Maxwell renames and dedicates swimming pool

Col. Eric Shafa, 42nd Air Base Wing Commander, and reitred Col. William Quinn, former aviation cadet at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., renames the Maxwell Community Pool as the Aviation Cadet Pool, June 9, 2017. The pool was constructed in  1944 with funds contributed by the Aviation Cadets at Maxwell Field. It provided a swimming facility for the hundreds of Aviation Cadets assigned to Maxwell Field for flight training.  (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox)

Col. Eric Shafa, 42nd Air Base Wing Commander, and reitred Col. William Quinn, former aviation cadet at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., renames the Maxwell Community Pool as the Aviation Cadet Pool, June 9, 2017. The pool was constructed in 1944 with funds contributed by the Aviation Cadets at Maxwell Field. It provided a swimming facility for the hundreds of Aviation Cadets assigned to Maxwell Field for flight training. (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --

The 42nd Air Base Wing Commander, Col. Eric Shafa, and retired Col. William Quinn rededicated the Maxwell Pool on Maxwell Air Force Base, Friday, June 9.

The rededication ceremony was held to commemorate the pools ties with the Aviation Cadets that were stationed here in 1944.

The Cadet Pool was originally financed through funds voluntarily provided from the Aviation Cadets at Maxwell Field. 

By summer 1944, Maxwell Field had five pools, which consisted of a pool for enlisted personnel, a pool behind the Officer's Club, a pool for children, a pool for the all African-American 4th Aviation Squadron, and the Aviation Cadet Pool. 

This rededication was part of a historical and honorable remembrance of those that dedicated their time and money to ensure there was a place strictly for the Aviation Cadets to have of their own.

"I think that it is fitting for the Maxwell leadership to recognize the significant contributions of literally thousands of aviation cadets who passed through Maxwell Field during World War II through the renaming and the plaque,” said Dr. Robert Kane, Air University historian. “It is part of Maxwell's long and distinguished heritage and significant contributions to this nation's defense."

The pool is open to retirees, military and their families who have base access. The hours for open swim are, Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.