Arnold Air Force Base is a 40,000-acre military facility adjacent to Tullahoma, a city in the south-central part of the state, 65 miles southeast of Nashville, and approximately 65 miles northwest of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Situated between Franklin and Coffee Counties, this Air Force base was named after General Henry "Hap" Arnold, who is considered the father of the U.S. Air Force.

Also known as Arnold AFB-Tullahoma, Arnold Air Force Base does not have an active strip or airfield, but is home to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) since 2012. This development complex is the largest flight simulation facility in the world with an extension of 4,000 acres, 43 propulsion and aerodynamic wind tunnels, environmental chambers, turbine and rocket engine test cells, ballistic ranges, arc heaters, and different other specialized units used to conduct a series of tests to evaluate aircraft space and missile systems and subsystems in flight conditions and the outcome resulting from this.

Arnold Engineering Development Complex has contributed to the development of aerospace programs such as Titan, Atlas and Minuteman, beside shuttle and space station including Projects Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury.

Cost of Living: The cost of living in the Arnold Air Force Base surrounding cities of Nashville, Manchester, Chattanooga, and Winchester is reasonable. However taking into account the closest city of Tullahoma, which livability is ranked number 61 in Tennessee and number 4813 in America, we can find that the cost of living in this city is 2% greater than the Tennessee average, but 8.4% less than the national cost of living average.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Public Affairs office is located inside the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, 100 Kindel Drive Suite A-242, Arnold AFB, TN 37389. Phone (931) 454-4204, DSN 340-4204.

Base Population: Population at Arnold Air Force Base consists of 292 Federal Civil Servants, 55 Active Duty, and approximately 2,100 Civilian Contractors.

City/Area Population: Arnold Air Force Base is situated in a cultural and entertainment-rich area where the world-famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry are located. Tullahoma is not left behind, being a city best known for its performing arts, being originally a work camp for the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad workers back in 1852. As of 2014, the estimated population of Tullahoma was 18,899.

Child Development Centers: There are a number of K-12 schools in the county school system around Arnold Air Force Base, which comprises school districts in Tullahoma City, Coffee County, Franklin County, Bedford County, Manchester City and others. There are also several private schools within the AEDC service area, being the closest are St. Paul the Apostle School, Phone (931) 455-4211; Tullahoma Christian Academy, Phone (931) 393-6000; and Temple Baptist Christian School, Phone (931) 728-4911.

Youth Programs: Youth development is provided by local colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions in the state of Tennessee.

Family Readiness Center: Arnold Air Force Base is a good place to learn more about Family Readiness Centers and adult oriented programs for militaries and their families. To learn more write to [email protected]

Employment: Federal employment can be obtained through the USAjobs website or getting in touch with the Civilian Personnel located on the third floor of Arnold Engineering Development Complex, 100 Kindel Drive, Suite C-318, Arnold AFB, TN 37389-3318, Phone (931) 454-5477, DSN: 340-5477, Fax (931) 454-7899, DSN Fax: 340-7899.

Base Services: This facility has several community services including three area airports and the Ascend Federal Credit Union and Visitors Center, at which you can obtain further information on the base services.


The study of Germany's fast aircraft and systems development that General Henry H. Arnold proposed to Dr. Theodore von Karman before the end of the World War II was the foundation stone for the establishment of Arnold Air Force Base. From those studies, the Arnold Engineering Development Complex took shape and was finally dedicated by President Harry Truman on June 5th 1951, serving also to support the Tennessee Army National Guard and Fort Campbell, in the state of Kentucky, since that time.


There are no units or troops stationed at Arnold Air Force Base, but is only for the purpose of three test divisions associated to the AEDC activities.


Arnold Air Force Base has several Inns and lodging facilities. For general information call the Housing Office at (931) 454-5454, the Military Family Housing Office, phone (931) 454-7687.






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