Air University
Air University

Air University

Air University, with headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree-granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted members, and civilians throughout their careers. AU, which is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, conducts courses both in-residence and via distance learning.

AU has responsibility for the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development. The Holm Center Commander provides direction for two of the Air Force's three commissioning programs – the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Training School. AFROTC commissions about 1,700 officers annually through programs located at 145 detachments at colleges and universities across the country.

Officer Training School is located at Maxwell, and provides basic officer training, a nine-week program designed to commission about 500-700 new second lieutenants annually. OTS also conducts a five-week commissioned officer training program for about 1,300 new judge advocates, chaplains, and medical officers each year. Additionally, the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science detachment at OTS commissions about 400 officers annually.

AU's officer PME schools, overseen by the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, prepare students from the Air Force, its sister services and allied nations for more responsible positions as they progress through their careers. Emphasis in these programs includes leadership, military doctrine, and air and space power.

Squadron Officer College is the Air Force's center for company grade officer professional development.

SOC's Squadron Officer School has an eight-week in-residence course that delivers primary developmental education for captains from U.S. and allied militaries and civilian equivalents. Approximately 3,000 students attend the in-residence course, with 11,000 enrolled in SOS via distance learning.

Air Command and Staff College is the Air Force's intermediate officer PME school preparing field grade officers of all U.S. services (primarily majors), international officers, and U.S. civilians to assume positions of higher responsibility within the military and government arenas. Geared toward teaching the skills necessary for air and space operations in support of a joint campaign, as well as leadership and command, the course focuses on shaping and molding tomorrow's leaders and commanders. Nearly 500 students attend the annual 40-week in-residence course, while about 9,000 are enrolled via distance learning.

Air War College is the senior school in the Air Force PME system preparing officers from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (primarily lieutenant colonels), international officers, and civilians of equivalent rank from U.S. government agencies to serve as strategic national security leaders. About 250 students attend the 44-week in-residence course, while about 4,500 are enrolled via distance learning.

The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies is a 50-week, follow-on school for selected graduates of intermediate-level Department of Defense professional military education schools. SAASS creates warrior-scholars with a superior ability to develop, evaluate, and employ airpower with the complex environment of modern war. Upon completion of all requirements and with faculty recommendation, graduates receive a master of philosophy degree in military strategy.

The Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education is responsible for the instructional programs and faculty development for all Air Force enlisted PME programs. This includes Airman Leadership Schools, Noncommissioned Officer Academies, the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, and the Air Force First Sergeant Academy.

Airman Leadership Schools prepare those in the rank of senior airman to be professional, warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams in the employment of air, space and cyberspace power.

Noncommissioned and Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academies provide professional military education to noncommissioned officers for positions of greater responsibility by broadening their leadership and supervisory skills and expanding their perspective of the military profession.

The Community College of the Air Force offers and awards job-related associate in applied science degrees and other academic credentials that enhance mission readiness, contribute to recruiting, assist in retention, and support the career transitions of Air Force enlisted members. Air Force enlisted members are automatically enrolled in the CCAF and begin earning college credit during basic military training.

The mission of AU's Air Force Institute of Technology, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is to advance airpower for the nation, its partners, and the US Armed Forces by providing relevant defense-focused technical graduate and continuing education, research and consultation.

The Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development provides world-class, multi-discipline technical training and professional continuing education to Air Force and other Department of Defense personnel, as well as international students. Its five schools include: the Commanders' Professional Development School; the Air Force Chaplain Corps College; the Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School; the U.S. Air Force Personnel Professional Development School; and the National Security Space Institute.

The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education develops and publishes Air Force doctrine, teaches doctrine through in-residence and distance learning courses, and advocates airpower through visionary wargaming. The LeMay Center assists in the development, analysis, and wargaming of the concepts, doctrine, and strategy of air and space power. It also educates Air Force and joint communities on warfighting at the operational and strategic levels through research, wargaming and military education courses. The college prepares flag officers from all military services for leadership positions in the joint warfighting environment.

