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Commanding Officer

Col_Clark_III_Citadel_8x10-2Colonel Thomas S. Clark III

Colonel Clark was born in 1962 at Hill Air Force Base Utah. He graduated from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina where he earned a BS degree in Computer Science and was commissioned through NROTC in 1985. After completing The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Clark reported to Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida for pilot training and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1987 in Meridian, Mississippi. He reported to Naval Air Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida for transition training to the F/A-18 Hornet.

First Lieutenant Clark joined his first operational squadron VMFA-451 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina in September 1988 where he served as the Quality Assurance Officer and Air Frames Officer. He deployed to the Mediterranean aboard USS Coral Sea in June 1989 and to Shaikh Isa, Bahrain for Operations DESERT SHIELD / STORM in August 1990.

In the spring of 1991, Captain Clark reported to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina for duty with 2D ANGLICO, serving as the Supporting Arms Liaison Team Officer in 2D Brigade Platoon. He deployed to South America with UNITAS-33.

Returning to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in the spring of 1993, he served as the Pilot Training Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer of VMFA-122 deploying twice to Iwakuni, Japan.

In June 1996, Major Clark reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One in Yuma, Arizona as an Instructor Pilot serving initially as the F/A-18 Division Head and then as the Tactical Air Department Head.

Reporting to the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia in July 1999, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College earning a Masters Degree in Military Studies.

In June 2000, Major Clark was reassigned to Marine Air Group 31 and was assigned the duties of Executive Officer VMFA-251. In September 2001 he deployed aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In June 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Clark assumed command of VMFA-251 deploying to Al Jabar, Kuwait for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in February 2003 and then to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in January 2004.

In August 2004, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces earning a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy. Arriving at Head Quarters Marine Corps in June 2005, he assumed the duties as the Senior Aide-de-camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

In November 2007, Colonel Clark assumed command of MATSG-22 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas.

In September 2009, he transferred to U.S. Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Florida where he served as the J-5 Strategy and Policy Division Chief.

Returning to The Citadel in July 2011, he assumed command of the Navy ROTC unit and is currently serving as the Professor of Naval Science.

During his 27-year career in the Marine Corps, Col Clark has accumulated 4000 hours flight time and flown 115 combat missions.