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Civil engineering

At the heart of the Arnold AFB Civil Engineer Branch (AEDC/TSDC) is its people. A high performing team of government civil servants and contractor personnel from the Test Operations and Sustainment, Facility Support Services, Performance Based Remediation and AbilityOne contracts work side-by-side to execute the Civil Engineer mission. The programs executed by these personnel are laser-focused on one of the three priorities listed in the recently published “AEDC Strategy 2020” – To Improve and Sustain the Complex.


At the center of the action is the CE Operations Flight. On duty 24/7/365, utility teams maintain a balance of operations and maintenance activities. Using a direct “hot line” to the Tennessee Valley Authority, crews order electrical power while locally coordinating cooling water demands with test crews to ensure the test periods are successful.

Equally important as providing “real time” utility services are the Facility Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization programs required to keep the systems in operation today and well into the future.

Aging building and utility systems across the Complex increases risk to the test mission. The challenge to reduce that risk has been faced head-on by our systems engineers and craftsman. A key component of their success is the implementation of a robust asset management program. The output of this program is the information needed to make mission focused data driven decisions to reduce overall life cycle costs and to reduce risk to test programs.


The CE Engineering Flight is a lean cradle-to-grave project development and execution organization and is the hub for contractor-executed projects that range in value from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars. They execute projects that sustain and improve utility and facility systems to keep them in a high state of readiness.

Installation Management

The Installation Management Flight is diverse group of engineers, biologists, real property and housing management specialists who work diligently every day to take care of our people and to keep Arnold AFB compliant with Air Force Instructions as well as Federal and State law.

Additionally, the Installation Management Flight coordinates with the following Federally Recognized Tribes:

  • Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
  • Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
  • Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town
  • Cherokee Nation
  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Kialegee Tribal Town
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma
  • Poarch Band of Creek Indians
  • Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
  • Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
  • United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management flight is a small group of specialists who are trained to handle response and recovery operations after natural-disasters or manmade crises strike. They are also charged with evaluating the Fire and Emergency Services contract operation ensuring their services are there when needed.