Captain Jennifer Gagnon has been promoted to Commander of the Vermont Wing’s Catamount Composite Squadron (VT-007), according to a statement by Col. Richard Beach, Commander of the Wing.
“Capt Gagnon brings to the Civil Air Patrol an accomplished career in education, a clear commitment to Vermont and New England and a life-long love of learning, which makes her an ideal fit for the leadership of this growing command in our Wing,” said Col Beach. “Vermont Wing, cadets and senior members alike, is privileged to have Capt Gagnon as part of our leadership team.”
Capt Gagnon is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Claremont, NH, and first started working with the Civil Air Patrol as an Aerospace Education Member (AEM) in January 2020. AEM status can be accessed by any teacher, she noted; AEMs can enjoy many free aerospace/STEM educational opportunities in CAP, ranging from a variety of curriculum materials and STEM Kits to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of CAP’s Cessna aircraft at a local airport. Capt Gagnon has been the squadron Aerospace Education Officer and Deputy Commander of Cadets since joining CAP.
Capt Gagnon brings four educational degrees to her new command: Post University—Bachelor of Science in Equine Management; Vermont Technical College –Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology; Southern NH University—Bachelor of Arts in General Education with a concentration in Marketing; and Southern NH University — Masters of Elementary Education.
“In taking on my roles in Catamount Composite Squadron, my goal is to promote not only lifelong learning but also elevation of the Squadron and shared experiences among our fellow Vermont Wing squadrons,” Capt Gagnon noted. “I seek to increase the experiences of the cadets and foster their love of Civil Air Patrol, aerospace education, and community service. I am looking forward to seeing what the next four years bring.”