VX-9 Det Edwards

Welcome to the Home Page of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron NINE Det Edwards

Mission Statement

Support of our National Military Strategy by providing new warfighting capability to the fleet by testing aircraft, weapons, and weapon systems in an operationally relevant environment. Develop advanced warfighting tactics for the fleet operator to enable him/her to lay waste to our enemies with violent prejudice.

Air Test & Evaluation Squadron NINE, Detachment Edwards Air Force Base (VX-9 Det Edwards) is a Navy Operational Test unit that flies, maintains, and tests the F-35C Lightning II at Edwards AFB, CA.  The unit is a detachment of VX-9, which is located at China Lake, CA.  VX-9 Det Edwards began flying the F-35C in 2017 and participated in the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation of the F-35 as part of the JSF Operational Test Team along with USAF, USMC, RAF, RNAF, and RAAF operational testers, as well as contract and government staff. 

VX-9 Det Edwards is tasked with operational test and analysis of emerging F-35 capabilities and weapons, as well as tactics development and aiding the fleet integration of the F-35C into the carrier air wing.  It is a shore-based command but conducts periodic detachments to other military locations to execute its mission.


Contact Us

Duty Phone: 661-860-1540

Administration: 661-277-0129

Ombudsman: Mrs. Heidy Stauffer - vx9edwardsomb@gmail.com

Sponsor Coordinator: ATC Shiller, 661-277-0396; PS2 Moises, 661-277-9824

Command Career Counselor: NC1 Berry, 661-277-9949

Email: det1.vx-9.sponsorship@us.af.mil

VX-9 Base Map


New arrivals:

Welcome onboard as a member of the Vampire Family!  I trust you will have a rewarding tour and will directly influence a crucial piece of the Vampire mission.  We’re committed to fostering a smooth transition to Edwards AFB and VX-9 Det Edwards.  Your sponsor is equipped to guide you during your transition.  If you don’t have access to your sponsor, please use the contact information below.

CMDCS Cournede, 661-275-2894 email address  daniel.cournede@us.af.mil