Arnold AFB test teams maintain mission focus through COVID-19 constraints

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Most teams at Arnold Engineering Development Complex tasked with carrying out work critical to national security, for a period of time, did not have a full complement of personnel on hand.

Precautions requiring adherence, such as team members maintaining a proper distance from one another and the use of personal protection equipment when this is not possible, were put in place.

But test groups across AEDC have continued to overcome the difficulties presented by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to accomplish one of AEDC Commander Col. Jeffrey Geraghty’s three priorities for those performing critical work – for Team AEDC to execute as much of the mission as possible.
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Arnold machinists continue work to support AEDC mission, national defense

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Test operations across Arnold Engineering Development Complex are not possible without the proper components for the test facilities.

Those overseeing testing rely on craft personnel within the Complex to provide the consumable parts necessary to accommodate customers and accomplish the mission. Among the craft groups that work to support testing are the machinists in the Arnold Air Force Base Model and Machine Shop.

“It often goes unnoticed, but the Precision Machinists group, day in and day out, churn out components, without a lot of fanfare, that keep many of the facilities here at AEDC up and running,” said Bob Williams, Precision Machine Shop superintendent with National Aerospace Solutions, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor for AEDC.
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National Aerospace Solutions supports local health department with additional PPE donation

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Local frontline health care workers received another round of support amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as National Aerospace Solutions (NAS) has again donated a large supply of personal protective equipment to the Coffee County Health Department (CCHD) in Manchester.

On May 12, NAS personnel delivered 2,000 KN95 masks to the CCHD. The masks were provided by Bechtel, the parent company of NAS, which has been providing company projects with disaster relief supplies from the inventory at the Bechtel Equipment Operations (BEO) center in Texas. The supplies are provided to these company projects, such as NAS, the Test Operations and Sustainment Contractor at Arnold Air Force Base, to serve as donations to local medical facilities and first responders.
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United Way of Highway 55 receives $25K from Bechtel Group Foundation

The Bechtel Group Foundation is donating $3 million to communities across the world coping with the coronavirus pandemic, in partnership with the crowdfunding nonprofit GlobalGiving, and $25,000 of those dollars will be sent directly to the United Way of Highway 55 in Tullahoma.

The Foundation will award direct grants from the newly established, Bechtel COVID-19 Relief Fund to charitable organizations in smaller U.S. communities that are the home to large Bechtel projects. This includes the Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base because National Aerospace Solutions LLC (NAS), the Test, Operations and Sustainment (TOS) Contractor there, is a Bechtel-led company.
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Arnold AFB Warehouse ensures supplies flow onto base in spite of coronavirus

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Arnold Air Force Base, headquarters for the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, even in a reduced capacity while in an “operationally urgent” posture due to the coronavirus, requires both people and the materials they require to carry out their jobs.

The Base Warehouse ensures those materials are received on Base and available for delivery to the workforce.
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Tunnel 9 executing mission during COVID-19 pandemic

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Arnold Engineering Develop­ment Complex leadership at the White Oak site and Hyperveloc­ity Wind Tunnel 9 have been im­plementing mitigation measures against COVID-19 over the last several weeks.

According to Gregory Fox, Tunnel 9 Branch Manager for the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the mitigation efforts continue to change daily.
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National Aerospace Solutions donates supplies to local health department

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – To support the local fight against COVID-19, National Aerospace Solutions recently donated a large quantity of personal protection equipment to the Coffee County Health Department in Manchester.

Bechtel, the parent company of NAS, has been providing disaster relief supplies from existing inventory at the Bechtel Equipment Operations center in Texas to company projects, such as NAS, located throughout the country. The supplies were provided to these company projects to serve as donations to local medical facilities and first responders.
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NAS Women’s Day event highlights work of women-led organization that supports area women

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – In recognition of International Women’s Day and the month of March as Women’s History Month, members of National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS) organized an event held on March 13 at Arnold Air Force Base, highlighting the important work of Blue Monarch, a residential recovery program for women.

Jennifer Edmonston, NAS Human Resources Manager, said representatives of Blue Monarch were chosen to speak at this year’s event to provide information on the important role that the local, women-led organization plays in the community by giving women who are suffering from hardships the opportunity to get back on their feet.
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Arnold engineers implement Condition-Based Maintenance Wireless Network AEDC pilot program achieves AFMC first

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – An innovative pilot project at Arnold Air Force Base is providing a potential solution to improving the condition-based maintenance, or CBM, program for Arnold Engineering Development Complex assets.

In a unique industrial environment such as Arnold AFB, obtaining the necessary measurements for CBM decisions can be challenging. A secure and reliable network of wireless instrumentation may prove to be the solution.
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NAS participates in Small Business Industry Day in Nashville

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Acquisition Team members with National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Test Operations and Sustainment contractor at Arnold Air Force Base, attended the 2020 Small Business Industry Day on March 5 at Tennessee State University in Nashville.

Cindy Dixon, a Subcontract Administrator and Small Business Advocate, with the help of Meron Agonafir and Frances Samples, both Negotiated Buyers, manned the NAS exhibit at the event, which was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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