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(Selected to the grade of Brigadier General)

Colonel Stephen A. Clark is the commander of the 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. He is responsible for preparing Air Force Special Operations Forces (SOF) for missions worldwide in support of Army, Navy and Marine Corps special operations forces and USAF counterparts. The 27th Special Operations Wing, which stood up on Oct. 1, 2007, is equipped with a variety of special operations aircraft, including the MC-130W Combat Spear, MC-130J Combat Shadow II, MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, CV-22 Osprey, AC-130H Spectre gunship, as well as various light/medium transport aviation. The wing's mission is to plan and execute specialized and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics, and air refueling techniques to infiltrate, exfiltrate, and resupply SOF and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and close air support in support of SOF operations.

Colonel Clark was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program in 1986 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn. During his 24 years of active-duty service, he has served as a class commander, assistant director of operations, chief of current operations, chief of safety, and chief pilot. He has also been the chief of AFSOC Operations requirements, executive officer to both the AFSOC vice commander and commander, chief of SOF contingency plans and programs for the Air Staff, senior USSOCOM LNO to the National Counterterrorism Center, and Commander 4th Special Operations Squadron, and Commander CFSOCC CJSOAC.

Colonel Clark is a command pilot with more than 3,500 hours in 13 aircraft. He has flown combat missions in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

1986 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.
1991 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (Distinguished Graduate)
1996 Masters of Public Administration, Troy State University, Fla.
2000 Masters of National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2003 Air War College Non-Residence
2006 Senior Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
2010 Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

1. 1987-1988, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB, Texas (Distinguished Graduate)
2. 1988-1992, T-37 pilot, instructor pilot, and assistant operations officer, 35 Flight Test Squadron, Reese AFB, Texas
3. 1992-1997, AC-130H pilot, instructor/evaluator pilot, chief of current ops, chief of safety, chief pilot, 16th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
4. 1997-1998, Chief, Operations Requirements, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
5. 1998-1999, Executive Officer to the Commander and Vice Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
6. 1999-2000, Student, Naval Command and Staff College, Newport, R.I.
7. 2000-2002, Chief, Contingency Operations Plans and Programs, Air Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
8. 2002-2004, Operations Officer, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
9. 2004-2005, Commander, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
10. 2005- 2006, National Defense Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
11. 2006-2007, Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component, Special Operations Command Central, Balad, Iraq
12. 2007-2009, USSOCOM Special Operations Support Team (SOST) Team Chief, National Counter Terrorism Center, Washington, D.C.
13. 2009-Present, Commander, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon AFB, N.M.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight Hours: 3,500
Aircraft Flown: T-37, T-38, AT-38, C-130 E/H/EC, AC-130H/U, PC-12, M-28, Q-200, Doe-328, CV-22

Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze Star Medal one oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal three oak leaf clusters
Gallant Unit Citation

Second Lieutenant - 1986
First Lieutenant - 1988
Captain - 1990
Major - 1998
Lieutenant Colonel - 2001
Colonel - 2006

(Current as of May 2011)

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