Air University / Maxwell AFB News

  • Squadron Officer School goes virtual with VIR-remote coursework during pandemic

    In today’s pandemic world, using remote, virtual connections via computer technology is fast becoming the norm at an ever-growing number of colleges and universities. Recently joining that new norm is the latest class at Air University’s Squadron Officer School, which started teaching its students virtual in-residence-remote on July 9.
  • Air University SOS students breaking down barriers for female Airmen

    Special Agent Alexandra Garced doesn’t have a need to wear it yet, but she knows of other female Airmen who avoid wearing the maternity service dress uniform at all costs.The reasons for the avoidance, said the Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, is that they say the uniform is “uncomfortable, not fashionable, don’t feel comfortable
  • The ‘Top 3’ chatting with the ‘O-3s’

    The Polifka Auditorium, capable of seating 1,100 people, was just shy of being filled to capacity when all of Air University’s Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy visited Squadron Officer School for a full day of mentorship and open-communication Jan. 30, 2020, at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • SOS expands senior mentor program, advances squadron revitalization efforts

    Squadron Officer School is tapping into the rich and deep pool of experience around the Air University campus to enhance the leadership education and personal growth of the next generation of leaders.What was up until recently an academic requirement giving senior leaders less than two hours to share with students their perspectives on decades of
  • Airmen support local community in honoring Alabama veterans

    Airmen from Air University's Squadron Officer School traveled to the Alabama National Cemetery to help the local community honor the state's fallen veterans as a part of Wreaths Across America, Dec. 14, 2018, in Montevallo, Alabama. Wreaths Across America is a national organization that through the donations from sponsors, ships holiday wreaths to cemeteries from across the country to place on the graves of our nation’s heroes. The Airmen worked alongside other civilian volunteers and the Alabama National Cemetery Support Committee to unload and sort over 600 boxes of wreaths that were later distributed to various locations in the cemetery for the ceremony that Saturday.
  • Virtual Reality around the Circle: Squadron Officer School

    The idea of virtual reality has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that it became mainstream technology. Air University’s Squadron Officer School is the first school around the circle that has integrated the use of virtual reality into their curriculum. SOS provides leadership development for Air Force captains during a six and a half week course, which now includes the use of virtual and mixed reality. The SOS Learning Sciences and Technology Studio offers multiple virtual reality programs as part of their Immersive Learning Experiences, and their newest program is the Mixed Reality Learning Experience or MRLx.
  • SOS student partners with MGMWERX to promote innovation, entrepreneurship

    A student from Air University’s Squadron Officer School partnered with MGMWERX Oct. 24, 2018, to share with Airmen and members of the community on how she kick-started her own business outside of the military. Capt. Samantha Snabes is a member of the Air National Guard and a recent SOS graduate, but in her civilian capacity she is the CEO of a company she co-founded.
  • Air University campus hosts open house

    The Squadron Officer College opened its doors to Air University students, faculty and alumni, Dec. 8, 2017. The open house was an opportunity for SOC to share how it is transforming education for students, and for a chance to meet with AU faculty and staff.“This is an opportunity for AU faculty exchange ideas, socialize, network, and hear directly
  • Former Maxwell Airman creates lasting ties with local community

    Squadron Officer College alumni demonstrated just how lasting the ties between Air University and the local community can be. Lt. Col. Paul Cancino, 82nd Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, traveled all the way from his current duty station, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, to support and say hello to old friends. Back in 2010 was the first