ACSC Commandant Welcomes Class of 2025

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ACSC Commandant Welcomes Class of 2025

ACSC Class of 2025,Col Matthew O. Berry, Commandant

Congratulations on your selection to attend Air Command and Staff College! The faculty of this renowned institution works tirelessly to educate and develop commanders, staff officers, and airpower leaders who solve problems at the operational level of war. While here, you will engage in 10 months of professional military education designed around rigorous academics, and personal and professional developmental opportunities. This is a major career milestone that affords you the opportunity to grow as an officer and leader in the profession of arms. During your ACSC experience, you will be afforded the opportunity to strengthen your professional network, learn from our expert faculty, widen the aperture of your operational air and space dominance lens, and prepare for the near-term challenges ahead.

ACSC prides itself in the expertise of our outstanding faculty. ACSC 25 has integrated contemporary war-fighting themes like great power competition, joint all domain operations, multi-capable Airmen, and agile combat employment throughout our curriculum to encourage discussion amongst our students that contribute to deterring or winning the next war.

ACSC is also an opportunity for you to re-visit old friendships and make new ones.  We encourage you to take the initiative to engage in conversations with your ACSC classmates and fully immerse yourself with other career fields, nationalities, and walks of life. Your classmates will include the best officers from across the DoD and 60+ countries around the world, as well as civilian professionals from the DoD and other federal agencies. These service, joint, whole of government, and allies and partner nation relationships create a distinct operational advantage and promote interoperability.

The vast majority of ACSC graduates will depart Maxwell AFB for high-visibility staff assignments or command. Those jobs will require you to consume large volumes of information, think critically and creatively, and communicate thoughts to your boss both verbally and in writing. To that end, ACSC academics are unapologetically demanding. You will engage with material covering the theory of war, airpower history and application, international security, leadership, and joint planning while linking these to the contemporary security environment. The coursework will challenge you and is intended to prepare you for what lies ahead. The wisdom you gain here at ACSC will be essential in your upcoming assignments.

My staff and faculty are dedicated to preparing you to thrive in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment. To find out more about the academics, student life, inbound info, and the local community, please visit our website and look for the Academic Year 2025 (AY25) information at

Matthew O. Berry, Colonel, USAF