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Wolf 51 returns to the Pack

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.

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

Senior Airman Kevin Witherspoon, 8th Civil Engineering Squadron heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, briefs Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, on issues within the dorms on Kunsan Air Base, July 29, 2020.

Senior Airman Kevin Witherspoon, 8th Civil Engineering Squadron heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, briefs Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, on issues within the dorms on Kunsan Air Base, July 29, 2020. Witherspoon discussed the ways the HVAC team are fixing and improving conditions to ensure the living conditions for Airmen are comfortable. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High)

Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, visits with the Eighth Mission Support Group during his integration on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020.

Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, visits with the Eighth Mission Support Group during his integration on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020. Pleus spoke to Airmen about the construction projects on base along with bettering the quality of life for Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High)

Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, speaks with Airmen from the Eighth Operations Support Squadron air traffic control during his integration on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020.

Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, speaks with Airmen from the Eighth Operations Support Squadron air traffic control during his integration on Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020. The Airmen briefed Pleus on their current mission operations and improvements to the control tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High)

Eighth Fighter Wing leadership salutes Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, upon his arrival to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020.

Eighth Fighter Wing leadership salutes Lt. Gen. Scott Pleus, Seventh Air Force commander, upon his arrival to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 29, 2020. During his integration with the base, he discussed base quality of life for Airmen, along with the different missions Kunsan serves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kristin High)

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.”