Military & DoD
In Montgomery, the military presence contributes an estimated $2.6 billion to the local economy annually. It also adds 38,395 engaged citizens to our community.
Both Maxwell AFB and Gunter play major roles in the Air Force’s and our entire military’s cyber defense and cyber strategies efforts, and the effects of this spill over the bases’ borders into the rest of the area. The Defense Information Systems Agency datacenter, located on Maxwell-Gunter, stores all of the electronic medical records for the entire Department of Defense. It is the largest Oracle database in the world. It is also one of only two military cloud datacenters for all of the DoD. Plus, the Program Executive Office for Business Enterprise Systems develops, acquires and sustains all of the applications for the Air Force globally, and the 26th Network Operations Squadron operates and defends the Air Force network worldwide.
Maxwell AFB and the City of Montgomery together are participants in the Smart City/Smart Base initiative. Maxwell is the only military base in the nation to be designated a Smart Base in a pilot program with AT&T.
In addition to being home to the Montgomery Regional Airport, Dannelly Field is the location of the Alabama Air National Guard. The 187th Fighter Wing is home to the 100th Fighter Squadron, which is one of the original Tuskegee units —the famous Red Tails. Montgomery also has made the final five in the selection process for the F-35, and is now preparing for the next phase of the process. Landing the F-35 would have a dramatic effect on the entire state. There is much to gain: a hugely positive economic impact and a stronger, more secure future for Air National Guard units across Alabama. Plus, it would provide a new level to our part in the Tuskegee Airmen legacy.