Civil Engineer School celebrates a 75-year milestone

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  • By Timothy Fuller, Director, Department of Engineering Applications, The Civil Engineer School
  • Air Force Institute of Technology

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- In March 1948, the newly established Air Force Institute of Technology’s Air Installations Special Staff School, known today as the Civil Engineer School, held its first class of 31 students ranging in rank from first lieutenant to lieutenant colonel.   

Designed to train officers for base-level Air Installations duty, the 12-week Air Installations Engineering Special Staff Officer Course covered subjects such as buildings and structures, master planning, cost accounting, property and supply, and preventive maintenance.   

Today, the Civil Engineer School educates more than 12,000 students in the Air Force and joint services per year, holding over 300 course offerings to train effective engineers. Learn more at