Edwards Air Force Base
Edwards Air Force Base is located in the western part of the Mojave Desert. The base is 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The Edwards community is located in Kern County California.
Edwards Air Force Base is on land once visited by Spanish colonists and became the first home to many pioneer homesteaders. The base started as a bombing range in 1933 and became one of the major bomber training bases in World War II. The Air Force Flight Test Center was established during the war. The flight center has obtained more major milestones in flight than any place worldwide. The Bell XP-59 Airacomet, Bell X-1, B-2 Bomber and the NASA Space Shuttle were all created, tested and finalized for production at Edwards.
The Edwards Air Force base is comprised of the main base, the Dryden Flight Research Center, the Air Force Rocket Research Laboratory and North Base.
The main base includes a control tower, a Terminal Radar Approach Control Facility (TRACON), and a Radar Control Facility.
The Dryden Flight Research Center holds a great deal of the worlds most cutting-edge aircrafts. Edwards Air Force Base is known for American aviation, rocket propulsion, and aeronautical technology. Edwards continues act as the United States Air Force Flight Test Center.
Palmdale Regional Airport is less than 22 miles from Edwards Air Force Base.
When you arrive at the base, the first stop is Military Personnel Services, 661-277-4611 or DSN 312-527-4611. In-processing takes place every day, in Building 3000, Customer Service, Room, Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Uniforms are mandatory to in-process. You must have your PCS package from the previous base. If visiting after duty hours, your 24-hour arrival destination is the Base Lodging Office, Building 5602, High Desert Inn, 661-275-7666, DSN 312-575-7666.
All military, DoD Civilian, invited contractor newcomers and their spouses to are welcome to attend the Newcomers Orientation and Informational Briefs at Edwards AFB. It takes place every first Thursday of each month. Classroom and face to face briefings from Senior Leadership and community agencies are part of this one-day session. A bus tour is also provided. A Spouse’s Newcomer Orientation is held by the Senior Leader spouses. Orientation takes place at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg 5620 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 661-277-0723, DSN 312-527-0723 for registration.
There are nearly 14,000 military personnel, DoD civilians, contractors, retirees and family members assigned to Edwards Air Force Base.