Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron

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

Senior Staff Index

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Patrick Argento

Maureen Girdvil
Gregg Gunderson

A. E. (Lonnie) McLaughlin Jr.

Paul Pilipshen II


Joseph Saracino

Carla Trigo

Patrick (PJ) Argento

1st. Lt. Patrick Argento
   Patrick Argento joined CAP in July 2005. Her was awarded his Mitchell 22 September 2007, his Earhart May 2010 and his Eaker Award on 9 Jul  2011 qualifying him for his promotion to C/Lt. Col. on 12 Jul. 2011.   Patrick was awarded a CAP scholarship in 2011. On turning 21, he converted his membership to Senior and, on the basis of his Cadet Achievements, was awarded the senior rank of 1st. Lieutenant.

   July 9-11 c/Maj. Patrick Argento attended the Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS) at Maguire AFB in preparation for his promotion to c/Lt. Col. and the opportunity to test for his Spaats Award. On 8/10, C/Lt.Col. Argento was presented his Eaker Award by Col (Ret) Vincent Montero, USAR.  In January of 2012, c/Lt Col. Patrick Argento was selected as Long Island Group's Cadet of the Year.

  Now in college,  Patrick returned to the squadron for the 2011 summer and been appointed as Cadet Executive Officer.
   PJ as he likes to be called states, "I had originally joined CAP because I wanted to become a fighter pilot in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. My interests include travelling, writing, playing video games, swimming, and playing some sports (mainly baseball, soccer, and basketball). I was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society in high school, drama club all through high school, band, and Vocal motion, my high school show choir. At Seton Hall University, I am in the choir, Mythology Club (Mythos), Seton Hall Honors Program, and the 12th Seton Hall University Model United Nations Conference (SHUMUN). I also currently am an employee at Monster Mini Golf and attended the CAP National Flight Academy back in 2008. I have also served at the 2008 NYWg Encampment as Public Affairs Officer. I have served as squadron cadet commander from 2008-2010, was elected Veterans of Foreign Wars Society's Unit Cadet Officer of the Year, served as Long Island Group Cadet Advisory Council Chairman, am an Amelia Earhart Achievement Award recepient, and have been selected to serve as Undersecretary-General for Committees and Crises for SHUMUN XIII. At Seton Hall, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Classical Studies with a minor in Journalism and am planning to attend law school after I graduate in 2014. After that, I intend to enter the FBI or possibly try again for the Navy or Marines.

Gregg Gunderson

1st Lt. Gregg Gunderson, CAP

     1st Lt. Gregg Gunderson joined our Squadron with his son, Daniel in 2003.  Residents of Kings Park, Daniel progressed rapidly completing the cadet program to the rank of Cadet Captain before leaving for college.  Gregg serves as our squadron's Moral Leadership Officer. Lieutenant Gunderson has served in the leadership of the church he belongs to in Smithtown and is employed in the construction industry.

     The common themes that are discussed in the monthly Moral Leadership Seminars with the cadets include honesty, integrity, character and the CAP Core Values.


    Lieutenant Gunderson states,   "My desire is to see the cadets develop their own moral compass, which will serve them throughout their lives, and guide them to do the right thing in any circumstance, and at any cost.”

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Lonnie McLaughlin


Lt. Col. A. E. (Lonnie) McLaughlin, Jr., CAP

New York Wing Public Affairs Officer of the Year - 1997


   Lt. Col.  McLaughlin joined CAP in August of 1994 and was appointed as Squadron PAO in 1995. He served as Supply Officer from 1995 until 1997 and as Aerospace Officer from 1995 until 1999.  He was appointed as Deputy Squadron Commander in 1997 and took over as Commander in 1998 and served until 2003.  At the 1998 NY Wing Conference, he received the 1997 New York Wing Public Affairs officer of the Year award. After a 14 month hiatus, he returned as Deputy Commander and PAO in 2005. He was appointed Finance Officer in 2008. At the end of 2011, he completed the requirements for the Master level of Finance Officer and received the Garber Award at the LI Group Military Ball in January of 2012 at which time he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.  He was named Commander's Choice for Senior Member of the Year and received the Grumman Hawkeye Award in 2012. In 2014, he was again named Commander's Choice for Senior Member of the Year and presented with the Grumman Tomcat Award. In 2016, he was appointed as Squadron leadership & Mentoring Officer. In 2017, he was appointed as Logistics & Supply Officer. 


   Lt. Col. McLaughlin served 4 years in the United States Army Security Agency as a Crypto Equipment repair instructor. He earned his Private Pilot's license in 1967 and bought a Piper TriPacer in 1970, earning a Commercial and Instrument Ground Instructor License and an Instrument rating while accumulating more than 900 hours flying the Eastern half of the US. He was certified as CAP pilot in April, 1997.


