Mission:

Air Test & Evaluation Squadron Two Four (UX-24), formerly the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate, was commissioned in October 2018.  UX-24’s  mission is to provide operators, unmanned aircraft assets, maintenance, operational and safety oversight, and facility support to conduct research, development, test and evaluation, and experimentation (RDTE&E) of all assigned Navy and Marine Corps Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) across the broad range of UAS complexities including fixed and rotary wing autonomous, semi-autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft.

Supported Platforms:

UX-24 currently provides RDTE&E services for Groups 1-4 UAS, including fielded platforms such as Wasp, RQ-11 Raven, RQ-20B Puma, RQ-21 Blackjack and MQ-8 Firescout. Located at NAS Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field (WOLF) in Southern Maryland, the squadron takes advantage of WOLF’s unique capabilities including:

  • Two 5,000-foot runways

  • Direct entry into restricted operating areas; no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) coordination needed

  • Exclusive-use areas available for small UAS

  • Proximity to water for UAS maritime operations

  • Dedicated UAS operations center

UX-24’s team is comprised of experts in the unmanned aircraft test community from engineers and air vehicle operators to United States Naval Test Pilot School graduates. In addition to supporting programs of record, the team also supports warfighter Urgent Needs Statements as well as test demands from sister services, other government agencies and research institutions. To streamline UAS operations and test, UX-24 maintains the following:

  • A “Blanket” Category 3 Interim Flight Clearance that covers all government-owned Group 1 UAS operating with UX-24 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) ranges for both land- and ship-based operations.

  • Close working relationship with Atlantic Test Range Safety for rapid assessment and mitigation of potential UAS hazards.

  • Airspace scheduling expertise to meet the customer’s needs from concurrent UAS operations to exclusive-use airspace.

  • Frequency spectrum management and/or oversight.

Personnel reporting to, inquiring about or visiting UX-24 at Webster Field may reach the unit via the Administrative Office at (301) 995-8040.

Cmdr. Daniel P. Martin

UX-24 Commanding Officer

Commander Martin attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, graduating with honors in December, 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following commissioning, he attended flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and Randolph AFB, Texas, earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in April 2002.  He attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.  His first fleet assignment was with the Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) at NAS Brunswick, Maine.  While attached to VP-8, Commander Martin earned qualifications as a P-3C Mission Commander, Instructor Tactical Coordinator, and Orion Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI), completing deployments to Sigonella, Italy, and Misawa Japan; and detached operations in Greece, Iceland, Okinawa, Thailand, Brunei, and El Salvador supporting Operations Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge, Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and naval operations in the FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet areas of operations.

In February 2006, Commander Martin remained in Maine for his next assignment with Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE (CPRW-5) Weapons and Tactics Unit.  While at CPRW-5 Commander Martin served as a WTI, instructing the P-3 Advanced Readiness Program for Brunswick based P-3 squadrons; he also attended the University of Southern New Hampshire, graduating in March 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  In May 2008 Commander Martin reported to Fleet Support Unit FIVE (FSU-5) for his second fleet assignment.  While attached to FSU-5 Commander Martin Served as Tactical Officer for the CNO Special Project Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS) in support of OIF combat missions and various surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet areas of operations, completing his tour with FSU-5 as the Training Officer.

In the summer of 2010 Commander Martin was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (TPS) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, graduating with Class 140 in December 2011.  While at TPS he was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer in the summer of 2011.  Following TPS graduation, he reported to Air Test & Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) where he served as a P-8A mission systems project officer working various programs to include Radar, Communications, and Human Factors, completing his tour as the military Mission Systems Lead. 

In May 2014 Commander Martin reported to PMA-262, the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office.   While at PMA-262 Commander Martin served as the MQ-4C Triton UAS Communications Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead and the Interoperability & Cybersecurity IPT Lead.  In Dec 2016 Commander Martin reported back to VX-20 to support MQ-4C Triton Flight Test operations as the Government Flight Test Director.  During his tenure as GFTD, the Triton ITT completed over 450 flight test hours and 1,100 ground test hours culminating in transition to Operational Test in preparation for Triton’s initial fleet deployment. In August 2018 CDR Martin was assigned to Air Test & Evaluation Squadron TWO FOUR (UX-24) and currently serves as the Commanding Officer.

