Historical marker looks like new thanks to Arnold Junior Force Council
By Deidre Ortiz, AEDC/PA
/ Published February 22, 2017
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.