Commander Gilbert “Gil” E. Clark Jr.
Commander Clark was born in San Diego, California in 1976. He was commissioned in 1998 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During his time at USNA, he received a Bachelor of Science in History with Merit.
Following Division Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island he reported as Weapons Officer in USS DENVER (LPD 9). After completing a Western Pacific deployment, he reported as a student to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000.
In 2001, he reported to USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CNV 73) as the Reactor Electrical Division Officer. He was next assigned as the Security Officer in Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, South Carolina in 2003. Upon graduation from Department Head School in September, 2006, he reported as the Engineer Officer in USS KLAKRING (FFG 42).
His second Department Head tour was as the Material Officer (N4) in Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE, during which he was additionally assigned as the Engineer Officer in USS PEARL HARBOR (LSD 52) for the final 4 months of that tour.
Following his Department Head tours, he was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI with additional study at the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School. There he received a Masters of Art in National Security and Strategic Studies and completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1.
He was then assigned as Lead Operational Planner in the Future Plans Center in Naval Forces, Central Command. Commander Clark then completed a tour at United States Central Command Operations Directorate (CCJ3) as Lead Strategic Planner.