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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AEDC Innovation Grant research generates tactical solution for test facility security

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Engineers at Arnold Air Force Base have researched the use of a Cross-Domain Solution, or CDS, interface to allow plant operations systems outside of the plant control room to remain unclassified during classified test programs.

Scott Howard and Greg Halliburton, Department of Defense team members with the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Test Information Systems Section at Arnold, along with members of the Controls Design team with the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor, National Aerospace Solutions, worked to determine whether plant control parameters could be normalized with the addition of a CDS.
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Arnold engineers share what it means to them to be an engineer

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Arnold Engineering Development Complex has continued to grow and evolve over the nearly 70 years since President Harry Truman dedicated the site in honor of Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, but one thing has remained the same – engineers are the heart of AEDC.

Engineers oversee the testing, conduct the research and manage the maintenance necessary for AEDC to accomplish its objectives, and it is once again time to celebrate these men and women, along with other engineers across the nation, for the impact they have on the world around them.
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NAS Team Members Train to More Effectively Meet Project Management Demands

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – In December, National Aerospace Solutions, LLC (NAS), the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment (TOS) Contractor, invested in members of its workforce with a three-day class on project management.

The course was modeled after Bechtel’s Project Management Tier 1 Training and tailored to meet the specific needs of NAS. It was taught by Mark Seely, a project management training facilitator and former Bechtel employee.
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Arnold AFB craftsmen and others join to aid supersonic wind tunnel return to service

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The reactivation of the 16-foot supersonic wind tunnel at Arnold Air Force Base is on the horizon, and work continues behind the scenes to bring the dormant facility back to life.

Craftsmen in the Arnold AFB Model and Machine Shop are being lauded for the creativity and cohesion that led to the successful completion of a significant undertaking critical to reactivating the facility.
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AEDC T-3 engine test cell receives upgrades for future tests

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – The Arnold Engineering Development Complex T-3 turbine engine test cell at Arnold Air Force Base is undergoing several modifications to prepare it for future testing.

Built as part of the Engine Test Facility, or ETF, at Arnold in the early 1950s, the T-3 test cell was designed for testing small engines. It has the capability to reach Mach 4 at simulated altitudes below 70,000 feet and Mach 2.5 at sea-level conditions.
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