Wolf 51 returns to the Pack

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High

Wolf 51 returns to the Pack

by Staff Sgt. Kristin High
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea -- Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, recently visited the Wolf Pack, but is no stranger to the instillation as he once severed as the 8th Fighter Wing’s Wolf 51.

The call sign “Wolf” is given to Kunsan AB wing commanders and Pleus was the 51st to take command. The naming convention is a tradition dating back to the legendary Gen. Robin Olds.

“When I left Kunsan in the summer of 2012, I fully expected I’d never have the opportunity to come back…” Pleus said.

Pleus returns with many leadership hats. In addition to the numbered Air Force position, he is commander of the Air Component Command and deputy commander of U.S. Forces Korea.

During his immersion, the 8th Operations Support Squadron delivered an Agile Combat Employment presentation, while the 8th Civil Engineer Squadron showcased their on-going work with roads and dormitories. Additionally, the general toured Wolf Pack Park to discuss the 8th Medical Group’s COVID-19 response procedures.

In his first couple months in command, Pleus is focused on reintegrating with instillations throughout the peninsula and hopes to gain a better understanding of today’s mission, mindsets and Airmen.

“I’m a pretty simple kind of guy when it comes to setting goals,” Pleus said. “The only goal I really have is to make things better. I think every single leader at every level wants to make things better for their Airmen than it was when they showed up. Wolf and Wolf 2 [Eighth Fighter Wing commander and vice commander] are doing a great job and my goal is to just continue that.”

Photo Caption:
Lt. Col. Nicholas Pulire, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, speaks with Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, about construction and dorm heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration during his integration with Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020. During his integration to Kunsan, Pleus discussed COVID-19 issues and resolutions; base quality of life; construction; innovations and other improvements to the pack; and the surrounding community.

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