Commander Jay Clark
Commander Jay Clark was born 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. He received his commission in the U.S. Navy through Morehouse NROTC in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Surface Warfare Officer, Commander Clark began his career at sea aboard USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) in Norfolk, Virginia where he served in various billets including Electrical, Main Propulsion, and Deck Division Officer. While aboard, he completed one Mediterranean Sea deployment with an embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit which included participation in Operations NOBLE OBELISK and GUARDIAN RETRIEVAL. In September 1998, he reported to the USS HAYLER (DD 997) where he served as Navigator/Administration Officer. He deployed to the Arabian Gulf and participated in Operation DESERT FOX. He later served as Engineer Officer in USS ROSS (DDG 71) where he deployed to the Mediterannean Sea and Arabian Gulf. In January of 2005 he reported as Material Officer for Commander, DESTROYER SQUADRON TWENTY EIGHT also in Norfolk, Virginia. During his tour, CDS-28 embarked USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) to complete strike group work-ups and COMPTUEX. He served as the Executive Officer of USS ROOSEVELT from June 2011 to December 2012. While onboard, the ship deployed as an independent deployer to the Indian Ocean in the AFRICOM and CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility. ROOSEVELT was also awarded the Battle "E" for 2011.
Ashore assignments have included the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he earned a Masters Degree in Systems Management under the Joint C4I Curriculum. He served as the Flag Aide U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. He also attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
He holds various decorations and awards, including one award of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; one award of the Joint Service Commendation Medal; four awards of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; one award of the Navy Achievement Medal; and the 2003-2004 Commander, Naval Surface Force Leadership Award.