CDR Jeffrey J. Clark
A native of Wadsworth, Illinois, CDR Clark joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 and spent six years on active duty. He served as a HAWK/Stinger Missile Operator while also spending time as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor. Then Sergeant Clark’s assignments included Arizona, Okinawa, and Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Upon being honorably discharged from the Marines, CDR Clark attended Western Illinois University, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management as well as Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. CDR Clark was commissioned through the Officer’s Candidate School program in 2001. Flight training for CDR Clark was accomplished in Pensacola FL, San Antonio TX and Jacksonville FL.
Upon completion of flight training, CDR Clark joined the VP-47 “Golden Swordsmen” at MCBH Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii in March 2004. While attached to VP-47, CDR Clark deployed twice to the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. He was designated a Mission Commander and Instructor TACCO while serving as the Security Manager, Senior Watch Officer, Command Services Officer, and Avionics/Armament Division Officer until March, 2007.
CDR Clark reported to the CPRW-2 Weapons and Tactics Unit also in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor. While at the WTU he completed assignments as the Special Projects Officer, BAMS Officer, Strike Officer, and finally the WTU Lead Officer.
CDR Clark detached CPRW-2 in March 2010 and reported to the USS Carl Vinson as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer. While attached to CVN-70, he served as V-2 and V-5 Division Officer, as well as the “Top Cat” Shooter. While onboard the Carl Vinson, CDR Clark deployed twice to the FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets.
CDR Clark reported back to the VP-47 “Golden Swordsmen” in October 2012 for his Department Head tour. He completed two deployments to SIXTH fleet flying in support of JUKEBOX LUTUS, JUNIPER SHIELD, and NOBLE WARNING. During his tour he served as Readiness Officer, Tactics Officer, Training Officer, and Operations Officer. He also served as the squadron’s Senior Naval Flight Officer and was the Detachment OIC three times in Rota Spain, Souda Bay Greece and Leuchars Scotland.
He detached from VP-47 in June 2015 and reported for duty at COMPACFLT in Hawaii as the Joint and Fleet Exercise Officer for South-East Asia. CDR Clark was the U.S. Navy Lead for over 40 exercises to include GEMA BHAKTI, COBRA GOLD, ASEAN, and BERSAMA WARRIOR.
In April 2018, CDR Clark reported to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 24, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay where he assumed his current duties as Executive Officer.
CDR Clark’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2nd Strike/Flight Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and multiple Unit and Campaign decorations.