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Col Pettus, ACSC CommandantDear ACSC Class of 2019,

On behalf of Air Command and Staff College, welcome, and congratulations on your selection to attend the U.S. Air Force's most historicprofessional military education program. You are joined by approximately 500 fellow officers and civilian leaders who represent every branch of service, each total force component, several government agencies, and more than 60 nations. I look forward to sharing a rigorous and rewarding academic year with you and your classmates, filled with numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

I would like to share some information on program concentrations and electives that are available to you. The information below is intended to provide an initial synopsis and you will receive further details and requests to apply for programs in the upcoming months.

The Blue Horizons program is chartered by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) to provide rigorously-researched prototypes (in the form of organizational constructs, concepts of operation, and technology applications) to gain and maintain a competitive advantage for the Air Force and the nation in the year 2040. The program includes intensive academics, classified research, wargaming, and travel to answer a specific research question posed by the CSAF. The 10-month fellowship culminates with a collection of med/high-risk prototypes answering the CSAF's charge from multiple angles in the final outbrief to the CSAF. The fellowship is not an elective, but rather an alternative IDE/SDE experience in lieu of participation in AWC or ACSC. Blue Horizons faculty will send email invitations to select members of the incoming ACSC class inviting them to apply. Fellows will be selected from the available volunteers to achieve a mix of professional backgrounds best suited to answering the specific research question posed by the CSAF. Blue Horizons selects 5 Fellows from the incoming AWC class and 11 Fellows from the incoming ACSC class. Reporting and graduation dates for Blue Horizons are the same as published for ACSC. A current TS/SCI clearance is required.

Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) concentration is a selective, year-long advanced concentration specializing in developing leaders who understand the employment of multi-domain operational maneuver to counter future A2/AD threats. This concentration prepares selected students for operational and command assignments requiring cutting-edge knowledge of planning and operations. Students study and apply strategic and operational design, the joint operations planning process, reflexive control, decision making theory, and risk analysis. Additionally, students participate in exercises and wargames with Blue Horizons and Air War College's Grand Strategy Seminar. Post-graduation approximately 40% of MDOS students attend SAASS, SAMS or SAW, 10% are selected for command, and 50% receive operational-level assignments.

The Gathering of Eagles (GOE) is a year-long elective that capstones the ACSC curriculum. Each year, people who have made a significant contribution to Airpower receive invitations to a week-long event to share their personal stories of courage, perseverance, and innovation to the ACSC class and local community. GOE has been an annual event since 1982 and has honored over 450 Eagles including Neil Armstrong, Jimmy Doolittle, Bea Haydu, John Glenn, Curtis LeMay, and Chuck Yeager. Students in GOE are responsible for researching and selecting Eagles, as well as planning and executing the GOE program. Selection to the GOE team is a two-part process: a resume application followed by a faculty interview. For more information about GOE, visit www.goefoundation.org. 

The Political-Military Affairs Strategist (PAS) program is designed and executed by the Air Command and Staff College in accordance with AFI 16-109 for students identified for development in AFSC 16P. Students will hone their critical thinking abilities, habits of mind, and patterns of inquiry to become part of a cadre of Airmen with a broad and diverse range of political-military insights and skills to execute DoD and USAF missions. ACSC_PAS students are fully integrated into the student squadrons and are administratively no different from other ACSC students.  ACSC_PAS curriculum differences are explained in full during orientation week. PAS officers will normally serve in an international Political-Military Affairs assignment on their first or second post-IDE assignment.

Elective courses cover a wide range of academic subjects that are integral to the ACSC experience. While attending ACSC, you will take two or three elective courses. These are in addition to, and may not necessarily relate to the core curriculum. You will have the opportunity to choose your preferred courses as soon as you reach ACSC via an invitation to a website that hosts all of the elective syllabi and instructions for submitting your elective choices. Elective Bidding must be made by the end of Orientation Week, as some of the electives begin the second week of classes.

The AU Fellows program includes three categories: Fellow A, B and C. Students are identified as AU Fellows prior to attending ACSC. This is a two year assignment which includes one year as an AU instructor and one year attending ACSC in-residence. AU_FELLOW_A will report for instructor duty at Squadron Officer School (SOS) prior to ACSC attendance, NLT 1 Apr 18. AU_FELLOW_B will report in accordance with ACSC standard reporting instructions and will commence instructor duty at SOS or ACSC upon graduation from ACSC.  AU_Fellow_C will report in accordance with ACSC standard reporting instructions and commences instructor duty at OTS upon graduation from ACSC. A training report is accomplished during assignment to AU. Expect specific instruction and placement as AU faculty and staff upon graduation from ACSC, or prior to IDE attendance.

