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A Video Tribute to Our 137 Alaska Pilots Who Elected Early Retirement

The Alaska MEC is honoring our 137 pilots who elected early retirement and were instrumental in helping their fellow pilots avoid a furlough threat. We are pleased to commemorate their prestigious careers and the positive impact they have made to so many in the pilot group throughout their careers and especially now during these difficult times in our industry.

Capt. Mike Jernigan discusses life after retirement and the gratitude he has for the Alaska MEC.


Retiring pilot Capt. Katsie Hirsh discusses her 36-year career with Alaska and the value of pilot unity.


Retiring pilot Capt. John “BigBird” Knierim, and daughter, First Officer Sara Zieske discuss impacts the furlough threat had on their family.


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