At the 8th Annual Military Ball held in January 2013, The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron was named Long Island Group Squadron of the Year for the second year in a row! c/Capt. Joshua Howard was named LI Group Cadet of the Year
In February , we were informed that our squadron had qualified for the NHQ Cadet Merit Squadron award for 2012.
March 30, Our squadron has it's first Spaatz cadet. Congratulations to Cadet Colonel Carissa Lackey.
In March, the squadron participated once again in the Pershing Rifles Color Guard competition. This time they returned from Florida with 5 trophies including the Color Guard 1st. place trophy. The team was led by c/CMSgt Patrick Tracy and included flag bearer c/CMSgt Peter Gerdvil and riflemen c/TSgt. Travis Jensen and Steven Horowitz. Other awards won included 1st. place for Inspection and Black Jacks drill and Color Guard Competition; 2nd. Place Color Guard & General John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition; Outstanding Unit Trophy, Black Jacks drill and Color Guard Competition and the Black Jacks cup, Blackjack drill and Color guard Competition
At the New York Wing Conference in May, the squadron was awarded the 2011 New York Wing Squadron of Distinction
Also in May, Captain Robert Litzke took over as Supply Officer and Captain Ridley, Commander. Major Ridley's son and a former Spaatz Cadet, transferred into the squadron and took over as PAO/Recruiting Officer and Historian from Lt. Col. McLaughlin who remained as Finance Officer and Webmaster.
December 20, 2016 - the Color Guard team of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron of the Long Island Group, New York Wing was giving the honor of presenting colors for the opening ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery.
On the third Saturday in the month of December the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron’s Color Guard participated in Wreaths Across America, a nationwide program which distributed holiday wreaths as a tribute to Veterans laid to rest at VA national cemeteries and state Veterans cemeteries. This program was founded by company president Morrill Worcester whereby he wanted to honor Veterans, active duty military and their families. His goal was to remind the public to remember the Veterans, honor their service, and teach children the value of freedom.
The Civil Air Patrol, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, local citizens, veterans and families placed the wreaths on the graves of men and women that once served our country. The squadrons of Long Island Group were brought together to participate in this event to honor the veterans that served our country.
December 11th 2016 - The
Leroy R. Grumman Squadron’s Color Guard was privileged to be a part of
the Snowball Express with American Airlines at JFK Airport in New York,
an organization dedicated to bring holiday cheer to children of fallen
The squadron's color guard volunteered their time for this event and served along the sides of Active Duty Color Guards in the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force as well as civilian Color Guards from the NYPD, NYFD, Homeland Security, JROTC Programs as they lined up together along a red carpet while showing honor and respect as the families of fallen military heroes prepared to board planes.
The American Airlines had the responsibility of transporting more than 1,700 children traveling from 87 cities worldwide and spouses of fallen service men and women to Dallas/Fort Worth for five days of fun and fellowship at the 11th annual Snowball Express celebration.
The Cadets and senior members from Long Island Group and the Leroy R. Grumman squadron helped to host the special sendoff celebration at the departure gate and it was fun and entertaining, with singing, dancing, food and presents for the kids. This event was an honor and a privilege for this Color Guard team to participate in and we are looking forward to supporting and promoting support for this organization and events in the future.December 6, 2016 - Awards Night at Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron at Northport, NY
November 11-12, 2017 - Leroy R. Grumman Squadron Held their Third and Fourth Wreaths Across American Fundraiser at Stop and Shop in Northport. I want to thank the following Senor's and cadet's for a job well done!!!
Cadet Derek P. Alek
Cadet Kristen Figlo
Cadet Quinn D. Figlo
C/2Lt Maria C. Gerdvil
C/SrA Joanna R. Gerdvil
2d Lt. Joseph L. Saracino
2d Lt. Maureen Gerdvil
Lt Col Lonnie E. McLaughlin Jr.
