Lieutenant General Scott L. Pleus is Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command United Nations Command; Commander, Air Component Command, Combined Forces Command; and Commander, Seventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He is also the U.S. representative to the joint committee for the Status of Forces agreement between the two countries.
General Pleus received his commission in 1989 through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Minnesota- Duluth. During his career, which now includes seven overseas assignments, he has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels and was a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow at Sun Microsystems in California. His staff assignments include Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
General Pleus is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flying hours, with combat hours earned during operations Desert Fox and Southern Watch.
1989 Bachelor of Arts, Communications, University of Minnesota-Duluth
1997 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2000 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Master of Arts, International Relations, Auburn University-Montgomery, Ala.
2002 Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., by correspondence
2008 Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park, Calif.
2010 U.S. Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
2015 Capstone General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2015 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2021 Pinnacle General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
March 1990 – March 1991, Student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
April 1991 – December 1992, Student, F-16 Replacement Training Unit, MacDill AFB, Fla.
January 1993 – January 1996, F-16 Pilot, 18th Fighter Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska
January 1996 – December 1996, F-16 Flight Examiner and Instructor, 35th Fighter Squadron, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
January 1997 – June 1999, Flight Commander, F-16 Flight Examiner and Instructor, 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
June 1999 – June 2000, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
July 2000 – September 2000, Student, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Va.
September 2000 – November 2002, Joint and Combined Contingency Plans Officer, Alaskan Command, Plans and Programs, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
November 2002 – April 2003, Student, F-16 requalification training, 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
May 2003 – June 2004, Operations Officer, 56th Training Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
June 2004 – June 2006, Commander, 63rd Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
12, June 2006 – June 2008, Director, Headquarters AETC Command Action Group, Randolph AFB, Texas
June 2008 – July 2009, Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park, Calif.
July 2009 – May 2011, Commander, 611th Air and Space Operations Center, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
May 2011 – May 2012, Commander, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan AB, South Korea
June 2012 – June 2014, Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
June 2014 – June 2016, Commander, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz.
July 2016 – May 2017, Director, F-35 Integration Office, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
June 2017 – May 2019, Director, Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
June 2019 – June 2020, Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
June 2020 – present, Deputy Commander, United States Forces Korea; Commander, Air Component Command, United Nations Command; Commander, Air Component Command, Combined Forces Command; and Commander, Seventh Air Force, Pacific Air Forces, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
September 2000 – November 2002, Joint and Combined Contingency Plans Officer, Alaskan Command, Plans and Programs, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, as a major
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 2,500
Aircraft flown: F-35, F-16 C/D, AT-38, T-38, and T-37
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters Air Medal with oak leaf cluster
Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster Joint Meritorious Unit Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with “V” device Combat Readiness Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant: Nov. 2, 1989
First Lieutenant: Nov. 2, 1991
Captain: Nov. 2, 1993
Major: July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel: March 1, 2003
Colonel: Aug. 1, 2008
Brigadier General: July 11, 2014
Major General: May 2, 2018
Lieutenant General: Jun 12, 2020
(Current as of May 2021)