Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron

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



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!




"I pledge to serve faithfully in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and that I will attend meetings regularly, participate actively in unit activities, obey my officers, wear my uniform properly and advance my education and training rapidly to prepare myself to be of service to my community, state and nation." 


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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Aug 22 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, Aug 29 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, Sep 5 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday, Sep 12 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Squadron News


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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