On this day in Alabama history: War Department names Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base

On this day in Alabama history: War Department names Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base
A C-130 Hercules aircraft of the 908th Airlift Wing takes off from Maxwell Air Force Base with the wing's maintenance hangers in the background, 2006. (U.S. Air Force, USGOV-PD, Wikimedia)

March 12, 1946

The War Department renamed the Army Air Forces School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery to Air University. First established as the Air Service School at Langley Field in Virginia, the War Department moved the school’s headquarters to Montgomery in 1928 at the urging of Alabama U.S. Rep. J. Lister Hill. The university serves as the U.S. Air Force’s institution of higher learning and provides education in military subjects and doctrine to select members of all U.S. military services and air forces of other countries. The university graduates more than 196,000 students annually through courses and programs varying in length from one week to one year.

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