Anchorage-based DAT/EM Systems International has hired Patrick A Teagarden as technical support and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) specialist.

DAT/EM Systems International has developed photogrammetric software since 1987.

“We are pleased to have Patrick on board and look forward to capitalizing on his past experience to help strengthen DAT/EM’s already highly regarded technical support capabilities,” said Jeffrey Yates, general manager.

In 1982, Teagarden enlisted in the U.S. Army as a SIGINT Intelligence Analyst and continued as a government contract unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) telemetry analyst after that. Then Teagarden moved to California where he started EdTech Consulting Service to assist school districts on the application of technology in the classroom. In 1995, Teagarden turned his attention to aviation, and he earned his FAA Airline Transport Pilot and flight instructor certificates.

Over the next 10 years, he flew more than 6,000 incident-free hours as a pilot for Intel Corp. and as the government contract standardization pilot for the U.S. Army at the Ronald Reagan Missile Test Range in 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 to take a pilot position with Cape Smythe Air in Nome. Since then, he has worked for Security Aviation, Lake Clarke Air and ADS-B Technologies as the pilot and 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 Corp. 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 degree in aviation operations, a graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence analysis and a master's degree in homeland security. 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 he is interested in furthering Alaska’s application of UAS in support of disaster management.