track authorizes the wearing of the AE badge.

A bronze star is added to the AE badge upon achievement of the Senior rating. A gold star replaces the bronze star after achievement of the Master rating. When the Master specialty track rating is earned, and the CAP member is an active aerospace education officer, as certified by the commander, the CAP member will be awarded the A. Scott Crossfield Award.

3. Aerospace Education Leadership Requirements

This element outlines the leadership required for the AE portion of the CAP mission. The term “leadership” applies to every CAP member and specifically to commanders and AE officers. Commanders at all levels should demonstrate support for the AE mission and staff each authorized AE position with individuals who conduct and support aerospace education in the unit. Region, wing, unit commanders and AE officers provide leadership and assistance to ensure an effective AE program.

4. Individual Aerospace Continuing Education

This element establishes the obligation for each senior member to create his/ her own individual continuing education program on aerospace topics. Every member has a personal obligation to sustain a level of aerospace knowledge that will ensure a strong professional organization. Reading professional magazines, journals, and books is a way to achieve this element. Unit AEOs can facilitate individual continuing aerospace education by conducting aerospace education programs including such things as hands-on activities, guest speakers, and field trips.

5. Aerospace Education Outreach

This element makes it the responsibility of all senior members, and not just unit AEOs, to promote aerospace education within CAP and in their communities. Visiting schools, talking with educators and school administrators, giving school presentations, writing newspaper articles and directing a unit hands-on activity are among those examples that exemplify the fulfillment of this element.

Aerospace education is also a major part of the cadet program. Cadets study aerospace books and perform hands-on aerospace activities in a group or by themselves. Cadets must complete formal aerospace education requirements to progress through the various achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must complete staff duty analyses, one of which is Aerospace Education Officer, and serve as aerospace mentors to other cadets. CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management, defines the cadet program and outlines the aerospace education requirements.

Civil Air Patrol - Emergency Services




EMERGENCY SERVICES - Major Peter Cubano, CAP

Growing from its World War II experience, the Civil Air Patrol has continued to save lives and alleviate human suffering through a myriad of emergency-services and operational missions.

Search and Rescue                               
Perhaps best known for its search-and-rescue efforts, CAP flies more than 85 percent of all federal inland search-and-rescue missions directed by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fl. Outside the continental United States, CAP supports the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Just how effective are the CAP missions? Approximately 75-100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

Disaster Relief                                
Another important service CAP performs is disaster-relief operations. CAP provides air and ground transportation and an extensive communications network. Volunteer members fly disaster-relief officials to remote locations and provide manpower and leadership to local, state and national disaster-relief organizations. CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies including the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Humanitarian Services                            
CAP flies humanitarian missions, usually in support of the Red Cross-transporting time-sensitive medical materials including blood and human tissue, in situations where other means of transportation are not available.

Air Force Support                            
It's hardly surprising that CAP performs several missions in direct support of the U.S. Air Force. Specifically, CAP conducts light transport, communications support, and low-altitude route surveys. CAP also provides orientation flights for AFROTC cadets. Joint U.S. Air Force and CAP search-and-rescue exercises provide realistic training for missions. 

Counterdrug
CAP joined the "war on drugs" in 1986 when, pursuant to congressional authorization, CAP signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Customs Service offering CAP resources to help stem the flow of drugs into and within the United States.


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SQUADRON NEWS-Click the Date for Photo's


December 5, 2017 - Commander Peter Cubano Had the Honor of presenting two Wright Brother Awards to

C/SSgt Joanna R Gerdvil

C/SSgt Maximilian E Pelkonen

Great Job!!!

November 28, 2017 –Billy Mitchell Award

Leroy R. Grumman squadron had the honor of presenting the Billy Mitchell Award to C/2Lt Maria Gerdvil. The award was presented by Huntington Councilman Eugene Cook alone with a proclamation.

November 11-12, 2017 - Leroy R. Grumman Squadron Held there Third and Fourth Wrealths Across American Fundraiser at Stop and Shop in Northport.  I want to thank the following Senor's and cadet's for a job well done!!!

Cadet Derek P. Alek

Cadet Kristen Figlo

Cadet Quinn D. Figlo

C/2Lt Maria C. Gerdvil

C/SrA Joanna R. Gerdvil

2d Lt. Joseph L. Saracino

2d Lt. Maureen Gerdvil

Lt Col Lonnie E. McLaughlin Jr.

Major Peter Cubano

Great Job!!!

October 28, 2017- Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron held the second Wrealths Across America Fundraise at

Guinta's Meat Farms 395 Fort Salonga Rd, Northport, NY 11768.  We raise alot of money with the help of the following Cadet's and Senior's

C/A1C Aidan A Cordero

Major Peter Cubano

Cadet Quinn D Figlo

C/2dLt Maria C Gerdvil

C/SrA Joanna R Gerdvil

2d Lt Maureen Gerdvil

Lt Col Alonzo E McLauaghlin jr

C/SrA Maximilian E Pelkonen

C/Amn Daniel G Saracino

2d Lt Joseph L Saracino

C/CMSg Nicole A Schafer

Great Job!!!

