A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Commander Clark graduated from Purdue University in 1999, earning a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL, for flight training in June 1999. CDR Clark was designated as a Naval Aviator in February 2001 and reported to NAS North Island with the HS-10 “Warhawks” for initial fleet training as an HH-60 F/H pilot.
Commander Clark began his operational flying in November 2001 with the “Chargers” of HS-14 in Atsugi, Japan. While a “Charger”, he deployed aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CVN-63), participating in direct support of SEVENTH Fleet operations, as well as Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During his time at HS-14 the unit was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award twice and the Isbell Thach Award for Antisubmarine Warfare Excellence.
Commander Clark reported to NAS Fallon, NV, in October of 2004, assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC). While at the NSAWC he qualified as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (SWTI) flying the SH-60F and HH-60H. He served as SWTI Program Manager providing graduate level flight training for all Navy H-60 communities until the spring of 2007.
Commander Clark followed that tour assigned to CVW-11 Staff deploying aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), working in support of the Global War of Terrorism. During this tour, Commander Clark served as the Carrier Air Wing Helicopter Operations, Combat Search and Rescue, and Navy Special Warfare Officer.
For his Department Head tour CDR Clark reported to the HS-6 “Indians” aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). He served as the squadron Training Officer, Administrative Officer, and the Maintenance Officer. CDR Clark reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, where he received a Master of Business Administration in Financial Management in May of 2013.
In June 2013, CDR Clark reported to the National Airborne Operations Center (J-36) at USSTRATCOM. He ultimately earned the position of the senior Nuclear Strike Advisor to the President on Operations Team One.
CDR Clark has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours in 5 aircraft. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various service awards and ribbons.