Instructions on how to submit an application to MDOS and GOE will follow in subsequent correspondence or at the beginning of the Academic Year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the ACSC Student Squadron Staff at acsc.21stus@us.af.mil.  Again, welcome to ACSC. I wish you all the best, and look forward to learning with you!



Your selection to attend ACSC in-residence means you are about to embark on an exciting year of study. If there are any special needs for you or your family, please contact us for assistance.

Please see the ACSC Commandant's Welcome Letter for AY19 Students



ALL students inbound to ACSC must sign-in in person to ACSC building 1402, room 2226 upon arrival. Military personnel MUST be in military uniform and are required to have all the required uniforms available upon arrival (not in storage or on a moving truck). Your leave status will stop once you sign-in. Sign-in will only be available Monday thru Friday during the dates specified in the table below.  Note, if you arrive on a holiday or AETC Family Day, you will not be charged leave for that day(s).

Reporting Dates (Sister Services refer to your service-specific reporting dates):

Initial Student Cadre

All other USAF and Civilian Students

Report Not Earlier Than



Report Not Later Than






Class Start Date



Class Graduation Date



NOTE: Only those whose PCS orders reflect "EARLY REPORTING AUTHORIZED" (ERA) can report before the Report Not Earlier Than Date (RNETD). 

The early reporting approval authority rests with the Student Squadron Commanders (21/38 STUS/CCs). Send E-mail requests, with requested arrival date desired (along with full justification, i.e., medical reasons, align with overseas DEROS, etc.) to ACSC Student Services

Requests for early reporting for strictly personal reasons will not be approved. If early reporting is approved, your Military Personnel Section (MPS) must annotate your orders accordingly. Officers authorized for early reporting will still sign in at Bldg 1402 Room 2226. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the early report, you can expect to be placed on duty status and used in various capacities throughout ACSC or elsewhere on Maxwell AFB. 

If you arrive before the RNETD and your orders do not indicate ERA, you are required to take leave until the RNETD. Please contact the Student Squadron Commanders for leave approval.

ACSC Minimum Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Requirements:

US students selected for ACSC must bring their own personal computing device.  International Officers are not required to bring their own device, although they may do so if it meets all criteria below.  Those international officers who do not bring their own device will be issued a US government computer for their use while a student at ACSC. 

Each individual is responsible for the maintenance and repair of their own personal computing device.  A limited number of Government “loaner” laptops will be available for temporary use should a student experience a catastrophic computer failure.   

The use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) from any agency outside of ACSC is strongly discouraged, as these devices may experience compatibility issues that cannot be resolved. 

Personal computing devices must meet the following standards: 

HARDWARE (do NOT bring a desktop style computer for use in the seminar rooms) 

  • Laptop or notebook with a physical keyboard  (MANDATORY)
    •  Due to extensive curriculum writing requirements, tablets that do not have a physical keyboard will NOT be useful and are NOT recommended 
  • 802.11ac or 802.11n capable wireless card (MANDATORY; included in most laptops built since 2010) 
  • CAC reader (MANDATORY) 


  • Students may bring Windows-based or Mac devices.  All devices must be running a fully licensed and activated version of the operating system.  Additionally, all operating systems must have the latest security patches applied. 
  • For Windows devices: 
    • Windows 7 or higher (MANDATORY)  
    • Windows 10 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) 
  • For Mac devices: 
    • OS X 10.13.3 (High Sierra) or higher (MANDATORY)


  • Modern web browser with the ability to run web-based applications 
    • Chrome 63 or newer (RECOMMENDED) 
    • Firefox 57 or newer 
    • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge 40 or newer 
    • Safari 10 or newer 


  • Adobe Acrobat Reader or other software capable of viewing and signing PDF files (MANDATORY)  
  • Office suite capable of processing Microsoft Office 2013 or 2016 file formats [Word, PowerPoint, Excel] (MANDATORY) 
  • Up-to-date anti-virus protection (MANDATORY) 
    • Note: For US students, anti-virus and office software are often available for purchase at a significant discount via DoD or your service’s Home Use Program (HUP).   


