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

SL 9099

Peter G Myhalenko
TK 9510

Chris Ballard
TK 10527

Jessica Stuber
ID 10716

Kevin Rabener
IC 14222

Gary Sackett
TK 17032

Chelsea Bradley
ID 19880

Jeffrey S Olsen
TK 21644

Anna M Swannie
TI 26620

Ed J Fairbairn
BH 42122

Karen A Caligiuri
DS 66612

Jill Olsen
DS 71411

Robert F Whalen Jr
TK 71600

Darin Wright
IC 71601

Nicholas Skalski
TB 80720

David J Barkewitz
TB 89213



Squad Leader (SL):
Steven M Lukasik , 8378

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