CDR Jack Clark is a native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science and was commissioned through NROTC. He was designated a naval aviator in November 2003 and qualified as an SH-60B pilot at the Fleet Replacement Squadron in Mayport, Florida.
Operationally, CDR Clark has served in a variety of sea and shore assignments. At HSL-48 he deployed on the USS DEWERT (FFG 45) and USS HUE CITY (CG 66) supporting counter-narcoterrorism operations and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) / Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) with the USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Carrier Strike Group. He served as the Assistant Combat Direction Center Officer and earned his Tactical Action Officer designation while deploying twice on the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) for operations in U.S. FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets. In 2013 he reported to HSM-74 and assumed duties as the Officer-in-Charge of the Detachment TWO “Goonies,” supporting operations in both U.S. FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets onboard USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64) during HSM-74’s maiden deployment flying the MH-60R integrated with Carrier Air Wing THREE. Upon his return, he served as HSM-74’s Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer. CDR Clark later deployed with TACRON-12 detachment FOUR, embarked in USS AMERICA (LHA 6) during a deployment to SEVENTH Fleet. While at TACRON-12, he also served as an individual augmentee to the U.S. SEVENTH Fleet Enforcement Coordination Cell as the J3/N3 Operations Officer. Most recently, CDR Clark served as the Fleet Command Center Director and Current Operations Deputy at U.S. SEVENTH Fleet, coordinating fleet-wide operations in the Navy’s largest and most dynamic fleet area of responsibility.
Ashore, CDR Clark served as an advanced helicopter flight instructor with HT-8, training U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, and international flight students from several allied nations in the TH-57B/C model helicopters. He also served as the Safety Officer at Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, Pacific, providing oversight and guidance of the Safety Management System for twelve squadrons.
CDR Clark holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida. He is a graduate of the Navy School of Aviation Safety and completed the Navy Joint Professional Military Education non-resident course.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service and unit awards.