- SPECIAL REPORTS
- THE MAGAZINE
Anchorage, Alaska – DAT/EM Systems International hired Patrick A Teagarden as technical support and UAS specialist.
In 1982, Teagarden enlisted in the U.S. Army as a SIGINT intelligence analyst and afterwards, continued as a government contract UAV telemetry analyst. With the winding down of the Cold War, Teagarden returned to California where he started EdTech Consulting Service, consulting to school districts on the application of technology in the classroom. In 1995, Teagarden turned his attention to aviation where, after three years of flying for his technology business, he earned his FAA Airline Transport Pilot and flight instructor certificates.
Over the next 10 years, he flew as a corporate pilot for Intel Corporation and as the government contract standardization pilot for the U.S. Army at the Ronald Reagan Missile Test Range in Republic of the Marshall Islands. In 2000, after completing a two year contract flying both fixed and rotor wing aircraft in remote areas of the Pacific, Teagarden and his family moved to Alaska, where he took a pilot position with Cape Smythe Air. He has worked for Security Aviation, Lake Clarke Air and ADS-B Technologies as the pilot/program manager for the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) "DREAMS" program.
Teagarden later became an instructor at the U.S. Army Unmanned Aerial System Training Battalion (UASTB) in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. After a year of teaching soldiers, Teagarden was recruited by AAI Corporation to be a UAV test operator and instructor for the U.S. Army MQ-1C "GrayEagle" Predator program. After conducting flight tests, initial cadre instruction and Hellfire missile integration tests, he went to Iraq twice where he served as a mission operator and instructor for QRC 1/2.
Teagarden has a Bachelor's of Applied Science degree in Aviation Operations, a graduate certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Analysis and a master's degree in Homeland Security also from Penn State University. In addition to formal academic work, Teagarden has completed several FEMA courses in disaster management, is a volunteer Disaster Action Team captain with the American Red Cross and is interested in furthering Alaska’s application of UAS in support of disaster management.