Civil Air Patrol

Wisconsin Wing Represented at Great Lakes Region Aerospace Officer School

Photo by Captain Terese Barta – Participants work together on one of the many hands-on projects recently at the Aerospace Education Officer School held in Dayton, Ohio.

WISCONSIN – Participants in this year’s Civil Air Patrol’s Great Lakes Region Aerospace Education Officer (AEO) School learned about the three R’s: Remote-controlled aircraft, Rocketry, and Robotics.  The AEO School was held August 8-11 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force,.

Thirty-two attendees representing 13 wings came from throughout the United States including California, Florida and New York.  Three members of the Stevens Point Composite Squadron attended this year’s AEO School: Major Pete Arnold and Captains John Thompson and Terese Barta.

The goal of the school was to give each participant a better understanding of the duties and responsibilities of an AEO or Director of Aerospace Education (DAE).  Attendees shared their experiences as well as knowledge of aerospace education and were provided fun hands-on experiences.  Attendees went home with a wealth of resources to make them effective AE leaders in their local units.

Participants built and launched their own “Seeker” rockets, flew remote-controlled model planes and competed in a “rescue craft” design project.

They also learned about Civil Air Patrol’s ACE program (Aerospace Connections in Education) from Major Lynn Toney, a CAP member and teacher who has successfully implemented the program in her school in Alabama.

An introduction to the Youth Aviation Adventures (YAA) program was part of the agenda as well.  The YAA program is an independent program that grew out of the Boy Scout aviation merit badge.  Its goal is to introduce youth to aviation and aviation careers.  It is currently in 24 cities, including two in Wisconsin (Eau Claire and Waukesha).

Included in the resources provided to attendees by Lieutenant Colonel Randy Carlson were disks containing the MARC program (Model Aircraft and Remote Control) and the CAP-TERS program, providing teaching materials utilizing satellite imagery analysis.

Due to the generosity of Carlson, several attendees left the school with free remote-controlled aircraft simulator programs and controllers in their hands.

The location of the school provided opportunities to visit the museum, including the presidential and experimental hangars, during free time.

Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Williams, director of the AEO School hopes to increase the participation of members from Wisconsin Wing at next year’s school.

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