Rear Adm. Robert T. Clark is a native of Bridgewater, New Jersey. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School and designated a Naval Flight Officer.
At sea, Clark has operated in every geographic combatant command region. He served as mission commander and division officer aboard Patrol Squadron 11 (VP 11); as assistant navigator and OOD (Underway) aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); and as mission commander, department head and executive officer aboard Patrol Squadron 92 (VP 92).
Ashore, Clark served as a flag lieutenant at U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF-67). His command tours include: Navy Reserve (NR) U.S. Forces Korea Detachment 102; NR U.S. Southern Command Headquarters Staff; NR Navy Information Operations Command Norfolk, / CTF-1030; and NR Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (NR OPNAV N3/N5). He later served as chief staff officer in NR Office of the Secretary of Defense while assigned to OSD Personnel & Readiness (Programming and Resources). Most recently, he served as deputy commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command, Norfolk, Virginia.
Clark mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and later served in the SOUTHCOM Crisis Action Center for Operation Unified Response Foreign Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief in Haiti. He is a former member and chief of staff of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board. He has been an international security fellow in MIT’s Seminar XXI. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Clark is a recipient of the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), and Meritorious Service Medal (two awards). He has logged over 3,000 flight hours in Navy aircraft and is a previous Association of Naval Aviation Reserve Naval Flight Officer of the Year.