/ Published June 01, 2018
AU’s professional military education (PME) programs educate Airmen to leverage air, space, and cyberspace power to achieve national security objectives. Specialized professional continuing educational programs provide scientific, technological, managerial, and other professional expertise to meet the needs of the Air Force. AU also conducts research on the evolving security environment; emerging threats; future uses for air, space, and cyberspace power; working in joint and coalition teams and multicultural environments; education; military leadership; management; and other topics that inform senior Air Force leaders and contribute to curriculum development. The university is engaged in community and public service, offering two citizenship programs: Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and Civil Air Patrol–USAF.
History. The Wright brothers established the first US civilian flying school in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1910. By the 1920s, Montgomery was an important link in the growing system of aerial mail service. In the early 1930s, the Army Air Corps Tactical School (ACTS) moved to Montgomery, establishing Maxwell Field as 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 and space power for the Air Force, other branches of the US armed forces, federal government civilians, and many international organizations. AU’s current worldwide reach enriches the careers of every Air Force member.
Organizational Structure. The university’s primary operating locations are concentrated on four main military installations. AU’s officer and enlisted PME and officer accessions programs are offered in residence at Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex in northwest Montgomery, Alabama. Our distance-learning PME programs are also developed and maintained by the Maxwell–Gunter campus faculty. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), AU’s college of engineering, science, and technology, is located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; the Air Force Test Pilot School (USAF TPS) campus operates at Edwards AFB, California; and our enlisted medical associate’s degree programs are offered at the joint-service Medical Education and Training Center at Sheppard AFB, Texas. AU strives for diversity, drawing students from all service components of the Department of Defense (DOD), other US government security agencies, and foreign military services from 80 plus nations each year. Air University organizations include the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development, Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education, Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, USAF Center for Strategy and Technology, Air Force Research Institute (AFRI), AFIT, USAF TPS, and several support organizations. The 42nd Air Base Wing, AU’s host organization, manages facility infrastructure, safety, housing, and local area network systems, as well as providing many services that contribute to the quality of student life on campus.
Accreditation and Degree-Granting Authority
As a federal organization, the US Congress has authorized AU to award degrees appropriate to its mission. AU is a Level V degree-granting institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
AFIT is separately accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). AFIT maintains a separate official catalog and monitors compliance with HLC requirements for accreditation.
In addition to institutional accreditation, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredits selected programs within the AFIT Graduate School of Engineering and Management.
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6335