Chief of the UAS division, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services
Brad Koeckeritz is the Chief of the UAS division for the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Aviation Services. Brad began his career as wildland firefighter on the front range of Colorado in 1992. Prior to joining the Office of Aviation Services he was the crew supervisor for the Teton Interagency Helitack Crew where he spent 10 years conducting fire and search and rescue missions for the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park. Along the way he earned his private and commercial pilot's certificates and is a certified flight instructor (CFI, CFII, MEI). Brad began his work with UAS in 2010 when he was asked to manage the small UAS training program for DOI. In his role at OAS he oversees the UAS policy, standardization and fleet management for the U.S. Department of the Interior.