A F404 engine is prepared to run in the Sea Level 1 Test Cell at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2020. The F404 will be operated to determine the health of the engine and if it is suitable for use as an engine sensors testbed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
John VanScoten, left, an outside machinist, Daryl Osteen, a test operations engineer, and other Team AEDC personnel work in the control room of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Aerodynamic and Propulsion Test Unit (APTU), May 20, 2020, while wearing masks to help mitigate risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The APTU team has performed their tasks, providing hypersonic testing capabilities, without interruption during the pandemic. Hypersonics is considered a critical field for national defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Jeff Albro, right, Joint Strike Fighter Joint Program Office F135 ground test and evaluation manager, speaks with Lt. Col. Lane Haubelt, Materiel leader for the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Aeropropulsion Ground Test Branch, as they and others tour the J2 test cell with an F135 engine installed, Sept. 2, 2020, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. Testing of a new rotor design, also tested in a Sea Level test cell, is continuing in J2 after an outage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
Workers install a new sign at the Main Gate at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., on Oct. 22, 2020. The new sign, located alongside Wattendorf Highway before entering the base, was necessary after an accident occurred in February 2020, in which a car ran off the roadway and collided with the previous sign. The project was completed by the Simplified Acquisition Base Engineering Requirements (SABER) contractor, SDVE, LLC. (U.S. Air Force photos by Deidre Moon)
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!

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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.

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

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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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Arnold AFB, TN 37389
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