Air Command and Staff College

Air Command and Staff College

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= Air Command and Staff College

caption= ACSC Shield
dates= 1931 - present
country= United States
branch= United States Air Force
role= Professional Military Education
command_structure= Air University
Air Education and Training Command
garrison= Maxwell Air Force Base

The Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) is located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and is the United States Air Force's intermediate professional military education (PME) school. It prepares field grade officers of all services (primarily majors and major selects), international officers, and US civilians to assume positions of higher responsibility within the military and other 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,


Prepare warriors to lead air, space and cyberspace forces in joint/combined operations


ACSC has three deans:
* education and curriculum
* services and support
* distance learning

They provide academic leadership to the school's faculty and student body. The dean of education and curriculum, assisted by the vice dean for academic affairs and vice dean for operations, coordinates the integration of the final curriculum content and directs the planning and implementation of the academic programs. The dean of distance learning is responsible for planning, organizing, and delivering the non-resident program of instruction through the departments of Curriculum and Operations. The dean of services and support leads the efforts of cross-cutting organizations including personnel, fitness, technology, facilities, and security. The commander and staff of the 21st Student Squadron are responsible for the health, morale, and welfare of 600 resident students and their families.


The present 10-month curriculum focuses on expanding understanding of air and space power and on the growth of mid-career officers. It is meant to:
* facilitate the air and space minded thinking of students
* develop and enhances abilities for higher-level command and staff responsibilities,
* enhance students' abilities to think critically about operational air and space concepts in a dynamic international environment,
* broaden students' understanding of the nature of conflict and current and future threats to the United States and its allies, and
* develop and enhances students' abilities to plan and execute the joint campaign planning process and air and space operations to support the joint force commander.

There are currently five curriculum departments at the ACSC:
* International Security and Military Studies
* Joint Warfare Studies
* Leadership, Command and Communication Studies
* Joint Education
* Specialized Studies.


ACSC is located in Spaatz Hall on Chennault Circle at Maxwell AFB. The building contains a 600-seat auditorium for lectures by distinguished speakers, a smaller 135-seat auditorium for special presentations, plus a variety of conference rooms, staff and administrative offices, and lounge areas. Seminar sessions are held in specially designed rooms featuring closed-circuit television, an array of multimedia equipment, and student access to a school-wide computer network and the Internet. Students are issued more than 80 books to expand their professional capabilities and a personal laptop computer to use to keep track of the academic schedules, on-line reading assignments, and for use in examinations throughout the academic year.


The Air Command & Staff College traces its roots to the Air Corps Tactical School (ACTS) located at Langley Field, Virginia, from 1926 to 1931, and Maxwell Field from 1931 to 1942. After World War II, as the independent Air Force was formed, grew, and developed, the requirements and expectations of the school evolved to fulfill the service's educational needs.

General Jeanne M. Holm, in 1952, became the first woman to attend the Air Command and Staff School.

In 1962, the school became known by its current name, Air Command and Staff College.

During academic year 1994, ACSC undertook the most significant change to its educational program since the school's inception. The school transitioned from a lecture-based to a seminar-centered, active environment with an integrated curriculum geared to problem solving across the continuum from peace to war. In academic year 1999, ACSC began efforts to align its curriculum under the Air University commander's Strategic Guidance for the Continuum of Education. The ACSC program now functions as a portion of a comprehensive and integrated career-long professional military education program.

External links

* [ ACSC’s Official Website]

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