2013 CAP NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NEW YORK WING SQUADRON OF MERIT
Consistent hard work by cadets and officers in the LeRoy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron, named CAP Quality Cadet Unit Award Winner 2010, 2011 & 2012, Long Island Group Squadron of the Year in 2011,2012, 2013 and New York Wing Squadron of Distinction in 2013, paid off with the highest honor yet – recognition as New York Wing’s 2013 Squadron of Merit recipient. National Headquarters annually chooses one cadet or composite squadron in each wing to honor as the Squadron of Merit.
Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron
is a component of CAP's
North East Region (NER),
New York Wing (NYWg),
and the Long Island Group (LIG).
Our Squadron patch -
A Tomcat with 3 tails and a web belt with canteen leaning on an aircraft in a nonchalant way - has many meanings.
The number at the top is our National Squadron number. The (NY) is for New York state and the last three digits (153) designates our particular Squadron within NY Wing.
The Tomcat is relaxed but eager - ready at a moments notice (he's wearing his gear) to go into action to locate and save people in need of help. He stands beside his Cessna ready to take off and fly low and slow looking for lost aircraft and people.
He has three tails. These represent the three services of the U.S. Civil Air Patrol; Emergency Services, Aerospace and the Cadet Program that he takes care of when not busy saving lives.
Emergency Services encompasses much more than just Search and Rescue. We work with FEMA assisting local law enforcement, local fire departments, the United States Coast Guard and any other agency that needs our help in an emergency. We fly sorties over disaster areas, reservoirs, forest fires and even beaches (Flight 800) whenever the need arises.
Aerospace Education teaches cadets about aircraft terminology and technology, meteorology, how rockets work (Cadets build and fly their own rockets to earn a Rocketry badge) and aerial navigation, to name just some subject areas. This program also works with local schools to teach non-cadets.
Cadet Programs teaches Leadership Skills, Moral Leadership/Character Development, Safety and Military Customs, Courtesies, Movements and Presentation. Cadets are rigorously tested on Aerospace and Leadership subjects which must be successfully passed in order to complete achievements earning promotions and more responsibility.
As for the Lucky VII - we have a perfect safety record, a large, air-conditioned meeting area, a great group of volunteers and we're good at what we do. How much luckier can you get!