Air Operations Officers assist in the mission planning, tasking, coordination and monitoring of air and space operations at the tactical, operational and strategic levels.
They directly support air and space operations staffing and lead Air Operations Centers. They provide expertise of air and space operations in the planning and support of the same across the realms of force generation and force employment.
They use leading-edge technology to connect tactical operations to battle space management systems to build and maintain strategic awareness.
They are experts in the stand-up and operation of deployed air operations centers.
Air Operations Officers may be employed across the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), though typically within the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).
They typically begin their careers in flying or space squadrons / wings to develop capability-specific awareness. Following this, they may branch out into other capabilities or bring their expertise to bear on operational and strategic operations.
They may also be employed in force generation activities as diverse as project management and requirements capture and tracking.
Air Operations Officers work alongside officers of the other air operations occupations. They bring an outside view of the aircraft to RCAF operations to complement those who begin their RCAF journey from inside an aircraft.
They may be employed around the world from anywhere where air and space operations are based. This includes headquarters, airfields, ships, or in the field with the Army.
They provide expertise in rescue coordination centers, headquarters and project offices.