Air University

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Air University
Air University
55 LeMay Plaza South,
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Phone: (334) 953-5262

Air University, with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., is a key component of Air Education and Training Command, and is the Air Force's center for professional military education.

As the intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force, Air University provides dynamic comprehensive education to prepare graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space, and cyberspace power at all levels.

Air University provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to all levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel throughout their careers. AU's professional military education programs educate Airmen on the capabilities of air, space and cyberspace power and its role in national security. These programs focus on the knowledge and abilities needed to develop, employ, command, and support air and space power at the highest levels. Specialized professional continuing educational programs provide scientific, technological, managerial and other professional expertise to meet the needs of the Air Force. Air University conducts research in air and space power, education, leadership and management. The university also provides citizenship programs and contributes to the development and testing of Air Force doctrine, concepts and strategy.


The intellectual and leadership center of the Air Force. We produce the future.

Air University's primary operating locations are concentrated on three main installations. Most AU programs are at Maxwell AFB in northwest Montgomery, Ala.; some are across town at Maxwell's Gunter Annex; and one is located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Although AU draws students from throughout the Department of Defense and from the military forces of other nations, its mission is more easily described in terms of the two main groups: U.S. Air Force officers and enlisted members.


Air University institutions include the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education; Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Civilian Development; Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education; Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education; Air Force Research Institute; Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development; and several other support organizations. AU also supports Civil Air Patrol U.S. Air Force, which is a part of the Holm Center. The Air Force Institute of Technology is located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The 42nd Air Base Wing provides support for the AU organizations on Maxwell-Gunter and serves as AUs host organization.


Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education

The center is named in honor of the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. Each school within the Spaatz Center prepares officers from second lieutenant to colonel in the full spectrum of officer professional military education. The Spaatz Center is responsible for directing, integrating, synchronizing and supporting a continuum of officer PME, research and outreach that produces leaders for the warfighter who effectively articulate, advocate and employ air, space and cyberspace power in a joint and multinational environment.
Squadron Officer College

Squadron Officer College is Air University's college for the early development of future air, space and cyberspace leaders. Combined under SOC are the Air and Space Basic Course for second lieutenants and Squadron Officer School for captains. Together, these two schools prepare young officers for the challenges of the future and the expeditionary culture.
Air and Space Basic Course

For newly commissioned lieutenants, this six-week course includes modules of study ranging from core competencies including air, space and cyberspace power employment and doctrine to expeditionary skills and combatives training. Up to 3,600 students attend the course annually. The mission of the Air and Space Basic Course is to inspire new USAF officers to comprehend their roles as Airmen who understand and live by USAF core values, can articulate and advocate what Air, Space, and Cyberspace power brings to the fight, and are dedicated as warriors in the worlds most respected Air, Space, and Cyberspace Force
Squadron Officer School

This five-week course for captains with 4-7 years of experience graduates more than 3,000 officers annually. It emphasizes leadership and air, space and cyberspace power. While at SOS, officers step out of their specialties and broaden their focus on essential leadership competencies, as well as officership, leadership, problem solving, core values and the Air Force as an institution in the profession of arms. SOS provides students with an opportunity to see how their leadership skills influence team success and to also experience followership in support of other student leaders.
Air Command and Staff College

A 40-week course, ACSC educates majors and civilian equivalents in areas related to critical thinking and effective communication. ACSC focuses on air, space and cyberspace education and preparing the world's best joint strategic leaders. Students are educated on the profession of arms, air power history, international security, the requisites of command, the nature of war and the application of air, space and cyberspace power at the operational level of war through nine major courses. More than 480 students graduate annually and 11,000 students enroll in its distance learning program.
School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

SAASS is the U.S. Air Force graduate school for air, space and cyberspace power strategists. For 11 months, students encounter a challenging curriculum and outstanding educational and research resources to produce senior military leaders who are experts in the employment of air, space and cyberspace forces. Only a select 60 students from the Air Force and sister services, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and international students graduate from SAASS annually.
Air War College

AWC is the senior school in the Air Force professional military education system. This 44-week course for lieutenant colonels develops senior leaders for strategic-level employment of air, space and cyberspace forces. The curriculum emphasizes coalition war fighting and national security. Approximately 250 students graduate annually and 4,500 students enroll in distance learning. The course includes seminars, simulation exercises, electives, international travel and a national security symposium.
International Officers School

This seven-week course provides international officers an enhanced understanding of the United States and prepares them to attend Air War College, Air Command and Staff College or Squadron Officer School. Courses aid the international students with oral and written English to help them comprehend materials used in Air University classes. Through the Alabama Goodwill Ambassadors, a civilian sponsorship program, the international students are introduced to political, military and socioeconomic aspects of American culture.

