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


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.
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.
Steve Dykhouse

Steve Dykhouse, Advisor

Steve Dykhouse (USMC Ret.) is the President of Unmanned Systems Integration and is employed full time as a Department of Defense air traffic controller at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.  Steve has over 24 years’ experience with ATC.  He is also the UAS airspace access coordinator and the ATC liaison for counter drone efforts at the base.  His experience also includes 6 years in the Marines as a turboprop propulsion mechanic, multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan on active duty and as a contractor.
Steve has a BS in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is working on his Master of Science in Aeronautics with a concentration in Small UAS operations and Airspace Management.  He also teaches with the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center as co-lead for the counter drone course and in support of their other UAS related education.

Lt Col Timothy Richard Houston, Advisor

Lt Col Houston is a 2012 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and was commissioned through Officer Training School. Lt Col Houston has over 4000 flying hours in the C-130e/h1, MQ-1B, MQ-9A, RQ-170, T-44, and T-37. He has served as Executive Officer, Scheduler, Airlift Director, Exercise Planner, Operations Supervisor, Safety Officer, ADO, Flight Commander, and Deployed Detachment Commander. Lt Col Houston is currently Chief, RPA Programs & Requirements, HQ AFRC and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.