(Anchorage, Alaska) – Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Commissioner John MacKinnon has named Wolfgang Junge as the Central Region Director.
Junge has over 28 years of professional engineering experience, and began his career at DOT&PF in 1994. He has worked in various capacities, starting as a construction inspector and most recently serving as the region’s preconstruction engineer, overseeing aviation and highway design, preliminary engineering, traffic and safety, environmental, utilities, right of way, materials, survey, and property management. Junge also had a long and distinguished career in the US Military, retiring in 2019 as a Colonel in the US Army Reserves after 31 years of service. He served in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, his awards include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, and Meritorious Service Medal.
A licensed professional engineer, Junge is a University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni, graduating with a BS in civil engineering in 1990. He also attained a master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Army War College.
Junge replaces Dave Kemp who will retire April 30, 2019 after a 14 year career with DOT&PF.
“Wolfgang is precisely the leader we need to step into the regional director position upon Dave’s retirement,” said Commissioner MacKinnon. “His experience as a professional engineer and a Colonel in the US Army Reserves gives him precisely the skills needed to lead Alaska’s most populous region.”
Junge’s official first day as regional director is May 1, 2019.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 239 airports, 10 ferries serving 35 communities, more than 5,600 miles of highway and 776 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to “Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.”
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