Squadron Officer College
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25 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

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Greetings from the Commander

Squadron Officer School Commander


Colonel Wayne W, Straw
Commander, Squadron Officer College
Biography

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to Squadron Officer College (SOC).  Located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, SOC is the Air Force's center for company grade officer professional development.  SOC fulfills this role by educating and mentoring its students during the most crucial period of their development; their early, formative years as current and future airpower leaders.

SOC houses a resident-education program specifically targeted at the development needs of junior officers.  We also field an online version of the course that includes facilitation by line instructors as well as peer-to-peer interaction.

Squadron Officer School (SOS), delivers primary developmental education for captains and their Department-of-the-Air-Force (DAF).  They are exposed to educational and experiential opportunities that challenge them to become more effective leaders for our Air Force.

Although SOC has a long and prestigious history, we are not resting on our laurels.  On the contrary, we are in the process of fundamentally transforming the College.  We are partnering with leading institutions in the US to ensure our curriculum reflects the latest advancements in leadership studies.  We are also adding intensive, experiential activities in our resident programs to inject realism and provide opportunities for students to apply the lessons we are teaching.

SOS students will recognize the changes instantly.  Gone are the day-long lectures and unending decks of PowerPoint slides.  Gone too are the activities that had become divorced from the College's leadership focus.  Instead, students are treated to a graduate-level executive leadership seminar that helps them to identify their leadership strengths and weaknesses, provides them the tools for improvement, and empowers them with opportunities to apply what they have learned.

In addition to these improvements, we at SOC are reaching beyond the walls of our facilities to transform our distance-learning educational opportunities.  In this effort, we are leveraging technology to provide state-of-the-art, on-line curriculum to company grade officers and their civilian counterparts across our Air Force.  The newest version of the SOS nonresident program features multi-media materials, avatar-based instructional items, and a completely renovated curriculum targeted specifically at leadership development.  The program communicating directly with instructors and peers through shared assignments and critical feedback, increasing the learning opportunities for all of our distance learning student body.

SOC is transforming itself to be more relevant to today's complex security environment and to be more responsive to the challenges that our junior leaders face as they lead our expeditionary Air Force to mission success.  If you haven't seen SOC lately, then you don't know SOC.  We are well on our way to realizing our vision of becoming our Air Force's premier leadership-development institution.

Course Schedule:

Class Start Graduate Deadline for Waivers (COB)
17A 1 Aug 16 1 Sep 16 25 Jul 16 
17B 19 Sep 16 21 Oct 16 12 Sep 16 
17C 14 Nov 16 16 Dec 16 4 Nov 16
17D 9 Jan 17 10 Feb 17 30 Dec 16
17E 27 Feb 17 31 Mar 17 17 Feb 17
17F 17 Apr 17 19 May 17 7 Apr 17
17G 5 Jun 17 7 Jul17 26 May 17
18A 31 Jul 17 31 Aug 17  21 Jul 17 
18B  25 Sep 17 27 Oct 17 15 Sep 17 
18C 13 Nov 17  15 Dec 17 3 Nov 17