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Mr. Mark Clark

Lt Col Mark Clark retired from the US Air Force after serving 23 years on active duty.  He received his commission through the Air Force Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base – Medina Annex, in San Antonio, TX in 1990.  Lt Col Clark’s first assignment was at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT where he served as Missile Combat Crew Commander, Senior Instructor, Missile Combat Crew Commander and Emergency War Order Instructor for the Minute Man (MM) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system (ICBM) for the MM I and MM II weapon systems.  During this time, he earned his Master’s Degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Following that assignment, an Air Force Selection Board chose him for a position at the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, California as a Flight Test Officer serving as the Commander, Flight Test Operations.  Duties included launching MM II and Peacekeeper ICBMs as part of the USAF ICBM Flight Test mission.  He also conducted Simulated Flight Tests at operational ICBM bases in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming.  During preparations for the Y2K transition, Lt Col Clark conducted the first-ever, simultaneous test of the entire ICBM fleet.

His next assignment was at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB, in San Antonio, TX.  As Chief of Space and Missile Officer Assignments, he led a team responsible for managing career development assignments for 3,500 USAF officers and their families.

Following this assignment, he moved to Maxwell, AFB in Montgomery, AL where Lt Col Clark spent a year as a graduate student in the Intermediate Leadership Education department at Air Command and Staff College earning a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Arts and Science.

The next assignment found Lt Col Clark serving on the Air Staff in the Pentagon Washington, DC.  His duties as Division Chief, Nuclear Operations included reviewing and coordinating the Nuclear Operations Plans for the USAF’s nuclear capable aircraft and ICBMs.  His expertise was coordinating with the Department of Energy, Joint Staff and other military branches to develop the President’s Nuclear Weapons Employment Plan.  His oversaw development of nuclear policies and procedures for the National Command Authority and the President.

He left the Pentagon after only two years to serve in two ICBM squadrons in Minot AFB, Minot, ND as the Operations Officer.  The initial squadron, the 91st Operations Support Squadron was responsible for training and equipping 400 personnel in the 91st Operations Group.  After 18 months he transferred to the 740th Missile Squadron with responsibilities for 50 ICBMs and the crews and support personnel responsible for the nuclear deterrence mission.  During his time in the 740th Missile Squadron, they were awarded the Outstanding Air Force Unit award.

The final assignment of Lt Col Clark’s career was as the Commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR where he developed and commissioned second lieutenants for the Air Force.  During this time, he commissioned the #1 of 14K cadets in all of Air Force ROTC.

Air Force schools include ICBM Missile Operations Training, Space to Missile Transition Course, Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.