Dean Keck

Dean Keck

Deputy Director of the FAA-Designated Nevada UAS Test Site
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Dean Keck retired from the U.S. Army in 2011 as a senior Lieutenant Colonel, III Corps Commander Strategic Initiatives Group, Aviation Support Battalion Commander, and Senior Aviator in the Apache Longbow helicopter. He has commanded five U.S. Army aviation units from company to battalion and served as the Multinational Command-Iraq airspace command and control officer. In this position, he provided critical airspace integration and coordination for over 1,800 manned and unmanned assets during the surge in Iraq.  He is a decorated combat aviator with six tours of duty and over 600 flight hours in combat/imminent danger areas.  He holds an FAA commercial helicopter license with an instrument rating and is rated in five single-engine and twin-engine advanced military helicopters. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University. He has also completed several USAF Joint Airspace and Special Operations courses at Hurlburt Field, Florida.  Dean has several articles published in professional military aviation and logistics journals. Dean currently serves as the FAA-Designated Nevada UAS Test Site Deputy Director for the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS).

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