Longtime Beckley Airport employee retires

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) – A longtime Raleigh County Memorial Airport employee is nearing retirement.

Tom Cochran started working for the airport in 1997 after thirty years in the coal mines as an equipment maintenance superintendent. He was born three miles from the airport and always wanted a job in aviation. Cochran went to aviation school in Tulsa, Oklahoma and immediately got a job with TWA Airlines at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Cochran is never shy about giving back to his community and his peers recognize that. The Beckley Chamber of Commerce in Raleigh County took notice and recently named him the recipient of their Community Leadership Award. The award will be presented to him at a dinner in March.

Cochran helped develop the airport’s industrial park and was involved in expanding the runway by eight thousand feet. The airport is now on the market to create aerospace jobs. They are working with a program from WVU Tech to make the airport more accessible to newcomers. Trying to create new jobs and more opportunities here in West Virginia.

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