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Arnold Air Force Base

Arnold Engineering Development Center
Wattendorf Memorial Hwy, Tullahoma, TN 37388

Arnold Air Force Base
Shortly before the end of World War II, General Henry H. Arnold asked Dr. Theodore von Karman to study Germany’s rapid development of advanced jet aircraft and other systems which almost allowed the then-Nazi-dominated nation to win World War II. At General Arnold’s request, Dr. von Karman formed a Scientific Advisory Group to chart a long-range research and development course for the future of the U.S. Air Force. The result was Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC). President Harry Truman dedicated AEDC on June 5th, 1951. Since then, AEDC has contributed to the development of nearly every national aerospace program. Today, the center operates 58 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units.


Near the base is the town of Tullahoma. During the civil war, Tullahoma served in 1863 as the headquarters for the Confederate Army of Tennessee. That year the Union Army undertook the Tullahoma Campaign, defeating Confederate forces and taking control of Middle Tennessee. Federal troops occupied this area for the duration of the war. Union forces also captured Chattanooga. After the war, Tullahoma recovered slowly, but began to prosper owing to its railroad link.

Arriving at Arnold Air Force Base

Arnold AFB requires a unique security badge for entry to the Arnold Engineering Development Center. For military personnel, the Military Personnel Office will submit the required paperwork to the Pass and Registration building for processing when they receive your orders. To obtain your security badge, you should coordinate with your sponsor to meet you at the Pass and Registration building, located adjacent to the Main Gate, upon arriving at Arnold AFB.


All firearms must be registered on base. For additional information on registering firearms contact Security Forces at 931-454-5662/312-340-5662.


The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.

The Area Code for Arnold Air Force Base is 931 (931-XXX-XXXX)
The DSN prefix for Arnold Air Force Base is 340 (340-XXXX)

Base Population
There are 2,118 active duty, federal civil servants, NAF personnel and civilian contractors on Arnold Air Force Base.
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