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DOT&PF Commissioner Selects Alaska Marine Highway System Deputy Commissioner

Capt. Michael Neussel will manage 11 vessels with service to 31 communities.

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Marc Luiken today named Captain Michael Neussl as Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS).

Deputy Commissioner Neussl will lead the state’s year-round ferry system.  The AMHS operates 11 vessels and coordinates stops in 31 communities serving Alaska, Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Neussl had 30 years experience with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) before retiring in June 2010.  At the time of his retirement Neussl served as the Chief of Staff, Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, overseeing all Coast Guard operations and units in Alaska.  During his career Neussl commanded Air Station Kodiak, the largest Coast Guard operational unit in the Pacific Area with 350 personnel and 13 aircraft. He was also an Aircraft Commander with over 5,000 hours of rotary flight time.

Neussl received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering from the USCG Academy in 1980.  He earned his Coast Guard Aviator wings in 1983 and earned a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1991.

During his military career Neussl received the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and a Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon.  He was named Coast Guard Engineer of the Year in 1996 and was selected by NASA as a space shuttle mission finalist in 1998.

Deputy Commissioner Neussl resides in Juneau, and is married with four children and three grandchildren.

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