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

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

Leroy R. Grumman Senior Staff

Lt Col Bernard C
Major Peter Cubano
2d Lt Maureen Gerdvil
1st Lt Greg P  Gunderson
Lt Col  Alonzo E McLaughlin Jr
2d Lt Joseph L Saracino

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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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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Cadet Encampment

Emergency Services GTM Training

Balloon Festival

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