   Lt. Col. McLaughlin retired from IBM after a 36 year career as Customer Engineer and Customer Engineering Specialist. He has been married to his beloved wife, Lucille for more than 50 years and has one daughter, Linda.

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Miguel Moreno

Major Moreno  joined our squadron in October of 2016. taking over the positions of Deputy Commander and Safety under Major Peter Cubano.

Miguel was born in Manhattan and attended Aviation High School. On graduation, he served his appreticeship in IBEW Local #3  from 1970 to 1977 as Construction Electrician and later became a firefighter and was employed by FDNY from 1977 to March of 2001. He is on call for fireboat duty.

Miguel is a member of the American Airpower Museum, the NBF and Town of Babylon Volunteer Fireman Assoc.

Paul Pilipshen


 2nd Lt Paul Pilipshen

Paul was recruited by Stuart Bain to join our squadron in January of 2014. His interests are in Aerospace, Emergency Services as a pilot, Cadet Programs as an Orientation Pilot and Radio Communications.

Paul graduated Magna Cum Laude from Farmindale State College. He holds a Commercial Pilot's License Single and Multi-engine, Land, Instrument Airplane, Glider (Sailplane) and CFII in addition to his CFIA. He is also a qualified Glider and Banner tow pilot so we are hoping that we will be able to get a sailplane back to LI so the cadets can get the free sailplane flights they earn just like the power flights.

Paul lists his interests as Antique, Vintage, Aerobatic & Warbird aircraft; Giant-scale RC model aviation, marksmanship, Archery and photography.

He is a member of the Suffolk Aero Modelers, Bayport Aerodrome Society, Antique Aircraft Club of Greater NY and is President of the Long Island Skyhawks.

Paul works at Nassau Community College as a Technologist and is a Flight Instructor at Farmingdale State College. He also serves as Lead Representative for the FAA Safety team.


Mitchell Sahagian

Maj. Mitchell Sahagian, CAP

   Maj. Mitchell J. Sahagian joined CAP in January of 2008 to assist his son Matthew in getting into the Air Force. He is now is the Squadron's Deputy Commander. He was named Squadron Senior Member of the Year and received the Grumman Tigercat Award  for 2012.


   He is is married and has one son and two daughters.


   Maj.. Sahagian is an Architect by profession with over 30 years experience working on Hi-Rise as well as Specialty Buildings. Some of his award winning projects include projects like Trump Tower in New York City, MasterCards World Data and Operations Center in St. Louis, Missouri, ATT Operations Center in New Jersey, KAUST University in the United Arab Emirates, LifeTime TV headquarters in New York City and Ann Taylor headquarters in New York City, which won the best project award in 2006.


   As a mentor in professional life, it was a natural move to join CAP.  He has guided many cadets toward a career in the military, including his son Matthew, who is currently enrolled as an AFROTC cadet at Embrey-Riddle Aeronautical University. Maj. Sahagian has used his membership in CAP to mentor our cadets.


   Maj. Sahagian has received two consecutive Squadron Senior Member of the Year awards and the Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award.   In 2011 and 2012 he designed and built the LI Group Aerospace diorama  entries which took first place at the NY Wing Conventions.  He is currently starting squadron-level aerospace competitions geared to help cadets focus as a team while being creative and having fun. He hopes to bring this idea to the Group level and perhaps eventually Wing level. 

   Some of Mich. Sahagian's other interests include model railroading; (He is the owner of a small model building company.) He enjoys traveling and is an avid Ford Mustang enthusiast. His favorite saying is " Knowledge and experience is power; Money is just the dessert."

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Joseph Saracino

Joseph Saracino joined CAP and our squadron February 28, 2017 as a Senior Member

Joseph attended Norwich Free Academy and F airfield University in Connecticut
where he was a member of both High School and College clubs.

Joseph is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian and is trained in shipping logistics.
He has been a lecturer at both Marist College and the Culinary Institute of America

Joseph has been in the specialty food industry both in the USA and internationally for the last 35 years.

He enjoys teaching, automotive sports, travel, outdoor sports including mountain climbing 
and holds an EM NY State Driver's License with Safe Boating Certification.

Carla Trigo

Carla joined CAP and our squadron as a senior member on January 31, 2017.

Carla was born in Rio-de-Janero and was schooled in Spain

Her special skills include Nathuropatic Dr, Biographical Counceilor, Art therapist, Health and Life Coach, certified as a coach trainer and mastermind facilitator, Healthy Eating -creator Mind 
set programs

Her interests and hobbies include Flying, nature, environment, art, hiking.

Carla is a member of Slowfood, USA Toastmaster International, Coaching International,and Project Hope.

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