Bridge to the Future event provides unique opportunity for prospective AEDC team members

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Bridge to the Future, an event hosted by National Aerospace Solutions, the Test Operations and Sustainment contractor for AEDC, provided college-age students of AEDC team members the chance to see where their family works and learn about the many career opportunities available at Arnold Air Force Base.

During the event, the participants heard from several individuals in leadership roles at Arnold AFB, which included AEDC Commander Col. Scott Cain and Col. Raymond Briggs, chief of the Arnold Air Force Base Test Systems Sustainment branch, NAS General Manager Cynthia Rivera and NAS Deputy General Manager Doug Pearson, among others. They also took a tour of the test facilities and then had one-on-one time with a mentor working in their particular area of interest.
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AEDC teams assist in preparing the Dream Chaser for its future missions

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser space plane recently had a successful free-flight test over the Mojave Desert in California, later making its landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The Hypersonic CTF at Edwards AFB is managed by AEDC, which is headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.
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National Aerospace Solutions honors team members at 2017 Salute to Excellence Annual Awards Banquet

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – National Aerospace Solutions (NAS) Team members with the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contract received awards for their contributions to NAS and AEDC during the 2017 NAS Salute to Excellence Annual Awards Banquet. Held at the Arnold Lakeside Center Nov. 16, each award winner was recognized by a member of the NAS senior management team and presented with a commemorative plaque and a cash award.
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Focus on safety continues to bring success

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – The Arnold Air Force Base, NFAC and Tunnel 9 Safety Condition Campaign has thus far proven to be a success, as more than half of the items identified since the beginning of 2017 have been permanently addressed.

According to Safety, Health & Environmental Manager Richard Nugent, more than 800 issues have been identified to-date, all of which have been at least temporarily addressed and some conditions have been permanently addressed.
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Donation made in support of Hands-On Science Center’s STEM programs


Doug Pearson, deputy general manager of National Aerospace Solutions, LLC, the contractor overseeing the AEDC Test Operations and Sustainment contract, presents a check for $5,000 to Deb Wimberley, director of the Hands on Science Center in Tullahoma, to help support the HOSC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. AEDC supports many STEM efforts throughout middle Tennessee impacting nearly 19,000 students in more than 60 schools since 2013. AEDC also has a program dedicated to STEM at Arnold Air Force Base. Pictured left to right are Carole Thomas, president of the HOSC Board of Directors; Pearson; Wimberly; and Jim Jolliffe, a member of the HOSC Board of Directors. (Courtesy photo)

Team members make a St. Jude donation through golf tournament

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – When the Lightning Classic Golf Tournament was coordinated for Aug. 4 at the Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was selected to receive the proceeds.

“This tournament was one of many that we’ve had and it involved effort from several people,” said Roy Mullins, AEDC truck driver and tournament director. “This is the first one that’s been held that benefited St. Jude. We were able to donate $1,000 dollars to St. Jude.”
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AEDC von Kármán Facility benefits from X-ray Lab team’s innovative efforts

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – During the recent pressure system recertification effort at the von Kármán Gas Dynamics Facility at Arnold Air Force Base, the AEDC Nondestructive Testing and X-ray Lab team members identified a crack-like flaw in a high-pressure vessel but were able to implement a technique that allowed the vessel to remain in service.

According to Ken Delaney, Fitness for Service (FSS) analysis was used to determine if the vessel could remain in use, and if so, its remaining life and the frequency it would need to be inspected.
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AEDC Commander Col. Scott Cain introduces himself, outlines his plans

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – July was a busy month at Arnold Air Force Base, with Col. Rodney Todaro passing the AEDC guidon over to new Commander, Col. Scott Cain.

As a way to introduce himself to the workforce at Arnold, Col. Cain provided information through a “Who am I?” presentation during a recent Commander’s Call meeting.
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Lt. Col. Hoffman becomes director of the Flight Systems Combined Test Force

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Lt. Col. David Hoffman, right, becomes director of the Flight Systems Combined Test Force (TSTW) during a Change of Directorship ceremony July 21 inside the Model Installation Building, part of the Propulsion Wind Tunnel Test Facility, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee. Col. Timothy West, (left) chief of the AEDC Test Operations Division, passes the TSTW guidon to Hoffman as 1st Lt. Roy Fisher, looks on. The Flight Systems CTF provides aerodynamic ground-test capabilities from low subsonic to hypersonic speeds in various wind tunnels and supports Department of Defense, U.S. industry and international aerospace programs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

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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