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  • Air University

    The Intellectual and Leadership Center of the Air Force
    The Air University, with headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., is a key component of Air Education and Training Command, and is the Air Force's center for professional military education.

  • Air War College

    Air War College
    The goal at the Air War College is important and clear - to develop cross-domain mastery of joint air power and its strategic contributions to national security.

  • Air Command and Staff College

    Air Command & Staff College
    The mission of Air Command & Staff College is on prepare our students to develop, employ, and command air, space and cyberspace power in joint, multinational and interagency operations.

  • Squadron Officer School

    Squadron Officer College
    The mission of Squadron Officer College is to develop Company Grade Officers as leaders of integrity ready to fly, fight and win.

  • International Officer School

    International Officer School
    International Officer School's mission focus is to educate and support international military students and manage Air University's international programs.

  • Welcome Students

    International Officer School
    Our Schools and Academic Centers share a common goal, to develop the best possible leaders at each stage of their careers, ready to lead the Air Force into the future. Want to know how to get started? Check out the students page to receive more information.

  • History of Spaatz Center and The Air University

    History of Spaatz Center & Air University
    Our Schools and Academic Centers have a vital professional education mission, to provide the resources, education, strategies and training to develop and nurture the best leaders possible.

About Us

Named after the first chief of staff of the Air Force, the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education is the Air Force's unifying organization for officer professional military education. It performs the coordination needed to ensure resources and lessons learned are shared across the schools as well as providing daily support and planning support to the schools below.

The Spaatz Center is unique in DoD in that it consolidates at one location all the officer Professional Military Education (PME) for an entire career, from lieutenant to colonel. One of the benefits from this is the cross-generational mentoring and sharing of experiences and lessons learned.

While each of our schools and organizations - AWC, ACSC, SOC, IOS, and our centers - has its own identity, we share a common goal to turn out the best possible officers at each stage of their careers, ready to lead the Air Force into the future. The Spaatz Center exists to unite them in that vision, and support them with whatever resources they need to achieve that goal.

BrigGen Coffelt


Brigadier General Christopher A. Coffelt
Spaatz Center/CC & AWC/CC
Brigadier General 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. Learn More >>


Col Brian E. Hastings
Brig Gen Gerald V. Goodfellow
Col Michael E. Peterson
Col Wayne A. Cooper
Director of Staff & ESS/CC

Carl A. Spaatz

General Carl A. Spaatz was the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. The general was born in 1891, in Boyertown, Pa. In 1910, he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy. He graduated June 12, 1914, and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Infantry. He served with the 25th United States Infantry at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from Oct. 4, 1914, to Oct. 13, 1915, when he was detailed as a student in the Aviation School at San Diego, Calif., until May 15, 1916. Official Air Force Bio>>