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence respond to Air Force requirements for competence in novel or specialized areas of knowledge and practice. As directed by Air Force senior leaders, they provide focused research, lessons-learned, education, outreach and support. Centers service the needs of Airmen, leaders and the Air Force organizations responsible for policy, doctrine, training and specialized military roles. They offer conceptual depth to sponsors and enable the institutional Air Force to operationalize cutting-edge knowledge in emerging fields. The Centers of Excellence are the Public Affairs Center of Excellence; Air Force Culture and Language Center; Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology; Air Force Counter Proliferation Center; National Space Studies Center; and the Cyberspace and Information Operations Study Center.

Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development

The center is named in honor of the first woman in the Air Force to be appointed to the grade of brigadier general. The Holm Center provides coordinated leadership and policy direction for the Air Force's officer recruiting, training and commissioning programs at the Air Force Officer Training School and at Air Force ROTC detachments at 144 universities. About 80 percent of the officers who enter the Air Force each year come through one of these two programs. The centers staff also manages, supports and develops curriculum to train tomorrow's Air Force officers. The Holm Center also directs the Air Force's high school citizenship training program Air Force Junior ROTC and is home to Civil Air Patrol-USAF.

Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps

Air Force ROTC is the largest source of commissioned officers for the Air Force, offering a 2- or 4-year commissioning program for college students. The ROTC program commissions approximately 1,800 second lieutenants annually.
Officer Training School

OTS provides two training programs: Basic Officer Training and Commissioned Officer Training. BOT, a 12-week course, prepares college graduates and qualified enlisted members for the professional and physical requirements of service as Air Force officers. COT, a five-week course, provides military training and leadership development for health professionals, judge advocates and chaplains that receive direct commissions in the Air Force. OTS is considered the flexible commissioning partner for the Air Force because it has the capability to quickly increase or decrease annual officer production. OTS produces about 1,600 commissioned officers annually.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

Air Force Junior ROTC provides citizenship training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Air Force Junior ROTC participants do not incur any obligation to the Air Force. There are more than 870 Air Force Junior ROTC units with over 100,000 cadets in high schools across the United States and at selected Department of Defense dependent schools in Europe, the Pacific and U.S. territories.
Civil Air Patrol-U.S. Air Force

An active duty unit, CAP-USAF is collocated with the CAP National Headquarters and provides Air Force support, liaison and oversight of CAP. The CAP-USAF staff directs more than 350 members at more than 45 detachments nationwide. The liaison staff provides advice and assistance to CAPs full-time corporate staff. CAPs members manage all aspects of their day-to-day operations. The CAP program has more than 60,000 members in 52 wings, one in each state, as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. CAP units also exist at several American installations overseas.

Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education

The center is named in the honor of the fourth chief master sergeant of the Air Force. The center discharges Air University's responsibility for the education of enlisted leaders throughout the Air Force. Since its inception in 1993 as the College for Enlisted Professional Military Education, the Barnes Center has been refining, adapting and deploying PME curriculum for enlisted education in the Air Force. It now serves as the umbrella organization for all continental U.S. Air Force NCO Academies as well as the organizations listed below.

Community College of the Air Force

CCAF serves the educational needs of the Air Force enlisted community by offering associate in applied science degrees and other credentialing programs that enhance mission readiness, contribute to recruiting, assist in retention and support the career transitions of enlisted Airmen. The college is the only federally chartered institution in the United States that awards college degrees solely to USAF enlisted personnel. CCAF is accredited by the Commission of College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
USAF First Sergeant Academy

The academy provides education and training to select senior noncommissioned officers to develop first sergeants who may go on as future senior enlisted Air Force leaders. Approximately 120 students graduate annually.
Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute

AFEHRI is dedicated to preserving the heritage and tradition of the enlisted corps of the Air Force and U.S. Army Aeronautical Division, Air Service, Air Corps and Air Forces in the development of air power to defend the United States. The Institute achieves this by featuring artifacts, art collections, pictorial exhibits, written and oral documentation, audiovisuals, equipment and selected aircraft parts. Additionally, students use the in-house and on-line research capabilities to enhance learning and complete enlisted heritage research projects.
Air Force Senior NCO Academy

The academy provides senior noncommissioned officers with current and military education in areas of advanced leadership and management. The program is for senior noncommissioned officers from across the Department of Defense and select senior enlisted members from allied nations.

Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education

The center is named in honor of the fifth chief of staff of the Air Force. The center leads the development of operational-level doctrine and establishes the Air Force's position in joint and multinational doctrine. It also develops, examines and teaches through war games the concepts of air, space and cyberspace power doctrine and strategy. It is the hub for air, space and cyberspace doctrine development, warfighting education and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance education. The LeMay Center also provides analysis and assessments of future threat scenarios in support of educational objectives. Each year, the center coordinates, designs and executes wargames that include tactical and strategic-level warfare supporting the development of joint theater-level campaign wargames.

Air Force Research Institute

AFRI 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 and the leading forum for worldwide air, space and cyberspace power thought. Researchers at AFRI conduct independent studies of importance to Air Force leaders. Also part of AFRI is Air University Press, which provides professional publishing services in support of the research and writing programs of Air University and other Air Force agencies. AFRI also hosts Air University Research Boards and Air University Research Information System.

Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development

The center was named in honor of General Ira C. Eaker to recognize his significant contributions to the Air Force and the continuing professional development of its members. Eaker Center supports the U.S. Air Force mission by providing world-class technical training and professional continuing education to U.S. Air Force, international and other Department of Defense personnel. The college is composed of three schools: Commanders' Professional Development School; Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School; and Air Force Human Resource Management School.

Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center

The Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, founded in 1946, is the premier research facility in the Department of Defense. The center was named after the founder and first commander of Air University, Gen. Muir S. Fairchild. It houses well-balanced collections especially strong in the fields of warfighting, aeronautics, Air Force and DOD operations, military sciences, international relations, education, leadership and management. The library holds more than 2.6 million items: 530,000 military documents; over 429,000 monographs and bound periodical volumes; 433,000 maps and charts; 150,000 current regulations/manuals; and more than 909,000 microforms. The centers branch library at the U.S. Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy provides tailored information collections and services for senior NCO professional military education.

Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, provides defense-focused graduate and continuing education, research and consultation to improve Air Force and joint operational capability. It is comprises of four schools (listed below) and Centers of Excellence: Rapid Production Development; Advanced Navigation Technology Center; Directed Energy, Cyberspace Research, Measurement and Signature Intelligence Studies and Research; and Operational Analysis.

Graduate School of Engineering and Management

The school engages in research activities that enable the Air Force to maintain its scientific and technological dominance. The school's mission reflects its focus on preparing students with the skills required to maintain the world's best Air Force, with the recognition of research as a critical element in quality graduate education.
Air Force Center for Systems Engineering

The center shapes the future of systems engineering in the Air Force and Department of Defense to improve the ability to deliver warfighting capabilities. The school conceptualizes new processes, practices, tools and resources for the systems engineering workforce through research, education and consultation.
School of Systems and Logistics

The school provides premier systems and logistics education, service and research that creates and sustains operational capabilities of air, space and cyberspace forces.
Civil Engineering and Services School

The school develops and delivers civil engineer, environmental and services professional continuing education and provides consultation in support of air, space and cyberspace forces.

Academic Support Services

The Air University resident and distance education programs receive academic support from such organization as AU Registrar, AU Library, AU Press, AU Television, Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute and AU Bookstore.

Air University Library

The premier library in the Department of Defense, the AU Library houses especially strong collections in the fields of warfighting, aeronautics, Air Force and DOD operations, military sciences, international relations, education, leadership and management. Bearing the name of Gen. Muir S. Fairchild, the founder and first commander of AU, the library serves as the focal point of faculty and student research, holding more than 2.9 million items.


The Wright Brothers established the first U.S. civilian flying school in Montgomery, Ala., in 1910. By the 1920s, Montgomery became an important link in the growing system of aerial mail service. In the early 1930s, the Army Air Corps Tactical School moved to Maxwell and Montgomery became the country's intellectual center for airpower education.

Air University, established in 1946, continues the proud tradition of educating tomorrow's planners and leaders, in air, space and cyberspace power for the Air Force, other 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.

Contact Information
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6335
Phone: (334) 953-2014
Fax: (334) 953-3379
E-mail: HQ AU/PA

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26 December 2010 17:31