2023 UAS Symposium
U.S. Army Brigade Commander Col. Christopher Clyde, sits in attendance, at the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium May 1, 2023 Fort Drum, NY. This five-day event composed of seminars, discussions, and breakout groups, allowed subject matter experts to come together to discuss the future. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brittany Washington) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Brittany Washington) VIEW ORIGINAL
2023 UAS Symposium
U.S. Army Chief Warrant 4 Joshua Winkler, Officer 4, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade UAS Manager, welcomes attendees to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium May 1, 2023 Fort Drum, NY. The Symposium had 150 in-person attendees and 50 virtual attendees to the second annual UAS Symposium. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Brittany Washington) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Brittany Washington) VIEW ORIGINAL
2023 UAS Symposium
John F. Antal, a distinguished retired Army Colonel, speaks to a group of aviation leaders about modern battlefield challenges at the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium May 1, 2023 Fort Drum, NY. Within the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 1-10th Aviation Regiment, Delta company maintains and operates UAS such as the MQ-1C Gray Eagle. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jamie Robinson) (Photo Credit: Spc. Jamie Robinson) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT DRUM, Ny. -The 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division hosted the second annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium, on Fort Drum, New York, this week. This five-day event brought together many experts all across the Division and the UAS community to discuss many topics related to these systems.

The Symposium covered an array of different subjects like UAS operations, maintenance, aviation standardization and safety. This allowed the attendees, who were from across the Department of Defense, to participate in discussion panels, breakout groups and ideation sessions to discuss and deep dive into the UAS subjects to gain a deeper understanding.

The 10th Mountain Division was able to employ the simple concept of bringing together Army leaders, stakeholders, subject matter experts and partners within the industry to be able to find ways to help improve the Army’s UAS program. They were able to do this by being able to discuss their views to the current environment of processes, procedures and their training plans within the UAS community.

With guest speakers like retired Army Col. John F. Antal, with a 30-year career as an Amor and Calvary officer and retired Air Force Brig. Dr. Robert S. Spalding III, who served 26 years as a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber and B-52 Stratofortress bomber pilot. They were able to offer their own experience and insight to the attendees of the Symposium.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joshua Winkler, with the 10th CAB, took many weeks planning this event to reach its fullest potential for all participates to leave with ideas and motivation. “I think what makes this event different from others, and also so important for UAS, are the ideation sessions.” says Winkler, “These are discussions that flow into recommendations which are then implemented immediately into training and local SOPs to validate their efficacy, so we’re not only bringing together the best minds in their respective realms of expertise for briefs; we also bring them in as advisors.”

Mike Goodwin, Director of Global Military Strategy Air Systems, located in Huntsville, Alabama, was one of the 150 in-person attendees. Having worked in the UAS Military community since 2008, he believes this symposium as an essential asset for building the future. “Like myself, the aircraft manufacturers are getting to hear the problems and the good things firsthand,” says Goodwin. “It was invaluable for myself and my engineers to meet directly with soldiers and hear what the future holds so we know what the army will need in the future.”

Events like these allow the participates to take this information and this opportunity to make improvements immediately and having the knowledge base in the room that they do can help guide when they are at dead ends, states Winkler. Making solutions in the UAS community achievable that have been validated by the experts.