AU's Air Force Research Institute conducts independent research, outreach, and engagement to enhance national security and assure the effectiveness of the US Air Force. AFRI has three divisions. A team of research professors conducts studies on airpower and national security for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other senior leaders within the Defense Department. The Air University Press conducts outreach by producing the world's finest publications about airpower and national security, including the Air and Space Power Journal and the Strategic Studies Quarterly. AFRI also has a division devoted to engagement, creating the necessary conversations within the Air Force, and our nation on how best to enhance our thinking about airpower.

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🙌 Congratulations to Keesler's Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 652 for raking in the awards!!!
Check out the highlights of our @33rdFW #Nomads from Exercise #NorthernLightning & how the things they learned there will last a lifetime!
What do you do when the Hotter'N Hell, the largest single-day cycling event in the country rolls through your base? If you're like Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, you show out with a trip through Airpower Alley & Airmen's Alley that racers will never forget!! 📖
#Airpower! 1st Lt Cassie Herman from the 33rd Fighter Wing's 58th Fighter Squadron gives thanks to all of our #Nomads who teamed up with units from the different services to put on quite the demonstration of U.S. tactical jet capability & capacity at Exercise #NorthernLightning 19-2!
Our four-legged Defenders are critical to the Security Forces mission of protecting the force every single day!! Thanks for all you do! #NationalDayDay
Nothing like a little real-world "classroom" learning to help our newest Airmen training experience!!! Thanks to the 150th Special Operations Wing & the 58th Special Operations Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. for dropping by!!
Staying true to our heritage is just one of the things that makes the Air Force so unique!! Check out how the 41st FTS at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., honors their heritage on the T-6 Texan II 👇!
#BehindTheScenes - Learn more below about 33rd Fighter Wing 1st Lt. Cassie Herman, 58th FS aircraft maintenance unit officer in charge, who holds an important role in keeping our maintenance #Airmen on track & taken care of!
#SundaySpotlight - Check out this inspiring story out of Goodfellow AFB - 17th Training Wing about an Air National Guard Airman from the 179th Airlift Wing with a burning desire to succeed who has excelled in every aspect during her firefighter training experience!
🙌👏 Congrats to Tech. Sgt. Stephen Conklin of the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, who is also an officer with the Anchorage Police Department, for rocking out the tech school #experience at Sheppard Air Force Base & scoring perfect 💯's in the munitions systems apprentice course! 📖 more about this #LifelongLearner ⬇! https://go.usa.gov/xV225
Supporting our veterans is such an honor – we can’t inspire & develop Mach-21 Airmen today if not for their sacrifice & service throughout the years! Check out the Goodfellow AFB - 17th Training Wing leadership team got the chance to interact with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in City of San Angelo Texas - Public Information to support veterans in the local community!
Thanks for your years of service, Wax! 🐕 In his 9 years on "active duty," Wax was a critical part of 11 U.S. Secret Service missions, helping secure President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump and foreign leaders! Luke AFB, Arizona-56th Fighter Wing #MWD https://go.usa.gov/xVgcD
FROM THE COMMANDER: Every day in AETC I learn something new! Just wrapped up here at Wright-Patt with our Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) team! Their defense-focused, research-enabled, multi-disciplinary academic environment centered on excellence and their experimentation in air, space & cyberspace technology and how that supports joint, combined & coalition ops around the globe, is beyond impressive & that's probably selling them short! The professional cadre here graduates 30K+ students a year across four schools & a non-resident civilian institution! Thank you AFIT - you have set the bar high in providing a world-class experience for our Airmen! And yes....that's me rocking out with KIϟϟ thanks to today's technology! Have a great weekend! -bw r/Lt. Gen. Brad Webb
🔥 Congrats to 2nd Lt. Isaac Perez, a former U.S. Air Force Academy tennis player & soon to be student in "Pilot Training Next," named a 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recipient. Perez will be presented with the award by the NCAA at the US Open Tennis Championships 🎾 tomorrow! 📖https://go.usa.gov/xVTWn
