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Col. Scott A. Cain is commander of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. The Complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 55 aerospace test facilities across six states. With facilities at Arnold Air Force Base in middle Tennessee and operating locations at the Federal Research Center at White Oak near Silver Spring, Md.; at Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, Calif.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace system developers. The test facilities simulate flight from subsonic to hypersonic speeds at altitudes from sea level to space. All NASA manned spacecraft and every high performance aircraft, missile, most space launch systems and many military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today have been tested at the Complex.


Colonel Cain received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1995, where he was a distinguished graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering. Colonel Cain attended undergraduate pilot training in 1995 and was selected to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. After completion of F-16 training, he served as an operational F-16 pilot at Kunsan AB, Korea, and Misawa AB, Japan, flying combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. He also served as an F-117A Nighthawk pilot at Holloman AFB, where he attended the U.S. Air Force Weapons School F-117 Division. He was then selected to attend U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, and he served a follow-on tour in the 416th Flight Test Squadron as a developmental test pilot. Colonel Cain completed the Air Force Fellows program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), followed by duty as an Operations Officer and as Commander of the 40th Flight Test Squadron.  Colonel Cain also served as Senior Military Evaluator for Air Warfare systems within the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation. He comes to Arnold after successful command of the 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB.



1995  Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.

2002  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2003 Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.

2003  U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

2005  U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

2006  Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence

2008  Air Force Fellow, DARPA, Arlington, Va.

2011 Air War College, by correspondence

2015 Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, Washington, D.C.



  1. September 1995 - October 1996, student, undergraduate pilot training, Sheppard AFB, Texas

  2. November 1996 - December1996, student, introduction to fighter fundamentals, Columbus AFB, Miss.

  3. February 1997 - October 1997, student, F-16 qualification training, Luke AFB, Ariz.

  4. October 1997 - September 1998, F-16 pilot, chief of training, Kunsan AB, Korea 

  5. October 1998 - November 2000, F-16 pilot, chief of current ops, Misawa AB, Japan

  6. December 2000 - December 2004, F-117 pilot, chief of standardization and evaluation, Holloman AFB, N.M.

  7. January 2005 - December 2005, student, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  8. January 2006 - April 2008, developmental test pilot, 416th Flight Test Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  9. May 2008 - May 2009, Air Force Fellow, DARPA, Arlington, Va.

  10. June 2009 - May 2010, operations officer, classified location

  11. June 2010 - July 2012, Commander, 40th Flight Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.

  12. August 2012 - July 2014, Senior Military Evaluator, Air Warfare, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation, Washington, D.C.

  13. August 2014 - June 2015, student, Eisenhower School, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

  14. July 2015 – June 2017, Commander, 412th Operations Group, Edwards AFB, Calif.

  15. July 2017 – Present, Commander, Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold AFB, Tenn.



Rating: Command pilot

Flight Hours: more than 2,800 hours 

Aircraft Flown: 29 aircraft including F-35, F-16, and F-117



Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Air Medal

Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster

Air Force Achievement Medal



Second Lieutenant May, 1995

First Lieutenant May, 1997

Captain May, 1999

Major July, 2005

Lieutenant Colonel March, 2009

Colonel June, 2015


(Current as of July 2017)