Executive Staff

Commissioner Steve Parker spent 30 years as an Air Force pilot, retiring in 2000 as a Colonel. During his time in the Air Force, Steve flew 5 different jet aircraft, commanded 4 organizations and visited 93 countries.

Steve has MA's in both Public Administration and Human Relations. He also has a BA in Political Science. His military education includes Air War College, Air Command & Staff College and Squadron Officer School.

Steve's leadership experience includes Commander of the 52nd Military Airlift Squadron where his squadron made three trips to Vietnam to return U.S. MIA combat soldiers' remains back to American soil. Steve was Vice-Commander of the 305th Air Mobility Wing where he was responsible for 12,500 personnel. He also was Commander of the 621st Air Mobility Support Group in Ramstein, Germany. Steve's final command was Commander of the Air Force ROTC Program at the University of Kentucky.

Steve flew combat missions in Vietnam, 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Grenada, Panama, first Gulf War & Bosnia. He has over 5,000 hours flying time in military jets with an emphasis on C-141 Starlifter aircraft.

In his post-Air Force life, Steve served as Executive Director, Aviation Museum of Kentucky (2000-2004), Deputy Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Aviation (2004-2010) and Senior Aviation Consultant, Stantec Consulting (2010-2015). He assumed his current position as Kentucky Aviation Commissioner in Feb, 2016. Steve also taught public speaking night classes at UK from 2000-2012.

Steve is very active in his Baptist church where he teaches an adult Bible study class. His wife Lorrie is Governor Bevin's office manager. Steve & Lorrie live in Lexington

Deputy 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 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.

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