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Brick Plaza

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Ring of Honor

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

WWI

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

WWI

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

WWII Europe

Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Vosler

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Berlin Airlift

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Bullard

Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Wayne Fisk

Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Turrett
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Gunners Alley
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

Wall of Achievers
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

POW Cell
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Hanoi Hilton
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

Hanoi Hilton
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Vietnam
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

Khobar Towers
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

CMSAF
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

CMSAF Wall
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

CMSAF Uniforms
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Order of the Sword
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Air Force One China
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

EOD
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

C-130
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

RPA
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Chapman
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Jacobson
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Demo Teams
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Enlisted Aids
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Behind the Red Line
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Featuring Exhibits from those work centers that work on the other side of the Red Line

Alabama Room
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

Henry "Red" Erwin
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

Memorial Park
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

AC-47
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A replica of the plane that John Levitow performed his Medal of Honor action.

AC-47
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

First Sergeant Monument
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Flying Sergeants
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Lima Site 85
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute. (U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)

Truck
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Truck
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

AF Cross Walkway
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall
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Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

Bricks
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Maxwell AFB, Ala. Gunter Annex - Photos of exhibits at the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (US Air Force photo by Cassandra Cornwell)

The Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (AFEHRI) was established 23 May 1997 and is currently a component of the Barnes Center. It is comprised of a director, a curator, a noncommissioned officer in charge of the AFEHRI operations, and an information technology and administration technician. The AFEHRI’s mission is to educate and motivate visitors by researching, preserving, and showcasing to the world our Air Force enlisted history, heritage, and their resulting contributions to air power. The AFEHRI answers monthly information requests from as high as the secretary of defense down to the lowest ranking Airman. The AFEHRI is responsible for writing both the history and heritage chapters of the Professional Development Guide (PDG) that all testing-eligible Airmen study for promotion, and contributes heavily to the Airman’s Hand Book. Support is also provided to students in all facets of enlisted PME. It also provides secondary student support to the USAF First Sergeant Academy, as well as to the Officer Training School (OTS), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Air War College (AWC), the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the Junior ROTC (JROTC), etc.

The institute is comprised of two elements. The research and archives element consists of a research center, archives storage, and a student computer lab. The heritage center element consists of the Enlisted Heritage Hall, with many student-teaching exhibits. A city and state tourist attraction, it is also serves as a military museum to civilian visitors. The AFEHRI preserves the rich and dramatic heritage and tradition of the USAF enlisted corps and its antecedents—Aeronautical Division, Army Air Service; Army Air Corps; and Army Air Forces—in the development of airpower to defend the United States. The AFEHRI achieves its mission by featuring artifacts, art collections, pictorial exhibits, written and oral documentation, audiovisuals, equipment, and selected aircraft parts. Additionally, students use the in-house and online research capabilities to enhance learning and complete enlisted heritage research projects. A significant archival holding is also available, and efforts are systematically made to ensure its growth and availability to researchers and the public.

 
550 McDonald Street, Bldg 1210
Maxwell-Gunter AFB AL 36114-3107

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After hours and weekends available by appointment

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