2019 AEDC Fellows Announced

The Arnold Community Council (ACC) has recognized five outstanding contributors to our nation’s aerospace excellence at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) headquartered at Arnold AFB as AEDC Fellows for 2019.  
The ACC AEDC Fellows selection committee chose one craft, two technical and two lifetime achievement fellows for their significant contributions to advancing aerospace excellence for national programs and multiple national agencies  The new Fellows are Gary Clower, Dr. Robert Howard, Dr. Doug Garrard, Dan Marren and Anthony Taylor.  
Craft Fellow selectee Gary Clower is a Flight Systems planner/scheduler for National Aerospace Solutions (NAS) the operations contractor for AEDC.  He distinguished himself as a leader in the return to service of the 16 foot supersonic Propulsion Wind Tunnel (16S).  This complicated project of bringing “a large mothballed facility” back to life, is critical to advancing the Air Force’s number one game changing technology – hypersonics.  Because of Clower’s detailed knowledge, exemplary leadership and integrated planning expertise, the initial 16S return to service program first run to prove it was capable of running on condition was on schedule and significantly under budget.
Technical Fellow selectee Dr. Robert Howard is a subject matter expert and principal investigator for Quantitech, the Technical, Management and Analysis Support contractor at AEDC.   He has been a national leader in the development and use of non-intrusive instrumentation and diagnostics that improved test accuracy and safety; and reduced environmental emissions and program costs. His test measurement enhancements were critical to customers from DoD, NASA, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and other government agencies.  Dr. Howard has represented the Air Force on national and international committees and is recognized by his peers in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as a world class expert in propulsion diagnostics.
Technical Fellow selectee Dr. Doug Garrard is Senior Staff Engineer for NAS.  He has been responsible for the development of diverse and myriad physics-based, digital models which have aided the design, control and/or operation of AEDC’s nine Test Facility (ETF), Propulsion Wind Tunnel (PWT) and the Aerodynamic Propulsion Test Unit (APTU) test facilities.  His modeling techniques have become an integral part of the feed-forward control systems that are used daily across AEDC.  Dr. Garrard is a national asset to the U.S. hypersonics community, a prolific technical author and mentor to junior engineers.  He has been an exceptionally active member/leader in the AIAA and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Lifetime Achievement Fellow selectee Dan Marren is the Director of the AEDC, White Oak Site in Maryland.  Mr. Marren is a nationally recognized authority on high speed ground test, facility development and high temperature gas dynamics.  He has led and participated in testing across the entire spectrum of the test discipline including test conduct, test facility development, test diagnostics and methods, test program management, test center, test education, workforce development and advocacy for test and infrastructure advancement.  He has been a successful, recent advocate for national infrastructure investment in hypersonic test facilities. 
Lifetime Achievement Fellow selectee Anthony Taylor retired in 2018 as a Human Resource Director for NAS.  He worked for over 46 years to improve the working conditions, productivity and retention of AEDC employees.  His efforts culminated in Air Force, State, Federal and International recognition of his model programs for employee benefit administration, work-force development and labor-management relations.  Taylor was further recognized for his truly transparent and thoroughly communicative leadership style.  AEDC wide increased productivity/retention and decreased adverse actions/grievances were hallmarks of his senior leadership.
These gentlemen are not being recognized as Fellows for their extremely meritorious work at AEDC, but for their disproportionately positive influence on the greater aerospace community, both directly and indirectly on the greater advancement of aerospace science and practice in our nation.
The new AEDC Fellows will be inducted at a banquet at Arnold AFB’s Arnold Lakeside Center on Tuesday June 25th, the 68th anniversary of AEDC’s dedication  by President Harry S Truman and 5-star General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold birthday.  
Family, friends and the public are invited.  Banquet tickets cost $40 for individuals or $75 for couples.   Checks must be received by Friday June 14th with full names of all attending.  Checks should be made out to: Arnold Community Council and sent to:  Arnold Community Council, AEDC Fellows Committee, P O Box 553, Tullahoma TN 37388-0553.
The AEDC fellows program was established in 1989 as AEDC’s top award to honor those who have made significant long term contributions to advance aerospace ground flight simulation technology and test capabilities.
To date 100 people have been honored as AEDC Fellows.
In late 2016 the Arnold Community Council (ACC), a 501c6 Tennessee non-profit corporation formed in 2000 to support AEDC, took over responsibility for the AEDC Fellows Program.   
The ACC AEDC Fellows committee which is chaired by former AEDC commander, retired Maj. Gen. Mike Wiedemer (Lifetime Achievement AEDC Fellow), finalized the selection of the 2019 AEDC Fellows from nominations submitted by past and present AEDC personnel and AEDC Fellows.
The selections were made by a panel of AEDC Fellows who distinguished themselves in the very same disciplines for which the new Fellows are being recognized.

For more information on the AEDC Fellows program or the banquet call AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow Claude Morse at (931) 247-5151 or send an email to arnoldcommunitycouncil@gmail.com

AEDC Technical Fellow

AEDC Technical Fellow nominations may be submitted by any present or former AEDC government or operating contractor/subcontractor employee. 

All current or retired military, civilian and operating contractor and subcontractor personnel assigned or previously assigned to AEDC can be considered candidates for selection as an AEDC Technical Fellow. Candidates qualified for consideration as an AEDC Fellow must personally have made sustained, long-term, notable and valuable contributions in aerospace ground testing at AEDC.  

AEDC Craftsmen Fellow

AEDC Craftsmen Fellow nominations may also be submitted in the same manner as the AEDC Fellow nominations. 

All current or retired military, civilian and operating contractor/subcontractor personnel assigned, or previously assigned, to AEDC can be considered candidates for selection as an AEDC Craftsmen Fellow. The Craftsmen Fellow category recognizes exceptional craftsmen who possess the ability to identify customer requirements and respond with sustained technical innovations, working effectively and efficiently as part of technical teams and have dedicated their careers to the success of AEDC’s mission. They must have personally made notable and valuable lifetime contributions to AEDC in any area relevant to the AEDC mission.  

AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow

AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow nominations may be submitted by any present or former AEDC government or operating contractor/subcontractor employee. 

AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellows are reserved for exceptional candidates and are not necessarily selected each year. All current or retired military, civilian and operating contractor/ subcontractor personnel assigned or previously assigned to AEDC can be considered candidates for selection as an AEDC Life- time Achievement Fellow.  Candidates qualified for consideration as an AEDC Lifetime Achievement Fellow must personally have made notable and valuable lifetime contributions to AEDC in any area relevant to the AEDC mission.  

AEDC Honorary Fellow

Only AEDC Fellows may submit a nomination for an AEDC Honorary Fellow. AEDC Honorary Fellows are reserved for exceptional candidates and are not necessarily selected each year. Candidates qualified for consideration as an AEDC Honorary Fellow must have made sustained, notable, valuable and significant contributions to AEDC. These eminent individuals need not have worked at Arnold AFB. 

Annual Banquet

The Fellows banquet is held every year on or close to June 25, the birthday of General of the Air Force Henry “Hap” Arnold and the anniversary of the dedication of AEDC by President Harry S Truman in 1951.  The 2019 Annual Banquet will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, the 68th anniversary of AEDC’s dedication. 

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Nominations must be submitted in written form with supporting materials to arrive by March 28, 2019 to:

Arnold Community Council
ATTN: AEDC Fellows Committee
P O Box 553,
Tullahoma TN 37388-0553. 

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