Saturday 14 January, 2012 at the Long Island Group Military Ball our Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron Cadet 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
MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. Civil Air Patrol Senior Member (and Air Force Colonel) Eric Boe will achieve what many dream of and few accomplish the chance to travel into space. An astronaut with NASA, he will pilot the space shuttle Endeavour for mission STS-126, his first voyage into space. Scheduled to launch Nov. 14 from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., the mission is being conducted in support of the International Space Station. The Endeavor will dock with the station and deliver supplies to support its expanding needs, including a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. Im very excited to go into space and get the opportunity to represent the nation, said Colonel Boe. Its a great opportunity to see what its like to go into space. A former Georgia Wing Cadet and current Florida Wing Senior Member, Colonel Boe said his involvement with CAP as a young man helped him achieve his career goals of becoming a fighter pilot and an astronaut. Colonel Boe, who soloed at age 16 at a flight encampment conducted by the Georgia Wing, credits his cadet experience for solidifying his desire to fly. That was my first real opportunity to fly an airplane by myself, he said. CAP gave me that opportunity, and it really made a difference in the long term. Its always nice to have flown before you show up at pilot training.
Colonel Boe is the recipient of CAPs Carl A. Spaatz Award, the highest award cadets can achieve. Only about one-tenth of 1 percent of CAP cadets achieves this award. Colonel Boe is carrying his Spaatz coin with him into space in honor of his CAP cadet experience. Colonel Boe also credits CAP for expanding his horizons: I had IACE (International Air Cadet Exchange) cadets stay at the house, he noted. The program, now more than 60 years old, promotes international friendship and understanding through a common focus on aviation. In 2009, cadets representing 20 countries will visit CAP squadrons in the U.S. as participants in the IACE program. It was good exposure to see people from other countries, and now Im working on the International Space Station. I was stationed in the Philippines in the military and with NASA I was in Russia for a year with my family. That initial IACE experience gave me a flavor for the international experiences that I have had so far, he said.
A top-notch pilot, Colonel Boes military service includes flying 55 combat missions over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch after the Gulf War and more than 4,000 flight hours in more than 45 different aircraft. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal.
While Colonel (and Senior Member) Eric Boe was not a member of our squadron, he exemplifies the kind of cadet experience that lead to a dedication to using the best path to achieve specific goals. Many of our squadron's cadets [listed below] have also made great achivements in CAP and have moved on to the next steps toward the goals in their lives.
In November of 2009, at a squadron meeting of Suffolk Cadet Squadron VII, Cadet Captain Patrick J. ('PJ') Argento was called "Front and Center" by Major Darren Cioffi, congratulated and presented with his new rank of Cadet Major.
Cadet Major Argento joined our Civil Air Patrol squadron in July, 2005 as a Cadet Basic and made steady progress toward his goal of becoming the squadrons first Spaatz Cadet and earning the rank of Cadet Colonel. He has already distinguished himself as a Flight Leader and was appointed to the position of Cadet Commander in April of last year.
CAP Major Cioffi, currently CAP NY Wing, South-East Group Commander, was our previous Squadron Commander. Our squadron was formed in 1963 as a composite squadron made up of Senior and Cadet members. Throughout the years we have had many Squadron Commanders, some of whom have had prior experience as U.S.A.F. officers. Two of our former Squadron Commanders are still serving our squadron as active senior members.
C/Captain Daniel Gunderson received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in June of 2009.
C/2nd Lieutenant Justin Solomon earned his private pilot's license and is attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on his way to a flying career.
C/2nd Lieutenant Steven Tiersch received a scholarship to attend Norwich University and participate in the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC).
1st. Lt. Jonathan Miranda is attending SUNY Farmingdale enrolled in the aviation program and is also assisting our squadron as Assistant Administration & Personnel Officer while working on his Commercial Pilot's License (CPL) and Instrument rating.
C/Senior Master Sergeant Matthew Sahagian is attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as a participant in their United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp (AFROTC).
C/2nd Lieutenant Kyle Castillo served as the SCSVII Deputy Cadet Commander prior to departing in August of 2008 for SUNY Maritime College in Throgs Neck, New York.
C/Chief Master Sergeant Michelle Mudge departed for the University of North Dakota as a participant in the United States Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC), accompanied by a $125,000 grant towards the completion of rotary-wing aircraft (helicopter) flight training.
2002 - C/Major Richard W. Marby served as Cadet Commander until January of 2002. He received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).
2002 - C/2nd Lieutenant Maurice Pruitt received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy (USNA).
2004 - C/Captain Ryan Elliott served as Cadet Commander until August of 2004 and earned a scholarship to Fordham University.
2005 - C/2nd Lieutenant Daniel P. Umpa received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy (USNA).
2006 - C/2nd Lieutenant Michael J. Sohengen received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA).
2006 - C/Captain Matthew Cooney served as Cadet Commander and attended Fordham University.
2007 - C/Captain Bridget Flatley entered the cadet program shortly after her 16th birthday. She served as the SCSVII Cadet Commander for 5 months and received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). She graduated in the spring of 2011 and was promoted to Air Force 2nd. Lt.