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Air University



Air University
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


Air University, headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, is a major component of Air Education and Training Command and is the Air Force's center for professional military education. Air University provides a comprehensive Air Force education by preparing graduates to develop, employ, command, and research air, space, and cyberspace power.

Air University provides the full spectrum of a military college education, from pre-commissioning to all levels of professional military education, including degree granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel. The majority of commissioned officers who attend the professional schools of Air University possess academic degrees from civilian institutions. Graduates receive a Master of Power Art and Science degree upon completion of 11 months of course work, production of a formal thesis, and successful completion of comprehensive examinations.

The university operates on three primary locations. Most programs are at Maxwell Air Force Base in northwest Montgomery, some are across town at Maxwell's Gunter Annex, and one is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. Its schools include the College for Enlisted Professional Military Education, Squadron Officer College, Air Command and Staff College, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air War College, and several others.

Quick Facts

  • Air University, established in 1946, can trace its roots to the first U.S. civilian flying school established by the Wright Brothers in Montgomery in 1910.

  • The Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy graduates more than 1,800 officers each year.

  • The Community College of the Air Force is the only degree-granting institution of higher learning in the world dedicated exclusively to enlisted personnel.

  • Air University's library contains more than 2.9 million items in fields such as warfighting, aeronautics, military sciences, and international relations.


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