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

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

2010 - Activities Index


Change of Command                   Nov. 23

C5 Simulator                              Dec. 5

Jingle Bell Walk                          Dec. 11

John Glenn HS Parade                Dec. 18

Squadron Awards Party               Dec. 21

Cradle of Aviation Museum Tour   Dec. 27

Cradle of Aviation Museum Tour

Dec. 27, 2010 a group of 3 squadron cadets and 2 senior members were treated to an escorted tour of the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

The cadets were even allowed to try their hand at the Wright Flyer to see what it must have been like to try to control this very basic aircraft.

Two cadets flank the museum's exhibit of the beginnings of the Civil Air Patrol

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Squadron Awards Party

Dec. 21, 2010 - The squadron's end of the year Awards Party held at Dave & Busters in Islandia was a great success with every senior and almost every cadet in attendance (Two went to Farmingdale's D&B and by the time they realized their mistake, decided it was too late to come all the way out to Islandia.)

The "Eat and Play" deal offered us the choice of  6 different entrees, unlimited soft drinks and $10 cards for the games.


As you can see from the photo below, the cadets enjoyed the event.

The Cadet of the Year award was presented to Cadet Master Sergeant Max Feuerstein and the Senior of the Year award went to Maj. McLaughlin. After the awards presentation, the cadets all went into the play room to use up their free play credits.

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John Glenn HS Parade

EAST NORTHPORT, NY- December 18, 2010 – A little less than a month ago a jubilant coach and his team walked off the football field at Stony Brook University’s LaValle Stadium after winning the Long Island, NY Division IV football championship.  Less than two weeks ago the Elwood John H. Glenn High School Varsity football team and their coach, Dave Shanahan were honored with another award - the Rutgers Cup which is given to the outstanding football program in Suffolk County each year after Glenn finished the season a perfect 12-0.  Today coach and team with both trophies in hand marched in their first LI Championship victory parade led by the Civil Air Patrol’s Suffolk Cadet Squadron VII.

   Coach Shanahan and Suffolk Cadet Squadron VII’s commander Maj Jim Ridley have been friends for years and a chance meeting at a local diner where the two met in early December made CAPs participation in the parade a reality.  “I ran into Dave in Holbrook and after I congratulated him on the team’s success he told me that he was working on a victory parade” Ridley said, “so I mentioned our color guard and he jumped at the chance to have them participate.  Today we did”.  Squadron VII was joined by members of the Col Francis S. Gabreski Squadron who showed up in support of their ‘brother squadron’ as Squadron VII had a week earlier at Gabreski’s Jingle Bell Walk event.

   Parents, friends and team supporters lined the parade route and watched the CAP color guard lead the marchers which included two fire engines from the Commack Fire Department, one of which was painted to look like the Hess Holiday truck, the John Glenn H.S. band, championship volleyball team, cheerleaders, kick-line and finally the coaches and players of football team.  After the parade New York State Senator Carl Marcellino presented the two championship teams with proclamations and Coach Shanahan recognized the fire department and CAP for aiding them on this great day.  Shanahan also recognized all the players when he said “we are glad that our student athletes hard work paid off”. 

In a follow-up letter to the LI Group Commander, Dave Shanahan, Head Varisty Football Coach later said, "I write to you regarding the professional conduct of the Suffolk County Cadet Squadrons out of Northport and Patchogue. The Squadron was led by Major Jim Ridley and his squadron as well as members of the Col. Francis Gabreski squadron. The John H. Glenn School district had asked CAP to be part of our championship parade held on Saturday December 18th.  During this parade we were so impressed with the conduct of the squadron and the professional manner in which they conducted themselves. CAP is looking forward to continuing it’s relationship with the school and athletic departments in the future.

Members of Squadron VII and the Gabreski squadron led by VII’s color guard lead the marchers on the victory parade route.

Commack Fire Deparment’s Hess Truck follows CAP members.

