Air Force Institute of Technology Hosts Air University’s Board of Visitors
Posted: 05/26/2011 by AFIT Public Affairs
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Officials at the Air Force Institute of Technology hosted the Air University’s Board of Visitors here on April 18 and 19, 2011. The Board of Visitors meets under the provisions for the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. Its purpose is to provide the Secretary of the Air Force, through the Commander of Air University and the Commander of Air Education and Training Command, independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the Air University. The agenda included topics relating to the policies, programs, and initiatives of Air University educational programs with a particular interest of the Air Force Institute of Technology.
AFIT is one of nine schools and centers that comprise Air University and is the only organization of Air University that is not physically located at Maxwell AFB, AL. “Bringing the entire Board of Visitors to AFIT for their meeting this spring was an opportunity to showcase the great men and women that work and study here,” said Maj Gen Walter Givhan, AFIT Commandant, “Rarely does AFIT have the opportunity to host such a group of distinguished Americans for their semi-annual meeting.” Board members come from all over the country and include university presidents, aerospace industry leaders and former senior military officers. The Air University Commander, Lt Gen Peck, and other senior military leaders from AU accompanied the BOV.
The BOV visited and toured AFIT on the 18th and 19th of April, taking time to learn more about the various schools and activities of AFIT. AFIT’s mission is to advance air, space, and cyberspace power for the Nation, its partners, and our armed forces by providing relevant defense-focused technical graduate and continuing education, research, and consultation. The Institute educates more than 6,300 students daily through in-residence, on-site, and distance learning courses offered by its three schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the School of Systems and Logistics, and The Civil Engineer School. It is also the home of the Air Force Center for Systems Engineering and the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence along with the Institute’s Advanced Navigation Technology Center, the Center for Directed Energy, the Center for Measurement and Signature Intelligence Studies and Research, and the Center for Operational Analysis.
The BOV members toured facilities and saw the activities of all of these aspects of AFIT. Learning more about AFIT highlighted the importance of institute to the Air Force according to many BOV members.
General Muir S. Fairchild, the first AU Commander, established a board of visitors (BOV) composed of senior educators and university administrators who were to meet at Air University on a regular basis, advise the AU Commander on educational matters, and report directly to the Army Air Force Commanding General on conditions at Air University. The decision to create the AU Board of Visitors was made just fifteen days after Air University was established. The AU Board of Visitors was officially organized on 27 March 1946.
BOV members not only visited and toured the facilities of AFIT, they enjoyed spending a short amount of time visiting the National Museum of the United States Air Force, as well as seeing a few other local sites of interest in the greater Dayton area.