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185th Air Refueling Wing selects new Vice Wing Commander

Col Sonya Finch
Colonel Sonya Finch
Col Stephanie Samenus
Colonel Stephanie Samenus

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The 185th Air Refueling Wing located in Sioux City has selected a new Vice Wing Commander after the previous one accepted a position at the Pentagon.

According to a press release from the 185th, Wing Commander Colonel Mark Muckey has selected Colonel Sonya Finch as the new Vice Wing Commander.

Finch has been serving at the Mission Support Group commander for the 185th where she managed the activities of the wing's security forces, civil engineering, military personnel and logistics readiness.

The previous Vice Wing Commander, Colonel Stephanie Samenus, is vacating the position after being selected for a new position with the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. In her new position, Samenus will serve as the Chief of Human Capital at the newly created NGB-Space Operations.

Both Finch and Samenus are among the first women in the Iowa Air National Guard to be promoted to senior leadership positions during their tenure with the Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City.

Finch is a rated KC-135 pilot who has been a member of both the Iowa Army and Air National Guard following her commissioning through the Army ROTC program at the University of Northern Iowa.

Before returning to Sioux City in January of 2020, Finch had been serving as the Director of Staff for Air at the Joint Forces Headquarters at Camp Dodge and flying remotely piloted aircraft at the 132d Wing in Des Moines.

Samenus began her military career as a member of the Navy Reserve in Sioux City before making her way to the Air National Guard in 1998. Samenus has served in various capacities in the 185th including as the unit’s Support Group Commander before being selected as the Vice Commander.

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