Gen. David Thompson, left, vice chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force, swears in 2nd Lt. Michael Hareld to the Space Force during a ceremony at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., headquarters of Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Feb. 5, 2021. Hareld transfered from the Air Force to the Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Arnold Air Force Base Fire and Emergency Services personnel battle a fuselage fire as they train, Feb. 9, 2021, on aircraft rescue and firefighting techniques at Arnold AFB, Tenn. The firefighters attacked the fire first with vehicle-mounted nozzles, then hand lines on the external blazes, before making entry into the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Bud Schell, a motor vehicle operator for the Arnold Air Force Base Services Recycling Program, prepares his lunch in the newly-constructed breakroom at the Recycling Facility at Arnold AFB, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Machinists Will Burnette, left, and Matt Henley bend a pipe, Oct. 15, 2020, while working in the C Plant of the Engine Test Facility at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. Behind the machinists on the right is the C-1 test cell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Kevin Ashley, an inside machinist with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Model and Machine Shop at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., plays one of the Native American flutes he made. Ashley began playing the Native American flute around 20 years ago after purchasing his first and has been making his own flutes for more than a decade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bradley Hicks) (This image has been altered by obscuring badges for security purposes.)
Alan Womack, left, machinist lead, and Jeff Tucker, machinist, install the second of two nozzles onto a test apparatus in the Sea Level 2 Test Cell, Dec. 17, 2020, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. An Arnold Engineering Development Complex test team was researching the acoustic properties of two different nozzles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Ben Dees secures a section of guardrail while working on a crew installing new guardrails along Wattendorf Memorial Highway at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2021. Guardrails were added to areas where the shoulder drops off and at bridge ends to increase safety for motorists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
The test team for the F-16 canopy water pooling visibility test stand beside the test article in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex 40- by 80-foot test section, Dec. 1, 2020. (NASA photo by Dominic Hart)(This image has been altered by obscuring badges for security purposes.)
Arnold Engineering Development Complex Heavy Equipment crew members Tony Buchanan, left, and Blake Braden, both laborers, prepare for possible winter weather by making a brine solution to be used on roadways, Jan. 6, 2021, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Regina Bucher, the new the new Security Services Supervisor at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., sits at her desk Dec. 8, 2020. She is the first female to lead the contractor security section. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett) (This image was altered by obscuring photos in this image for security reasons.)
A rocket sled is shown just before launch on the Holloman High Speed Test Track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 9-inch monorail sled was launched as part of the Hypersonic Readiness program, which is a series of tests being conducted by the 846th Test Squadron at Holloman to prepare for future rocket sled testing to support programs and projects including the Hypersonic Test and Evaluation Investment Portfolio and the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon, as well as hypersonic sled tests for other customers. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Ashley Dement, an electrical technician lead, works on a rake used to characterize the flow of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex 16-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, March 24, 2020, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)

About AEDC

AEDC shieldArnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) operates more than 68 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units located in eight states. Many of the complex's test units have capabilities unmatched elsewhere in the United States; some are unique in the world. AEDC is one of three installations which are part of the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), one of six subordinate commands of the Air Force Materiel Command organization and an important national resource. View AEDC's fact sheet. View/Read AEDC's Test Facility Guide.

Our Mission: To prove the superiority of systems required to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy.

Our Vision: Second to none!

ID/CAC/Visitor Badge

The Arnold AFB Visitors' Center is the single point of service for issuance of identification media to include Common Access Cards (CAC), military (including Guard, Reserve or Retiree) and family member ID Cards. The center also produces access badges/cards for entry to AEDC/Arnold AFB.

The Visitors' Control Center and DEERS office operates from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (0630-1700) Monday through Friday. To ensure availability of required services please call (931) 454-5453.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is such an important part of giving back to the community. Below are volunteer opportunities and resources available to base personnel.

Commander's Action Line

The Commander's Action Line is an integral part of the base feedback network. Always use the proper chain of command to address your concerns; if you are not satisfied with the response or you are unable to resolve the problem or concern, call the Action Line at (931) 454-6000. You may also submit an Action Line ONLY after the member has attempted to make resolution through the appropriate chain through the AEDC Intranet home page.

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AEDC Public Affairs
100 Kindel Drive
Suite A-242
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
(931) 454-4204

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