Air War College Leadership

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The War Department established the Air War College (AWC) in 1946 at then Maxwell Field, Alabama, and the college has operated continuously since then except for a six-month period during the Korean conflict.

To accomplish the AWC mission, students demonstrate mastery of dual challenges-academic enhancement and professional development. To meet these challenges, the college develops the knowledge, skills, and attitudes in its students that are significant to the profession of arms with emphasis on air and space power and its application in joint and multinational warfighting.

The Air War College educates officers to serve as strategic national security leaders.

The foremost college for air, space, and cyberspace education and thought - preparing the world's best joint strategic leaders.

Key Tasks
  • Prepare officers to lead at the strategic level across the range of military operations, in joint, interagency, and multinational environments.
  • Develop cross-domain mastery of air, space, and cyberspace domains and their strategic contributions to national security.
  • Advance innovative thought on national security issues.
Brig. Gen. Christopher A. Coffelt
Brig. Gen. Christopher A. Coffelt is the Commander, Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education, and Commandant, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The Spaatz Center directs, integrates and synchronizes the continuum of Air Force officer professional education, research and outreach that produces leaders for joint and multinational environments. The center includes Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer College, International Officer School, the Education Support Squadron, and four distinct Academic Centers. As Air War College Commandant, the general is responsible for the Air Force senior professional military education institution, providing post-graduate senior leader education focused on joint, multinational, multi-agency war fighting, international security operations, air power strategy development and national security planning. Read here for the Official Bio For Brig. Gen. Coffelt.

Col Ronald Banks
Vice Commandant

Dr. Chris Hemmer

Col Wayne Straw
Director of Student Operations