WEUAS | Wounded Eagle Unmanned Autonomous Systems
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Who is WEUAS?

We are military veterans and civilians dedicated to giving our wounded and disabled veteran brothers and sisters a hand up and a path into the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and ROV (remotely operated vehicle) industry.

What is our mission?

To provide the tools and training necessary for our wounded and disabled veterans to become skilled and qualified sUAV/ROV operators.

Who are we training?

We will be focused on veterans who poses a VA card, a military disability rating, a current driver’s license, and Academy of Model Aeronautics membership to enter the WEUAS program.

What are we going to teach?

The course will cover 5 levels of training. We will begin from the ground up to develop their knowledge and skill in operating a UAV, starting with the safety rules and regulations provided by the AMA and the FAA, we will give them a solid understanding of how to fly safely and effectively. After that, we train them to fly a quadcopter (450mm class). If they are able to fly to our standards, we then take them into the parts and pieces of a multirotor and how they all work together. Starting with basic electricity, we follow up with the power system, we’ll then work our way to the different propeller pitches, brushless motors, electronic speed controllers, and flight control boards. Once completed, we’ll teach them to build, maintain, operate, and repair their multirotor in the field. We will also include a technician certificate course to cover FCC frequency usage as a HAM operator.

Benefits from our training

Not only will our teammates benefit from a new career in the UAS industry, but also the joy and therapy flying can bring to them. Think about someone confined to a wheelchair and what this would do for their standard of living and quality of life?

Industry and Job outlook

The UAS industry outlook is breathtaking, we are in the golden age of UAV’s and ROV’s. The opportunities are limitless for careers, jobs, and start-ups for our team and shipmates. Just about every industrial sector will be effected by the introduction of UAV’s and ROV’s into service. As of August 29h, the FAA now has a test certification (14CFR Part 107) for sUAS operators which does not require a pilot’s license.

How we are going to train Wounded and disabled Veterans?

Our course structure is simple, half the time is spent in a class room environment and the other half (if not more) is spent out in the field gaining flight time/hours. Upon completion of our course, the student will receive the multirotor they built, the tools they used to make and repair it, and also the batteries, a charger, transmitter, receiver, and misc. parts for their multirotor.

Market forecast

The UAS/ROV industry is growing exponentially as companies discover new uses for drones. The Market forecast is that the UAS industry is expected to require tens of thousands of operators. Business Insider has it that… The market for commercial/civilian drones will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% between 2015 and 2020, compared with 5% growth on the military side.

Mentors and Internship

We need others of like mind to make this all work. We need the business community to step up and make a difference in a person deserving of their support.

Corporate Training

There are federal funds available for employers to train veterans for their new job position and to bring them up to speed with any proprietary systems the company supports.

Local Support

We need your involvement with WEUAS, we’re all a team with one goal, giving our wounded And disabled veteran teammates a hand up into the UAS and ROV industry. Our guys paid the 2nd highest price our great country can ask of its people, don’t we owe it to them to show we appreciate what they’ve done and accomplished? What they’ve sacrificed? They did their job, now join WEUAS and help us with our job training our wounded veterans to be more than they thought they could ever be again.

Board Members & Crew

CEO

Joseph Dorando, Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Dorando (USN Ret.) is a retired civilian IT Specialist of the El Monte Police Department. His duties included the assisting in the original construction and maintenance of the police dept. network and the city wide phone system, microwave system, and just about anything with a wire attached. Other duties included web designer for the PD and audio video service for the city hall meetings. Previous to that, Joe worked as a PBX engineer for over twenty years including OCONUS service for military contractors. Involved in technology Mr. Dorando knew after the first drone reports started coming in from Afghanistan and Iraq that UAV’s were the future and law enforcement just got a new tool on their duty belt. Thinking of the many other aspects of unmanned aerial vehicles, it wasn’t long before Mr. Dorando knew there would be a huge civilian job market for commercial operators of UAV’s and that lead to the idea and importance of creating Wounded Eagle UAS to train wounded and disabled veterans to build, fly, operate, and repair UAV’s and become successful as career UAS operators.
Jerry Meglin

Gerry Meglin, Board Member

Gerry Meglin, is the founder and president of Gerhard Enterprises, a multi-faceted real estate orientated company that has been in operation since 1972. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served as an air crew member deployed in the Far East, including Vietnam. His business expertise over the last forty-four years includes being a real estate broker, developer, hotel syndicator and up until recently the owner/operator of various large assisted living facilities in California. Currently, in addition to being on retainer as a consultant to a number of large, multi-facility  assisted living corporations and a highly respected senior living facility broker, he only specializes in providing services to the retirement industry. He is one of the founding members of WEAUS and is proud to sit on the board of directors.
George Meyer

George Meyer, Chief of Operations, East

Lieutenant Colonel George Meyer started his military service in Air Defense Artillery working on the HAWK system.  Later he was commissioned in the Hawaii Army National Guard as an Infantry Officer, which led him to assignments in Hawaii and American Samoa.  His shift into Army Civil Affairs led him to assignments at Fort Bragg, NC, Afghanistan, USNORTHERN Command in Colorado, FEMA Region VII in Kansas City, MO and a fellowship with the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.  He currently serves as a Security Cooperation Program Manager at Fort Belvoir, VA.  He volunteers as the Wounded Eagle East Operations Lead and Instructor.  George is interested in the use of UAVs in humanitarian operations and disaster assistance.
Mark August

Mark August, Media Director

Mark August’s experience in United States Navy of 25 years as a combat photographer behind a camera has sharpen his skills. A veteran of Desert Storm War in 1991 and Global War on Terrorism in Afghanistan 2001 & 2006.  Mark has since retired in March 2015 with a Honorable Discharge, into retirement for the Armed Forces Reserves. 
He is a current member of the camera guild local 600, founding member of the Digital Cinema Society,  Hollywood American Legion Post 43 , and proud member of the Society of Camera Operators serving as the former President and current board member.