Arnold Air Force BaseUpdated: August 25, 2023
Located in Coffee and Franklin counties, Tennessee, adjacent to Tullahoma, Arnold Air Force Base (Arnold AFB) is a pivotal U.S. Air Force installation. It supports Army aviation assets and aids Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the Tennessee Army National Guard missions. With a core mission to advance systems for national defense, Arnold AFB has significantly influenced numerous aerospace programs.
100 Kindel Drive
Arnold AFB, TN 37389
What kind of base is Arnold AFB?
Arnold AFB, named after General Henry “Hap” Arnold, houses the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), the globe’s premier flight simulation test facility. The AEDC operates 58 diverse test units vital to the U.S. Air Force mission.
Arnold Air Force Base History
Originating as Camp Forrest during WWII, the base served as a multifunctional training site. The government repurposed it in 1946 to house the Air Engineering Development Center and renamed it in honor of General Arnold. The airfield shut down in 2009, and it resumed operations in 2023, continuing to assist in military missions.
Arnold AFB Housing
For help in finding housing options at Arnold AFB, contact the Housing Referral Office at 931-454-7687. Off-base housing options are also available in the nearby towns of Tullahoma and Manchester.
PCS and TDY Lodging
Overlooking Woods Reservoir, the newly renovated Wingo Inn offers temporary lodging options. For reservations, call 931-454-3099. On-order travelers have priority; others can book 30 days ahead. Pets aren’t allowed, but local kennel recommendations are available. Open weekdays 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and weekends/holidays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
What is the BAH for Arnold AFB?
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Arnold AFB varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Tennessee state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.
COUNTY COST GROUP 560 BAH Rates
Military Housing Area: ZZ560
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Arnold AFB Surrounding Area
Situated on the Highland Rim, natural splendor surrounds Arnold AFB. Located in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains, the base is roughly an hour and 15 minute drive from Nashville, and about an hour’s drive to Chattanooga. The region offers options for outdoor activities with nearby Tims Ford State Park, Franklin State Forest and a three-hour drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Due to becoming recently operational… there is only a medic aid station on base. Other inpatient and outpatient care, including specialty services or emergency care, would need to be found off-base in the local community.
The base doesn’t offer any Child Development Centers. For childcare options, you’ll need to seek services from the local communities surrounding the base.