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Alaska Aerospace’s CEO steps down

Alaska Aerospace CEO Milton Keeter has resigned. Keeter stepped down last week.

Reached by phone, Keeter confirmed that he’d left the post but declined to discuss the reason for his departure. Alaska Aerospace Board Chairman Robert McCoy said he was “grateful for Milton’s dedicated service” in a news release dated Monday.

Alaska Aerospace did not provide any other information on why Keeter was leaving the company, or plans for an interim CEO to fill the position.

Alaska Aerospace owns and operates the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak’s Narrow Cape. The company receives funding through contracts with the federal government and private companies.

Two companies launch rockets from Kodiak’s Spaceport; California-based aerospace company Astra successfully launched its first rocket carrying a commercial payload from the facility last year.

ABL Space Systems, which is also based in California, attempted its first launch from the complex in January. But the rocket failed to reach orbit and crashed near the complex. Cleanup at the facility is ongoing.

Keeter was hired as Alaska Aerospace’s CEO in the fall of 2021.

In a Linkedin post from last week, Keeter said leaving the company was a difficult decision, but that he was “looking forward to his next challenge and endeavor.”