The Wright Brothers first acquired this land in 1910 in the hopes of opening a flying school.
Their endeavor lasted only a few months, and Maxwell became a repair depot for planes in 1918.
Although, it was slated for closure in 1919, delays in doing so gave city leaders an opportunity to petition for new spending to be performed at the newly-named Maxwell field.
As a result of the massive spending that took place, the War Department decided to keep it open.
Maxwell Air Force Base is home to Air University and is the primary location for military education among enlisted Air Force members. The 42nd Air Base Wing, the 908th Airlift Wing and Air Force Space Command also make their homes here. The national office of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol is located on Maxwell, while a Military Entry Processing Station (MEPS) is found on Gunter.
Plenty of cultural entertainment is located nearby, with theaters that include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Montgomery Performing Arts Center. The Montgomery Zoo, Hank Williams Museum, Rosa Parks Museum and Old Alabama Town are other popular attractions. The first White House of the Confederacy is also located near the downtown area.
There is only one elementary school located on Maxwell AFB, and it is open to children who reside on either Maxwell or Gunter. Most children attend one of the Montgomery County Schools located off base.
There are also a number of private schools available including Success Unlimited Academy, Alabama Christian Academy and Saint James School.
Routine healthcare is provided for service members and their family members by the 42nd Medical Group. Airmen who are stationed at Maxwell or Gunter must utilize one of the Montgomery-area hospitals for emergency care. These hospitals include Baptist Hospital, Jackson Hospital, Montgomery Hospital and MedStar Montgomery.
Permanent housing is located at both locations of Maxwell Air Force Base. Housing units are privatized and are operated by Hunt Military Community. The Housing Management Office at Maxwell oversees the assignment of housing on both Gunter and Maxwell.
There are plenty of off-base housing locations that cater to military residents. New home prices here tend to be lower than the national average as do monthly rental costs. Those who are looking for temporary lodging will be pleased to know there are plenty of corporate apartments and extended stay hotels located just a short distance from either Maxwell or Gunter.
Those who are nearing military retirement may want to consider staying in the Montgomery area after completing their service. That’s because the state of Alabama exempts military retirement pay from being taxed. Property taxes here are also among the lowest in the nation, and fees are waived altogether for those age 65 and over. Montgomery has moderate weather year round and is not subject to hurricane activity. It is also only a short drive from the Gulf Coast, making a day trip to the beach easy and affordable.