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Air Force Institute of Technology  
Col Michael L. Heil, Commandant  
Col Joseph H. Amen III, Vice Commandant  

                                                            AFIT History

      AFIT traces its roots to the early days of powered flight when it was apparent that the progress of military aviation depended upon special education in this new science. In 1919 the Air School of Application was established at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio, the home of Orville and Wilbur Wright.
      When Congress authorized creation of the Air Corps in 1926, the school was renamed the Air Corps Engineering School and moved to Wright Field in 1927. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, the school suspended classes, but it reopened as the Army Air Forces Engineering School in 1944 to conduct a series of accelerated courses to meet emergency requirements.
      After World War II, in 1946, the Army Air Force Institute of Technology was established as part of the Air Materiel Command (AMC). The institute was composed of two colleges: Engineering and Maintenance, and Logistics and Procurement. These colleges were later redesignated the College of Engineering Sciences and the College of Industrial Administration.
      When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, the institute was renamed the Air Force Institute of Technology. That same year, the School of Civil Engineering Special Staff Officer's Course began. In 1948 civilian institution programs were transferred to AFIT.
      In 1950 command jurisdiction of AFIT shifted from AMC to AU with headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. The institute, however, remained at what was now known as Wright-Patterson AFB. In 1951 the two AFIT colleges were combined into the Resident College.
     The institute established a logistics education program at Wright-Patterson AFB in 1955, and Ohio State University conducted the first courses on a contract basis. In 1958 AFIT began a series of short courses in logistics as part of the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) Education Center. Later that year the School of Logistics became a permanent part of AFIT.
      In 1954 the 83d Congress authorized the commander of AU to confer degrees upon students in the AFIT Resident College. The college was later divided into the School of Engineering, the School of Logistics, and the School of Business. The first undergraduate engineering degrees were granted in 1956, and the first graduate degrees in business in 1958. The School of Business programs were transferred to civilian universities in 1960.
      In 1963 the School of Logistics was redesignated the School of Systems and Logistics. The Civil Engineering Center was also redesignated as the Civil Engineering School.
      In 1967 AFIT became a member of the Dayton-Miami Valley Consortium (DMVC), which later changed its name to the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE). The council is an association of colleges, universities, and industrial organizations in the Dayton area that are united to promote educational advancement. AFIT has traditionally been active in both the council and in other community and interinstitutional programs.
      As AFIT begins its ninth decade of operation, the staff and faculty reflect with pride on the contributions its graduates of resident schools and civilian institutions have made to engineering, science, technology, medicine, logistics, and management throughout the Air Force. These immeasurable contributions have been vital to our national security.
      AFIT's flexibility allows it to adjust quickly to changing AF requirements. The faculty, comprised of highly qualified military and civilian personnel, stays abreast of projected AF operations; and the programs are continually updated to offer its students the latest available material. For example, an Air Force Software Review in 1989 led to AFIT programs in software engineering and software systems management barely a year later. When environmental concerns culminated in the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, AFIT designed and implemented both graduate and professional continuing education programs in environmental engineering management.
     During the past 80 years, more than 266,000 DOD personnel- including 30 US astronauts-have attended AFIT programs.
      In 1992 AFIT reorganized from four to five schools by specifically separating graduate education and PCE. Early in FY 1997, the Secretary of the Air Force made a decision to close AFIT resident graduate schools. In anticipation of closure, AFIT developed and began a transition and closure plan. Resident PhD students scheduled for FY 1997 were diverted to the Civilian Institution Programs and a transition plan for actual closure was developed, identifying manpower positions for elimination in fiscal years 1997 through 2000.
      After a visit to AFIT in April 1998, then Acting Secretary of the Air Force, F. Whitten Peters announced a reversal of the Air Force decision to terminate the AFIT resident graduate programs. AFIT was to continue a restructuring initiative begun in FY 1996 that would size the resident graduate programs to meet the Air Force education requirements of the FY 2003 force structure.
      On 1 October 1999, as a result of the AFIT restructure, AFIT's two graduate schools were combined to become the Graduate School of Engineering and Management.
      In the fall of 2000, AFIT completed construction on an $8.9 million engineering laboratory. The lab, whose construction began in December 1998, will be used for experimental research in aeronautical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics, and environmental science.
The future promises to be challenging, but AFIT will continue to provide the environment and the opportunity for AF personnel to develop the professional and technological skills needed to master this dynamic challenge.

                                                       AFIT Campus

      The institute's campus at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, consists of Bane Hall, which houses the Graduate School of Engineering and Management; Twining Hall, home of the School of Systems and Logistics; and Kenney Hall, which houses the command section and main auditorium and connects Bane and Twining Halls. A fourth building, opened in the fall of 1994, is connected to Twining Hall and is the home of the Civil Engineer and Services School. A fifth building, the 30,000-square-foot graduate engineering research laboratory, was officially opened in January 2001. Pending completion of expansion projects, the Civilian Institution Programs offices are collocated with the Aerospace Systems Center in a building off the main AFIT campus.


      AFIT's graduate education programs are designed to meet specific AF and DOD needs. Eligibility criteria for admission vary from program to program and are targeted for officers and DOD civilians. Academic qualification for admission to the institute's graduate programs, either in residence or at civilian institutions, is comparable to that of any quality graduate institution. In addition, the military accomplishments and potential of the candidate are considered before assignment to any program.

      Attendance at AFIT's PCE courses is determined by functional duty requirements. The level of the course and the educational background and professional experience of the candidate are considered to ensure that the participant will be able to benefit from the learning experience.

International Affairs

      The International Affairs (IA) Directorate is responsible for assisting international military officers and international government civilian employees with the procedures of application for admittance to the graduate and PCE programs at AFIT. Prospective foreign students apply to AFIT through the US Security Assistance Officer (SAO) at the US Embassy in their home countries. Application packages for evaluation for eligibility should arrive at the International Affairs Directorate (AFIT/IA) by the end of April each year in preparation for entrance the following September. Application packages should include undergraduate transcripts reflecting the undergraduate degree; graduate transcripts, if applying for a PhD; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score reports, as applicable for the program requested; and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. Packages should be mailed to:
          2950 P Street 
          Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765 

Or, applicants may call (937) 255-6800, send a fax to (937) 255-9981, or send electronic mail to: AFIT.IA@afit/

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