October 14-15, 2017 - Jones Beach Cancer Walk 14-15 October.  Long Island Group HQ.

October 14, 2017 - Alexander Angels Walk envisions a world where individuals with Down syndrome are not defined by their disability but by their individuality.

OUR GOALS

The long term goal of Alexander's Angels is to promote recognition of the often overlooked attributes of individuals with Down syndrome by highlighting their abilities.

Alexander's Angels aims to raise awareness outside the Down syndrome community by continuing working with local colleges, corporations, the community at large, and with Down syndrome organizations in a collaborative effort to promote a better understanding of people with Down syndrome by presenting the person with Down syndrome for what he/she is, a person with feelings and abilities much like anyone else. To that end Alexander's Angels aims to organize events that showcase to the community-at-large special talents within the Down syndrome community.

October 9, 2017 - Commander Peter Cubano had the honor to promoto two Senior members.

2d Lt Maureen Gerdvil and 2d Lt Joseph L. Saracono

October 3, 2017 - Commander Peter Cubano had the honor of promoting two of his cadet members.

Cadet Joanna R. Gerdvil was promoted to the rank of C/Sra

Cadet Nicole A. Schafer was promoted to the rank of C/CMSgt

September 30, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron did a fundraiser to rise money for Wreaths across America on Saturday. Had a great time and rise a lot of money that day.

Sept 9-10, 2017 - Longwood Estates Fair, Corner of Smith Road and Longwood Road, Ridge, NY 11961

Longwood Estate History: Listed on the National Register of historic places, the Longwood Estate clearly is a Town of Brookhaven treasure.

This land was the domain of the pre-eminent Smith family until 1968. In 1974, with development nipping at its flanks, the property was acquired by the town.

Geographically, the estate consisted of farmland, pasture, woods, river fronts, ponds, and the long swamp itself, headwaters of the Peconic River. Tenant farmers worked the land and timber was the most valuable commodity.

The estate was in a remote area with approx 7,000 acres running from the Connecticut River (now known as Carman's River) east of Manorville, and south along South Country Road. The property was handed down through the generations and in 1817 William Syndey Smith became the proprietor.

William Smith married Eleanor Jones from Cold Spring Harbor and raised 10 children on the estate with the now enlarged home to accommodate them. Longwood estate became a profitable business in livestock, and wood cutting where a wood mill in Yaphank was instrumental in the development of the Long Island Railroad. William served as Brookhaven Supervisor from 1829 till 1834, was Suffolk County Treasurer, and a New York State Legislator.

William passed away in 1879 at the age of 83 and Eleanor in 1884 at 79 years old. Their grandchildren took to the caretaking and preservation of the estate.

William Sidney Tangier and Helen Tangier Smith willed the estate to Elbert Clayton Smith and it was Bert who donated 51 acres to the Longwood School District and the Greenbelt land to Suffolk County.

Upon his death in 1968, his widow sold the estate to Levitt real estate developers. The contents of the home were auctioned off.

Then in 1973, developer Wilbur Breslin and Herbert Carmel purchased the property for commercial and industrial development. Brookhaven Town officials and area residents strongly opposed the plan and in 1974, Breslin and Carmel donated the manor house and 35 acres of land to the Town of Brookhaven.

During its two hundred year history, the house knew fallow periods-and a notable 60 year Golden Age of love, family, and bustling activity. The estate now is the host to various activities for the residents to enjoy.

August 17-20, 2017 - 2017 Annual Holbrook Carnival! – Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

August 6, 2017 - Long Island Group held a TLC Course at Long Island Group HQ.

The TLC Basic Course is the first out of three levels of courses for all Senior Members involved in Cadet Programs. Some learning objectives for this course is to articulate the Cadet Programs vision, to include referencing the key traits of cadet life, the program elements and the outcomes each produces, and an explanation of the promotion process. Another learning objective is to be able to explain the roles and responsibilities of cadet programs officers serving at the squadron level, with special regard to leadership dynamics, as the adult’s role changes when the cadet staff’s readiness changes. Other objectives include being able to describe operating principles for squadron-level cadet programs, including Cadet Great Start, weekly meetings and activities, and using the Quality Cadet Unit Award as a self-assessment and managerial tool. There is also an Intermediate Course and Advanced Course (which is anticipated to be released in the Spring).

July 8, 2017 - Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron NY-117 had the honor of presenting the colors and with the support of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron NY-153 at the bridge dedication to Specialist Matthew W. Baylis.

