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Maxwell Air Force Base
The Intellectual and Leadership Center of the U.S. Air Force
Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex contribute a rich aviation history, military leadership and academic excellence to Montgomery and the River Region. The bases also provide significant defense-related functions including airlift, cyber services and officer accessions.  With more than 12,000 active, guard, reserve, civilian and contractor personnel, Maxwell-Gunter has a significant economic and cultural impact on the River Region.

Maxwell AFB Organizations Include:
Air University
As the Intellectual and Leadership Center of the U.S. Air Force, Air University’s (AU) reach spans not only the globe but also the careers of every Airman.  AU is the Air Force’s center for professional military education. It provides dynamic, comprehensive instruction that prepares graduates to develop, employ, command, research and champion air, space and cyberspace power.  AU is a fully-accredited degree-granting military education system that develops leaders and warfighters today for tomorrow.

Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
The largest library in the DOD and largest federal library outside Washington, D.C. with nearly 3 million items, including more than 400,000 maps and charts.

The 42nd Air Base Wing
Provides all base operating support, infrastructure, and services support to Air University, the 908th Airlift Wing, Air Force Materiel Command and Air Force Space Command, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and more than 40 tenant units.  This includes 42,000 active-duty, reserve, civilian and contractor personnel as well as students and families at Maxwell-Gunter. The installation interacts with local officials across a three-county, 12-city region and has a military economic impact of $2.6 billion annually.

The 908th Airlift Wing
Alabama’s only Air Force Reserve unit.  The 908th contributes to national defense, providing airlift and related services with 1,200 reservists and eight C-130 H Hercules aircraft.

The 187th Fighter Wing
Home to a squadron of F-16C Fighting Falcons. As part of the Alabama Air National Guard, its mission is to provide a ready, reliable and essential unit that operates as a full partner in the nation’s total force. The 187th is also host to the 100th Fighter Squadron, the famous Tuskegee Airmen.

The 226th Combat Communications Squadron
One of eight Air National Guard Combat Communications Groups nationwide that make up 80 percent of Air Force tactical communications capability. Its mission is to command, organize, equip, train and administer assigned and attached forces to meet emergency Air Force requirements. The squadron also provides timely and reliable communications, engineering and installation during state emergencies.


IT Organizations at Maxwell Gunter Air Force Base
Maxwell-Gunter’s information technology organizations provide a spectrum of critically valuable services to DOD and the entire Air Force.  Several Gunter organizations keep defense networks and combat support systems in good health and running smoothly worldwide.

These organizations serve as the backbone of Air Force IT combat support. They are responsible for design, integration, worldwide installation, support, and network and data center operations for hundreds of automated information systems upon which the Air Force operates.

Maxwell-Gunter IT Organizations Include:
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Operates a Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) in Montgomery, one of the nation’s four DISA Core Data Centers. For more than an decade DECC has maintained communications, combat support information systems, and operations support systems. It connects much of the global military network. DECC stores and manages DOD medical records and is one of two worldwide DISA tier-one help desks.

Air Force Program Executive Office for Business Enterprise Systems (AF PEO/BES)
Supports and sustains more than 130 combat support information systems. The IT work performed at Gunter has for decades included systems and software engineering, software development and maintenance, independent testing, information assurance, and 24/7 centralized help desk services for users worldwide.

26th Network Operations Squadron (NOS)
Provides continuous network cyber operations management and barrier defense for the Air Force worldwide. At its secure facility at Gunter, the 26th NOS prioritizes and supports critical Air Force missions, nationally and internationally, and provides network gateways for military operations worldwide.

Air Force Application Security Center of Excellence (AFASCOE)
The only Airforce unit with a key mission to analyze Air Force and DOD applications for software malware to ensure safe operation on computers and networks.

Responsible Test Organization
Has been in operation at Gunter since 1971. Ensures system readiness of the Air Force network and conducts modeling and simulation of the network. This allows program managers to perform testing on a near-exact environment, thus reducing risk for fielding new products.

690th Network Support Squadron, Detachment 2
In less than three years has grown from a handful of people providing Air Force network users tier-one help desk services to more than 300 providing 24/7 help desk services worldwide.


Indirect jobs created – 3,878
Annual payroll – $750 million
Annual contracts – $1.4 billion
Operating budget – more than $500 million
Personnel assigned to the base – approximately 26,000
Amount of land – 3,083 acres
Total number of privatized housing units – 513
Estimated economic impact on the Montgomery area – $2.56 billion


Today, Air University’s reach spans not only the globe, but the careers of every Air Force member.

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