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About the Enlisted Heritage Research Institute

Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute

The Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute (AFEHRI) was established 23 May 1997 and is currently a component of the Barnes Center. It is comprised of a director, a curator, a noncommissioned officer in charge of the AFEHRI operations, and an information technology and administration technician. The AFEHRI’s mission is to educate and motivate visitors by researching, preserving, and showcasing to the world our Air Force enlisted history, heritage, and their resulting contributions to air power. The AFEHRI answers monthly information requests from as high as the secretary of defense down to the lowest ranking Airman. The AFEHRI is responsible for writing both the history and heritage chapters of the Professional Development Guide (PDG) that all testing-eligible Airmen study for promotion, and contributes heavily to the Airman’s Hand Book. Support is also provided to students in all facets of enlisted PME. It also provides secondary student support to the USAF First Sergeant Academy, as well as to the Officer Training School (OTS), Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Air War College (AWC), the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), the Junior ROTC (JROTC), etc.

The institute is comprised of two elements. The research and archives element consists of a research center, archives storage, and a student computer lab. The heritage center element consists of the Enlisted Heritage Hall, with many student-teaching exhibits. A city and state tourist attraction, it is also serves as a military museum to civilian visitors. The AFEHRI preserves the rich and dramatic heritage and tradition of the USAF enlisted corps and its antecedents—Aeronautical Division, Army Air Service; Army Air Corps; and Army Air Forces—in the development of airpower to defend the United States. The AFEHRI achieves its mission by featuring artifacts, art collections, pictorial exhibits, written and oral documentation, audiovisuals, equipment, and selected aircraft parts. Additionally, students use the in-house and online research capabilities to enhance learning and complete enlisted heritage research projects. A significant archival holding is also available, and efforts are systematically made to ensure its growth and availability to researchers and the public.

Memorial Park
SLIDESHOW | 1 of 21 | Memorial Park Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, AL

550 McDonald Street, Bldg 1210
Maxwell-Gunter AFB AL 36114-3107

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm
Closed Holidays


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7 Sept 1948: The Air Force established “Airman” as the official term of address for all enlisted members.
Today, we are honored to host Medal of Honor recipient, Melvin Morris, The Medal of Honor Foundation, and Freedom Foundation for educator professional development.
Our newest volunteer reported for duty this morning!!! :)
Thank you, Mr. Bill Chivalette, for 20 years, 3 months and 14 days as the curator of the Heritage Hall. We are so proud of you, excited for your retirement plans with your bride, and thrilled you’ll be our newest volunteer!!!
Mr. Chivalette and Mrs. Tara Bufis, the niece of Medal of Honor Recipient John L. Levitow.
We are currently working on a display featuring Airmen who have faced terrorism. This will include the stories of the Airmen involved in the Frankfurt Airport Shooting on 2 March 2011 when we lost two Airmen. We have received a donation of one of the defender shields from an Airman who was on the bus that fateful day. For that, we are humbled and grateful that this team is trusting us with their stories.
Pausing today to remember the families of 19 Airmen, who lost their lives, and countless others who were injured on 25 June 1996 at Khobar Towers.
We are honored that the Seidler family agreed to allow us to feature their son, A1C Matthew Seidler, in our new Honor Guard display.
The Heritage Hall proudly announced the induction of Dr. Tim Castle into the Wall of Achievers exhibit!!
We had the pleasure of adding Maj Gen LaBrutta to the Wall of Achievers today!
We are happy to have the USTRANSCOM Command Chief coin added to the Chiefs Coin Display in the CMSAF wing. Thank you to CMSgt Matthew Caruso for the donation!!
We had the privilege to meet many of this year's Eagles (Gathering of Eagles-GOE), with a special treat of having two former POWs sign our Hanoi Hilton display. A very special thank you to Col (Ret) Ken Cordier, Lt Col (Ret) William Schwertfeger, and the GOE team!
A HUGE thank you to the SNCOA class 18-D for the legacy gift to refurbish TSgt John Chapman’s exhibit!
Our mailbox held a surprise from the Sheppard NCO Academy...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to the staff and students for the very generous financial support of the your Heritage Hall!!!
It’s been quite a productive Monday morning at the Heritage Hall!!!! Visits from Russ & Mia Etchberger ( Russ AndMia ), CMSAF #12 Eric Benken, and Khobar Towers Survivor Michael Willis with his daughter and Talon!
The Heritage Hall Team is saddened this morning at the news that Mrs. Fran Heiser passed away last week. She was the mother of MSgt Michael Heiser who was killed at Khobar Towers on 25 June 1996. We will miss her contagious smile and continuous support of the Heritage Hall!