OAKDALE—The bridge that carries travelers on Oakdale-Bohemia Road over Sunrise Highway was given a new identity last Saturday, July 8 when a sign was unveiled naming it the “Specialist Matthew E. Baylis Memorial Bridge.” NYS Senator Phil Boyle presided over a ceremony that was attended by elected officials, local residents and family and friends of the fallen hero, who was killed in action in Iraq on May 31, 2007.

At the ceremony, Sen. Boyle thanked all of the elected officials that helped him to see that the bridge would be named in honor of this American hero. “Fittingly, as people drive under this bridge, for many years to come, they will always be reminded of the service and sacrifice Matthew gave to our great nation,” said Boyle.

June 11, 2017 - Bayport Aerodrome Pancake Breakdfast at Bayport Airport.

June 6, 2017 - Leroy R. Grumman Promotion Night.

May 27, 2017 - Memorial Day Air Show with the Thunder Birds at McAuthur Airport, Islip, New York Long Island Group, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.

May 27, 2017 -The Col Francis S. Gabreski Squadron and the Leroy R. Grumman Squadron had the honor of placing flags to our falling Veterans.  Long Island Group, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.  

May 21, 2017 - Bayport Vintage Cars & Airplanes celebration with Long Island Group. Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary at Bayport, New York. 

March 18, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron had the honor of presenting the colors at the VA Nursing Home at Northport, New York. 

Febraury 26, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron Visit Floyd Bennett Field Airport, Brooklyn, New York.

Floyd Bennett Field, now a National Park, was New York City's first municipal airport. Opened in 1933, it became Naval Air Station - New York during WWII. It was the point of departure for many famous flights, including those of Wiley Post, "Wrong Way" Corrigan, and most notably, the destination of John Glen's record setting transcontinental Project Bullet in 1957. It is no longer in general use for aviation, although it continues to function as the home base for the NYPD's helicopter unit.

The Tuskegee Airmen was an all-black fighter unit in WWII. Formed after much discrimination, they flew a number of aircraft, but are most famous for their exploits in P-51 mustangs. Although somewhat exaggerated, they had the reputation of having never lost a bomber they were escorting.

The H. A, R. P. is a community of volunteers dedicated to restoring aircraft that once used the airfield. Among the many planes being worked on are a PBY-5 Catalina, a Grumman G-21 Goose flying boat, a Douglas C-47 (the military version of the DC-3), a Lockheed P2V Neptune anti-submarine patrol plane, and a Sikorsky HH-3 air-sea rescue helicopter.

Febraury 18, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron had the honor of presenting the colors at the Hofstra Basketball game at the college.

December 20, 2016 - the Color Guard team of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron of the Long Island Group, New York Wing was giving the honor of presenting colors for the opening ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery.  

On the third Saturday in the month of December the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron’s Color Guard participated in Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program which distributed holiday wreaths as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries. This program was founded by company president Morrill Worcester whereby he wanted to honor Veterans, active duty military and their families. His goal was to remind the public to remember the Veterans, honor their service, and teach children the value of freedom.

The Civil Air Patrol, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, local citizens, veterans and families placed the wreaths on the graves of men and women that once served our country. The squadrons of Long Island Group were brought together to participate in this event to honor the veterans that served our country.

December 11th 2016 - The Leroy R. Grumman Squadron’s Color Guard was privileged to be a part of the Snowball Express with American Airlines at JFK Airport in New York, an organization dedicated to bring holiday cheer to children of fallen military heroes.

The squadron's color guard volunteered their time for this event and served along the sides of Active Duty Color Guards in the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force as well as civilian Color Guards from the NYPD, NYFD, Homeland Security, JROTC Programs as they lined up together along a red carpet while showing honor and respect as the families of fallen military heroes prepared to board planes.

The American Airlines had the responsibility of transporting more than 1,700 children traveling from 87 cities worldwide and spouses of fallen service men and women to Dallas/Fort Worth for five days of fun and fellowship at the 11th annual Snowball Express celebration.

The Cadets and senior members from Long Island Group and the Leroy R. Grumman squadron helped to host the special sendoff celebration at the departure gate and it was fun and entertaining, with singing, dancing, food and presents for the kids. This event was an honor and a privilege for this Color Guard team to participate in and we are looking forward to supporting and promoting support for this organization and events in the future.

December 6, 2016 - Awards Night at Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron at Northport VA Medical Center, Northport, New York, 11768.

