Historical marker looks like new thanks to Arnold Junior Force Council

After receiving word about the worn condition of the historical marker for Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold located on Wattendorf Highway, members of the Junior Force Council at Arnold Air Force Base reached out to the Tennessee Historical Commission about getting the sign refurbished. Pictured is the sign before being refurbished. (Courtesy photo)

After receiving word about the worn condition of the historical marker for Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold located on Wattendorf Highway, members of the Junior Force Council at Arnold Air Force Base reached out to the Tennessee Historical Commission about getting the sign refurbished. Pictured is the sign before being refurbished. (Courtesy photo)

Members of the Junior Force Council at Arnold Air Force Base reached out to the Tennessee Historical Commission about having the Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold sign, located on Wattendorf Highway toward Hillsboro, refurbished. Pictured is the sign after being sent to the fabricator to be repainted and repaired. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

Members of the Junior Force Council at Arnold Air Force Base reached out to the Tennessee Historical Commission about having the Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold sign, located on Wattendorf Highway toward Hillsboro, refurbished. Pictured is the sign after being sent to the fabricator to be repainted and repaired. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- With the help of the Junior Force Council at Arnold Air Force Base, the historical marker on Wattendorf Highway has recently been repainted and refurbished.

Members of the JFC contacted the Tennessee Historical Commission, who in turn worked with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to take down the historical marker and ship it to the fabricator.

The group agreed to pursue refurbishment of the marker after its condition was brought to their attention.

“Considering the significance of Gen. Arnold’s impacts not only at AEDC, but the entire Air Force and our country, the JFC decided to take on the project,” William Mallory, former JFC president, said.

Arnold AFB was named after Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, commanding general of the Army Air Forces during WWII. It was Arnold who tasked Hungarian scientist Dr. Theodore von Kármán in heading a Scientific Advisory Group for the Air Force that would see to it that the United States military once again led the world in air superiority. In 1945, Toward New Horizons, written by von Kármán and the members of the Scientific Advisory Group, charted a long-range aerospace research and development program for the nation and led to the creation of what would become AEDC.

The marker, serving as a daily reminder of the history of Arnold AFB and AEDC, is now back in its original location.