Drone testing in Pendleton, Oregon.

Drone testing in Pendleton, Oregon.
Credit: Sgt. Jason Van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs

PENDLETON, Ore. — The Oregon National Guard planned to conduct the first ever Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flight, also known as a drone flight, in the National Airspace System on Tuesday in Pendleton.

According to Lt. Col. Alan R. Gronewold, soldiers of the Oregon Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 41 Brigade Special Troops Battalion, will operate the UAS flight.

It was the first flight of its kind for a National Guard unit in the United States.

Lt. Col. Gronewold said the mission puts the Oregon Army National Guard at the cutting-edge of Unmanned Aerial System technology, but that it will do so safely and responsibly.

“The Oregon Army National Guard defends the Constitution of the United States and the constitutional rights of its citizens. We do not conduct surveillance on U.S. Citizens,” Gronewold said.

Officials say they chose Pendleton because it is a UAS-friendly city with a climate and topography that is uniquely well-suited for UAS operations.

The flight was scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 training area.

by Sara Roth, KGW.com staff