March 30, 2013 -  Our squadron has its first Spaats Cadet! Congratulations to C/Col. Carissa Lackey

March, 2013, our squadron's Color Guard went down to Jacksonville, FL and they walked away finishing in Second Place in Color Guard losing by 1 point to Appalachian State University. The team was led by c/CMSgt Patrick Tracy and included Flag Bearer c/CMSgt Peter Girdvil and Riflemen c/TSgt's Travis Jensen and Steven Hororwitz. They were escorted to Jacksonville by 1st Lt's Michele Renneberg (CG Mentor) and Ginny Lackey. The awards won included:
1st Place Inspection, BlackJacks Drill & Color Guard Competition
2nd Place Color Guard, General John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition
Outstanding Unit Trophy, BlackJacks Drill & Color Guard Competition
BlackJacks Cup, BlackJacks Drill & Color Guard Competition

At the 8th Annual Military Ball held in January 2013, the following awards were presentred:

C/Capt Joshua Howard - This year's Long Island Group Cadet of the Year

C/CMSgt Patrick Tracy - Awarded the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. 's medal for Americanism and Patriotism

The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron - 2013 Long Island Group Squadron of the Year for the second year in a row!

Cadet Tracy who was a nominee for Cadet NCO of the Year and Cadet Howard are both nominees for New York Wing Cadet NCO and Cadet of the Year Honors respectfully. These awards will be given out at the New York Wing Conference being held in Lake George the first weekend in May of 2013. Once again the Grumman Squadron will be well represented and I encourage all of our members to go.

For the second year in a row, Grumman squadron had the largest number of attendees from any one unit as well

New York Wing Conference May 5-6, 2012

The annual New York Wing Conference was held in Lake George. Three Grumman Squadron seniors and five cadets attended. On Saturday morning the conference's General Assembly was held and many of the wing's annual awards were handed out. "We were all filled with extreme pride as our squadron and its members were honored" said the squadron commander Major James Ridley as he went up to receive the 2011 New York Wing Squadron of Distinction award from Colonel Jack Ozer, the NY Wing Commander. With over 60 squadrons in our wing and especially considering the quality of many of them, that we were singled out for this award is a great achievement.

 The unit was also awarded a Quality Cadet Unit Award for the second consecutive year in a row.

Grumman Squadron members were awarded the following:
    Captain Andrew Hart was named the 2011 Squadron Chaplain of the Year.
    Lt. Col. W. Glenn Mackey was named 2011 Squadron Aerospace Officer of the Year.
    Captain Diane Collazo was awarded her Grover Loening Award for completing Level III of the CAP Senior Member Development Program.
    Our former commander, Major Darren Cioffi, and Major Ridley each received a Wing Commanders Commendations for their work on the 2011 USAF NY Wing Evaluation which resulted in an "Excellent" rating.
    Major Bob Poggioli received a device for his 50 years of CAP service ribbon as he surpassed his 55th year in CAP this past year. and --- the Long Island Aerospace Education display diorama, created by our squadron took first place in the Aerospace Education Display contest for the second time in a row. Special thanks go out to Captain Sahagian for all his mentorship and talents in making this model a reality.

Mar. 19, 2012 - The Grumman squadron Color Guard team took first place at the annual Pershing Rifles Competition held this year in Baltimore, MD. The team was led by c/1st Lt Joshua Howard bearing the American flag, c/TSgt Patrick Tracy bearing the Grumman Squadron Flag and rifle bearers c/A1c Travis Jensen and c/Amn Robert Fenton. The alternate was c/MSgt Matthew Merlino. c/TSgt Patrick Tracy also took first place in the Individual Exhibition and, with c/Amn Robert Fenton, took 1st Place in the Duet Exhibition.

In February, Cadet Lt. Col P. J. Argento and Cadet 2nd. Lt. John Giammarino were awarded CAP scholarships.

Saturday 14 January, 2012 at the Long Island Group Military Ball our Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron and its members went home with the majority of all the awards prresented.

c/2nd Lt. Alexander Bennett received the CAP Achievement Award for his eforts in setting up and collecting 1000 pounds of food and about $350 in cash contributions to replenish the local food banks which had been hit hard following the years heavy storms.

The Jewish War Veterans Americanism and Patriotism Medal was awarded to c/2nd Lt. John Giammarino for his exemplary service as Squadron Cadet Commander.

c/2nd Lt. Alexander Bennett was Presented his Mitchell Achievment Award

c/Lt Col. Patrick Argento was selected as Long Island Group's Cadet of the Year

Maj Lonnie McLaughlin received the Paul E. Garber Award in recognition of his completing all requirements of the senior member Level IV achievement. Following this, his promotion to Lt. Col. was announced by the LI Group Commander, Major Alan Gibbs and the squadron's former Squadron Commander, Major Darren Cioffi and Squadron Commander, Major James Ridley Jr. exchanging his Major epaulets for his new Lieutenant Colonel ones.

The final award, the one which everyone had been waiting for, was the LONG ISLAND GROUP's SQUADRON of the YEAR announced following a "Drum Roll' (all the cadet thmping on their tables) was presented to - the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron!

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