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Seventh Air Force Hosts First Virtual Change of Command

By Tech. Sgt. Matthew Davis/Master Sgt. Rachelle Blake | Seventh Air Force Public Affairs | June 15, 2020

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Lt. Gen. Scott L. Pleus assumed command of the Air Component Command and Seventh Air Force and assumed responsibility as the deputy commander of United States Forces Korea from Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach today at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

In a 7th AF first, some members of the official party attended the ceremony via a shared video teleconference due to COVID-19 mitigation measures.

Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams, Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea, presided over the change of command of the Air Component Command and the change of responsibility for the deputy commander of USFK.

“The resounding success during Lt. Gen. Wilsbach’s tenure would not have been possible without his rock steady leadership,” Abrams said. “Thank you for your services to the Unites States Forces Korea, especially the ROK/U.S. alliance. Your engaged leadership carried us through the many challenges we have faced here on the Korean peninsula and your ability to inspire the absolute best for your Airmen here in Korea will be sorely missed.”

Wilsbach is moving to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to take command of the Pacific Air Forces. His replacement, Pleus, recently relinquished command as Headquarters PACAF director of air and cyberspace operations.

“He has big shoes to fill, but I am absolutely confident that he is the exact right senior leader for these critically important positions,” Abrams said. “Welcome to the team.”

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Commander, PACAF, presided over the 7th AF change of command ceremony.

“[Pleus] is primed to lead 7th AF,” he said. “He is a servant leader with an impeccable career and flight record in the F-16 and F-35. He is no stranger to the security challenges of the region and particularly the peninsula and the importance of the relationships that are foundational to U.S./ROK alliance.”

This is Pleus’ third assignment on the peninsula.

“He will continue to focus efforts across the full spectrum of operations and we will remain ready, resilient and postured, and should the need arise, be ready to fight tonight with our joint teammates and allies to be able to provide precise, intense and overwhelming air power whenever and wherever needed,” Brown said.

For Pleus, his new position means taking command of more than 8,900 Total Force Airmen. From quarantine, he took a moment to address them.

“I am so excited to serve the Airmen of 7th AF, our joint partners of USFK and our Korean allies,” he said. “One of the best parts of being back is the intense feeling of family, the commitment we have to our iron-clad alliance and the 24/7 focus on the fight-tonight-mission in order to deter aggression, defend the ROK and defeat enemy attack against the alliance. Our steadfast commitment forges a common bond between us that leads to deep and lasting friendships and links us together as warriors.”

Twenty-four years ago, Pleus completed a remote tour to Kunsan Air Base, ROK, and eight years ago, he served as the 8th Fighter Wing commander at Kunsan AB.

“The friendships I have made over the past 24 years still hold strong today,” Pleus said. “I wholeheartedly believe this is the best assignment you can get in our Air Force and just like my last two tours to Korea, this is my assignment of choice. It is an honor and privilege to serve the Airmen of 7th AF, our joint partners and allies.”
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