John Binder was named deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation Monday.
“John brings to the department proven leadership and management from his time with the Air Force. He has a wealth of aviation education and experience and strong Alaskan roots,” DOT Commissioner Pat Kemp said in a statement.
Binder will be responsible for overseeing the State of Alaska international airport system and the Division of Statewide Aviation, which includes 252 state-owned rural airports.
Binder joined the department in June as the operations manager for the Division of Statewide Aviation. He previously worked as a systems analyst planner for the national Airspace Defense Program and served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years before retiring in 2012. He has a bachelor’s in astronautical engineering, a master’s in space systems and a master’s in aeronautical sciences.