Mayor Ray Knowis and the Tullahoma Board of Aldermen are pleased to announce that US Air Force Colonel Randel Gordon, commander of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) at Arnold Air Force Base, will be the featured speaker at the City of Tullahoma’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans and the public are invited to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony to be held on Friday, November 11 at the South Jackson Civic Center at 404 South Jackson Street at 11:00 am. At this time, the City of Tullahoma will pause to honor America’s veterans and celebrate their contributions to our nation’s security.
“When you honor those who have served in defense of this country, you honor the best of what men and women can be,” said Mayor Ray Knowis. “We are pleased to host this event for veterans and their families, and it is an honor to have our local military leaders participating in Tullahoma’s Veterans Day Ceremony.”
Colonel Gordon is commander of AEDC, headquartered at Arnold Air Force Base, Tn. The Complex employs more than 3,000 people and comprises more than 68 aerospace test facilities across eight states. AEDC has facilities at Arnold Air Force Base in middle Tennessee, and operating locations at Ames Research Center, Mountain View and Edwards AFB, California; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Eglin AFB, Florida; the Federal Research Center at White Oak, Maryland; Holloman AFB, Kirtland AFB, and White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico; Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and Hill AFB, Utah. AEDC offers a suite of test capabilities to simulate speed, temperature, pressure, and other parameters over a wide range to meet the needs of aerospace system developers. The test facilities simulate flight from subsonic to hypersonic speeds at altitudes from sea level to space.
Colonel Gordon was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and received his commission in 1998 from the United States Air Force Academy. Prior to this assignment, he was the initial cadre director for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Artificial Intelligence Accelerator with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also served as initial cadre for the Secretary of the Air Force’s AFWERX technology innovation team with private sector business and academia. Colonel Gordon is a Presidential Fellow, Harvard Business School Alumnus, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) Fellow, MIT Fellow, and holds a doctorate from the US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.
He served the F-22 Combined Test Force as its commander and has additional flight test pilot experience in the F-15C/E, A-10A/C, F-16A/C, Bombardier BD-700 Global Express business jet, and 70 other military and civilian aircraft. His most recent assignment was as the 412th Test Wing Vice Commander.
Colonel Gordon has a long list of impressive educational and military experiences and awards. Some of his military awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Patriotic music will be provided by select members of the Tullahoma High School Brass Ensemble, Lloyd Smith will perform the Armed Services medley and Jon Gray will sing Faithful Soldier.
Others taking part in the ceremony include Mayor Ray Knowis, Colonel Beverly Lee, Reverend Marty Nutter, American Legion Post No. 43 Adjutant, Major General Len Houser, Marine Corps League Detachment 1128 Past Commandant, Douglas Dietz, Tennessee Army National Guard Commander, Jesse Oswald, DAV Chapter 90 Commander, Howard Thompson, Boy Scout Troop 402 and Daughters of the American Revolution. Complete details and schedule at Tullahomatn.gov.