Oakwood Alum celebrating three decades of service

The Stillwater Regional Airport recently celebrated two years of commercial service and its 100,000th passenger. But with a lot of laughs and a few tears, there was a special reason for a Friday get-together.

Friends, dignitaries, family and coworkers were there to send off Gary Johnson after 32 years as the airport’s director. Johnson passed the baton, and a comically large set of keys, to assistant Paul Priegel.

“We celebrate an unbelievable lifelong commitment to a community and a cause. We celebrate the fruits of hard work, dedication and a longterm vision of success. We celebrate over 32 years of service to this airport and over 50 years in the aviation industry locally, regionally and nationally,” Priegel said. “Under Gary’s leadership this airport has transformed from a small sleepy airport for local pilots to do fly patterns and do touch-and-goes to the fourth-busiest airport in Oklahoma with around 80,000 operations each year and around 80,000 commercial passengers. Gary’s vision and tenacity has resulted in over $43 million in improvements since 1986.”


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