😉 It's not really bragging if you bring home the 🏆 - is it? 📖 more at the link about how Columbus Air Force Base's First Assignment Instructor Pilots did alot of talking at the 2019 FAIP Flag!! 19th Air Force Commander 19th Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant
Great photos from basic expeditionary skills training at USAF Officer Training School's "Godzilla" class! Check 'em out 👇!! Air University
FROM THE CHIEF: Good morning First Command!! Me & the boss on our way right now to Wright-Patterson AFB to visit the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) team, but want to share a quick note about an amazing Airman (among many) I met yesterday making the most of her Air University experience. Capt. Tara "TONE" Smith's effort to actively & uniquely shape our AF culture & provide tools that will have lasting impact on the lives of all Airmen is exactly what leadership looks like! Leveraging relationships with women in-service & in national security groups, she is creating an Squadron Officer School elective that empowers leaders on the "how" & "why" info they need to mentor women in their organizations! Thank you Capt. Smith - we need every bit of your unwavering commitment & passion to lead & inspire Airmen & we appreciate all you are doing! r/Chief Julie Gudgel
"That's Air University" - Did you know AU has been hosting wing commanders from across the United States Air Force each month to highlight how the commanders can leverage the university’s capabilities, such as virtual & augmented reality, to benefit their Airmen & the Air Force. #LifelongLearner Maxwell Air Force Base
FROM THE COMMANDER: "That's Air University" - It's so great to be here at Maxwell Air Force Base & Gunter Annex today visiting the institution charged with leading Air Force education! There's an energy on campus - at our enlisted education hub, the Barnes Center; at Air War College; at Air Command & Staff College; at the USAF Officer Training School - you just can't help but be energized! Just in the time Chief Gudgel & I were at Squadron Officer School - Air University, we listened in awe during a think tank & learned more about potential uses for drones. We also spoke to the team at MGMWERX, who partner with AU to work on high-quality, experimental research & ideas on AF issues that matter! Thank you AU - for all you do! Oh....& it's ok if you lose that old photo of me in my SOS days too! r/Lt. Gen. Brad Webb
In the Air Force, we are often called upon on a moment's notice to do our nation's business! Thank you 59th Medical Wing for all you do to take care of Airmen!
RT @AETCcommandteam: This is a great example of using available resources across a wing to get after aggressively modernizing education & t…
Tactical Air Control Party #Airmen conduct land nav training in Cloudcroft, N.M., Nov. 20. The 24 Airmen were pushe… https://t.co/CFgK6mF0Lo
@HollomanAFB making #history! OK....this was awhile ago, but 😎 nonetheless! https://t.co/BRbqSBzPyA
RT @airforcespecwar: Be on the lookout tomorrow for some new changes to Air Force Spec Ops Recruiting #hooyah #vanguard
T-38C Talons from the @80_FTW @enjjpt at @SheppardAFB fly with a 56th FW F-35 Lightning II from @LukeAFB during tra… https://t.co/arNJfKkbzK
#DayToRemember - Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass, 2nd AF Command Chief, visited with @usairforce recruits at the New… https://t.co/uMEWBQZ7oy
RT @HQAirUniversity: Maj. Gen. Sam Barrett, Commander, 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base speaks at @CityofMGM Lee High School's @usair
Congrats to the @37thTRW Warhawk of the Month, Tech. Sgt. Brian Gonzales from the 737th TRSS, for his outstanding p… https://t.co/lltHS1X5DP
RT @AFWERX: Great insights from Colt Whittall, the @usairforce’s first chief experience officer, on what it'll take to ensure #Airmen have…
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RT @USAFRecruiting: There’s no “best” reason to join the @usairforce. So long as you want to #AimHigh, that’s all the reason you need. Curi…
RT @37thTRW: This litter of Belgian Malinois was born at @JBSA_Official Lackland on Veterans Day! The @341TRS trains ALL military working d…
Scoring 💯's across the board in technical training isn't easy! Check out the 🔗 to learn more about how one… https://t.co/de9zuUnODM
In an effort to expand learning opportunities for Airmen and enable training & education from any device, a project… https://t.co/BtfDejrV7d
RT @HQ_AFMC: Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. There are resources available to help. ✔️https://t.co/ytMLtLpI3J ✔️Military Crisi…
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#BehindTheScenes - Command Chief Master Sergeant training course students at @HQAirUniversity learn about leadershi… https://t.co/nSZqeTlfPP
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