Dennis Wren

Assistant Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Applied Aviation Sciences Department
College of Aviation
Dennis Wren

  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Economics, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

AS 220, AS 235

PILOT/AIRCRAFT       Airline Transport Pilot: Multiengine Land           

QUALIFICATIONS:     Type Ratings: B-707, B-720, L-382, LR-JET

                                          Commercial Pilot: Single Engine Land    

FLIGHT TIME:                        

               MQ-1 (PIC)           2200         C-130E/H/H3         2237         Multiengine            5471

               PIC (non UAV)     3432          Lear Jet                  2135         Actual Instrument    748

               Second-in-CC        2108        KC-135R               1046          Night                        654

               Instructor                 780                                                        Simulator                  383


  • Acquisition Logistics Manager - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Poway, CA. Responsible for programs involving Integrated Logistics Support Analysis for the Department of Defense and International customers. These products include the supportability and maintainability aspects of: Maintenance Planning, Supply Support, Manpower and Personnel, Computer Resources Support, Facilities and Infrastructure, Packaging, Handling, Storing & Transportation (PHS&T), Provisioning and the Logistics Management Information database.
  • Technical Publications Manager - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Poway, CA. Responsible for the leadership of five technical writing teams producing the flight and maintenance manuals for our non-USAF MQ-9 Reaper customers (United Kingdom, France, Italy and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol) as well as the Predator XP for the United Arab Emirates.
  • U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (retired) - wide ranging responsibility for leading others, team building, performance and results management, decision making and problem solving.
  • MQ-1 Predator Pilot – responsible for employment of the MQ-1 Predator as an Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance armed over watch and Close Air Support platform. Equipped with the Raytheon Multi-Spectral Electro/Optical Targeting System used to gather color/low-light/ black and white as well as infrared data for use by battlefield commanders to conduct theater level operations.
  • Project Manager - for the CA Air National Guard Companion Aircraft Trainer Program. Responsible for developing and maintaining standard processes, procedures, practices and tools for project execution, management and acquisition of the initial aircraft. Developed training curriculum and evaluation criteria for the introduction of a new aircraft (Cirrus 20 G3) into the California Air National Guard inventory.
  • Test Program Manager - Research Pilot at Edwards AFB, CA. Responsible for cost, schedule, reporting and performance of C-130 test programs, test review boards, and in-flight system testing. Also performed as Instructor/Safety Pilot on the Autonomous Landing Guidance System; a technology demonstration of the ability to land a C-130 on unprepared surfaces in zero visibility conditions.
  • Instructor Pilot - in the MQ-1 Predator / T-53 Cirrus / KC-135R Stratotanker / C-130 Hercules / C-21A Learjet.
  • Chief Pilot / Director of Flight Operations / Line Captain - CLS Transportation, Inc. (Part 91) in the Learjet 31, responsible for aircrew scheduling, contracting, and day-to-day oversight of aircraft flight operations in addition to flying duties as aircraft Captain. Line captain with Clay Lacy Aviation (Part 135) flying the Lear 23, 24, 25, 31, 35, and 55 model aircraft.
  • US Air Force Aircrew Training Manager - Responsible for developing, monitoring and conducting all aspects of aircrew ground, and in-flight training.


  •  JUST CAUSE: Panama (1989)
  •  DESERT SHIELD / STORM: Persian Gulf (1990 - 1991)
  •  PROVIDE COMFORT: Northern Iraq (1991)
  •  RESTORE HOPE: Somalia (1992 - 1993)
  •  UPHOLD DEMOCRACY: Haiti (1994)
  •  NORTHERN WATCH: 36' North over Iraq (2003)
  •  IRAQI FREEDOM: Iraq (2003, 2006 - 2010)
  •  NEW DAWN: Iraq (2010)
  •  ENDURING FREEDOM: Afghanistan (2006 - 2012)


  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Aerial Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal
  • California Commendation Medal
  • California Governor Outstanding Unit
  • Field Grade Officer of the Year for the State of California Air National Guard