PLEXSYS Interface Products, Inc., in Camas, announced the appointment of Ron “Opie” Wiegand as general manager, effective in March.
Wiegand previously was the Booz Allen Hamilton lead for Hurlburt Field, Fla., providing program management, consulting services and market development.
“During this time of growth in our company and increased complexity of our products, there is no better person to take on this new general manager role,” said Tom Jons, PLEXSYS chairman and CEO. “Opie is a proven leader with extensive contacts throughout the training industry. His knowledge of the modeling and simulation requirements directly aligns with our strategic direction. This is a great match for PLEXSYS.”
A retired colonel and graduate of the Air Force Academy and Weapons School, Wiegand has a long history with training systems, beginning with establishing what is now the Distributed Mission Operations Center at Kirtland AFB New Mexico, which received the award for the “Best Modeling and Simulation Training Program in the Department of Defense.”
He closed out his military career in special operations, as the commander at 623 Air & Space Operations Center, Hurlburt Field, and exercise director for EMERALD WARRIOR.
While at Booz Allen Hamilton, Wiegand provided strategic and tactical leadership to shape the firm’s comprehensive live, virtual, constructive engagement plans. His responsibility included the direct and supportive supervision of a portfolio exceeding $60 million.
Wiegand and his family will be relocating to the PLEXSYS corporate headquarters in Camas, from his current home state of Florida.
As general manager, Wiegand will work for PLEXSYS Chairman and CEO Tom Jons. In addition to learning the operations of PLEXSYS, he will be assigned projects that leverage his knowledge in the command and control and modeling and simulation arenas.
“I am both humbled and excited for the opportunity to work with such a talented team of individuals,” Wiegand said. “PLEXSYS products provide leading-edge tools that enable readiness training across C2, shooter and intelligence communities. LVC-operational training environments are critical to Air Force, joint and coalition readiness, and will continue to grow in importance and complexity with the integration of fifth and sixth generation capabilities.”
Founded in 1986, PLEXSYS Interface Products, Inc. concentrations include the development of LVC environment generation technologies used throughout USAF distributed mission operations. PLEXSYS also provides superior mission brief/debrief technologies, as well as LVC synthetic communications training solutions.
PLEXSYS employs 60 people at the Camas facility, and 100 company-wide, at domestic and international locations.