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

Click on the seniors's last name to go to their bio.

2nd. Lt.  Clifford Alek

2nd. Lt.     Joy Alek

Lt Col  Bernard Anderson

2nd Lt. James Erthal

1st. Lt. Maureen  Girdvil

Lt. Col. Alonzo McLaghlin Jr.

S/M  Steve Modica

2nd. Lt            Jeffrey Silver

2nd. Lt. Joseph Saracino

2nd. Lt.  Chesley White

Clifford Alek

Cliff joined CAP and our squadron on 30 March, 2018.
He is in training for her promotion to 2nd. Lieutenant.
He has not been assigned a position at this time.

Cliff lives in Melville, attended John F. Kennedy High School and Nassau community College.

Cliff is a retired police detective trained as a hostage negotiator & Interview-Interrogator and in Drug Recognition & Enforcement.
He has received the Medal of Commendation twice, the Metorious Police Service award twice and the Distinguished Service and Top Cop awards.

He is also an EMT and a Notary Public

Cliff is interested in Military Aviation and Photography

He is a member of Detective Association Inc.& USTA

Joy Alek

Joy joined CAP and our squadron on 30 March, 2018.
She is in training for her promotion to 2nd. Lieutenant.
She has not been assigned a squadron position at this time.

Joy lives in Melville where she works as a medical transcriptionist & pet sitter.
Her special skills include typist, office manager and therapy dog trainer

She enjoys fishing , scuba diving (Certified), bike riding, camping and animal rescue.

She was a member of Last Hope Animal Rescue from 2008 to 2013

Bernard Anderson

Bernie (as he prefers to be called) joined CAP and Squadron 5 on 12 December, 1991. He initially served as their Safety Officer
He  checked out as Cadet Orientation Pilot the same year and was qualified as Mission Pilot in 1996. He also served as LIG safety Officer from 1996-2010. 
He took over command of  Squadron 5 in 1998 and continued there until 2000. 
After that, Bernie served mostly with LI Group earning the rank of Lt. Col. on 23 December, 2009
He transferred from LI Group into our squadron in the summer of 2017 to take the position of Safety Officer.
He is currently serving as our Safety Officer and Aerospace Officer

Bernie lives in Medford

James Erthal

James joined CAP and our squadron on May 8, 2018

He lives in Huntington Station with his wife Suzanne and his children, Katelyn and Kurt who are both CAP cadets.
He attended Walt Whitman High School and Suffolk Community College..

James has worked for Verizon as a Tech.  for the last 29 years.

He holds a Private Pilot's license and is on a .22 cal. rifle team.
He enjoys flying, boating and both snow and water skiing.

Maureen Gerdvil

Maureen joined CAP and our squadron on 10 November, 2016. She was promoted to First Lieutenant on 18 Match, 2018

Maureen lives in Islip.

Maureen serves as our squadron's Administration Officer, Personnel Officer and Testing Officer.

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 received his PAO Technician Rating in August of 1995, the Proficiency Rating in May of 1996 and PAO Senior Rating in March 1997. At the 1998 NY Wing Conference, he received the 1997 New York Wing Public Affairs officer of the Year award.   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.  

   After a 14 month hiatus, he returned as Deputy Commander and PAO in 2005. He was appointed Finance Officer in 2008. In May of 2011, he was appointed to the position of Recruiting and Retention Officer. At the end of 2011, he completed the requirements for the Master level of Finance Officer. He 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 and in 2017, he was appointed as Logistics & Supply Officer. Several months later, he was appointed to the position of squadron Deputy Commander.


   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 60 years and has one daughter, Linda.

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Steve Modica

Steve joined CAP and our squadron in Feb. 2018

He attended James Madison High School and Nassau Community College

His skills include USCG 100T Master, NYS Certified Instructor of high angle rope rescue, ASA sailing instructor

He enjoys sailing, paddling, skiing, shooting and motocross racing and being retired from the NYFD after 21 years

His awards and honors include WTC Survivor Medal, Engine Company Unit Citation, Ladder Company Unit Citation

Joseph Saracino

Joseph Saracino joined CAP and our squadron February 28, 2017 as a Senior Member.
He was promoted to Second Lieutenant on 9 October, 2017 and is currently serving as Assistant Finance Officer and Public Affairs Officer.

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.

Jeffrey Silver

Jeffrey joined CAP and our squadron on 10 April, 2018 giving his son, Benjamin his first recruited member.

Jeff is looking forward to assisting CAP by becoming an Emergency Services Observer / Scanner and is our Character Development Instructor.

Jeff is employed by Northwell Health and is the Director of Business Intelligence and the Analytic Resource Center. He is employed for 28 years by Northwell Health and has over 33 years experience in Healthcare. He specializes in Business Intelligence, Healthcare Analytics, Hospital Operations, Emergency Management, Radio-Pharmaceutical Management and Radiology Operations, beginning his career as an Ultrasound Technologist. In 2014, he was a recipient of the Northwell Health President's Award for Innovation and Teamwork.

His special training and skills include Firefighter, EMT(ret), Hazmat operations, NIMS 200 & 700, Mass Casualty Incident Commander, WMD Responder, FEMA Radiological/Nuclear Incident Technician and Six Sigma Green Belt.

Jeff has been a volunteer firefighter over 25 years serving multiple departments. Now "retired" but continues to assist fire departments and municipalities with tech solutions and consulting. Jeff was also a first responder and participated in the initial rescue efforts following the Terrorist Attacks on 9/11.

Jeff also enjoys spending time with his family, sailing, scuba diving, web design, cooking, and flying.

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.

Chesley White

Chesley joined CAP and our squadron on 10 January,, 2018. 

He is currently working toward his promotion to 2nd. Lt.

He has been assigned as Assistant Supply Officer and is apprenticed to Lt. Colonel McLaughlin.

Chesley lives in Greenlawn and works at King Kullen

His interests include Military History, Aviation and building model planes.

He is a member of the International Plastic Modeling Society (IPMS) and attended the IPMS Centennial in Colorado Springs.  

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Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron (NER-NY-153)

Meet on Tuesday, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

79 Middleville Road, Northport, NY 11768

Upcoming Events (SQ,GRP and Wing)

Sunday, Apr 25 at 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Apr 27 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, May 2 1:00 PM
Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Long Island Group Wreaths Across America, Dec 15, 2018

Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 15, 2018

10:00 AM 2:30 PM

Long Island National Cemetery (map)

Join us for the Wreaths Across America Memorial Ceremony. This moving ceremony allows us to honor those that have served our country while teaching others of their sacrifice. Parents, friends, family and the general public are welcome!

Uniform - BDU / ABU or Alternate Cadet Uniform. NOTE THAT THIS IS A COLD WEATHER EVENT - warm coat (civilian ok), gloves & hats are required.


Required Items - CAP Form 60-80 and two CAP Form 161's as well as bottled water and a snack. PLEASE make sure you have eaten prior to the event.

OIC - Capt. Mark Del Orfano, CAP Safety Officer - TBD

Squadron Holiday Party on December 18th, 2018

Leroy R. Grumman Holiday Party on December 18th,2018

at VA Hospital Squadron Meeting Hall

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30PM

Family and Friends are invited

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