Arnold Air Force Base
Arnold Engineering Development Center
Wattendorf Memorial Hwy, Tullahoma, TN 37388
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.
A close airport is Nashville International Airport, located 73 miles away form base.
Directions from Nashville International Airport:
Take Terminal Dr to I-40 W
Follow I-24 E to Wattendorf Memorial Hwy in Arnold Air Force Base
Take exit 117 from I-24 E
Follow Wattendorf Memorial Hwy to your destination
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)
TRICARE Information and News
For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
To be enrolled in a Tennessee school, a child must be 5 years of age on or before August 15th of the school year they will be starting. Check with the school for other requirements.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Tennessee Department-Human Services (931) 648-5500
Strives to create communities where children grow up safe from abuse, neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from domestic violence and where parents can be strengthened in their capacity to keep their family safe.
Tennessee Department of Health (615) 532-7665
Tennessee Humane Society (931) 728-0903
Tullahoma Police Department (931) 455-0530
Base Operator (931) 454-3000
Chaplain (931) 454-7970
Housing Services Office (931) 454-5454
Legal Services and JAG (931) 454-3051
General information about Air Force Housing, to include Arnold’s housing facilities and information for on-base housing can be reached here. All military personnel must check in with the military housing office before making off-base housing arrangements. For more information contact the Arnold AFB Housing office at (931) 454-7687 or by DSN 340-7687.
Additionally, you may find the Housing Early Assist Tool (HEAT) useful in completing your PCS by providing a venue in obtaining housing assistance, sponsored by HQ Air Force Housing.
13.1 miles from base
Boasting a population of nearly 20,000 Tullahoma is renowned for its diverse performing arts groups. Tullahoma High School supports instrumental, vocal, theatrical, and visual arts. The THS Band program is recognized for it excellence across the state and country. A few notable places to visit is the George Dickel Distillery, Rutledge Falls, Beechcraft Heritage Museum and Machine Falls Loop Trail.
8.7 miles from base
With a population of around 10,000 it is the county seat of Coffee County. Since 2002, Manchester has been the host city for the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival. The city’s population swells to nearly 100,000 people for the four-day event, for which people travel across the country to camp and enjoy continuous and diverse music. Some points of interest include Old Stone Fort, Great Stage Park, Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center and the Coffee County Conference Center.
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In Tullahoma, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 88°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 94°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 88°F and low of 67°F. The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 55°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 29°F and high of 48°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from March 16 to August 20, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on July 1. The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from August 20 to March 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on October 13.
Compared to the state average of Tennessee the cost of living index in Tullahoma, TN is 92, which is 2% higher than the average in Tennessee and compared to the national average it is 8% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%.
Getting to Know the Area
In Tullhoma, there are a number of great and exciting amenities to enjoy one of the parks, enjoy a play at the community playhouse, take in a museum, or visit one of the many recreational facilities.
Named after Felix Waggoner for his contribution and support of youth baseball, Waggoner Park offers several athletic fields and large open green spaces.
The Downtown Park offers a pleasant place to relax in the heart of downtown Tullahoma. This attractive green space features a gazebo and benches.
Little League Baseball has been played on the two fields located in the park since the early 1950s. The southernmost trailhead of the Rock Creek Greenway is located in Cascade Park.
Rock Creek Greenway
Rock Creek Greenway offers an eight-foot wide, ADA compliant walking path with bridges, benches, and picnic tables.
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