At Maxwell Air Force Base & Gunter Annex
Within Montgomery, the Alabama state capital, and Alabama’s historic River Region, Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex lie. Montgomery’s tri-county area is rich in history and combines a small-town atmosphere with big-city features. Montgomery is centrally located just over 80 miles south of Birmingham, the state’s largest city, and 162 miles from Atlanta.
With a population of more than 12,500 active-duty, reserve, civilian and contractor personnel, the Maxwell-Gunter community has a significant economic and cultural impact on the River Region.
Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex encompass more than 4,100 acres with nearly 50 miles of road.
With its roots in Montgomery, Alabama, Maxwell Air Force Base’s history dates to the Wright brothers’ flying school of 1910. As the headquarters of Air University, a major component of the Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell Air Force Base is the U.S. Air Force’s center for Joint Professional Military Education. The host wing for Maxwell Air Force Base is the 42nd Air Base Wing. The 42nd Air Base Wing, along with its mission partners, provides the foundation for success for Air University, the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force; the 908th Airlift Wing; Air Force Space Command units; and more than 40 other tenant units.
Gunter Annex is a separate installation under the 42nd Air Base Wing. Originally known as Gunter Field, it later became known as Gunter Air Force Station when its runways were closed and its operational flying activity was eliminated. As a hedge against future Base Realignment and Closure action, Gunter was consolidated under Maxwell Air Force Base. You may hear the combined installation referred to as Maxwell-Gunter.
Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex have a military economic impact of $2.6 billion annually and interact with local officials across a three-county, 12-city region.