Commander Martin has over 2,350 hours in 18 models of jet, prop, rotary wing, and unmanned aircraft.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (1st award with combat distinguishing device), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Senior Chief Matthew Burpee

UX-24 Command Senior Chief

A native of Maine, Command Senior Chief Burpee enlisted in the United States Marine Corp after graduating high school.  In November of 1993 he entered boot camp at Parris Island, SC and upon graduation reported to the School of Infantry (SOI) at Camp Geiger, NC.  His assignments include 1st Battalion, 2d Marines (1994-1996) and 2nd LAR Battalion, 2nd Mar Div (1996-1997). His deployments include Japan, Panama and support of Operation Sea Signal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He separated from active duty service in 1997.

In 1999 he enlisted in the Army Reserves and served as an instructor in 1/391st (1999-2002) in Bangor, ME. He provided rifle marksmanship instruction and conducted rifle range operations. His active duty training included two training detachments to Fort Leonardwood, MO and one to West Point, NY. In 2002 he transitioned from Army Reserves to active duty Navy and attended Navy Indoctrination at Great Lakes.

After Navy Indoctrination he reported to NAS Pensacola for AT “A” school and then Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS for Calibration Technician “C” school. His fleet assignments include the USS Harry S Truman CVN-75 (2005-2009), the Sidewinders of VFA-86 (2012-2015), and the Vigilantes of VFA-151 (2015-2016).  While on sea duty, Senior Chief Burpee participated in deployments in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Shore assignments include duty as an Instructor at Calibration Technician “C” school at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS (2009-2012), Calibration Technician at AIMD Whidbey Island (2003-2005), Logistics Specialist at NAWCAD at NAS Patuxent River, MD (2016-218), and his current position as UX-24 Command Senior Chief. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in 2016.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Senior Chief Burpee has earned the Aviation Warfare, Surface Warfare, and Master Training Specialist designations. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various unit and campaign awards. 

 

 

Mr. Joseph L. Ferguson II

UX-24 Technical Director

Mr. Ferguson has over 19 years of government service with NAVAIR.  He currently serves as the Technical Director for UX-24 (AIR-5.1.11) within the Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation & Test Department (ISEET, AIR 5.1).

Mr. Ferguson provides the Squadron both long-term stability as well as strategic and short-term leadership of assigned personnel, assets, property and facilities.  He is responsible for the direction, control, planning, and programming of resources and personnel to ensure the successful execution of the Squadron's mission.  He has held this position since January 2019.  

Mr. Ferguson is a native of Parkersburg, WV and a 1999 graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Aerospace Engineering. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees at WVU, he accepted a flight test engineering position at NAVAIR in Patuxent River Maryland.  His first assignment was with the Rotary Wing Ship Suitability branch, where he conducted twenty at-sea helicopter flight test evaluations on a variety of Navy and Marine Corps rotary wing aircraft across all classes of air-capable US Navy ships.

In June of 2002, Mr. Ferguson was selected to attend class 123 of the United States Navy Test Pilot School and graduated the Rotary Wing Curriculum Flight Test Engineering program in June 2003.

In March of 2005, Mr. Ferguson accepted an opportunity to support USSOCOM as the NAVAIR Program Manager and flight test lead for a revolutionary new unmanned helicopter called the A160 Hummingbird (YMQ-18A).  This program was an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator (ACTD) project sponsored by USSOCOM, DARPA, and the US Army.  While supporting this program, Mr. Ferguson was assigned to AIR 4.5.11 as a project engineer at the Special Communications Requirements Division.  During this timeframe, Mr. Ferguson also supported the DOD Biometrics Identity Management Agency working multiple urgent warfighter need programs as the US Navy/NAVAIR liaison.

In June of 2011, Mr. Ferguson was selected to be the lead flight test engineer for the Cargo UAS program as part of AIR 5.1.2.15.  There he had the responsibility for managing Boeing’s YMQ-18A UAS cargo-UAS test program and providing recommendations to the PMA 266 Program Manager and APMT&E.

