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BRIGADIER GENERAL ANDREW M. CLARK

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Brig Gen Andrew “Spoo” Clark is the Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.  The 380 AEW is comprised of four groups and 16 squadrons.  He is responsible for the wing’s air refueling, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air battle management, control and reporting center, ground attack, air superiority, theatre security cooperation and airlift missions in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia.

 

Brig Gen Clark entered active duty in January 1996 following his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Wisconsin. He is a Command Pilot with over 4,000 hours in the U-2S, the AC-130U and various other aircraft. He has over 1,200 combat hours accumulated during missions in Bosnia (1998), Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2001-2012), and Iraq (2003-2011). Notable flight experience includes qualifications as Instructor and Evaluator Pilot in the U-2S, the 2-seat TU-2S, and the AC-130U.  Prior to his current position, he served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 

EDUCATION

1995 Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin

2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2007 Air Command and 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.

2019 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1.  1996-1997, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Laughlin Air Force Base/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, Calf.

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

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.  2017-2018, Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.

16.  2018-2020, Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif.

17.  2020-2021, Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

18.  2021, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

19.  2021-Present, Commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

1.  2012-2013, Deputy Director, USNORTHCOM Joint Reconnaissance Center, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a Lt Col

2.  2013-2015, Executive Officer, USNORTHCOM Director of Operations (J3), Peterson AFB, Colo., as a Lt Col

 

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Rating:  Command Pilot

Flight hours:  4,000+ (1,200+ Combat)

Aircraft flown:  U-2S, TU-2S, AC-130U, various other aircraft

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Legion of Merit

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

 

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

Brigadier General June 1, 2021 (frocked)

 

(Current as of June 2021)