Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Clark
Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Clark enlisted in the Marine Corps out of Austin, TX in 1996. Upon graduation from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC and Basic Administration Clerk MOS School in Jacksonville, NC she reported to I&I Staff, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion in San Antonio, TX.
From 2002-2004, 2ndLt Clark completed Officer Candidate School, The Basic School, Flight School, and HMM(T)-164. After HMM(T)-164, 1stLt Clark reported to HMM-268 in Camp Pendleton, CA and deployed to Iraq three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 05-07, OIF 06-08, and OIF 07-09).
In 2010, Captain Clark reported to Expeditionary Warfare School in Quantico, VA. In 2011, she reported to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, VA. During her time at HMX-1, Major Clark was designated a White House Helicopter Aircraft Commander and Executive Flight Leader in the CH-46, VH-3D, and VH-60N and served as a White House Liaison Officer.
In May 2015, Major Clark received orders to be the Aide-de-Camp for the Director, Marine Corps Staff until June 2016. From 2016 to 2019, Major Clark served as the Operations Officer and Executive Officer for VMM-165 where she deployed twice to the Middle East in support of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command 17.1 and 19.1. From July 2019 through July 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Clark was assigned to 3d Marine Corps Aircraft Wing Headquarters as the Deputy G-3/Operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Clark’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (gold stars in lieu of second award), Air Medal Individual Award, Air Medal Strike/Flight numeral 19, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold stars in lieu of third award), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (gold stars in lieu of third award). In 2009, she was awarded the Navy-Marine Corps Association Marine Officer Leadership Award. She has logged over 4,100 flight hours, of which over 1,420 are combat flight hours.