Plambeck named new vice commander Published Dec. 10, 2015 By Capt. Jeremy McClure 185th ARW PAO Sioux City, IA -- Col. Lawrence Christensen, commander of the 185th Air Refueling Wing, announced that Col. Scott Plambeck, 185th Maintenance Group Commander, will be the Wing's new Vice Commander. Plambeck, a native of Sioux City began his military career in 1979 with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves as a combat radio operator. He joined the 185th in 1980 as a Command and Control Specialist. He was commissioned in 1982 and was trained as an A-7 fighter pilot. He is a command pilot with over 5,000 combined flying hours in the T-37, T-38, A-7, F-16, and KC-135 aircraft. "Col. Plambeck is respected by his peers and his Airmen as he is a proven leader that not only focuses on the mission but attends to the needs of his Airmen," said Christensen. "He has been a big part of our success and will continue to be invaluable in the leadership of this unit." Plambeck replaces Col. David Simon who retires at the end of the month after 39 years of service. Simon received the Legion of Merit Medal at his retirement ceremony held here on Dec. 5, 2015. The award recognized his leadership with the unit and his accomplishments. "Col. Simon played a major role in our successes over the years," said Christensen. "It is tough to see such an experienced leader leave but he has served his country proudly and has earned a much deserved retirement."