The Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization is a Department of the Army Field Operating Agency that ensures standardization of Army Aviation operations worldwide. DES has shifted focus towards assisting and enabling warfighting Aviation commanders in standardized operations.

DES emphasizes four broad tasks:

  • Assisting Warfighting Commanders. DES flight divisions execute Aviation standardization, mission, and training assistance to Aviation units worldwide to provide war fighting commanders with relevant tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures for combat Aviation operations.
  • Standardization Instructor Pilots. Brings immediate and relevant information to requesting deploying units to assist with Aviation training and operations.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization. As the UAS increases in mobilization and presence, DES develops standardization and oversees the implementation of UAS as an Army Aviation asset. DES emphasizes airspace integration and operator training, as well as developing aircrew training guidance for this new facet of Army Aviation.
  • Aviation Collaboration. DES integrates subject matter personnel into many other USAACE functions, from combat developments, simulation, doctrine and training and futures.
Director, Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization

Director, Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization

Lt. Col. (P) Joseph A. McCarthy

Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Joe McCarthy currently serves as the Director of the Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization. A native of Roselle, New Jersey, enlisted in the U.S. Army following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. He was commissioned from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School in 2002 as an Infantry Officer, and later branch transferred to Aviation in 2006. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief, Commanding General’s Initiate Group at the United States Aviation...more