|CDR Gil Clark
Commander Clark is a native of San Diego, California. He was commissioned in 1998 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in History with Merit. He is a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, RI with additional study at the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School, receiving a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
His sea assignments include Weapons Officer on USS DENVER (LPD 9); Reactor Electrical Division Officer on USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CNV 73); Engineer Officer on USS KLAKRING (FFG 42); and Material Officer (N4) at Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. After serving 18 months as the Executive Officer, he took command of THE SULLIVANS in May 2016. During his time in command, THE SULLIVANS provided direct support to Operation INHERENT RESOLVE in Iraq and Syria, and the opening strikes of Operation ODYSSEY LIGHTNING in Libya. Additionally, THE SULLIVANS received the Battle Efficiency Award and Retention Excellence Award during his tour.
His shore assignments include Student at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and Nuclear Power Training Unit; Security Officer at Naval Weapons Station, Charleston, South Carolina; Lead Operational Planner at Naval Forces, Central Command.; and Lead Strategic Planner at United States Central Command.
Commander Clark assumed command of Afloat Training Group – Western Pacific in September 2017.
His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various unit awards.