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In December 2021, the Portland Air National Guard Base became the first Air National Guard base to house the innovative technology developed by Ghost Robotics known as the Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle. This four-legged droid is commonly referred to as a robot dog.

The newest addition to the PANGB family has been assigned to the 142nd Security Force Squadron. QUGV’s canine body reflects the sun’s rays out of his exterior, and with the click of a button, he is awakened.

Technology. sergeant. Jamie Cuiff, 142nd SFS Logistics and Resources NCO, has been working with new technology since joining PANGB.

“We kind of spearhead this whole side of safety, this self-directed defender as they say, which makes me feel really good and proud to be in the unit,” Cuniff said.

Cuniff, who has been a key advocate for robot adoption dog, was instrumental in preparing him for his security mission here.

“From a security perspective, this is going to benefit us in that it provides real-time video feedback and also acts as a deterrent,” Cuniff said.

This semi-autonomous robot is programmed to minimize human exposure to danger. The robot’s unique abilities, including its array of sensors, create a noticeable advantage for base security.

“It’s going to give us exponential situational awareness on the ground in real time,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Barton, commander of the 142nd SFS. “I see the dog bringing a lot of extra abilities down the road. Suppose we have a building alarm or an event that we need to respond to on the facility – the dog may accompany us or first and provide us with a video feed of what is happening inside the building, while providing a two-way interface that allows us the ability to start affecting the situation while other defenders react.

The robot can independently follow the perimeter of the base, endure a variety of terrains, scan the area with several different types of cameras, travel long distances on a single charge, provide active surveillance of the area and redirect this information to those of forces squadron security by safe means. Defenders can interrupt the autonomous function of the dog at any time and control it manually to concentrate or direct capacity depending on the circumstances.

“This is the type of change we should all be looking for,” Barton said. “Maybe not a robot dog, but to find things that humans don’t necessarily have to or don’t do. well and incorporate technology or some version of innovation to liberate manpower while improving capabilities.

The use of the robot prevents real dogs and humans from being unnecessarily exposed to danger. Additionally, the camera’s capabilities provide information that would not be perceptible to the human eye. According to Barton, going forward, the base is working to acquire two more QUGVs, for a total of three dogs, which will enhance base security, protecting our personnel as well as our mission assets.

This new addition to 142 Wing brings with it the ability to improve PANG’s mission effectiveness through additional detection and warning capability, freeing up time for the defender to become more proficient in their skills, to as we move into the future.