Heard, leaving how he arrived

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – After working almost 45 years for AEDC at Arnold, software engineer Tommie Heard is crossing over to test the retirement waters.

As he sat in the Administration and Engineering building lobby for the last time, he remembered how it all started for him at AEDC – in the lobby.
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Five new AEDC Fellows honored

TULLAHOMA, TENN. – Five new AEDC Fellows were inducted during a banquet and ceremony June 23 at the Arnold Lakeside Center, Arnold Air Force Base.

The Arnold Community Council AEDC Fellows Committee, which runs the AEDC Fellows program, the highest honor for AEDC employees, has selected this year’s winners. Two of the new Fellows are Technical, two Craft and one is Lifetime Achievement.
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NAS employees applauded for their support at C-Plant


Key members of the NAS team supporting Aeropropulsion System Test Facility C-Plant were recently recognized by the Air Force for their noteworthy expertise, professionalism and assistance during a special effort at C-Plant. Recognized were Gary Knox, Brian Shields, Brent Petry and Stevie Sullivan. NAS leadership also extended thanks to these four individuals, and presented each with a letter and coin from Col Haughian. Pictured above are Tom Currie, NAS Mission Execution Director; Brent Petry; Gary Knox; Brian Shields; Rod Cregier, Aeropropulsion Branch Manager; and Cynthia Rivera, NAS General Manager. NAS Leadership also recognizes the great support for this special effort provided by: Ezra Perkins Der’Ivan Kelly, Richard Miller, Julius Lockett, John Meeks, David Brooks, Steve Cowan and Alvin Cleek. (U.S. Air Force photo/Deidre Ortiz)


Small business outreach event offers information to vendors on doing business with AEDC contractor

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. — The AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contractor at Arnold Air Force Base will host a small business outreach event June 28 at the Franklin County Annex building in Winchester, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“This event will educate suppliers and subcontractors on how to successfully do business with National Aerospace Solutions [the AEDC TOS contractor],” said Cindy Dixon, NAS Subcontract Administrator and Small Business Advocate Certified Supplier Diversity Professional.
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ISO 9001 certification approved for the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contractor

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. — Personnel with the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment, or TOS, contractor at Arnold Air Force Base are credited with accomplishing ISO 9001 certification.

The contractor, National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, was certified ISO 9001 compliant after an audit performed by independent registrar Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, or LRQA, May 16-18.
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NAS Technology Branch recognizing daily innovations occurring at Arnold AFB

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. — The NAS Technology Innovations Branch directors are recognizing new technical capabilities at Arnold AFB and the innovators behind the ideas. There have been many innovative approaches in logistics, test support, manufacturing, engineering solutions and information technologies which have noticeably improved efficiency and decreased mission risks.
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Team members unite to make safety a priority

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. — The members of the Manufacturing Safety Leadership Council, or MSLC, at AEDC are witnessing the rewards of having involvement from team members to achieve a superior safety mindset.

Since the beginning of the fiscal year 2017, the council and AEDC craft workers have implemented solutions to 181 self-reported findings due to the involvement of the craft team performing field installation work in the plant and test areas, the manufacturing fabrication areas and the laboratories.
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Local school receives aid for STEM initiatives

Richard Skipper (second from left), director of Career and Technical Education for Coffee County Schools, accepts a donation from an Arnold Engineering Development Complex contractor, National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, General Manager Cynthia Rivera for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs at the Coffee County Central High School, Manchester. AEDC supports many STEM efforts throughout middle Tennessee impacting nearly 19,000 students in more than 60 schools since 2013. Pictured left to right is NAS Technical Director Woodrow Whitlow, Skipper, NAS Deputy General Manager Doug Pearson, Rivera, student Daniel Frideczky, Drafting and STEM instructor Jon Spears, students George Gannon, Heather Bishop, Matthew Wright, John Ballard and Christopher Dillinger. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bob Pullen)

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Group recognized for continued commitment

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – NAS Mission Execution Director Tom Currie (far left), NAS Business Services Director Mike Lugo (second from left), and NAS General Manager Cynthia Rivera (far right) present an award Feb. 3 to NAS team members Randy Sloan, Summer Bishop, James Murr, Carl Shetters and Rusty Zarecor. The group was recognized for demonstrating the continued commitment required to achieve excellence and success in completion of three Assessment and Authorization packages for test platforms in four areas, two of which were completed several months early. The Authority to Operate for these systems were received from the Air Force Materiel Command.

AEDC H2 Arc Heater team validating new test capability

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – To meet development and testing needs for long-range strike and hypersonic vehicle materials, the H2 Arc Heater at AEDC has been upgraded, with checkouts being performed recently to ensure the modifications were successful. According to Harry Clark, AEDC senior engineer with the Strategic Plans and Test Facility Requirements, this project, known as the Mid-Pressure Arc Heater Prototype project or MPAH, has been a risk reduction effort that supports the Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP) project upgrading the H2 arc-jet test capability.
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