Zachary Bass, director of the Redmond Airport, was named the 2017 Airport Manager of the Year by the Oregon Airport Management Association.

Bass, who became the airport manager in January 2016, received the award Oct. 24 at an event in Cresswell, according to an association news release. The award goes to a manager who contributed significantly to the field of airport and aviation management, performed at a high level of service to the aviation community and traveling public and who improved the safety of Oregon aviation.

At the award ceremony, Bass said the airport team and stakeholders involved with running the Redmond Airport deserve recognition for their work during a year in which the airport rebuilt its main runway and a taxiway, took part in building a new U.S. Forest Service Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center and added a new direct flight to Phoenix and additional daily flights to its schedule.

Bass is a nine-year Air Force veteran who served a deployment in Iraq, among other professional achievements, according to the association.

— Bulletin staff report

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