Major Peter Cubano
October 28, 2017- Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron held the second Wreaths Across America Fundraiser at
Guinta's Meat Farms 395 Fort Salonga Rd, Northport, NY 11768. We raised a lot of money with the help of the following Cadet's and Senior's
C/A1C Aidan A Cordero
Major Peter Cubano
Cadet Quinn D Figlo
C/2dLt Maria C Gerdvil
C/SrA Joanna R Gerdvil
2d Lt Maureen Gerdvil
Lt Col Alonzo E McLauaghlin Jr
C/SrA Maximilian E Pelkonen
C/Amn Daniel G Saracino
2d Lt Joseph L Saracino
C/CMSg Nicole A Schafer
October 14-15, 2017 - Jones Beach Cancer Walk 14-15 October. Long Island Group HQ.
October 14, 2017 - Alexander Angels Walk envisions a world where individuals with Down syndrome are not defined by their disability but by their individuality.
The long term goal of Alexander's Angels is to promote recognition of the often overlooked attributes of individuals with Down syndrome by highlighting their abilities.
Alexander's Angels aims to raise awareness outside the Down syndrome community by continuing working with local colleges, corporations, the community at large, and with Down syndrome organizations in a collaborative effort to promote a better understanding of people with Down syndrome by presenting the person with Down syndrome for what he/she is, a person with feelings and abilities much like anyone else. To that end Alexander's Angels aims to organize events that showcase to the community-at-large special talents within the Down syndrome community.
October 9, 2017 - Commander Peter Cubano had the honor to promote two of her Senior members.
2d Lt Maureen Gerdvil and 2d Lt Joseph L. Saracono
October 3, 2017 - Commander Peter Cubano had the honor to promote two cadet members.
Cadet Joanna R. Gerdvil was promoted to the rank of C/Sra
Cadet Nicole A. Schafer was promoted to the rank of C/CMSgt
September 30, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron did a fundraiser to raise money for Wreaths across America on Saturday. Had a great time and rise a lot of money that day.
Sept 9-10, 2017 - Longwood Estates Fair, Corner of Smith Road and Longwood Road, Ridge, NY 11961
Longwood Estate History: Listed on the National Register of historic places, the Longwood Estate clearly is a Town of Brookhaven treasure.
This land was the domain of the preeminent Smith family until 1968. In 1974, with development nipping at its flanks, the property was acquired by the town.
Geographically, the estate consisted of farmland, pasture, woods, river fronts, ponds, and the long swamp itself, headwaters of the Peconic River. Tenant farmers worked the land and timber was the most valuable commodity.
The estate was in a remote area with approx 7,000 acres running from the Connecticut River (now known as Carman's River) east of Manorville, and south along South Country Road. The property was handed down through the generations and in 1817 William Syndey Smith became the proprietor.
William Smith married Eleanor Jones from Cold Spring Harbor and raised 10 children on the estate with the now enlarged home to accommodate them. Longwood estate became a profitable business in livestock, and wood cutting where a wood mill in Yaphank was instrumental in the development of the Long Island Railroad. William served as Brookhaven Supervisor from 1829 till 1834, was Suffolk County Treasurer, and a New York State Legislator.
William passed away in 1879 at the age of 83 and Eleanor in 1884 at 79 years old. Their grandchildren took to the care-taking and preservation of the estate.
William Sidney Tangier and Helen Tangier Smith willed the estate to Elbert Clayton Smith and it was Bert who donated 51 acres to the Longwood School District and the Greenbelt land to Suffolk County.
Upon his death in 1968, his widow sold the estate to Levitt real estate developers. The contents of the home were auctioned off.
Then in 1973, developer Wilbur Breslin and Herbert Carmel purchased the property for commercial and industrial development. Brookhaven Town officials and area residents strongly opposed the plan and in 1974, Breslin and Carmel donated the manor house and 35 acres of land to the Town of Brookhaven.
