Col. Scott A. “Nova” Cain assumed command of Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Friday morning in a change of command ceremony held at the AEDC Large Rocket Motor Test Facility, J-6.
Previously, Cain served
as commander of the 412th Operations Group at Edwards Air Force Base, California, having assumed that command from Col. Rodney F. Todaro. On Friday, he again replaced Todaro, who served in the position at AEDC for the past two years.
“As I stand here today and look back at my time at AEDC, I have immense pride in what you have accomplished over the last two years,” said Todaro to the assembled staff and airmen. “I thank you for all that you’ve given for our nation.”
Todaro, commissioned in 1991, retired from the Air Force later that day. He will remain in the area with his wife, Karen, and their two daughters.
“It’s been an honor to serve you,” said Todaro in his final remarks as commander.
Cain, AEDC’s 30th commander, received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1995, where he was a distinguished graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering. He was later selected to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-1117 Nighthawk. He also has served in the 416th Flight Test Squadron as a developmental test pilot, where he was responsible for F-16 software development, high angle-of-attack test and training and propulsion flight test.
As the AEDC commander, Cain leads the largest and most advanced complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The Complex employs more than 2,000 people and comprises 28 aerospace test facilities located at Arnold Air Force Base, as well as two geographically separated units – the Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 in White Oak, Maryland, and the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex at Moffett Field, California.
The facilities simulate flight from subsonic to hypersonic speeds at altitudes from sea level to space. All NASA manned spacecraft, every high performance aircraft and missile, as well as most space launch systems and many military satellites in use by the Department of Defense today, have been tested in the Complex’s facilities.
Cain and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Nadia and Evan.
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