The redUAS team is made up of professionals with unique first-hand knowledge of how drones are being employed for military operations, emergency services, and for homeland security. We are combat-proven drone professionals with real-world counter-UAS experience who can help customers gain true understanding of the threat, and we work with government and private partners to create counter tactics.
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 the procurement and full life cycle support for all Group 1 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.
Operational Director, Senior C-UAS Threat Analyst
Guy Nelson is a co-founder of Attollo, LLC and Operations Director for redUAS. He served 11 years as a Marine Corps officer and naval aviator. Nelson deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve as an AV-8B Harrier pilot and strategic planner for air power and counter-UAS operations.
He served as the operations officer and chief instructor for Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 2 (VMU-2) employing the RQ-7B and RQ-21A in support worldwide operations. Before joining the Marine Corps, Nelson attended Lewis University where he graduated with a BS in Aviation Flight Management and earned his commercial pilot license. He currently resides in Eastern North Carolina with his wife, daughter, and son.
Chief Operational Pilot
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.
Chief Test Pilot
A Colorado native, Griffitt began his professional career as an Engineer for a Gulf Coast Oil Refinery in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is also a graduate of the Rotary-Wing Course of the United Kingdom’s Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS).
Griffitt possesses a unique combination of developmental (DT) and operational test (OT) flight test experience with over 2750 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft. FAA Part 107 Small UAS trained, he is also certified by the FAA as a Commercial Pilot (Airplane and Helicopter), and is both a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) and Certified Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII).
Griffitt’s operational tours spanned both coasts, and as a naval officer he deployed operationally in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Middle East, Caribbean, and Pacific theaters. He served as a Fleet Pilot, flying the H-60 helicopter in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and during UN and NATO peacekeeping operations around the globe.
As the Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) Branch Chief in the Planning (J-5) Directorates of US European Command (EUCOM) and US Africa Command (AFRICOM), he was principally responsible for efforts to improve air and maritime security around the African continent, and was a lead for issues relating to counter terrorism and counter piracy in the Mediterranean and Trans-Sahel regions.
Law Enforcement UAS SME/Instructor
Tom Switick is a retired Police Lieutenant from New Jersey with more than 35 years of experience as a first responder. Switick brings that knowledge of day to day operational expertise to redUAS, and is a Part 107 certified commercial UAS pilot. As a volunteer Firefighter, he worked his way up thru the ranks obtaining the highest volunteer position of a Combination Department, Deputy Chief. As a Police Officer, Switick was deployed to Ground Zero on 9/11 and spent days working alongside the NYPD and FDNY in the search and recovery efforts. He has experience as a Deputy OEM Coordinator and has been an EMT for 20 years, and currently resides in NJ with his wife of 34 years.
Business Development Director / DHS and First Responder SME
Rex Hayes brings decades of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) experience focused in Homeland Security and defense to redUAS. His experience ranges from program management to operations and business development. Hayes is a veteran who served as an operational helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard performing anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue and counter-narcotics missions. His other military duties included service as the Department of States' Airwing Operations Officer responsible for counter-narcotics missions in South and Central America, and service as a White House Aide to the 41st President of the United States.
Hayes has performed UAS demonstrations in Australia, Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain, and has been called upon to serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the NTSB, USSS, FAA and the U.S. Coast Guard. He has supported the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Interior (DOI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in manned and unmanned aviation operations and analysis. Hayes is also a DoD-certified program manager and is a plank owner within DHS. Hayes is the President of Liberty Consulting Solutions (www.libertysolutions.org). A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Hayes calls New Jersey home. He also volunteers as a Level 1-certified firefighter in his community.
Tyler Sautter has years of experience in the operations of UAVs from Group 1 – Group 3. Sautter fielded the first military UAS system in the state of Colorado in 2008 and immediately deployed with that system to Baghdad, Iraq. Upon returning, he attended and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Instructor Pilot school and went to work as a lead Standardization Pilot, which required him to deploy to Iraq as a civilian contractor, running standardization programs for GOCO (Government owned, Civilian operated) sites in direct support of Joint Special Operations Command.
Sautter also worked as a Senior Training Instructor at the U.S. Army’s UAS National Training Center in Ft. Huachuca, AZ, and has since written training programs for commercial UAS manufacturers and managed a team of UAS instructor pilots while delivering training across six continents. Sautter is currently a UAS Operations expert at Avian, LLC, where he is building a commercial UAS services division.