JUNEAU - Marc Luiken has been appointed to serve as deputy commissioner of aviation for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, state officials announced last week.
Luiken, a recently retired U.S. Air Force colonel, was selected for the position by DOT&PF Commissioner Leo von Scheben.
He is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he received his commission. Luiken previously served as the vice commander, Eleventh Air Force, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. While there, he was also the chief advisor to the Eleventh Air Force's commander. Luiken has commanded at the squadron and group levels, and is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours.
"Marc will bring a wealth of aviation-related knowledge to the department and the State of Alaska, and he'll be responsible for managing the state's rural and international airports," said Commissioner von Scheben.
The state owns and operates 256 rural airports. DOT&PF has significant issues facing rural airports regarding funding for maintenance and upkeep; installation of lighting for increased safety; medevac capabilities and dust management, according to the department.