The Reserve Officers Association of the United States Walla Walla chapter luncheon is planned for noon June 7 at Christ Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Second Ave. Enter from the parking lot in the back.
Guest speaker Daryl Abling, manager of the Pendleton Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) since 2016, will talk about drone technology applications to civilian endeavors, such as aerial monitoring of agriculture, land erosion, forest fires, climate change, wildlife surveillance and search and rescue operations.
He brings vast experience, as an Air Force veteran with eight years as an avionics maintenance tech on B-52 and F-4 combat planes; as an avionic engineer for Northrop Grumman, which is on the cutting age of cyber, logistics and modernization and autonomous systems for military and civilian applications; and he is an expert on the avionic of unnmaned helicopters and tailless jet power flying wings drones.
Daryl will elaborate about historic facts as to how this sophisticated research and development project started with unconditional support from the city of Pendleton, the FAA, the University of Alaska and the Oregon state government.
The event is open to the community and all ranks, active, retired or former U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.