WARRENTON – The buzz at Camp Rilea is all about the Raven, a small unmanned aircraft that is designed to be an effective military intelligence tool.
The radio-operated surveillance plane equipped with small cameras gives ground commanders an edge in battle, according to Gregg Schroeder, Oregon Army National Guard chief warrant officer.
“The purpose of the Raven is to provide the ground commander with instant intelligence on the battle field to help make good decisions and form a plan of action,” he said.
Camp Rilea was selected for the Raven training missions because of its location and training facilities.
“It is a military training facility with a location that lends itself well to soldiers,” Schroeder said. “It rounds out their training opportunities.”
He described the Raven as simple to set up and operate.
“It snaps together,” he said. “It can be carried in a backpack. It is battery operated and radio controlled. It is small and compact with a 54 inch wing span and it weights just 4.4 pounds.”