Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
Office of the Commissioner
3132 Channel Drive
PO Box 112500
Juneau, AK 99811-2500
- Phone: (907) 465-3900
- Fax: (907) 586-8365
- E-mail Acting Commissioner Binder
John Binder currently serves as Acting Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF).
After retiring from the Unites States Air Force in September 2012, Mr. Binder joined Lockheed Martin’s National Airspace Implementation Support Contract (NISC) team in assisting the Federal Aviation Administration upgrade Alaska’s airspace and air traffic infrastructure. He joined the State of Alaska government in June 2013 when he became the Operations Manager for the Division of Statewide Aviation, directing aviation operations and planning for the state’s 247 rural airports.
Mr. Binder had a distinguished active duty career, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 21 years of service. He was a command pilot with both fighter and trainer aircraft experience in the F-15C Eagle, T-38 Talon, and the T-6 Texan II. His career encompassed several key leadership positions including managing the Air Force’s busiest airfield, directing installation safety programs, and directing operational and training flying programs. Lieutenant Colonel Binder is a combat veteran with service in Operations Southern Watch and Noble Eagle, with military decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Air Medal, and numerous additional campaign and service recognition medals.
Mr. Binder graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in Space Systems from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2006.
Mr. Binder and his wife Kia have four children and live in Anchorage, Alaska.