AEROSPACE EDUCATIONOFFICERS' HANDBOOK
Thank you for volunteering to help your unit be actively involved in Civil Air Patrol's aerospaceeducation mission. No special credentials are required to perform the Aerospace EducationOfficer's (AEO) duties. You do not have to be a "rocket scientist" to do an outstanding job. All youtruly need is an interest in the wonders of aerospace and the desire to promote this subject amongyour fellow CAP members as well as your community. This handbook will help you do theaerospace education job. It answers many of the "who, what, when, where, and how" questions. Your challenge will be to provide the energy and commitment to nurture "your" aerospaceeducation program and create the right learning environment. This handbook will offer ideas onprogram development. Pick the ones that work for you and start building your program.
GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Civil Air Patrol's definition is: "Aerospace Education is that branch of generaleducation concerned with communicating knowledge, skills, and attitudes about aerospaceactivities and the total impact of air and space vehicles upon society.”
Civil Air Patrol, the Corporation:
Civil Air Patrol was incorporated on July 1, 1946 by
Public Law476. Congressional members from all forty-eight states sponsored the law. Public Law 476established Civil Air Patrol's objects and purposes as follows: “Provide an organization toencourage and aid American citizens in the contribution of their efforts, services, and resources inthe
development of aviation and in the maintenance of air supremacy,
and to encourage anddevelop by
example the voluntary contribution of private citizens to the public welfare.
Provideaviation education and training
especially to its senior and cadet members; to
encourage andfoster civil
and to provide an organization of private citizens withadequate facilities to assist in meeting local and national emergencies."
Civil Air Patrol, the Official Auxiliary of the United States Air Force:
Civil Air Patrol became theofficial auxiliary of the Air Force in 1948. Civil Air Patrol works in a volunteer status for the UnitedStates Air Force. CAP conducts search and rescue, disaster relief, cadet programs, and aerospaceeducation in support of the United States and the United States Air Force. As the "official auxiliary"CAP has a special responsibility to present a professional and positive image in every situationbecause we are by extension representing the United States Air Force. As an AEO, each time youprepare, present, or promote aerospace education programs you should keep this specialresponsibility in mind.