On 12 Jan 13, LIG held their annual Cadet Competition at the Pat-Med HS,\in Medford, NY. Our squadron's color guard which competed on Saturday's competition consisted of c/SMSgt Matthew Merlino (Commander), c/A1C Robert Fenton, c/Amn William Blomquist and c/Amn Mitchell Davanzo and represented our squadron with honor. While we didn't take first place in all categories, we once again showed the character that this squadron is made of and adhered to the core values as all cadets and squadrons should.
c/Lt Col Carissa Lackey while home from college gave up her time to mentor and teach the color guard while postponing her studying for her Spaatz exam. She did a fantastic job. First Lt. Michele Renneberg mentored the team throughout their practice sessions and quizzed them at each practice on their general knowledge. Without these two mentors this team would not have been as well prepared. First Lt. Lackey came down in support of the unit on Saturday and once again baked her goodies for all to enjoy including the judges and the Gabreski Squadron.
On 26 Jan 13, LI Group held their 8th Annual Military Ball at Villa Lombardis in Holbrook, NY. Over 40 squadron members, families and friends attended the Ball - the largest number of attendees from any one unit for the second year in a row. Those in attendance were witness to the honors our squadron and two of its members received.
On 2 March, three cadets, Richard Robertson, Emily Vaeth, and Shena Lawshe flew their first orientation ride in CAP's Cessna 206 aircraft on a three leg trip starting and ending at Islip MacArthur Airport. With landings at Groton airport in Connecticut and East Hampton NY, each cadet had the opportunity to handle one of Long Island Group's newest aircraft's controls from the right front seat and were excited, impressed and motivated by the experience.