Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell was named chair of the Aerospace States Association yesterday at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
“Aviation is part of Alaskans’ lives every day,” Lt. Governor Treadwell said during the meeting.
He said 82 percent of Alaska’s communities “are not connected to a road system. Aviation is our way of life here — whether it’s how we get our food, how we visit our families, or what we do for a living.”
Treadwell said the aerospace industry is the fifth-largest contributor to Alaska’s gross state product,providing 47,000 jobs in a state with around 700,000 residents.
“But Alaska’s role in the aerospace industry goes beyond our state lines,” Treadwell said in a prepared release. He lauded the Anchorage International Airport system as offering “unmatched access to world markets and noted Alaska’s strategic position in the Arctic, making bases here important to national security. Treadwell said the U.S. Army’s Fort Greely facility in Fairbanks, which has 26 missile-launch silos for live interceptor rockets, and the Kodiak Launch Complex, which launched a Minotaur rocket in the Space Test Program S-26 Mission last November, are significant parts of the U.S. defense network.