Aerospace Education Officer -- Civil Air Patrol: United States Air Force Auxiliary

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The Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is looking for Aerospace Education Officers and Assistant Aerospace Education Officers to become part of our volunteer , non-profit organization, chartered by Congress as the United States Air Force Auxiliary.

Do you have a desire to volunteer and serve your community a few days a month? Do you have an interest in becoming part of a Search & Rescue organization that saves numerous lives every year throughout the United States? As a volunteer with CAP you can participate in Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX’s); and disaster relief efforts as part of the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force. Our organization also coordinates and works with other disaster relief and governmental organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, DoD, FEMA and Vermont Emergency Management.

Aerospace Education Officers and Assistant Aerospace Education Officers perform the following duties:

  • Direct the aerospace education program at their level of command.
  • Implement aerospace education policy and advise the commander on status of AE programs under his/her command.
  • Recruit, train and assist subordinate AEOs.
  • Ensure that AE staff positions are filled at their level and subordinate levels.
  • Maintain a current roster of AEOs at their level and subordinate levels.
  • Establish and review budget requirements.
  • Monitor aerospace education requirements from higher headquarters to ensure compliance.
  • Develop an AE Plan of Action. (Wing, Group, and Squadron)
  • Regularly update your immediate commander on the progress of the AE Plan of Action.
  • Complete the Yeager Award or be working on completing it.
  • Complete the end-of-year AE Activity Report. (Wing, Group and Squadron)
  • Enroll in the Aerospace Education Specialty Track 215 or have completed it.
  • Visit or communicate with subordinate units.
  • Encourage interest in the Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) Flights. (Wing, Group and Squadron)
  • Conduct the weekly AE current events update.

If you’re up for the task, CAP offers non-military citizens stimulating training opportunities few people outside of the military can experience. Our volunteer members continuously train to acquire the life-saving and Emergency Services skills necessary to assist Federal and State humanitarian agencies, Emergency Management agencies for when disasters strike, and to participate in search and rescue missions.

The following local squadrons are in need of Aerospace Education Officers and Assistant Aerospace Education Officers and are constantly training and preparing their members for the skills necessary to provide Emergency Services to the public in a time of need. Contact us at and note the squadron location closest to you.

  • Burlington, VT - The Burlington Senior Squadron: This Squadron generally meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 355 Valley Road, South Burlington, VT 05403. The meeting is at our headquarters on Valley Road on the second floor of the hangar also used by the Vermont Flight Academy. Our door is the left-hand entrance. It is kept locked; you must ring the bell or call the number on the door. (Someone will come down and let you in.)
  • Berlin, VT - The Capital Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the CAP hangar at the Knapp State Airport in Barre, 2081 Airport Road, Berlin, VT.
  • Rutland, VT - The Rutland Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Rutland Airport, 1002 Airport Road, CAP Emergency Operations Center, North Clarendon, VT.
  • Bennington, VT - The Southern Vermont Senior Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Tuesday at 5:15 pm at the Bennington Airport, 1563 Walloomsac Road, Bennington, VT.
  • Springfield, VT - The Catamount Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Sunday 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Springfield airport, 13 Airport Road, North Springfield, VT.

While the central purpose of this ad is to find Aerospace Education Officers and Assistant Aerospace Education Officers, the focus of our efforts are in the training and preparation of Aircrew and Ground Team Members for the Vermont Wing. As such, there are numerous roles available to non-flying members, such as radio communications, logistics, planning, and mission staff participation.

We invite and welcome you to be a guest at one of our regular squadron meetings. One of our members will give you a tour of the facility before or after the meeting. You will also have a chance to meet some of our members who will discuss the organization and provide you with valuable information, as well as answer any questions you might have about CAP.


  • Strong organizational skills, people and communication skills.
  • Aged 18 or older.
  • Willingness to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Enthusiasm for community service.

Veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to join.




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355 Valley Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403, US

Mission Statement

Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power. It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three primary missions -- Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education performed by over 62,000 members. Visit for more info. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. CAP performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and performs other missions as a nonprofit organization. CAP is made up 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia). The Vermont Wing executes CAP missions primarily in Vermont, and adjacent states, but members can go anywhere in the nation to serve on CAP missions such as hurricane response or cadet encampments.


The Vermont Wing offers exciting opportunities to individuals of all ages. We are headquartered in South Burlington with squadrons in Springfield, Rutland, Bennington, Montpelier, and South Burlington. Some squadrons have only senior members (ages 18 +), while others are composite with cadet members (ages 12 - 21) along with senior members who train and mentor cadets.

  • We supported Vermont Air National Guard providing airborne communications relays and targets for the jet pilots to train in intercepting low- and slow-flying aircraft.
  • Conducted four searches for overdue airplanes, coordinating aircraft and ground crews.
  • Participated in a large search and rescue and communications training exercise with the Vermont State Police Ground Team.
  • Provided aerospace and STEM education in state technology education centers, elementary, middle and high school campuses.
  • Our cadets benefited from powered and glider orientation flights. They participated in Wreaths Across America observations to honor the nation’s fallen patriots, and provided color party at parades, Lake Monster games, and more.


Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety
Community, Disaster Relief, Emergency & Safety


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At your nearest squadron:Bennington, Springfield,Rutland, Montpelier, orSouth Burlington, VT 05403



  • Search & Rescue
  • Management
  • Disaster Response
  • Mentoring
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two or more days per month.
  • Senior members must present government issued identification, and be fingerprinted.

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