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ACE Plus Adopt Program



Civil Air Patrol squadrons are joining with upper grade Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) classrooms to provide "ACE Plus" aerospace/STEM support, student mentorship, and an introduction to CAP. (6th grade is the targeted grade level, but, also accepted are 5th, 7th, or 8th grade classes involved in the ACE program.)

All teacher requests to be adopted by a CAP squadron will be coordinated through each state's Director of Aerospace Education.   (See state list HERE.)  

  • Teachers, please read and follow the Teachers Guide for further directions on the steps to follow to get started. 
  • The first step is to send the teacher section of the Request to Collaborate form to where connections with the teacher's state CAP AE leader will be made. 
  • If interested in getting ACE shirts for you and your students, check out the ACE shirt page. 
  • This program is open for "adoption connections" from 1 September until the ACE program registration closes 31 March each year. (The ACE program is the foundational program of CAP's ACE Plus Adopt program.)

  • All ACE Plus Adopt program resources are found in the right resource column. 


See ACE Plus Adopt  info flier HERE for squadrons. (Squadron PoC guide is HERE.)

See ACE Plus Adopt  info flier HERE  for teachers.  (Teacher guide is HERE.)

AFA chapters, want to get involved?  Click HERE for details. 


Read CAP.NEWS article launching the program HERE.

Read Spring '21 CAP Volunteer Magazine article about the program HERE.

View the ACE Plus Adopt Ambassadors'  introductory video HERE for a clear program overview.


  • The ACE Plus Ambassadors have both been promoted in rank since this filming, but Col Brian Schmuck, KY Wing Commander, and Cadet Capt Rylee Schmuck continue to not only promote the program, but participate in working with several IN Wing Schools.  Their introductory video is found on the SCWG AE YouTube channel, HERE.  
  • Read about the Ambassadors' award-winning ACE collaborative program HERE.
  •     Squadrons, to collaborate with the closest Air and Space Forces Association chapter, find and contact your closest AFA chapter at the AFA Chapter Locator and ask them to partner with you.

    • If the correct chapter cannot be identified in the chapter locator, go to AFA/About Us/Leadership and scroll down to the Chapter Presidents section for city/state locations. 

  • Squadrons, click on the Program FAQs!  Any other questions, just contact!


When collaborations begin, new opportunities for students and the teachers evolve:



  • Teacher Orientation Program (TOP) flights provide an opportunity for the teachers to see, first-hand, how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics are integral in the aviation experience


  • CAP's STEM Kits are also great classroom enhancements! Flight simulators are especially beneficial when pilot members of CAP and the Air Force Association help with instruction!
  • The distinctive purple ACE shirts can be a part of the program!  See ACE shirt ordering information HERE.


ACE Plus Adopt partners will need to complete the ACE Plus Adopt Program Evaluation Form found HERE by the end of the school year.
If the team wishes to be nominated for the ACE Plus Adopt Program Award, complete the form HERE and return to by 24 May. 

Inaugural 2020-2021 Adopt program report.

For more information, contact


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