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Brig. Gen. Richard Clark accepts the commandant of cadets guidon from Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould during a change-of-command ceremony at the Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 9, 2010. Prior to this assignment, General Clark was the vice commander of 8th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He is a 1986 graduate of the Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bill Evans)
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Commandant nominated for second star

Posted 2/8/2012   Updated 2/8/2012 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 010212

2/8/2012 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Academy's commandant of cadets was nominated for his second star today.

Brig. Gen. Richard Clark received a presidential nomination to be promoted to the rank of major general.

There is currently no assignment tied to the nomination and his projected date of rank is unknown at this time. Clark's promotion is pending Senate confirmation.

Clark currently commands the 4,400-member cadet wing and more than 300 Air Force and civilian support personnel. His responsibilities include cadet military training and airmanship education, supervising cadet life activities, and providing support to facilities and logistics.

"I am extremely proud of General Clark, and thrilled to hear that he has been selected for promotion to major general," said Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould. "General Clark is an outstanding leader. He exemplifies our Air Force core values and the Academy's mission of developing leaders of character. I know he will continue to do great things at the Academy and in our Air Force."

Clark is rated as a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flying time, most of that as a B-1 Lancer bomber pilot. He has flown missions in Iraq, spent a year as a fellow in the President's Commission on White House Fellowships, and is a Class of 1986 Academy grad. He has held is current rank since Nov. 18, 2009.


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