(Old Bethpage, New York) The Museum of American Armor has named Michael D. Sapraicone as the latest member of its board, joining museum President and founder Lawrence Kadish, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Edward Blumenfeld of BDG, Ltd., Michael Polimeni of Polimeni International, Steve Napolitano of First Nationwide Title, Frederick Daum of PSEG and Gary Lewi of Rubenstein Associates.
Mr. Sapraicone is President of Squad Security and Director of their New York, California, Illinois and international offices.
A former First Grade NYPD Detective and frequent criminal justice commentator for media network TV and cable news programs, he is the founder and owner of Squad Security Inc. and Squad Security LTD worldwide companies which provide security solutions for many Fortune 500 companies ranging from Wall Street firms to international retailers.
“I am proud and honored to be associated with this museum. It is a powerful and dynamic tribute to the citizen soldiers who have defended our nation and who continue to put themselves in harm’s way,” stated Sapraicone. “At a time when too much of our nation’s history is being discarded or ignored, this armor museum is well on its way to becoming a compelling classroom for every visitor. I look forward to supporting it IN any way I can.”
Sapraicone is a member of the Company of Security Professionals of the United Kingdom, the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Associated Licensed Detectives of New York State and the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement and ASIS International. He has also served as a member and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, NY and is active in various philanthropic efforts. He also served on the Seaford School District School Board. The father of five, he is married to Eileen Sapraicone, an attorney and former Assistant District Attorney in New York City. She also serves AS pro bono counsel to the Museum of American Armor.
Board member Steve Napolitano stated, “Michael is an extraordinary addition to the armor museum board. He has been enormously successful in supporting not for profit causes that he cares passionately about and he brings that energy and commitment to this crusade meant to keep our nation’s history alive and relevant before a new generation.”
Operational vehicles now on display at the Museum of American Armor include the iconic Sherman tank, a Stuart tank used extensively by the Marines during their Pacific campaigns, a potent 155 mm howitzer, reconnaissance vehicles that acted as armored scouts for American forces, anti-aircraft guns and similar weapons that broke the back of the Axis powers during World War II. Other vehicles range from a classic LaSalle staff car in the markings of a Fleet Admiral, to jeeps, weapons carriers and half-tracks.
Beyond World War II programs, tribute programs are being scheduled to honor the American service men and women who have served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terror so that the museum is able to fulfill its mission of honoring America’s defense of freedom throughout the decades.
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $10, adults; $7, children 5 – 12 (under 5 are free); and $7, seniors, volunteer firefighters and veterans. Admission to the armor museum also allows you access to Old Bethpage Village Restoration.