Capt. Erik L. Aufderheide

UAO/AS100/AS200 Instructor





Captain Erik L. Aufderheide is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 218, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. Capt. Aufderheide is responsible for recruiting, training, motivating and counseling, highly qualified young men and women as prospective Air Force officers. He instructs both Freshman and Sophomore college courses on the Foundation and History of the USAF, integrating both written and verbal communication skills into classroom learning. He provides leadership training, military discipline, and educational and career guidance to AFROTC cadets. As the Unit Admissions Officer (UAO) he directs all unit-recruiting efforts and actively promotes Air Force career opportunities to university and high school students, faculty, administrators, and counselors. Captain Aufderheide manages all recruiting budgets and funding. Significant additional duties include: Unit Public Affairs Officer, Arnold Air Society advisor, Civil Air Patrol Squadron advisor, Security Officer, and Introductory Flight Training (IFT) officer. Captain Aufderheide was born in Indianapolis In.


B.S. Public Administration, concentration in Law and Public Policy, INDIANA UNIVERSITY May, 1994


  • Distinguished Graduate AFROTC Det.215 Indiana University, May, 1994
  • Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT), Vance AFB, OK, Cls. 95-12, Jul 1995
  • Rotor Wing Qualification Course (RWQC). Ft. Rucker, AL, Sep 1995
  • Mission Qualification MH60 PAVEHAWK, 512 SOS, Kirtland AFB, NM, Apr 1996
  • Aircraft Commander MH60G, 66RQS, Nellis, AFB, NV, Mar 1998
  • Functional Check Flight (FCF) pilot, Nellis, AFB, NV, Mar 1998
  • Squadron Officer School (SOS) in residence, Apr 1999
  • Academic Instructor School (AIS), Jun 1999


2 May 1996 - 31 Oct 1998 Standardization and Evaluation Officer/MH60G Pilot, 66th Rescue Squadron, 57th Operational Group, 57th Wing, Nellis, AFB, NV. --composed/taught unit's monthly emergency procedures training , authorized pilot reference booklet for incoming aircrew, initiated and supervised comprehensive review of flight evaluation folders, ensured 100 percent accuracy, developed new high threat survival training field exercise, and gained Air Combat Command approval for improved aircrew load-bearing equipment. Flew in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and NORTHERN WATCH, and numerous RED FLAGs, authorized critical combat execution plans and recognized as "superior performer" by squadron supervisors.


  • Aerial Achievement Medal: Operation Southern Watch / Operation Northern Watch May 1998
  • Air Force Commendation Medal: 66th RQS Nellis AFB, NV. Sep 1998
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award: 66th RQS Nellis, AFB, NV. 1997
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 66th RQS Nellis, AFB, NV. 1997
  • National Defense Service Medal. 1994
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal: 66th RQS Nellis, AFB, NV. 1997
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon. 1996
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon 1995


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