The redUAS Operational Flight Team
Chris Sacco is Managing Partner of redUAS, LLC (www.reduas.us). A former US Navy officer and small UAS subject matter expert, Sacco is sought out as an expert in the employment of unmanned systems to support military, veteran, law enforcement, and first responder communities. As the Integrated Product Team lead for the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office under Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U/W)), Sacco was responsible for implementation and training for all small UAS across the US Navy and Marine Corps. Sacco is also the CEO and co-founder of ABSI (www.absidefense.com), a CVE-verified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) engaged in delivering a wide variety of UAS-centric services in support of the Department of Defense, as well as other government agencies and commercial interests.
Tom Post is the Chief Operational Pilot for redUAS. A former US Marine and rotary-wing test pilot, Post has more than twenty years of aviation experience, including operational flight test, program management and oversight, and training delivery. Post has served as a UAS subject matter expert in development of the state of North Dakota UAS Test Site, and assisted NAVAIR with planning and execution of test and evaluation events for Small UAS and counter-UAS. Post is an FAA-certified commercial pilot in rotorcraft and multi-engine land, an FAA-certified Airline Transport Pilot, and a certified Part 107 commercial UAS pilot. He is also the co-founder and chief UAS instructor for ABSI.
Jonathan Putney is the Operational Team Lead for redUAS. As a US Marine, Putney has more than ten years’ experience as a UAS subject matter expert, and was the primary instructor chosen to lead unmanned aircraft integration for the USMC. In his role with the USMC, Putney designed and taught Counter-UAS training and tactics to the President’s Secret Service, and led shipboard deployment of unmanned aircraft in combat operations for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). He currently serves as the training lead for a Tactical Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Processing/Disseminating (TIPS) System at Attollo, LLC, and is a co-principle investigator for Duke University’s Robotics and Remote Sensing Laboratory.
Darren Robey is an operational pilot for redUAS. A veteran of the Colorado Army National Guard, Robey served as a UAS Standardization Instructor Operator, overseeing flight operations and training during deployments and exercises. As a standardization instructor for the Department of Defense (DoD), Robey wrote and maintained standard operating procedures and best practices for the US Army in accordance with established Army Aviation regulations. As the Director and a Founding Member of Juniper Unmanned, Inc, Robey works with policymakers to establish and enforce operational protocols relating to the deployment of unmanned systems in the commercial airspace.
Tyler Sautter is an operational pilot for redUAS. Sautter is a veteran with more than a decade of experience in unmanned systems, including employing UAS in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sautter has been called upon to provide training instruction for the US Army RQ-7B program (Shadow), and has designed and developed unmanned training curriculums for equipment manufacturers and private companies including AAI Corporation (Textron, Inc.), General Dynamics, and Juniper Unmanned, Inc.