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LIEUTENANT GENERAL RICHARD M. CLARK

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Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark is Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. General Clark is responsible to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force for focus on Nuclear Deterrence Operations. He provides direction, guidance, integration and advocacy regarding the nuclear deterrence mission of the U.S. Air Force and engages with joint and interagency partners for nuclear enterprise solutions.

General Clark graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1986. His commands include the 34th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas, 8th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. He has also served as the Vice Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Science, Management, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1991 Squadron Officer School, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1994 Master of Arts, Human Resource Development, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
1996 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Distinguished Graduate, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
1998 Master of Strategic Studies, Naval Command and Staff College, Distinguished Graduate, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1999 Master of Airpower Studies, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2005 Master of National Security Studies, National War College, Distinguished Graduate, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1986-February 1987, Junior Varsity Football Coach and Candidate Counselor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2. February 1987-February 1988, Student, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
3. February 1988-November 1991, EC-135 Pilot, 2nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
4. November 1991-November 1994, B-1 Pilot, 28th Bomb Squadron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
5. November 1994-July 1997, B-1 Instructor Pilot, B-1 Flight Training Unit, 28th BS, Dyess AFB, Texas
6. July 1997-June 1998, Student, Naval Command and Staff College, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
7. June 1998-June 1999, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 1999-August 2000, Action Officer, Air Force Office of Legislative Liaison, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
9. August 2000-August 2001, Fellow, President's Commission on White House Fellowships, Washington, D.C.
10. August 2001-May 2002, Assistant Director of Operations, 77th BS, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
11. May 2002-May 2004, Commander, 34th BS, Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
12. May 2004-June 2005, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
13. June 2005-January 2006, Vice Commander, 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas
14. January 2006-March 2008, Commander, 12th FTW, Randolph AFB, Texas
15. April 2008-April 2009, Director, Joint Interagency Task Force - Iraq, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
16. May 2009-July 2010, Vice Commander, 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale AFB, La.
17. July 2010-August 2012, Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
18. August 2012-August 2014, Senior U.S. Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and Defense Attaché, Cairo, U.S. Central Command, Cairo, Egypt.
19. August 2014-April 2015, Vice Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, La.
20. April 2015-October 2016, Commander, 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Barksdale AFB, La., and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
21. October 2016-October 2018, Commander, 3rd Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
22. October 2018-present, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va.

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. April 2008--April 2009, Director, Joint Interagency Task Force - Iraq, Multi-National Force - Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq as a colonel.
2. August 2012--August 2014, Senior U.S. Defense Official; Chief, Office of Military Cooperation; and Defense Attaché, Cairo, U.S. Central Command, Cairo, Egypt, as a brigadier general.
3. April 2015--October 2016, Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a major general.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating:  command pilot
Flight hours:  more than 4,200
Aircraft flown:  B-1, EC-135, KC-135, T-1, T-38, T-6 and C-21

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Combat Action Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 28, 1986
First Lieutenant May 28, 1988
Captain May 28, 1990
Major Sept. 1, 1997
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2000
Colonel Aug. 1, 2004
Brigadier General Nov. 18, 2009
Major General June 4, 2013
Lieutenant General Oct. 21, 2016

(Current as of February 2019)

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