Staff

Chief Executive Officer

 

Lieutenant General, AKNG (Ret)
Lieutenant Governor, Alaska (Ret)

  • Craig joined Alaska Aerospace Corporation as President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2011, and was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Directors in October 2012.
  • Craig’s background includes 35 years aerospace experience in the United States Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard, culminating as The Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard.
  • Professionally trained as an Air Traffic Controller, Craig’s military experience included logistics and supply, long range planning, executive staff support at the headquarters level, and finally serving as Vice Commander, 168th Air Refueling Wing, Alaska Air National Guard prior to his appointment to General Officer.
  • While serving as The Adjutant General, Craig led the transformation of the Alaska National Guard for over six years. In this role he:
    • Oversaw the Alaska Army National Guard development of missile defense operations and security missions at Ft Greely, Alaska.
    • Initiated the first associate (active duty and National Guard) organization in Alaska with acceptance of the new C-17 strategic airlift mission at Elmendorf AFB.
    • Transferred the air defense surveillance mission in Alaska from the active duty to the Alaska Air National Guard.
    • Transferred the space surveillance mission at Clear AFS from the active duty to the Alaska Air National Guard.
    • Oversaw the complex relocation project of closing Kulis ANGB, constructing new facilities at Elmendorf AFB for the Alaska Air National Guard and relocating the 176th Wing from Kulis ANGB to Elmendorf AFB.
  • Craig has an extensive private sector background, with over 15 year’s aviation consulting experience. He has conducted airport master planning, environmental planning, economic feasibility studies, and facilities location planning both in the US and internationally.
  • Craig also served in public office, starting in 1985 with his election to the Anchorage Assembly, where his leadership capabilities were demonstrated as he twice served as Chair of the body.
  • He was appointed by Governor Frank Murkowski in 2002 as the Commissioner, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and was promoted to General Officer with subsequent assignment as The Alaska National Guard Adjutant General.
  • He was retained by Governor Sarah Palin as both Commissioner and Adjutant General, later being appointed by her in July 2009 as the Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska. A position he held until December 2010.
  • Craig earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
  • Craig and his wife, Anne Marie, live in Eagle River, Alaska; have two grown daughters and four granddaughters. Craig is a licensed pilot.
  • Craig also serves as the State Chair for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Alaska State Committee.

 

President
  • Mark joined Alaska Aerospace Corporation as President in October 2018.
  • Mark’s background includes over 25-years in the aerospace sector.
    • Served in the United States Air Force as a space systems engineer, satellite operator, and intelligence analyst.
    • Served as the Chief Executive Officer with a military flight training company as well as provided business development, marketing, program management and engineering expertise for mid-market and large aerospace companies.
    • Led engineering and technical support to a variety of missile defense activities, military space programs, and aviation endeavors.
    • Provided cross-functional management consulting to government and commercial aerospace clients.
  • Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Norwich University.  He also holds a Master of Engineering in Space Operations from the University of Colorado.
  • Mark and his wife, Amy, live in Anchorage, Alaska.  Mark holds a private pilot’s license.

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