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  • Safety Office enables Team AEDC to meet mission

    “Hi, I’m from Safety and I’m here to help!”OK, what did you think when you read that statement? What most people have thought in the past is something along the lines of, “Oh brother…” Today’s AEDC Safety Office wants you to file all that away and take a fresh look at an organization that exists to

  • Multi-Functional Team vital to AEDC fulfilling mission

    It’s no secret, and will not surprise any AEDC employee, past or present, that the majority of AEDC’s workforce are contractors, approximately 75 percent contractors in fact. The mission of AEDC cannot happen without our contractor workforce. As a result, expert contract management is critical for

  • AEDC Hypersonic Systems Test Branch ready to meet, exceed expectations

    As for all of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), the Hypersonic Systems Test Branch (TSTH) possesses a long, renowned history stretching back to the days of the X-15 rocket plane. In the 1950s, the U.S. was faced with great-power competition in the Cold War, and the U.S. Air Force

  • Trial by Fire – Actionable data to power the Nation’s defense

    Nearly four decades ago, the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF), the largest and most capable turbine engine test facility in the nation was dedicated. Faced with the Soviet Union’s growing threat of advanced military capability in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the nation turned to AEDC

  • Workforce Development – beyond Training and Education

    AEDC Commander Col. Jeffrey Geraghty’s AEDC Strategy 2020 established three priorities: Pursue Mission Excellence, Invest in our People, and Improve and Sustain the Complex. The staff of the Personnel Division take the words “Invest in our People” as a personal commitment.The human resource cycle

  • Program Management Office helping AEDC meet its mission

    One of the goals of the Department of Defense National Defense Strategy is to “Reform the Department for Greater Performance and Affordability.”  Part of this goal includes adapting organizational structures to best meet evolving mission needs, by consolidating, eliminating or restructuring as

  • AEDC Strategy 2020: A disciplined approach

    Upon arriving at Arnold Air Force Base last summer, I re­ceived the mission brief that most of you have seen.Until that point, I had no real understanding of what goes on within AEDC on a day-to-day basis. In retrospect, I didn’t get it that much better after the brief. It wasn’t until I was lucky

  • Pursuing Mission Excellence: Striving to be “Second to None”

    “Pursue Mission Excellence,” “Invest in our People,” “Improve and Sustain the Complex;” the three priorities laid out by AEDC leadership “to prove the systems required to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy” and put us on a path towards “Sec­ond to None.”What does mission excellence