Members of the services are a vital part of the Montgomery area community. Maxwell Gunter Air Force Base is home to Air University, the 42nd Air Base Wing, the 908th Airlift Wing, 754th Electronics System Group (ELSG) and other associate organizations, many of which are Air Force level tenants. The base and the surrounding communities enjoy a rewarding relationship as community partners with more than 17,000 military, civil service and contracted personnel employed at Maxwell-Gunter. The base also provides veteran benefits and support requirements to nearly 49,000 neighboring military retirees from all branches of service. Payroll, contracts, construction, services and procurement add up to an economic impact of more than $1.8 billion per year in the surrounding tri-county region.
Air University sees every Air Force officer at some point in his or her career. Air University's total Maxwell/Gunter resident student throughput population is more than 39,000 students for fiscal year 2007. In addition to the role of the base, the Air National Guard has an economic impact of $70 million annually, and the Army National Guard contributes $82 million in the tri-county area. These figures include pay for traditional Guardsmen, civilian payrolls, military construction projects and all other expenses associated with running a military installation.
Beyond the economic impact, military personnel are a big part of service to the community with more than 2,900 registered volunteers who contribute more than 100,000 hours to programs like Montgomery’s Habitat for Humanity, Partners-in-Education, Lighthouse Mentor Program, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, Relay for Life that benefits cancer research and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts festivals to name a few. In 2002, Maxwell-Gunter became the first ever three-time winner of a National Make a Difference Day Award. Below are related links and contact information for the Chamber's Military & Governmental Affairs Department.
Maxwell Gunter Air Force Base
HQ 754th Electronic Systems Group Maxwell Air Force Base - Gunter Annex
Military & Governmental Affairs Staff