Technical Advisory Board meeting held to discuss efforts and opportunities at Arnold AFB

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Leadership with National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS) contractor for Arnold Engineering Development Complex at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., led a teleconference Oct. 13 and 14 with members of the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) of its University Consortium made up of senior professors from universities across the nation.

Among the topics discussed was the need to advance test and evaluation capabilities and the current efforts taking place at Arnold, as well as the AEDC geographically separated units.
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Upgrades bring the AEDC 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel nozzle back to life

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – A $13 million dollar project to upgrade the nozzle drive motors for the Arnold Engineering Development Complex 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel, or 16S, at Arnold Air Force Base is complete as of early October.

While the last customer test in 16S was completed in 1997, a new investment of $60 million dollars is expected to relaunch the tunnel as an active testbed this winter after four years of restoration and modernization.
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Arnold AFB Water Treatment Plant undergoes major upgrade

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The Water Treatment Plant at Arnold Air Force Base is now brighter, safer, more reliable and more efficient thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation project that included everything from cosmetic and quality of life upgrades to complete infrastructure and operating system overhauls.

“This project helps ensure that we continue to provide potable water to all base personnel that meets or exceeds the standards set by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Joshua Cooke, senior utility manager with the Civil Engineering Operations Section at Arnold AFB.
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Ironworkers overcome challenges to complete platform for AEDC engine test cell ahead of schedule

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Earlier this year, a group of ironworkers with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex Model and Machine Shop at Arnold Air Force Base were tasked with building a complex aluminum platform system for the C-2 Engine Test Cell.

While on paper the task seemed easy enough, the ironworker crew was sent home before they got a chance to begin the project. On April 6, Arnold Air Force Base went into an Operationally Urgent status, or Tier 2 operations, which allowed base entry only for those employees required to complete critical test missions and support functions.
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NAS Technical Director joins TEDxTullahoma as a guest speaker

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. TEDxTullahoma, an informational event that is open to the local community, is scheduled for Oct. 24 at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI). National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS) is one of the event sponsors.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. at UTSI, there is a full day planned with seven speakers, one being NAS’s very own Technical Director, Chris Crumbly. The theme of the event is “Change.”

Crumbly stated he is looking forward to speaking at the TEDxTullahoma event.
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Filtered water stations installed around Arnold Air Force Base

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – In an effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices and provide more drinking water sources for employees, the Arnold Air Force Base Civil Engineering group worked with the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor’s potable water team to have filtered water fill stations installed on base.

According to Joshua Cooke, senior utility manager at Arnold, the two groups worked together to identify areas where water fill stations could be installed to supply water to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex workforce at Arnold.
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AEDC team members observe Insider Threat Awareness Month

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – National Insider Threat Awareness Month was observed by AEDC team members throughout the month of September.

The recognition of Insider Threat Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between several organizations – the National Counterintelligence and Security Center; National Insider Threat Task Force; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Intelligence and Security; Department of Homeland Security; and the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency – to emphasize the importance of detecting, deterring and reporting insider threats.

This year’s theme for Insider Threat Awareness Month was “Resilience.”
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Air Force, NAS intern programs team up

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Department of Defense and contractor employees work together day in, day out at Arnold Air Force Base to fulfill the mission of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), headquartered at Arnold AFB. This year, that cooperation was extended to the internship programs run by DOD and National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS), the Test Operations and Sustainment Contractor for AEDC.

“We need both workforces (DOD and contractor) to provide world-class testing and analysis,” said Sarah Beth Morgan, Chief of Complex Support for AEDC. “Based on that premise, it made sense to join intern efforts to make sure all interns hired to support the AEDC mission understand as much as possible about the base, the mission, the DOD aerospace industry, and the way that both DOD and defense contractors work together to accomplish a common goal.”
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NAS team member gifts wood flag to Air Force

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges for Arnold Engineering Development Complex, among them communicating with Team AEDC when many members were off base and out of reach of their work email.

During a time when there were so many unknowns, AEDC Commander Col. Jeffrey Geraghty took to Facebook Live, along with AEDC Superintendent Chief Master Sgt. Robert Heckman, to host virtual town halls accessible to members of Team AEDC both on and off base.
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AEDC Team members use special motion camera to troubleshoot excessive vibrations

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The Condition-Based Maintenance team at Arnold Air Force Base has added a new tool to their bag of vibration analysis methods – a Motion Amplification Camera.

As part of the CBM vibration program, readings are taken regularly from vibration sensors monitoring equipment in the Arnold Engineering Development Complex facilities.

“The vibration program is a predictive maintenance effort that has been on the base since the 90s,” said Matthew Breuhl, CBM Vibration Lead with National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor for AEDC. “Through the use of vibration analysis, it is possible to detect common faults or defects within rotating machinery before failure occurs. This can allow for more planned maintenance to be conducted and less reactionary, which is typically three to five times as costly.”
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