Arnold Air Force Base

Updated: August 25, 2023
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    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.

    Base Operator:

    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.



    Military Housing Area: ZZ560

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $1,197 $927
    E02 $1,197 $927
    E03 $1,197 $927
    E04 $1,197 $927
    E05 $1,302 $1,026
    E06 $1,578 $1,182
    E07 $1,644 $1,233
    E08 $1,713 $1,362
    E09 $1,818 $1,437
    W01 $1,596 $1,200
    W02 $1,674 $1,359
    W03 $1,761 $1,449
    W04 $1,845 $1,590
    W05 $1,950 $1,656
    O01E $1,653 $1,299
    O02E $1,746 $1,419
    O03E $1,857 $1,569
    O01 $1,341 $1,092
    O02 $1,575 $1,269
    O03 $1,758 $1,473
    O04 $1,983 $1,638
    O05 $2,142 $1,677
    O06 $2,157 $1,737
    O07 $2,172 $1,764

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.


    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.

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