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Jingle Bell Walk

Dec. 11, 2010: Suffolk Cadet Squadron VII took part in the Jingle Bells Charity Walk at the Maritime Museum in West Sayville this morning. While the turn out of walkers wasn't what the museum was hoping for they were thrilled with the support they get from the Civil Air Patrol. The weather cooperated and for the most part it was a warm enough day with a surprise visit from Santa Clause who arrived by boat thrown in.

Our Cadet Commander, Chief Master Sergeant Giammarino and Cadet Deputy Cadet Commander, Chief Master Sergeant Diane Kalladeen were in the top two cadet leadership positions today and did a great job. The cadets were positioned at critical points on the grounds to provide safety and had radios to report any problems. Senior Members Maj. McLaughlin, 1st. Lt. Sahagian and Senior Member Lackey were present along with Cadets Feuerstein, Diers, Harvey and DiSalvo to assist cadets of the Gabreski Squadron which meets nearby.

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Change of Command

November 23, 2010.  With the entire squadron and special guests looking on Major Alan Gibbs, the Long Island Group Commander presided over a change-of-command ceremony of the Suffolk County Cadet Squadron VII’s leadership at the Northport Veterans Hospital’s Auditorium which the squadron calls home.

Shortly after 7:30pm Captain Bob Litzke who has led the unit since 2008 relinquished command to Major James Ridley former Deputy Commander of Cadets for the Col Francis S. Gabreski Squadron of Patchogue, NY. 

Major Ridley accepts command

On hand to witness the ceremony was Lt. Col. Louis Fenech, Jr. of the Gabreski Squadron along with his cadet commander c/Lt Col. Darin Mihalik and the New York Wing Plans and Programs Officer Maj. Benjamin R. Nodar.  After assuming command Maj Ridley told those in attendance how much he was looking forward to the challenge of leading the unit and “in helping the cadets and senior members of the squadron advance their development within the CAP program while at the same time growing the squadron numbers through active recruitment.”  Major Ridley further stated that raising the bar on the cadet program was priority one with an emphasis on aerospace education and emergency services with a “heavy dose” as Ridley put it, of community service “sprinkled in.”

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C5 Simulator

NEWBURGH, NY December 5, 2010. Seven cadets and two senior members from the Long Island Group's Suffolk County Cadet Squadron VII journeyed north to take to the skies via the controls of a Lockheed C-5 Galaxy simulator at Stewart Air National Guard Base.

With their squadron commander and cadet programs officer 1st Lt. Mitch Sahagian in tow, c/CMSgt Diane Kalladeen, deputy cadet commander, marched her detail into the building that houses the giant simulator. The detail included c/Amn Nicholas Diers, c/TSgt Max Feuerstein, Cadet Ryan Harvey, Cadet Dillon McMenamy, c/A1C Scott Ramage and Cadet Kyle Stratford, who all took their seats to be briefed by their host, Lt. Col. Dieter Lucas (CAP-USAF), and the civilian employees who control the machine they were about to step into.

Lt. Col. Dieter Lucas, USAFR, instructs the cadets of Suffolk Cadet Squadron VII prior to their take off in the C-5 Galaxy Simulator

After being told what to expect, the cadets climbed the stairs to the second floor of the building and split into two groups, which allowed each of them to spend an hour sharing the left seat of the giant aircraft. Each of the cadets and their senior member escorts got to simulate flying and landing the C-5 aircraft in a variety of weather-related situations.

c/CMSgt Diane Kalladeen pilots the C-5 Galaxy in the simulator at Stewart ANG Base in Newburgh, NY

Afterwards Lt. Col. Lucas regaled the cadets with a story of his early years of pilot training in the C-5, something that helped him realize his dream of becoming an airline pilot. Lucas then asked the cadets about their thoughts on flying the simulator and asked if anyone of them had any intentions of joining the Air Force as a pilot as he did.

Once their experience was over, the group got back into the CAP van for the over-two-hour drive back to Long Island -- a great ending to the 2010 year and perhaps the beginning of a new dream or two.

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Cadet Flying

C130 Orientation Flight

Cadet Encampment

Emergency Services GTM Training

Balloon Festival

Cadet Activity

Cadet Flightline Crew