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
Lt. Col. Jamie LaValley began his military career in 2001, commissioning as a second lieutenant in Aviation at Norwich University in Vermont. His first assignment was to Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he earned his Army Aviator wings and qualified as an AH-64D Apache pilot. LaValley’s first assignment after flight school was as a company XO and platoon leader at Camp Page, Republic of Korea, with the 1-2 Attack Battalion “The Gunfighters”, 2nd Infantry Division. In 2005, he was assigned to 82nd Airborne... READ MORE