  • An annual certificate of completion for the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge v.4 that covers the entire academic year until graduation (MANDATORY)

Uniform Requirements:








Mess Dress

Army Mess Dress (Blue or White) Optional: Dress Blue or Dress White with Black Bow Tie

Seasonal Dinner Dress Blue Dinner Dress White

Evening Dress or Dress Blue and/or Blue/White A

Tuxedo (Black Tie) / Ladies Formal

Semi- Formal

Service Dress

Class A Army Green Service Uniform with Coat and Four-in-Hand Tie

Seasonal Service Dress Blue Service Dress White Summer White

Service A

Business Suit Skirt/Blouse Cocktail Dress


Normally short sleeve blue shirt, open collar

Class B Army Green Service Uniform (w/o coat and tie)

Service Khaki Alternate:Summer White Winter Blue Aviation Working Green

Service "B" or "C" uniform

Dress Shirt Dress Slacks

Duty Uniform

ABU/BDUs or Flight Suit*

ABU/BDUs or Flight Suit

Camouflage Utility Uniform/Flight Suit Service Khaki Shipboard Overalls

Utilities / Flight Suit


*Desert BDUs/Desert Flight Suits are NOT authorized for wear at ACSC.

**Students will be expected to wear service dress, or the equivalent uniform, for ACSC opening ceremonies (30 Jul 18).

Initial Events:

Mass in-processing will take place on 25 July 2018, at ACSC building 1402 Uniform of the day is Duty Uniform: ABU/ACU/flight suit, or casual for civilians.


Opening Ceremonies will take place on 30 July 2018, at ACSC building 1402. Uniform of the day is Semi-formal: Service Dress, Class A, Dress Blue, or business wear for civilians.

Required Documents for in-processing:


Tricare: Print and complete this Tricare Enrollment Form.

Additionally, ensure the following documents are in your possession: 

· 5 Copies of PCS orders (and amendments, if applicable)

· Copy of Narrative-Only Promotion Recommendation Form (PRF)

· Personnel Folder with signed PCS travel order

· Fitness assessment results (if completed)

· Shot Record

· Individual Flight Record, if applicable

· Two copies of non-availability statement

· Two copies of TLE lodging receipts

* The Air Force has moved away from hand-carrying medial records during a PCS; however, please bring a copy of your completed out-processing checklist, with the appropriate medical out-processing steps shown complete.

NOTE:   All school age children are required to have an Alabama ImmPRINT Card (Verification of Immunizations) by Alabama law. If you have any questions please call the Maxwell AFB Immunization Clinic at 334-953-5731 or visit the Alabama Health Department website (http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/index.html).


During this week you are considered "available for duty", unless you are on leave.  If not required for duty by the Student Squadrons (STUS), use this time to settle into the local area. Finalize housing/TMO related issues, school registration for dependents, base/area familiarization, etc. This week is not charged as leave, as long as you are in the local area. Irrespective of when you arrive during this week, you must sign-in in person at ACSC Building 1402, room 2226 for accounting purposes. Military personnel must sign-in in military uniform. 

Contact Information:

Civilian Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-9820 or DSN 493-9820

USA Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-2226 or DSN 493-2226
USMC Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-6592 or DSN 493-6592
USN Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-6153 or DSN 493-6153

PAS Advisor: Commercial (334) 953- 8886 or DSN 493- 8886

MDOS Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-3277 or DSN 493-3277

SANDS Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-2636 or DSN 493-2636

Blue Horizons Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-2985 or DSN 493-2985

ARC / ANG Advisor: Commercial (334) 953-7113 or DSN 493-7113


IMPORTANT: Navy students are required to complete the USN QUESTIONNAIRE and email it to the Naval Advisory Group.



All civilian and sister service students need to have their bachelor’s degree transcript (only one is needed) from an accredited university sent to the AU Registrar, prior to 1 Jul 18.  For more info, visit this link: AU Registrar.

All active duty Air Force officers MUST have a Narrative Only PRF and a post-ACSC ADP on-file prior to arriving (accomplished by their losing senior rater) or will need to update their Talent Marketplace (TM) preferences during the Summer 2019 VML cycle if their AFSC uses TM.  If members have questions on how to use or update TM preference, they should watch the tutorial before contacting their appropriate assignment teams at the Air Force Personnel Center.  Tutorial can be found at: https://www.afpc.af.mil/Force-Development/MyVector/


ACSC recommends you complete ALL ancillary training after 15 June 2018 so that you don’t have anything expire while you are in student status. Your student email account, for instance, will not be created without a certificate that is valid through graduation. Security Clearance Requirements: Clearance requirement is Top Secret/SSBI (Line of Air Force (LAF) ONLY).  For all other students, clearance requirement is Secret. For more information regarding ACSC policies, procedures, and programs, please read the ACSC Handbook.

Mandatory Physical Fitness Requirements: 

1. Air Force Active Duty and Active Reserve Component (ARC) Students: All Air Force Active Duty and ARC Personnel must have a current, passing AF Fitness test prior to arriving to Maxwell AFB and in-processing with ACSC. Additionally, all students will be required to take the AF fitness test per AFI 36-2905 while assigned to ACSC during the student year.

