Ribbon-cutting Marks First Milestone For New Mission-critical Capability At AEDC’s Large Military Engine Test Facility

From left to right, Dr. Saeed Zadeh, AEDC Test Systems Sustainment Division’s chief of acquisitions; Kirk Rutland, technical director of the Test Systems Sustainment Division at AEDC; Britt Covington, AEDC executive director; Rosemary Matty, AEDC’s program manager for the Advanced Large Military Engine Capability (ALMEC) program; Dan Flanigan, ATA project manager; Col. Patrick Tom, AEDC Test Division director; and Lt. Col. Brent Peavy, AEDC’s Turbine Engine Ground Test Complex director, take part in a ribbon-cutting event marking the completion of the ASTF C1/C2 Temperature-controlled Cell Cooling project. (Photo by Rick Goodfriend)

On Nov. 19, Rosemary Matty led a ribbon-cutting celebrating the success of a $3.6 million investment project to modernize and expand the capabilities of the nation’s largest military aircraft engine ground test facility, located at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex.
This is the first of the Advanced Large Military Engine Capability (ALMEC) program projects to be completed. The success of this project required many organizations across the base to pull together as a team.
Ultimately Advanced Large Military Engine Capability will improve and modernize key Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF) mechanical and electrical controls, facility monitoring systems, process air distribution and exhaust inter-cooling systems. This ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the first leg of a multi-year Test Investment Planning and Programming (TIPP) effort that began in fiscal year 2011 with a planned completion date set for fiscal year 2017.