On Friday, July 6 the Air Force will hold a ceremony to officially redesignate Arnold Engineering Development Center as a complex and welcoming a new commander to Tullahoma. The redesignation is part of a consolidation plan announced last November by the Air Force and Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) designed to eliminate redundant staff positions and reduce costs. Under the terms of the plan, AEDC will only lose 18 civilian jobs as a result of the consolidation, and those positions will be phased out through attrition. The new five-center construct comes in response to a Department of Defense challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars. Jason Austin AEDC’s director of public affairs explained that AEDC have little change. Although the official ceremony will be held next month, the event does not mark the switch to the new operating model but, rather, the beginning of a transition period slated to wrap up on Oct. 1. In addition to officially changing AEDC’s name, the July 6 ceremony will also include a change of command, with Col. Raymond G. Toth taking over from the current commander, Col. Michael T. Brewer.