New group providing new hires with networking, development opportunities

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – New hires may often be unsure of who to turn to for help on a project, have questions about the structure of the organization they work for, or want more information on what they can do to help their company prosper.

A group was recently formed to provide new hires with the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor at Arnold Air Force Base, National Aerospace Solutions, and its subcontractors with an environment for quality networking, career development and stewardship.
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Voorhes recognized for “lunch and learn” program, a professional development tool, and AEDC success

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – Young engineers are often expected to know aspects of the job they may not yet be familiar with, and one of the biggest challenges they face is pinpointing where to find answers to their questions or identifying the best person to ask, according to Austin Voorhes, a senior mechanical design engineer at Arnold Air Force Base.

To help newer engineers acquire some of the skills and fundamentals needed, Voorhes several years ago established “lunch and learn” sessions at Arnold. Since he undertook this effort, more than 100 lunch and learn sessions covering an array of topics have been held.
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Manufacturing Group pauses to reflect on lives of Hill and Overman, receive reminder on importance of safety

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. – A plaque bearing the names and images of John T. Hill and Alvin D. Overman now occupies a small space next to the bay door of Building 446 at Arnold Air Force Base.

The plate reads, “In Memory of the men who lost their lives in service to AEDC at the Model Shop.” Inscribed at the bottom is a date – December 10, 1971 – the day the lives of both Hill and Overman were tragically claimed by a silent killer.
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Arnold AFB craftsmen assist in NFAC return to service

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – A trio of craftsmen at Arnold Air Force Base recently made a more than 2,300-mile trip out west to help the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex expedite its return to service.

In early February, John England, Andy Riis and Tim Taylor traveled to NFAC, located at Moffett Field, in Mountain View, California. There, the three provided fit-up and welding support in NFAC’s 40-foot diameter fan drive section.
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Arnold engineers discuss what it means to be an engineer

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – At the heart of what goes on at AEDC are engineers.

Engineers oversee the testing, conduct the research and complete the maintenance necessary for AEDC to accomplish its mission. Now, it’s time to celebrate the impact these men and women and other engineers have on the world around them.
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Tunnel 9 staying in high demand

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The prediction made years ago by the team at AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, has come to fruition, and their forecast of an increased workload was on point.

For the past several years, Tunnel 9 has been running at near to capacity. Tunnel 9 Director Dan Marren said the recent uptick in facility activity can be heavily attributed to what he described as currently the “hottest ticket” in aerospace – hypersonics.
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Tunnel 9 returns from busy outage

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – For some the term “outage” may conjure up images of throttling down while the maintenance team takes control of the cell, using the downtime to recharge operationally before a return to full production.

But for the team at AEDC Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, the facility’s annual outage has been anything but idle.
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AEDC team members resurrect 1996 software to assist in engineering analyses at Arnold AFB

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Through a combined effort of AEDC team members, a 1996 pressure vessel hazard analysis software program was installed and made useable on a current system at Arnold Air Force Base.

Joshua Diller, an AEDC system administrator, explained that he found a way to install the analysis software, written to be used with Windows 95, so that it would run as needed to help with early engineering analyses related to pressure vessels.
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AEDC T-11 engine test cell modified to expand its capabilities

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The AEDC T-11 engine test cell at Arnold Air Force Base has been enhanced to perform a wide variety of research tests in addition to its primary role of testing small engines in a direct-connect configuration.

The Air Force Project Manager for upcoming technology tests in T-11, Joshua Osborne, explained that one of the largest benefits is that this provides a cost effective way to develop and prove needed test techniques at a lower scale or at the component level to reduce risk to high-cost advanced weapon systems.
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