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Evaluation and Standardization

Director, DES

Lt. Col. Tom Barrett

Director, DES

Lt. Col. Tom Barrett was commissioned an Aviation Officer in 1995 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks ROTC program and has served in various command and staff positions throughout his career in the Army. Units he has served in include the 10th Mountain Division, 82nd Airborne Division, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, 25th Infantry Division, US Army Pacific and US Army Alaska. He has deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. More

The Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization is a Department of the Army Field Operating Agency that ensures standardization of Army Aviation operations worldwide. DES has shifted focus towards assisting and enabling warfighting Aviation commanders in standardized operations.

DES emphasizes four broad tasks:

  • Assisting Warfighting Commanders DES flight divisions execute Aviation standardization, mission, and training assistance to Aviation units worldwide to provide war fighting commanders with relevant tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures for combat Aviation operations.
  • Standardization Instructor Pilots Brings immediate and relevant information to requesting deploying units to assist with Aviation training and operations.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization As the UAS increases in mobilization and presence, DES develops standardization and oversees the implementation of UAS as an Army Aviation asset. DES emphasizes airspace integration and operator training, as well as developing aircrew training guidance for this new facet of Army Aviation.
  • Aviation Collaboration DES integrates subject matter personnel into many other USAACE functions, from combat developments, simulation, doctrine and training and futures.

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