Maintained and operated by the 95th Air Base Wing, Edwards AFB is the home of the USAF Test Pilot School, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the 412th Test Wing.
Nearly every aircraft that has been used by the DoD since the 1950s was tested, at least partially, at Edwards. It has been the location of a large number of aviation-related breakthroughs over the years.
The 95th Air Base Wing and the 412th Test Wing are considered the two major units on Edwards Air Force Base, but there are smaller Associate Units on base that perform various tasks.
An assignment at Edwards is considered a dream come true by many service members and their families. Those who are stationed at this installation consider the entire Antelope Valley to be their own home community and enjoy the ideal location which provides plenty of off-base activities and opportunities.
Many people enjoy sightseeing in the area, and there are plenty of places to shop, dine and participate in various activities, from enjoying minor league baseball and auto racing to attending the popular Poppy Festival.
Since the city of Los Angeles is a convenient 100 mile drive away, many people enjoy driving into the city during their time off for a night on the town. Along with offering a beautiful location with plenty to do, Edwards Air Force Base and its surrounding area is a great place to live due to its significantly lower cost of living than the average in the United States.
There are no Department of Defense schools on Edwards AFB, but there are public schools which are a part of the Muroc Joint Unified District. Several different school districts also serve dependent children who live in off-base communities in the vicinity.
No obstetrics, intensive care or emergency health-related services are provided on the base; therefore, those who are in need of these types of services will be referred to medical offices and hospitals on other nearby military installations or in town. Special preventative and primary care services are provided on base, however, at the 95th Medical Group.
Those who are looking for housing options on or near Edwards Air Force Base can visit the Housing Office for assistance. There are a total of 796 housing units available for enlisted service members and officers; availability and eligibility is determined by each member’s rank and the number of bedrooms that each family needs. There are plenty of off-base housing options to consider too.
For those who are looking for temporary lodging, there is the Desert High Inn. Availability is limited, and certain service members do get priority over others; however, vouchers are available for those who are unable to stay in on-base temporary lodging and who are looking for a hotel off base.