During its two hundred year history, the house knew fallow periods-and a notable 60 year Golden Age of love, family, and bustling activity. The estate now is the host to various activities for the residents to enjoy.
August 17-20, 2017 - 2017 Annual Holbrook Carnival! – Holbrook Chamber of Commerce
August 6, 2017 - Long Island Group held a TLC Course at LIG HQ.
The TLC Basic Course is the first out of three levels of courses for all Senior Members involved in Cadet Programs. Some learning objectives for this course is to articulate the Cadet Programs vision, to include referencing the key traits of cadet life, the program elements and the outcomes each produces, and an explanation of the promotion process. Another learning objective is to be able to explain the roles and responsibilities of cadet programs officers serving at the squadron level, with special regard to leadership dynamics, as the adult’s role changes when the cadet staff’s readiness changes. Other objectives include being able to describe operating principles for squadron-level cadet programs, including Cadet Great Start, weekly meetings and activities, and using the Quality Cadet Unit Award as a self-assessment and managerial tool. There is also an Intermediate Course and Advanced Course (which is anticipated to be released in the Spring).
July 8, 2017 - Francis S. Gabreski Cadet Squadron NY-117 had the honor of presenting the colors and with the support of the Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron NY-153 at the bridge dedication to Specialist Matthew W. Baylis.
OAKDALE—The bridge that carries travelers on Oakdale-Bohemia Road over Sunrise Highway was given a new identity last Saturday, July 8 when a sign was unveiled naming it the “Specialist Matthew E. Baylis Memorial Bridge.” NYS Senator Phil Boyle presided over a ceremony that was attended by elected officials, local residents and family and friends of the fallen hero, who was killed in action in Iraq on May 31, 2007.
At the ceremony, Sen. Boyle thanked all of the elected officials that helped him to see that the bridge would be named in honor of this American hero. “Fittingly, as people drive under this bridge, for many years to come, they will always be reminded of the service and sacrifice Matthew gave to our great nation,” said Boyle.
June 11, 2017 - Bayport Aerodrome Pancake Breakfast at Bayport Airport.
June 6, 2017 - Leroy R. Grumman Promotion Night.
May 27, 2017 - Memorial Day Air Show with the Thunder Birds at MacArthur Airport, Islip, New York Long Island Group, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.
May 27, 2017 -The Col Francis S. Gabreski Squadron and the Leroy R. Grumman Squadron had the honor of placing wreaths to our falling Veterans. Long Island Group, Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary.
May 21, 2017 - Bayport Vintage Cars & Airplanes celebration with Long Island Group. Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary at Bayport, New York.
March 18, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron had the honor of presenting the colors at the VA Nursing Home at Northport, New York.
Febraury 26, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron Visit Floyd Bennett Field Airport, Brooklyn, New York.
Floyd Bennett Field, now a National Park, was New York City's first municipal airport. Opened in 1933, it became Naval Air Station - New York during WWII. It was the point of departure for many famous flights, including those of Wiley Post, "Wrong Way" Corrigan, and most notably, the destination of John Glen's record setting transcontinental Project Bullet in 1957. It is no longer in general use for aviation, although it continues to function as the home base for the NYPD's helicopter unit.
The Tuskegee Airmen was an all-black fighter unit in WWII. Formed after much discrimination, they flew a number of aircraft, but are most famous for their exploits in P-51 mustangs. Although somewhat exaggerated, they had the reputation of having never lost a bomber they were escorting.
The H. A, R. P. is a community of volunteers dedicated to restoring aircraft that once used the airfield. Among the many planes being worked on are a PBY-5 Catalina, a Grumman G-21 Goose flying boat, a Douglas C-47 (the military version of the DC-3), a Lockheed P2V Neptune anti-submarine patrol plane, and a Sikorsky HH-3 air-sea rescue helicopter.
Febraury 18, 2017 - The Leroy R. Grumman Cadet Squadron had the honor of presenting the colors at the Hofstra Basketball game at the college.