Dirk Giles has served as a wildland fire fighter and land manager for twenty two years with the Department of Interior and now the US Forest Service. Dirks career in operations started on hotshot crews in Nevada and then spent a majority of his career in Alaska on the Midnight Sun and Chena Hotshots. He moved into management as Chief of the Fire Specialist Section and then Assistant Fire Management Officer for the Military Zone where he was introduced to unmanned technologies. His recent appointment as an Aviation Management Specialist and is now responsible for building the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program for the U.S. Forest Service. Dirk is passionate about leveraging unmanned systems and technologies to introduce a new conversation of risk management for the normalized hazardous activities that employees face on a routine basis.