2. Sister Service, Civilian and International Officer Personnel assigned to ACSC are not subject to Air Force Instruction 36-2905 Fitness Program. Instead, they must meet the standards of their respective services. The respective sister service advisors monitor maintenance of these standards.



Once you sign a rental agreement or purchase a home, you are not authorized PTDY any longer. If you did not take PTDY for house hunting prior to departing PCS from your current duty station, and have not found a place to live, you may request up to 10 days PTDY for this purpose. If applicable, you may arrive up to 10 days earlier than your RNETD. This must be approved in advance with the STUS and your losing unit and your RNETD changed (see paragraph on requesting ERA).



Maxwell Family Housing is managed by Hunt Companies, a national real estate services leader that has been providing Service Members and their families with expertly designed homes, fully developed communities, and exceptional management services, for over 40 years.  Families may live on either Maxwell AFB or Gunter Annex, depending on availability.

Website:  http://www.maxwellfamilyhousing.com/
Main Office Phone:  (888) 666-2652
Housing Management Office (government): (334) 953-5718

The majority of families that PCS to Maxwell AFB for ACSC reside in two regions- East Montgomery/Pike Road and Prattville.  However, with large investment in improving the city center- both residentially and commercially, an increasing number of singles/geo-bachelors live in downtown Montgomery.  We encourage you to utilize the wide array of internet housing resources available to you.

Automated Housing Referral Network (www.ahrn.com)

Military By Owner (www.militarybyowner.com)

Zillow (www.zillow.com)


Off-Base Housing - To see Houses for Rent or Sale in the local area, please visit the Automated Housing Referral Network (www.ahrn.comor Military By Owner (www.militarybyowner.com). Be advised: housing fills up quickly and there are waiting lists for some of the prime apartment buildings. Plan ahead.

The greater Montgomery area provides a variety of options for schools, both public and private.  Maxwell AFB has a DODDS K-8 school for on-base residents of Maxwell and Gunter.  We encourage you to contact the Maxwell AFB School Liaison Officer for questions on the local schools:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/schoolliaisonmaxwell/
Email:  randy.stokes.2@us.af.mil   Phone:  (334) 953-3799


Maxwell Elementary-Middle School (MEMS):  https://www.dodea.edu/MaxwellAFBEMS/about.cfm

Montgomery Public Schools (includes magnet schools):  http://www.mps.k12.al.us/
Autauga County Public Schools (Prattville/Marbury):  http://www.acboe.net/
Elmore County Public Schools (Holtville/Millbrook/Wetumpka): http://www.elmoreco.com/
Pike Road Schools: http://www.pikeroadschools.org/


Alabama Christian Academy:  http://www.alabamachristian.org/
Eastwood Christian School:  http://eastwoodschool.org/
Macon East Academy:  https://maconeast.net/
The Montgomery Academy:  https://www.montgomeryacademy.org/
Montgomery Catholic:  https://www.montgomerycatholic.org/
Prattville Christian Academy:  http://prattvillechristianacademy.org/
Trinity Presbyterian School:  http://www.trinitywildcats.com

FAMCAMP Families - Be advised that dependents of personnel living in the FAMCAMP are NOT authorized to attend Maxwell DoD Elementary and Middle School.




· September -- Labor Day (pass)

· October -- Columbus Day (pass)      

· November -- Veterans Day (pass)

· November -- Thanksgiving Break (pass)

· Dates TBD -- Winter Break (leave if out of area)

· January -- Martin Luther King Day (pass)

· February -- President's Day (pass)    

· May -- Memorial Day (pass)


Over the course of the Academic Year, students will have an opportunity to take leave during designated periods.  Do not plan to take leave in August or September to burn “use/lose” days.  Passes will only be granted in accordance with AFI 36-3003 (Chap 5), AETC guidance, and your STUS/CC approval.  Read the Pass Policy and do not make irrevocable leave or pass plans without getting STUS/CC approval.




If you desire a BAH waiver you are required to apply through your Military Personnel Section (MPS) prior to receiving Permanent Change of Station orders. Personnel must meet the criteria outlined in SAF/MR's policy letter dated 4 Mar 02: 1) Must be departing PCS for 12 months or less to attend PME, Technical Training, or Career Education Program; and 2) Must agree to limited PCS entitlements to include only personal/professional shipment equivalent to unaccompanied hold baggage and without-dependent rate dislocation allowance, temporary lodging expense, and per diem.

