Commissioner Todd Bloch (second from right) joined the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as Deputy Commissioner of Aviation in July of 2016 after spending over 31 years serving his country in a military uniform. Todd was elevated to Commissioner after the retirement of Col. Steve Parker on August 31, 2018.
Todd began his military career as a combat engineer in the Army National Guard. Todd earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and his commission as an Army officer at the University of South Dakota. He was then sent to Army flight school where he became a helicopter pilot.
In addition to his role as pilot, Todd held a variety of positions that provided diverse experience in leadership and management including: Commanding officer of an Army logistics company, liaison to the Brazilian Army, and other assignments as the director of logistics, security, and administration.
While in the Army, Todd served in several locations including: Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, California, Germany, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As an Army captain, Todd was with the first NATO forces to cross the Sava River into Bosnia for Operation Joint Endeavor during Christmas of 1995. After completing his service in Brazil, Todd transitioned to the United States Coast Guard.
As a search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard, Todd was stationed in Florida, Alaska, North Carolina, and Alabama. His duties included director of training and education, public affairs, and facilities management as well as chief financial officer. Todd was awarded an Air Medal for one of his lifesaving missions. Todd was also featured in two episodes of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch and flew in multiple scenes in the Kevin Costner movie, The Guardian.
He completed his military career as the director of aviation law enforcement training. In this role, he was responsible for developing and teaching policy and techniques for missions including airborne use of force for counter-terrorism, counter-drug, and facilities security. Concurrently, he earned a master's degree in leadership and ethics from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
Todd lives in Frankfort, Kentucky, with his wife Brenda and three sons, Barrett, Fletcher, and Foster.