25th CAB hosts an unmanned aircraft systems forum

| December 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
Photo by Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Participants continue discussions during working sessions at the UAS forum, Schofield Barracks, Dec. 4.

Photo by Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Participants continue discussions during working sessions at the UAS forum, Schofield Barracks, Dec. 4.

Capt. Heba Bullock
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade hosted an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) forum for various military and civilian members to facilitate synchronization and optimization of requirements to enhance the use of UAS operations in Hawaii, Dec. 4.

A wide spectrum of civilian, state and federal agencies gathered at this conference, to include UAS stakeholders from the 25th Infantry Division, Federal Aviation Administration and air space representatives from Hawaii, the Hawaii National Guard, Redstone Arsenal UAS project managers, the Marine Corps, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and U.S. Army-Pacific.

“The UAS forum was established to address the issues revolving around the increasing numbers of Shadow aircraft in Hawaii,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 James Latson, 25th ID UAS operations technician. “Once the issues are identified, we will develop ways to combat these problems. The Shadows are currently with 2nd Bde. Combat Team, 3rd BCT, Hawaii Army National Guard, and Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3. The 25th CAB will be receiving two additional Shadow systems to add to their footprint.”

The conference included discussions about safety, procedures, standardization, facilities, air space management, current and future capabilities, and maintenance management relevant to leaders and controllers of UAS.

Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs U.S. Army photo by Capt. Heba Bullock Multiple agencies and UAS stakeholders attend the UAS Forum in an effort to synchronize ground and airspace usage, Schofield Barracks, Dec. 4.

Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
U.S. Army photo by Capt. Heba Bullock
Multiple agencies and UAS stakeholders attend the UAS Forum in an effort to synchronize ground and airspace usage, Schofield Barracks, Dec. 4.

“It’s good to bring all the services together that operate UAS here in Hawaii,” stated Marine Lt. Col. Wayne Phelps, executive officer, VMU-3. “We share some similar challenges even though we are different branches of service, because we fly the same platform.”

It’s interesting to see the challenges the Army is going through, Phelps added.

“The Marine Corps has gone through similar challenges in the past few years, and we are trying to align our unmanned squadron as closely as possible to manned aviation,” said Phelps.

“As a master planner, we need this as a roadmap to try and do things consolidated, as the plans have not been updated in over 30 years,” said Mark Mitsunaga, Directorate of Public Works, USAG-HI. “This kind of workshop, to me, is very critical and really great because it’s a communication forum to identify present and future requirements. It’s a two-way forum, because I need information, but I also can express how the facilities and the utilities will be impacted.”

Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Col. Kenneth Chase, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, briefs UAS stakeholders at the Hawaii UAS forum, Schofield Barracks, Dec. 4.

Capt. Heba Bullock, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
Col. Kenneth Chase, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, briefs UAS stakeholders at the Hawaii UAS forum, Schofield Barracks, Dec. 4.

“This forum is absolutely a necessity in order for us to conduct business on a day-to-day basis,” stated Chief Warrant Officer 2 EliSamuel Quinones, platoon leader, 3rd BCT UAS. “It highlights a lot of the challenges we are facing, and that together with everyone – the CAB and division on the same page – we will be able to overcome.”

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