Maxwell-Gunter AFB Community



As the host unit for Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex, the 42nd Air Base Wing’s mission is crucial to national security. The wing ensures that airmen are ready to deploy in support of U.S. military operations worldwide and takes a proactive approach to promoting their professional and personal growth. The wing is also responsible for the safety and security of the base, which it accomplishes through force protection, maintaining and modernizing facilities and infrastructure, and seeking efficient new ways of conducting operations.


The 908th Airlift Wing is Alabama’s only Air Force Reserve unit. The wing contributes to national defense by delivering airlift and related services through the dedicated efforts of more than 1,200 reservists and eight C-130 Hercules aircraft. Unit reservists fly about 1 million miles annually, engaging in training operations and supporting real-world missions.


Air University, established in 1946, continues the proud tradition of educating tomorrow’s planners and leaders in air and space power for all branches of the U.S. armed forces, federal government civilians and international organizations. Today, Air University’s reach spans not only the globe but the careers of every Air Force member.

Air Force Research Institute

The Air Force Research Institute conducts independent research, outreach and engagement to enhance national security and assure the effectiveness of the U.S. Air Force. The institute produces the Strategic Studies Quarterly, an Air Force-sponsored strategic forum for military, government and academic professionals, and the Air & Space Power Journal, the professional journal of the Air Force. Researchers conduct independent studies of importance to Air Force leaders.

Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education

Established on April 29, 2008, and named in honor of the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, each school within the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education prepares officers in the full spectrum of officer professional military education. The center is responsible for directing, integrating, synchronizing and supporting a continuum of officer professional military education, research and outreach that produces leaders who effectively articulate, advocate and employ air, space and cyberspace power in a joint and multinational environment.

The center is composed of several schools and organizations, including the Air Command and Staff College, the Air War College, the International Officer School and the Squadron Officer College.

Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education

The Curtis E. LeMay Center is named in honor of the fifth chief of staff of the Air Force. The center is where Air Force doctrine is developed, advocated in exercises and wargames, represented in Joint and Multinational doctrine and deployed to Airmen through a multifaceted outreach program. Its aims to create and sustain an Air Force doctrine culture that best serves our nation.

Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development

Named in honor of Gen. Ira C. Eaker to recognize his significant contributions to the Air Force and the continuing professional development of its members, the center supports the U.S. Air Force mission by providing world-class, multidiscipline technical training and professional continuing education to U.S. Air Force, international and other DOD personnel. The center is composed of four schools: the Commanders’ Professional Development School, the Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School, the Air Force Personnel Professional Development School and the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps College.

Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development

The Jeanne M. Holm Center, named in honor of the first woman in the Air Force to be appointed to the grade of brigadier general, manages and provides coordinated leadership and policy direction for the Air Force’s officer recruiting, training and commissioning programs at the Officer Training School and at Air Force ROTC detachments. About 80 percent of the officers who enter the Air Force each year come through one of these two programs. The center’s staff manages and develops curricula to train Air Force officers and directs the Air Force’s high school citizenship training program and Air Force Junior ROTC.

Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center

The Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, founded in 1946, is the premier research facility in the DOD. The center was named after the founder and first commander of Air University, Gen. Muir S. Fairchild. It houses collections that are especially strong in the fields of warfighting, aeronautics, Air Force and DOD operations, military sciences, international relations, education, leadership and management.

School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies is the U.S. Air Force graduate school for airpower strategists. For 49 weeks, students encounter a rigorous curriculum and outstanding educational and research resources to produce future senior leaders who are expert in the employment of air, space and cyberspace forces. About 45 students from the Air Force and sister services, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and international partner nations graduate annually. Unique to the DOD, students have the opportunity to earn a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy. The school is also home to the Air University Ph.D. in Military Strategy program, available to exceptionally qualified graduates.

Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education

Named in honor of the fourth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, the Thomas N. Barnes Center discharges Air University’s responsibility for the education of enlisted leaders throughout the Air Force. Since its inception in 2008, the center has been refining, adapting and deploying professional military education curricula for enlisted education in the Air Force.


Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is responsible for the life-cycle management of the Air Force’s information technology systems.

Defense Information Systems Agency

The Defense Information Systems Agency is a combat support agency of the DOD. It supports the joint warfighter, national leaders and other mission partners by providing, operating and assuring command and control, information-sharing capabilities and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure.

Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies

The Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies seeks to integrate education, research and critical thinking on unconventional weapons policies and operational practices.

Air Force Culture and Language Center

The Air Force Culture and Language Center improves the Air Force’s cross-cultural competence by creating and executing language, region and culture learning programs for airmen.

Air Force Historical Research Agency

The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository of Air Force historical documents. The agency has more than 70 million pages devoted to Air Force history, including the world’s largest organized collection of U.S. military aviation documents.

Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School

The Judge Advocate General’s School provides the highest quality education and training to judge advocates, civilian attorneys and paralegals to meet Air Force and Department of Defense requirements.

Air Force Negotiation Center of Excellence

The Negotiation Center of Excellence provides education relating to adaptive conflict management, negotiation and mediation skills.

Air Force Center for Strategic Leadership Communication

The Public Affairs Center of Excellence provides public affairs-related education and training for officer and enlisted military personnel. The center teaches joint leaders how to craft and deliver effective messages in a global information environment.


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