Base History \ Arrival
Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex are located in Montgomery, the Alabama state capitol, and Alabama's historic River Region. Montgomery's Tri-County area is rich in history and combines a small town atmosphere with big city features. Montgomery is centrally located 82 miles south of Birmingham, the largest city in the state, and 162 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. 350,000 people reside in the Montgomery greater metropolitan region. The moderate cost of living, warm climate, location, and military environment attract many military retirees and families to the heart of Alabama. The base operator's phone number is 334-953-1110, DSN 312-493-1110.
The Wright Brothers established the first U.S. civilian flying school in Montgomery in 1910. In the 1930's, the Army Air Corps Tactical School moved to Maxwell and Montgomery became the country's center for airpower education. Air University continues the proud tradition of educating tomorrow's planners and leaders, in air and space power for the Air Force, other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, federal government civilians and many international organizations. For further information see Maxwell-Gunter's homepage.
Maxwell-Gunter is home to Air University, the 42d Air Base Wing, the 908th Airlift Wing, Headquarters Operations and Sustainment Systems Group and many associate organizations. Air University is a major component of Air Education and Training Command and is the Air Force's center for professional military education for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel throughout their careers.
Maxwell-Gunter serves a large population made up of over 25,000 active duty, guard and reserve, family members, civilians, contractors, and retirees. In addition, more than 20,000 students attend Air University schools each year.
Directions to Maxwell - Gunter AFB
Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex are located in Montgomery, Alabama. Montgomery is situated at the intersection of I-85 (East) and I-65 (North and South). Montgomery is 162 miles southwest of Atlanta - an easy 2 1/2 hour drive by car along I-85. The city of Birmingham is located just 82 miles to the north of Montgomery - less than 1 1/2 hours traveling along I-65.
Driving Directions to Maxwell AFB
Maxwell is located in the northwest corner of the city of Montgomery. Exits from Interstates 85 and 65 leading to the base are marked.
Driving from the East
If you are driving to Montgomery from the East, take I-85 south; exit at the Day Street exit (exit 171). This leads directly to the front gate at Maxwell, 2-3 miles located on the right. Request directions to the University Inn (billeting) from the Security Forces and check in at billeting or follow the directions that your sponsor has given you as what to do upon arrival.
Driving from the North
Traveling from the north, take I-65 South into Montgomery, exit at the Day St exit, (exit 172) and the front gate is approximately 1-2 miles on the right.
Driving from the South
Driving from the South, take I-65 North, (exit 172), Take Herron Street exit and turn left at 3rd light onto Maxwell Blvd. and Maxwell Blvd. Gate is approximately 2 miles on right.
Driving to Gunter Annex
Gunter Annex is located in the northeast corner of the city and can be accessed by the Interstate highway system. If traveling from I65 South or North take the Northern Blvd Exit and take the Gunter Exit off the Northern Blvd on to Congressman Dickenson Hwy and Gunter Annex is on the left. Request directions to the University Inn (billeting) from the Security Forces and check in at billeting or follow the directions that your sponsor has given you as what to do upon arrival.
Driving From the Airport to Maxwell AFB
If you are arriving from the Montgomery Airport take a right on to Highway 80 and follow the signs to I-65 N - Downtown. Take I-65 N Downtown exit. Take Herron Street exit and turn left at 3rd light onto Maxwell Blvd. and Maxwell Blvd. Gate is approximately 2 miles straight then veer right.
Driving From the Airport to Gunter
To Gunter from Montgomery Airport, take I-65 north and exit at Northern Blvd Exit. Take northern Blvd until you see exit for Gunter. Take right at exit onto Federal Drive and Gate is on your left.