Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer Charles “Chuck” Clarke was born in Georgetown, Guyana (South America), and entered the Navy in April 1987 at Recruit Training Command in San Diego. He attended Seaman Apprenticeship Training in San Diego and Disbursing Clerk Class “A” School in Meridian, Miss.
His previous assignments include, disbursing clerk on board USS Dubuque (LPD-8), homeported in Sasebo, Japan; military pay supervisor at Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Forty in Port Hueneme, Calif.; military pay supervisor at Recruit Training Command and Personnel Support Detachment Point Loma in San Diego; deputy disbursing officer on board USS Mount Vernon (LSD 39), San Diego; command career counselor at Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena, Italy; command career counselor for Pre-commissioning Detachment Iwo Jima in Norfolk; plank-owner and career information program manager on board USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), homeported in Norfolk; career counselor and career information program manager for Commander Helicopter Wing Atlantic in Norfolk; and career information program manager and executive department leading chief on board USS Kitty Hawk (CVN 63), Yokosuka.
Previous command master chief tours include USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), homeported in Yokosuka and Bremerton, Wash.; and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) homeported in San Diego.
Master Chief Clarke most recently served as the Command Master Chief for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/FIFTH Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces in Manama, Bahrain. He was responsible for providing leadership and guidance to the enlisted force and advice to Navy leadership to achieve the mission and maintain combat readiness throughout the FIFTH Fleet area of responsibility.
He is a veteran of nine Western Pacific deployments. He deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from September 1990 – March 1991, and Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom from July 2009 – March 2010.
His military and civilian education includes Disbursing Clerk Class “A” and “C” Schools, Command Career Counselor School and multiple shipboard damage control, fire fighting, and naval leadership courses. He’s a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 114 Green), the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course (Class #38), and the National Defense University Keystone Course. He earned an associate’s degree from National University in San Diego, a bachelor’s from Excelsior College, and a master’s in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Master Chief Clarke’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medals (6 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals (6 awards), Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and numerous individual, campaign and unit awards.
Master Chief Clark was selected in August of 2012 as the 17th Fleet Master Chief for U.S. Fleet Forces Command.