Commander Jay ClarkCommanding Officer, Afloat Training Group Mayport
Commander Jay Clark was raised in Pembroke, Georgia and graduated from Bryan County High School. He is a 1995 graduate of Morris Brown College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and received his commission in the U.S. Navy through Morehouse NROTC in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Clark has served aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) in Norfolk, Virginia as an Electrical, Main Propulsion, and Deck Division Officer; USS HAYLER (DD 997) where he served as Navigator/Administration Officer; USS ROSS (DDG 71) as the Engineer Officer; and Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-EIGHT as the Materiel Officer. He also served as the Executive Officer of USS ROOSEVELT fleeting up to Commanding Officer January 2013 to June 2014. While in command, USS ROOSEVELT deployed with the GEORGE H. W. BUSH Carrier Strike Group, and won the Energy Conservation, Golden Anchor and Battle “E” awards for 2013. He has completed numerous deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf.
Ashore assignments have included the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Masters Degree in Systems Management; Flag Aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples; the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies; Resource Sponsor for DDG 51 Class Destroyers as a Branch Head in OPNAV N96 for Director, Surface Warfare; Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations; and the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.
He holds various personal decorations and awards, including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the 2003-2004 Commander, Naval Surface Force Leadership Award.
Clark took command of Afloat Training Group Mayport in March 2017.