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Oregon Army National Guard to launch first unmanned aerial system flight in Pendleton

Oregon Army National Guard to launch first unmanned aerial system flight in Pendleton

PENDLETON, Ore. – The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to conduct the first ever Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flight in the National Airspace System on Tuesday, May 14, at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Pendleton at 1PM.

Soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard’s Bravo Co., 41 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, will operate the UAS flight, which is the first of its kind for a National Guard unit in the United States.

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According to Lt. Col. Alan R. Gronewold, Commander of AASF #2, the mission puts the Oregon Army National Guard at the cutting-edge of Unmanned Aerial System technology, but cautions that it will do so safely and responsibly.

“The Oregon Army National Guard Defends the Constitution of the United States and the Constitutional Rights of its Citizens. We do not conduct surveillance on U.S. Citizens,” Gronewold said.

Officials say Pendleton is a UAS-friendly city with a climate and topography that is uniquely well-suited for UAS operations.



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