Mission Statement

To promote the 501st Legion and Garrison Excelsior within the city of Buffalo and the surrounding area. We will do this by planning events, leveraging the energy of local membership, recruiting new members, building relationships within the community and maintaining strong communication with the Garrison.


The squad covers Erie and Niagara County, but also participates in other Garrison Excelsior events across the State.


Nickel City Squad's Member Roster

TS 2837

Chris Solecki
SL 2904

Janice A Mergenhagen
TI 4710

Steven M Lukasik
SL 8378

Peter G Myhalenko
TK 9510

Cory Knadle
DS 10416

Chris Ballard
ID 10527

Jessica Stuber
ID 10716

Steve W Losey
IG 10796

Joey C Russo
TK 12143

Kevin Rabener
IC 14222

Gary Sackett
TS 17032

Jeffrey S Olsen
TK 21644

Anna M Swannie
TI 26620

Daniel C Reynolds
ID 31576

Vanya Yount
ID 42010

Ed J Fairbairn
BH 42122

Jennifer Carl
TK 61319

Mason J White
TK 61651

Karen A Caligiuri
DS 66612

Jill Olsen
TI 71411

Robert F Whalen Jr
TK 71600

Nicholas Skalski
TB 80720

Taylor Kunkes
SL 86537

George Stamataros
SL 88066

David J Barkewitz
TB 89213



Squad Leader (SL):
Steven M Lukasik , 8378

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