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Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

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  • By Senior Airman Violette Hosack
  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

The 375th Air Mobility Wing is at the forefront of Air Mobility Command’s expectation towards integrating small Unmanned Aerial Systems into daily operations. 

As such, Scott’s sUAS team, Det. X, hosted a pioneering “sUAS Summit” June 12-13, that brought together AMC stakeholders and leading industry vendors to discuss the future and best practices of this technology.

The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment where participants from various bases could share knowledge, experiences, and innovation with industry experts in the field to enhance sUAS programs across the command. 

“All wings in AMC have been directed to stand up sUAS operations,” said Col. Vincent Livie, 375th Operations Group commander. “Some programs are very nascent, while others are fully developed. This summit is about getting everyone together to talk about and share best practices while the technology is still emerging. Our slogan about leveling the playing field and raising the bar encapsulates this spirit of mutual growth and improvement.”

The summit featured a mix of symposiums and exhibitions. While day one was dedicated to education, featuring focus groups and seminars, day two shifted to practical demonstrations and booths showcasing the latest in sUAS technology. For the live aerial demonstrations, there were 11 AMC-approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities.

A few key day-one discussions touched on the future of sUAS programs, operational requirements, and a classified session on their uses in warfare. Among them, a topic that garnered significant attention was Scott’s centralized approach to managing sUAS operations. This model consolidates all sUAS activities under one organizational umbrella, Det. X, and is seen as a blueprint for other bases. 

“This approach ensures standardized training, safety protocols, and operational procedures,” said Livie. “This makes it easier to manage and scale sUAS programs effectively. Our centralized model under Det. X has allowed us to stand up our program in record time and maintain high standards across all operations. We believe and hope this is the model that will eventually be adopted more widely.”

[In addition to the summit’s over 500 participants, organizers worked with local recruiters to bring in 50 high school and Junior ROTC students from seven local schools to participate in a Career Field Exploration Panel that explored a variety of career-specific problem-solving challenges.  

For 2nd Lt. Elena Waters, 345th Recruiting Squadron gold bar recruiter, she said the summit provided a unique venue and opportunity for students to engage in meaningful career exploration, further STEM initiatives, and showcase the Air Force lifestyle. 

“I’m extremely excited to be able to work with Det. X and the recruiting squadron as we executed this first-of-its-kind event for military members and students,” she said.

Livie added, “We are just scratching the surface of what’s possible with sUAS programs. The uses and frequency of these systems are only going to grow, making a structured, well-managed approach crucial.”

Airman talks to civilian.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, watches a demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man smiles.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Kutta poses during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man takes video.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

An attendee takes a video during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airman talks to civilians.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, talks with members of Boeing during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilian talks to Airman.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Performance Drone Works showcases drone technologies during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024.The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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sUAS hovers.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A Performance Drone Works drone hovers during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airmen watch sUAS aerial demonstration.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Team Scott watch an aerial demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilians stand with sUAS.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Wingtra pose for a photo during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Baisey)

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Airman talks to civilian.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, watches a demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man smiles.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Kutta poses during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man takes video.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

An attendee takes a video during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airman talks to civilians.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, talks with members of Boeing during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilian talks to Airman.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Performance Drone Works showcases drone technologies during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024.The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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sUAS hovers.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A Performance Drone Works drone hovers during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airmen watch sUAS aerial demonstration.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Team Scott watch an aerial demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilians stand with sUAS.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Wingtra pose for a photo during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Baisey)

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Airman talks to civilian.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, watches a demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man smiles.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Kutta poses during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man takes video.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

An attendee takes a video during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airman talks to civilians.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, talks with members of Boeing during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilian talks to Airman.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Performance Drone Works showcases drone technologies during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024.The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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sUAS hovers.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A Performance Drone Works drone hovers during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airmen watch sUAS aerial demonstration.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Team Scott watch an aerial demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilians stand with sUAS.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Wingtra pose for a photo during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Baisey)

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Airman talks to civilian.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, watches a demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man smiles.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Kutta poses during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man takes video.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

An attendee takes a video during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airman talks to civilians.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, talks with members of Boeing during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilian talks to Airman.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Performance Drone Works showcases drone technologies during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024.The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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sUAS hovers.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A Performance Drone Works drone hovers during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airmen watch sUAS aerial demonstration.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Team Scott watch an aerial demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilians stand with sUAS.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Wingtra pose for a photo during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Baisey)

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Airman talks to civilian.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, watches a demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man smiles.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Kutta poses during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class De’Quan Simmons)

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Man takes video.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

An attendee takes a video during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airman talks to civilians.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

U.S. Air Force Col. John Poole, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, talks with members of Boeing during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilian talks to Airman.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A member of Performance Drone Works showcases drone technologies during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024.The Summit hosted over 500 participants where they witnessed a lineup of live aerial demonstrations from top Air Mobility Command approved vendors, showcasing the latest innovations in sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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sUAS hovers.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

A Performance Drone Works drone hovers during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Airmen watch sUAS aerial demonstration.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Team Scott watch an aerial demonstration during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. There were 11 Air Mobility Command approved vendors who showcased the latest ground-breaking sUAS capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Violette Hosack)

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Civilians stand with sUAS.

Scott AFB hosts AMC-wide small-UAS summit

Members of Wingtra pose for a photo during the small Unmanned Aerial Systems Summit on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, June 13, 2024. The summit, themed “Level the Playing Field – Raise the Bar,” aimed to foster a collaborative environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Madeline Baisey)

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