Mr. Ferguson next was selected as the lead APMT&E for PMA 263 Small Tactical UAS (STUAS) in November 2011.  As part of the management team at PMA 263 and assigned to AIR 5.1.1.5, Mr. Ferguson was responsible to the PM and DPM in the overarching execution of all developmental and operational testing of all STUAS platforms.  Most notably, Mr. Ferguson led the RQ-21A UAS ACAT III Program of Record through a successful Milestone C Decision, Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR), and subsequent Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) test phase.

In 2013, Mr. Ferguson completed his post-graduate studies at Naval Postgraduate School, earning a MS in Systems Engineering.

In October 2014, Mr. Ferguson was selected to become the lead APMT&E for PMA 261, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office, assigned to AIR 5.1.1.7.  There, Mr. Ferguson was responsible to the PM and DPM in the overarching execution of all developmental and operational testing of all H-53 helicopter variants for the USMC/USN, including the new ACAT ID CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter.  Mr. Ferguson led the Integrated Test Team (ITT) through first flight in 2015 and a successful Milestone C Decision in 2017.  Mr. Ferguson led the PMA 261 test team until January 2019 at which time he was selected to the Technical Director position at UX-24.

Mr. Ferguson is level III DAWIA certified in both Test and Evaluation and Systems Engineering and a member of the DOD Acquisition Professional Community since 2000.  His personal and team decorations include the USSOCOM PEO Rotary Wing Certificate of Appreciation for the YMQ-18A ACTD, NAVAIR Commander’s Innovation Award for the Cargo Resupply UAS, NAVAIR Commander’s Award for the RQ-21A Blackjack ITT, and the PEO(A) Acquisition Excellence Team Award for the CH-53K ITT.

UX-24 Points of Contact

UX-24 Administrative Office: (301) 995-8040

Mission:

Air Test & Evaluation Squadron Two Four (UX-24), formerly the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate, was commissioned in October 2018.  UX-24’s  mission is to provide operators, unmanned aircraft assets, maintenance, operational and safety oversight, and facility support to conduct research, development, test and evaluation, and experimentation (RDTE&E) of all assigned Navy and Marine Corps Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) across the broad range of UAS complexities including fixed and rotary wing autonomous, semi-autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft.

Supported Platforms:

UX-24 currently provides RDTE&E services for Groups 1-4 UAS, including fielded platforms such as Wasp, RQ-11 Raven, RQ-20B Puma, RQ-21 Blackjack and MQ-8 Firescout. Located at NAS Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field (WOLF) in Southern Maryland, the squadron takes advantage of WOLF’s unique capabilities including:

  • Two 5,000-foot runways

  • Direct entry into restricted operating areas; no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) coordination needed

  • Exclusive-use areas available for small UAS

  • Proximity to water for UAS maritime operations

  • Dedicated UAS operations center

UX-24’s team is comprised of experts in the unmanned aircraft test community from engineers and air vehicle operators to United States Naval Test Pilot School graduates. In addition to supporting programs of record, the team also supports warfighter Urgent Needs Statements as well as test demands from sister services, other government agencies and research institutions. To streamline UAS operations and test, UX-24 maintains the following:

  • A “Blanket” Category 3 Interim Flight Clearance that covers all government-owned Group 1 UAS operating with UX-24 at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) ranges for both land- and ship-based operations.

  • Close working relationship with Atlantic Test Range Safety for rapid assessment and mitigation of potential UAS hazards.

  • Airspace scheduling expertise to meet the customer’s needs from concurrent UAS operations to exclusive-use airspace.

  • Frequency spectrum management and/or oversight.

Personnel reporting to, inquiring about or visiting UX-24 at Webster Field may reach the unit via the Administrative Office at (301) 995-8040.

