COLONEL ANDREW M. CLARK

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Col Andy Clark is the Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is responsible for the entire Air Force high-altitude reconnaissance fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawk and U-2 Dragon lady aircraft. As Vice Commander, Col Clark oversees qualification and continuation training, and monitors the planning and execution of JCS tasked reconnaissance missions around the globe. The 9th Reconnaissance Wing is comprised of five groups and five overseas operating locations which execute worldwide missions in support of all six geographic combatant commanders with an annual flying allocation of more than 22,000 hours.

 

Col Clark entered active duty in January 1996 following his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Wisconsin. Col Clark is a Command Pilot with over 3800 hours in the U-2S, TU-2S, AC-130U, C-130, T-38, T-44, and T-37. He has over 1200 combat hours accumulated during missions in Bosnia (1998), Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001-2012), and Iraq (2003-2011).

 

EDUCATION

1995 Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin

2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala

2007 Air Command & Staff College (correspondence)

2008 Master of Science, Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C.

2012 Air War College (correspondence)

2016 Master of Strategic Science, Distinguished Graduate, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. 1996-1997, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin AFB / Corpus Christi, Texas

2. 1997-2001, AC-130U Pilot, Command Duty Officer and Training Officer, 4th Special Operations Squadron,

Hurlburt Field, Fla

3. 2001-2003, AC-130U Instructor Pilot, Chief of Mobility, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla

4. 2003-2004, Flight Commander, AC-130U Evaluator Pilot, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla

5. 2004-2006, U-2S/T-38 Pilot, U-2S Instructor/Evaluator pilot, Standardization and Evaluation Liaison Officer,

99th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif

6. 2006-2007, U-2S Group Evaluator Pilot, 9th Operations Group, Beale AFB, Calif

7. 2007-2008, Student, National Intelligence University, DIA, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.

8. 2008-2010, Chief of Test & Evaluation Policy, Chief of ISR Programs, Directorate of Test & Evaluation, HQ/USAF, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

9. 2010-2011, Director of Operations, 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif

10. 2011-2012, Commander, 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE

11. 2012-2013, Deputy Director, Future Operations Chief, USNORTHCOM Joint Reconnaissance Center, Peterson AFB, Colo

12. 2013-2015, Executive Officer, USNORTHCOM Director of Operations (J3), Peterson AFB, Colo

13. 2015-2016, Student, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa

14. 2016-2017, Air Force Chair and Program Director for Central Asia, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

15. 2017-Present, Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating: Command Pilot

Flight Hours: More than 3,800

Aircraft Flown: U-2S, TU-2S, AC-130U, C-130E, T-38, T-44, & T-37

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Combat Action Medal

Gallant Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device and 3 oak leaf clusters

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star

Kosovo Campaign Medal with bronze star

Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star

Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant January 17, 1996

First Lieutenant January 17, 1998

Captain January 17, 2000

Major March 1, 2006

Lieutenant Colonel February 1, 2011

Colonel April 1, 2017

 

(Current as of 22 May 2017)