MPSs are required to verify member's eligibility and assist member in filling out the required waiver statement. The rationale behind this policy waiver is to provide the family stability for the duration of the short PCS assignment; therefore, the member must not relocate their family.

If the member will receive a higher BAH rate at his/her gaining location, he/she does not need to apply for a BAH waiver. They will automatically receive the higher BAH rate established for their new duty location

SAF/MR Policy Letter     JFTR Waiver Letter     BAH Waiver Letter     ACSC Minimum Bring Your Own Device Requirements

Information for AF Reservist and ANG

Outprocessing From Home Unit

Ensure you have points of contact within the personnel and finance sections at home station (for unit guard and reservists and at ARPC and your reserve pay office for IMAs) prior to departing. This will ease working any personnel or pay issues while attending school.

All attempts should be made to complete your security classification prior to departing home station.

A Top Secret/SCI Access Clearance is required of all US military members and should be obtained prior to leaving your home station.


Air Reserve Component (ARC) personnel selected for school who decide to bring their families should ensure the following information is included in the Remarks section of your PCS orders to be properly reimbursed for dependent travel upon arriving at Maxwell. Failure to do so will result in delays for reimbursement while awaiting amendments to your orders from your home unit or ARPC.

Spouse's name and date of marriage (DOM)

Children's name(s) and date of birth (DOB)

Ensure that your orders indicate that Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is authorized. Check with your servicing Military Pay Office prior to departing for Maxwell to determine if you will receive the entitlement.

Reserve regulations state you may report to a formal school up to 5 working days (7 if a weekend is included) prior to class date. Since ACSC normally starts midweek, the latter applies. Your orders should properly identify this along with the appropriate travel time to Maxwell from your home station.

Check with the ACSC Guard or Reserve POC to determine if there will be a separate orientation for Guard or Reserve that begins before ACSC starts so that your orders are properly prepared.

For Reserve members, your orders "Release Date" (Block 15) should include all the leave time you will accumulate during the academic year. You will not have time to take much leave during the school year and will probably want to use your leave after graduation. For Guard personnel, check with AU/CCG on this issue.


An OPR (or LOE, if applicable) must be completed at home station before departing for ACSC. This OPR or LOE must have a closeout date prior to the start date of ACSC. This will prevent performance dates from overlapping on the Training Report that is completed, at the end of the school year, on each Reservist.


The only records Unit Reservists should hand carry to ACSC are Medical and Dental records.

For IMAs: All your paperwork is handled through ARPC, to include Personnel and Medical Records. It is a good idea to bring a copy of your medical and dental records with you. If you will be applying for a job after ACSC, it may require a current physical and bringing your old physical can speed things along.

Everyone should bring: Prop and Wing

SGLI Paperwork (or copies of current info)

Copy of Form 93 (Emergency Data Locator)

Copy of latest OPR (see note above)

Copy of current, passing AF Fitness Test results from your UFPM or off the AF Portal (AFFMS site)

Do not bring:

Flight Records Flight Evaluation Folders. Double check your Aviation Service Code, it should be an "L." This waives all flying requirements except the annual flight physical while attending school. Flight Evaluation Folders should also remain at home station. Do not bring flight gear to school.

Ancillary records are not required while attending ACSC.


As stated above, ARC personnel are required to meet all active duty physical standards in accordance with AFI 36-2905 while attending ACSC. Bring a copy of your current, passing AF Fitness Test paperwork provided by your UFPM or printed off AFFMS linked from the AF Portal.


Identifying yourself as Guard or Reserve will speed your in-processing as many of the stops will not pertain to you. Your first stop will be the Reserve/Guard check-in. Bring all items mentioned in the In-Processing Checklist shown in this booklet, minus the records previously mentioned.

Air Reserve Technicians (ARTs: If you are an ART and attending ACSC in civilian status, do not process through the line in military uniform. This will only confuse the MPF folks. Process through the line in civilian clothes to avoid any confusion. AU/RP will send additional, detailed instructions to incoming Reserve Component students.

ARC students meeting their O5 board during the academic year identify upon in-processing so ACSC Staff & Guard/Reserve Advisors can track/support accordingly.


Guard and Reserve personnel are encouraged to apply for SAASS.

Reserve personnel should consult the Reserve Developmental Education Review Board page on the ARPC website for the current procedures and submission timeline.

If you are interested in applying for SAASS let your commander know before you leave to help speed things along.

For Reserve questions about orders, contact ACSC/CAG at commercial (334) 953-3060 (DSN prefix 493). For Guard questions contact AU/CAR at commercial (334) 953-7113 (DSN prefix 493).

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