Cmdr. Daniel P. Martin

UX-24 Commanding Officer

Commander Martin attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, graduating with honors in December, 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Following commissioning, he attended flight training at NAS Pensacola, Florida, and Randolph AFB, Texas, earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in April 2002.  He attended P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron training with Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) at NAS Jacksonville, Florida.  His first fleet assignment was with the Fighting Tigers of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) at NAS Brunswick, Maine.  While attached to VP-8, Commander Martin earned qualifications as a P-3C Mission Commander, Instructor Tactical Coordinator, and Orion Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI), completing deployments to Sigonella, Italy, and Misawa Japan; and detached operations in Greece, Iceland, Okinawa, Thailand, Brunei, and El Salvador supporting Operations Joint Guardian, Deliberate Forge, Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and naval operations in the FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet areas of operations.

In February 2006, Commander Martin remained in Maine for his next assignment with Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE (CPRW-5) Weapons and Tactics Unit.  While at CPRW-5 Commander Martin served as a WTI, instructing the P-3 Advanced Readiness Program for Brunswick based P-3 squadrons; he also attended the University of Southern New Hampshire, graduating in March 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  In May 2008 Commander Martin reported to Fleet Support Unit FIVE (FSU-5) for his second fleet assignment.  While attached to FSU-5 Commander Martin Served as Tactical Officer for the CNO Special Project Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS) in support of OIF combat missions and various surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet areas of operations, completing his tour with FSU-5 as the Training Officer.

In the summer of 2010 Commander Martin was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (TPS) at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, graduating with Class 140 in December 2011.  While at TPS he was selected as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer in the summer of 2011.  Following TPS graduation, he reported to Air Test & Evaluation Squadron TWO ZERO (VX-20) where he served as a P-8A mission systems project officer working various programs to include Radar, Communications, and Human Factors, completing his tour as the military Mission Systems Lead. 

In May 2014 Commander Martin reported to PMA-262, the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office.   While at PMA-262 Commander Martin served as the MQ-4C Triton UAS Communications Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead and the Interoperability & Cybersecurity IPT Lead.  In Dec 2016 Commander Martin reported back to VX-20 to support MQ-4C Triton Flight Test operations as the Government Flight Test Director.  During his tenure as GFTD, the Triton ITT completed over 450 flight test hours and 1,100 ground test hours culminating in transition to Operational Test in preparation for Triton’s initial fleet deployment. In August 2018 CDR Martin was assigned to Air Test & Evaluation Squadron TWO FOUR (UX-24) and currently serves as the Commanding Officer.

Commander Martin has over 2,350 hours in 18 models of jet, prop, rotary wing, and unmanned aircraft.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (1st award with combat distinguishing device), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Senior Chief Matthew Burpee

UX-24 Command Senior Chief

A native of Maine, Command Senior Chief Burpee enlisted in the United States Marine Corp after graduating high school.  In November of 1993 he entered boot camp at Parris Island, SC and upon graduation reported to the School of Infantry (SOI) at Camp Geiger, NC.  His assignments include 1st Battalion, 2d Marines (1994-1996) and 2nd LAR Battalion, 2nd Mar Div (1996-1997). His deployments include Japan, Panama and support of Operation Sea Signal in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He separated from active duty service in 1997.

In 1999 he enlisted in the Army Reserves and served as an instructor in 1/391st (1999-2002) in Bangor, ME. He provided rifle marksmanship instruction and conducted rifle range operations. His active duty training included two training detachments to Fort Leonardwood, MO and one to West Point, NY. In 2002 he transitioned from Army Reserves to active duty Navy and attended Navy Indoctrination at Great Lakes.

After Navy Indoctrination he reported to NAS Pensacola for AT “A” school and then Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS for Calibration Technician “C” school. His fleet assignments include the USS Harry S Truman CVN-75 (2005-2009), the Sidewinders of VFA-86 (2012-2015), and the Vigilantes of VFA-151 (2015-2016).  While on sea duty, Senior Chief Burpee participated in deployments in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Shore assignments include duty as an Instructor at Calibration Technician “C” school at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS (2009-2012), Calibration Technician at AIMD Whidbey Island (2003-2005), Logistics Specialist at NAWCAD at NAS Patuxent River, MD (2016-218), and his current position as UX-24 Command Senior Chief. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in 2016.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Senior Chief Burpee has earned the Aviation Warfare, Surface Warfare, and Master Training Specialist designations. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5 awards), and various unit and campaign awards. 

