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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NAS focusing on safety in the New Year Kicks off the Safety Condition Campaign for 2017

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Returning back to work after the holidays, NAS leadership wants to remind its employees the importance of safety in all that we do as we carry out the AEDC mission.

Safety Refresher sessions for all NAS employees were held base wide on Jan. 3. The items covered included being prepared and taking necessary precautions during winter weather, knowing hazards and controls and ensuring that we take into account safety before and while completing work tasks.
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NAS NFAC team members donate to United Way

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – Jeff Johnson (left), NAS Branch Manager at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, along with Christine Taylor (center), NAS NFAC United Way employee campaign coordinator, present a check for $2,000 from NAS to Dan Aldrich of United Way Bay Area Dec. 15, 2016. The donation was part of the NAS United Way campaign at all three AEDC operating locations – Tennessee, California and Maryland. (NAS Photo by Adam Tupis)

Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 NAS team members donate to United Way

ARNOLD AFB, Tenn. – National Aerospace Solutions employees Steve Taylor, left, and Carol Paschall, right, at the Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, present a check for $2,000 from NAS to the United Way of the National Capitol Area representative Levina Kim. NAS conducted the United Way employee campaign at its three operating locations in Tennessee, California and Maryland. (U.S. Air Force photo/A.J. Spicer)

AEDC is ‘a key testing resource’ for GE Aviation

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. – Altitude performance and operability testing of the General Electric Passport 20 engine, used in the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jets, was recently completed in an engine test cell at Arnold Engineering Development Complex.

According to Ben Frisby, Passport 20 evaluation and test program leader for GE Aviation, the testing was successful and “helped drive improvements into the engine.”
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