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COLONEL WILL CLARK

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Colonel Will Clark is the Vice Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. The 19th Airlift Wing is responsible for providing worldwide deployable C-130 aircraft, aircrews, support personnel and equipment for Air Mobility Command and Air Expeditionary Force taskings while providing for the health and welfare of more than 9,000 personnel and families at Little Rock AFB. The 19th Airlift Wing, in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing, 913th Airlift Group and 29th Weapons Squadron, is the nation's "Center of Excellence" for C-130 tactical airlift.

Colonel Clark, from York, South Carolina, was commissioned in 1996 after graduating from theUnited States Air Force Academy with a degree in Military History. After pilot training at Vance AFB and Corpus Christi NAS, he began his mobility flying career in the C-130E at Pope AFB, NC, where he deployed numerous times to southwest Asia and the Balkans.  Following an assignment flying C-130Hs at Elmendorf AFB, AK, he was selected as a C-130J initial cadrefor the Formal Training Unit at Little Rock AFB, AR. After graduation from the Advanced Study of Air Mobility (ASAM) program in 2008, he served as the  Chief of the Program Integration Branch, Global Mobility Division, Strategic Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force (HAF/A8PM). In 2010, he returned to the C-130J FTU as the 48th Airlift Squadron Director ofOperations. In 2012, he took command of the 571st Global Mobility Squadron at Travis AFB, where he led contingency response forces with the mission of opening and operating austere airbases. Following command, he was assigned to the Operations and Plans Directorate (J3), United States Transportation Command, where he served as the Air Refueling Branch Chief, West Division Deputy Division Chief, and the Future Operations Division Deputy Division Chief. While assigned to USTRANSCOM, he deployed as the USCENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC) Liaison to US Forces – Afghanistan.  Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Clark served as Director, Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements Directorate, Headquarters United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, where he was responsible for guiding USAFA Strategic planning, managing the USAFA requirements and programming process, and executing institutional donor funding.

EDUCATION
1992 United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School, USAF Academy, Colo.
1996  Bachelor of Science, Military History, United States Air Force Academy, USAF Academy, Colo.
1997  Joint, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
1998  Undergraduate Pilot Training, Corpus Christi NAS, Texas
2002  Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008  Masters of Science, Transportation Management/Air Mobility, Advanced Study of Air Mobility (ASAM), Fort Dix, N.J.
2011  Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015   Joint PME 2, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk NS, Va.

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. October 1996 - April 1997, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, 8 FTS, Vance AFB, Okla.
  2. April 1997 - June 1998, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, VT-31, Corpus Christi NAS, Texas
  3. June 1998 - September 2002, C-130E Instructor Pilot, Flight Scheduler, 2 AS, Pope AFB, N.C.
  4. September 2002 - April 2005, C-130H Evaluator Pilot, Flight Commander, 517 AS, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
  5. April 2005 - May 2007, C-130J Initial Cadre/Evaluator Pilot, 48 AS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
  6. May 2007 - July 2008, Student, Advanced Study of Air Mobility, Fort Dix, N.J.
  7. July 2008 - June 2010, Chief, Program Integration Branch, HQ USAF/A8PM, Pentagon, Washington, D.C
  8. June 2010 - June 2012, Director of Operations, 48 AS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
  9. June 2012 - June 2014, Commander, 571st Global Mobility Squadron, 621 CRW, Travis AFB, Calif.
  10. June 2014 - July 2017, Dep Div Chief, Future Operations Division, USTRANCOM/J3, Scott AFB, Ill.
  11. July 2017 - June 2019, Director, Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements, HQ USAFA, Colo.
  12. June 2019 - Present, Vice Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Command Pilot
Flight hours:  More than 3,900 total hours
Aircraft flown:  C-130E/H/J, T-44, T-37, UV-18B

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant                               May 29, 1996
First Lieutenant                                    May 29, 1998
Captain                                                 May 29, 2000
Major                                                    May 1, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel                               July 1, 2011
Colonel                                                 September 1, 2017

 

(Current as of July 2019)