Maxwell Gunter Air Force Base
42nd Air Base Wing; Air Training Command; Air Education and Training Command
2255 Cong W L Dickinson Dr Montgomery, AL 36109
Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base is an installation under the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The installation is located in Montgomery, Alabama. Occupying the site of the first Wright Flying School, it was named in honor of Second Lieutenant William C. Maxwell, a native of Atmore, Alabama.
The base is the headquarters of Air University (AU), a major component of Air Education and Training Command (AETC), and is the U.S. Air Force’s center for Joint Professional Military Education (PME). The host wing for Maxwell-Gunter is the 42d Air Base Wing(42 ABW).
The Air Force Reserve Command’s 908th Airlift Wing (908 AW) is a tenant unit and the only operational flying unit at Maxwell. The 908 AW and its subordinate 357th Airlift Squadron (357 AS) operates eight C-130H Hercules aircraft for theater airlift in support of combatant commanders worldwide. As an AFRC airlift unit, the 908th is operationally gained by the Air Mobility Command (AMC).
Gunter Annex is a separate installation under the 42 ABW. Originally known as Gunter Field, it later became known as Gunter Air Force Station (Gunter AFS) when its runways were closed and its operational flying activity eliminated. It was later renamed Gunter Air Force Base (Gunter AFB) during the 1980s. As a hedge against future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) closure actions, Gunter AFB was consolidated under Maxwell AFB in March 1992 to create a combined installation known as Maxwell/Gunter AFB.
The total military population in Montgomery, counting Active Duty, dependents, retirees, Guard and Reserve, is estimated at more than 25,500.
Sponsorship is vital to the relocation process. Don’t PCS without talking to your sponsor before departing for Maxwell Air Force Base.
Students: In-processing for Air University Students is handled by respective schools.
Permanent Party: In-processing for permanent party personnel reporting to both Maxwell and Gunter is conducted by the unit commander’s support staff. Please bring all hand carried documents given to you during your out-processing briefing from your losing base (i.e. medical records, personnel records, and finance records). Your commander’s support staff will schedule you for central in-processing to accomplish Personnel Records screening, completion of travel vouchers and military pay matters. Your CSS will schedule you for Right Start in-processing during unit in-processing.
All incoming military members arriving during duty hours should report to their respective units or schools. If you arrive after hours, check in with lodging until your Commander’s Support Staff is open the next duty day. (Maxwell – 450 LeMay Plaza and Gunter – 454 South Morrins Ave, Bldg 1017 South). Directions to these locations can be obtained from security police on duty at the gates.
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in an Alabama school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the school year. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Child Care Aware:
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit.
There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Alabama Department of Family Services 256-240-2021
Helps families live safe, healthy and successful lives. It fulfills this mission by providing children, youth, families and adults care, services and treatment to thrive in their homes and communities.
Calhoun County Humane Society 256-405-6680
Handles pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found animals, and more.
Calhoun County Dept of Public Health 256-237-7523
Highway Patrol 256-435-3521
The Housing Office is the point of contact for everyone making living arrangements, on- and off-base. Information pertaining to on-base privatized family housing and unaccompanied personnel housing can be obtained from this office. Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex has 501 family housing units that have been privatized and conveyed to a private owner, Pinnacle Hunt Communities. The units, located on both Maxwell and Gunter Annex, consist of row-type, one and two story duplexes and single family dwellings. Maxwell-Gunter Housing Office at 334-953-5718 or DSN 312-493-5718.
5.9 miles from Base
Copperfield is in the city of Montgomery, across from Baptist East Hospital and offers quick access to I-85. The neighborhood is family-friendly and close to shopping, restaurants, and other services.
6.5 miles from Base
Billingsley Place is a safe neighborhood with walking trails maintained by the HOA. The area is close to restaurants and shopping. There are two highly rated private schools close by, and Montgomery public schools are top in the area.
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The climate in Alabama tends to be warm and humid. This, with its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, can mean weather patterns that include heavy rains, tornadoes and hurricanes.
Montgomery sits more inland, reducing the danger somewhat, but it can still have turbulent weather.
Montgomery winters are brief and mild, spring is warm and summers are long, hot and humid. The average low in January is 36 degrees, and the average high is 59, with rare freezing temperatures or snow. The average low in July is 71 degrees, and the average high is 93 degrees. January through March are the wettest months.
In the Maxwell Gunter AFB community, residents enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 1% lower than the Alabama average, and 12% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Montgomery, AL, the average cost of goods and services is 2% lower than it is in Alabama, and it is 5% lower than the national average.
Montgomery County boasts a wealth of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Stroll through the grand gardens of Jasmine Hill, or visit one of the many museums highlighting the area’s history in the civil rights struggle. Enjoy the competition of the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and Festival or the cuisine of the Riverwalk Wine Festival. And don’t miss the mix of grace and athleticism of the Montgomery Ballet.
Residents of Montgomery County have dozens of annual events, festivals and community gatherings at their fingertips such as The Flimp Festival, the Montgomery Dragon Boat Race and the River Bend Brewfest and River Jam.
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