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Arnold AFB, TN

Arnold AFB, TN 37389  |  Base Operator: DSN 340-3000, (931) 454-3000

Arnold AFB: Overview

Arnold AFB is the home of the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). The mission of the AEDC is to assist in the development of aerospace systems by conducting tests on a variety of hardware in facilities that simulate flight conditions. The facilities used to conduct these tests are the most advanced and the largest flight simulation test facilities in the world. The AEDC maintains 58 of these facilities, which include aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges, and other hardware. The AEDC is part of the Air Force Materiel Command.

The base was originally named Camp Peay after the Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, and was a National Guard Camp in 1926. It was later named Camp Forrest after Civil War General Nathan Bedford Forrest and served as a training base from 1941 – 1946. It was actually one of the largest Army training installations at that time. In 1949, the base was transformed into the Air Engineering Development center. Following the death of General Henry “Hap” Arnold, President Truman named the base in his honor.

Arnold AFB: Education

Attending an online school while stationed at Arnold AFB will allow you to stay in school no matter what challenges you may face in your career. You can take classes anywhere and at anytime. So, whether you go on TDY or PCS, you never have to worry about putting school on hold. You may want to request information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Arnold AFB: Location

Arnold AFB is located off of Interstate 24 between Nashville and Chattanooga, which are two of the larger cities in the State of Tennessee. There are three communities within the immediate area of the AEDC. These cities are Manchester, Tullahoma and Winchester. The base falls within the boundaries of Coffee and Franklin counties in Middle Tennessee. The other communities that are near Arnold AFB include McMinnville, Monteagle, and Murfreesboro.

Arnold AFB: Interesting Facts

  • Camp Forrest became a Prisoner of War Camp on May 12, 1942, holding Italian, Japanese, and German POWs.
  • General George S. Patton and his 2nd Armored Division came to Camp Forrest for maneuvers.
  • William Northern Field was an addition to Camp Forrest during WWII and was used to train B-24 Liberator crews.
  • The AEDC was instrumental in testing space capsules and providing other support for the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Programs.

For more information about Arnold AFB, please visit www.arnold.af.mil.

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