 

 

Mr. Joseph L. Ferguson II

UX-24 Technical Director

Mr. Ferguson has over 19 years of government service with NAVAIR.  He currently serves as the Technical Director for UX-24 (AIR-5.1.11) within the Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation & Test Department (ISEET, AIR 5.1).

Mr. Ferguson provides the Squadron both long-term stability as well as strategic and short-term leadership of assigned personnel, assets, property and facilities.  He is responsible for the direction, control, planning, and programming of resources and personnel to ensure the successful execution of the Squadron's mission.  He has held this position since January 2019.  

Mr. Ferguson is a native of Parkersburg, WV and a 1999 graduate of West Virginia University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Aerospace Engineering. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees at WVU, he accepted a flight test engineering position at NAVAIR in Patuxent River Maryland.  His first assignment was with the Rotary Wing Ship Suitability branch, where he conducted twenty at-sea helicopter flight test evaluations on a variety of Navy and Marine Corps rotary wing aircraft across all classes of air-capable US Navy ships.

In June of 2002, Mr. Ferguson was selected to attend class 123 of the United States Navy Test Pilot School and graduated the Rotary Wing Curriculum Flight Test Engineering program in June 2003.

In March of 2005, Mr. Ferguson accepted an opportunity to support USSOCOM as the NAVAIR Program Manager and flight test lead for a revolutionary new unmanned helicopter called the A160 Hummingbird (YMQ-18A).  This program was an Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrator (ACTD) project sponsored by USSOCOM, DARPA, and the US Army.  While supporting this program, Mr. Ferguson was assigned to AIR 4.5.11 as a project engineer at the Special Communications Requirements Division.  During this timeframe, Mr. Ferguson also supported the DOD Biometrics Identity Management Agency working multiple urgent warfighter need programs as the US Navy/NAVAIR liaison.

In June of 2011, Mr. Ferguson was selected to be the lead flight test engineer for the Cargo UAS program as part of AIR 5.1.2.15.  There he had the responsibility for managing Boeing’s YMQ-18A UAS cargo-UAS test program and providing recommendations to the PMA 266 Program Manager and APMT&E.

Mr. Ferguson next was selected as the lead APMT&E for PMA 263 Small Tactical UAS (STUAS) in November 2011.  As part of the management team at PMA 263 and assigned to AIR 5.1.1.5, Mr. Ferguson was responsible to the PM and DPM in the overarching execution of all developmental and operational testing of all STUAS platforms.  Most notably, Mr. Ferguson led the RQ-21A UAS ACAT III Program of Record through a successful Milestone C Decision, Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR), and subsequent Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) test phase.

In 2013, Mr. Ferguson completed his post-graduate studies at Naval Postgraduate School, earning a MS in Systems Engineering.

In October 2014, Mr. Ferguson was selected to become the lead APMT&E for PMA 261, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office, assigned to AIR 5.1.1.7.  There, Mr. Ferguson was responsible to the PM and DPM in the overarching execution of all developmental and operational testing of all H-53 helicopter variants for the USMC/USN, including the new ACAT ID CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter.  Mr. Ferguson led the Integrated Test Team (ITT) through first flight in 2015 and a successful Milestone C Decision in 2017.  Mr. Ferguson led the PMA 261 test team until January 2019 at which time he was selected to the Technical Director position at UX-24.

Mr. Ferguson is level III DAWIA certified in both Test and Evaluation and Systems Engineering and a member of the DOD Acquisition Professional Community since 2000.  His personal and team decorations include the USSOCOM PEO Rotary Wing Certificate of Appreciation for the YMQ-18A ACTD, NAVAIR Commander’s Innovation Award for the Cargo Resupply UAS, NAVAIR Commander’s Award for the RQ-21A Blackjack ITT, and the PEO(A) Acquisition Excellence Team Award for the CH-53K ITT.

UX-24 Points of Contact

UX-24 Administrative Office: (301) 995-8040