Captain Vernon Addison

Captain Vernon Addison graduated in 1978 from Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he lettered twice in football. He won numerous awards in the Air Force JROTC unit and was Squadron Commander his senior year.

Capt. Addison received a B. A. in Political Science from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in 1982. His senior year, as “Mike” Company Executive Officer his job was to train incoming freshman to the military way of life.  He also served as company Honor Representative.

In the spring of 1984, Mr. Addison received his wings of gold and became a Naval Aviator at N.A.S Pensacola in Florida. His initial duty station was HMM-362, New River Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, North Carolina.  There he flew the CH53 Sea Stallion, which is a heavy lift helicopter. In 1986, First Lieutenant Addison was attached to HMM-261 where he became Special Operations Capable as an Aircraft Commander. Later the same year, his squadron boarded the helicopter carrier USS Inchon and was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea for the next six months. While at sea, the squadron flew exclusively at night using night vision goggles throughout Southern European and Northern African countries.

In August of 1987, Captain Addison was transferred to VT-3, N.A.S Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, as an instructor in the T-34.  He taught officers aspiring to become Naval Aviators basic flying procedures such as familiarization, basic instruments, and formation flying.


UPS hired Capt. Addison in March, 1990 as a Flight Engineer on the DC-8.  In 1992, he upgraded to First Officer on the B-757 and flew domestically for the next five years. First

Officer Addison upgraded to Captain for UPS in 1995 and then worked as a simulator instructor in the Training Center where he taught upgrading pilots on how to become First Officers and Captains on the B-757. Captain Addison now flies International routes throughout Europe and Asia in the B-757 and B-767.