James G. Clark, a Senior Level executive, is Director, Air Force Combat Support Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. In this position, he is the principal catalyst for rapid operational insertion of advanced technological solutions in the areas of mission planning and rehearsal, geospatial services, and computer modeling and simulation, into peacetime and combat Air Force operations.
Mr. Clark entered the Air Force and was commissioned in 1973 through the Catholic University of America ROTC program. He completed undergraduate pilot training in 1974. He holds a senior air weapons controller rating.
Mr. Clark has served in a variety of operational and staff positions in Europe, South Korea and at the Pentagon. He is one of the Defense Departments leading experts in the fields of mission planning, commercial imagery, and computer modeling and simulations. He invented the world's first deployable commercial imagery downlink systems -- Eagle Vision, National Eagle and Joint Eagle. He retired from active duty in the rank of colonel in 2001 and entered the Senior Executive Service.
1973 Bachelor of arts degree in political science, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
1979 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1983 Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
1984 Master's degree in international relations, Troy State University
1988 Air War College
1. October 1973 - November 1974, student, undergraduate pilot training, Columbus AFB, Miss.
2. November 1974 - February 1975, student F-4 Replacement Training Unit, MacDill AFB, Fla.
3. February 1975 - February 1976, base foreign training officer, 1st Tactical Fighter Wing, MacDill AFB, Fla.
4. February 1976 - February 1977, operations officer, 71st Tactical Air Control Flight, MacDill AFB, Fla.
5. February 1977 - March 1978, Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, Detachment 2, 621st Tactical Control Squadron, Mangil-San Air Station, South Korea
6. March 1978 - July 1981, Flight Commander and Chief, NATO Tactical Fluid Control Course, 527th Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron, Royal Air Force Alconbury, England
7. July 1981 - December 1982, Chief, Tactical Air Control Training Branch, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany
8. December 1982 - July 1983, operations officer, Warrior Preparation Center, Einsiedlerhof Air Base, West Germany
9. July 1983 - August 1985, Chief, Command and Control Communications Countermearsures Combat Education Branch, Kelly AFB, Texas
10. August 1985 - October 1989, Chief, Joint/Tactical Wargaming Branch, and Chief, USAF Mission Planning Systems, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
11. October 1989 - April 1993, Chief, Combat Simulation Division, and Chief, Operation Requirements Division, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
12. April 1993 - April 1998, Executive Assistant for Modeling, Simulation and Eagle Vision to the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. April 1998 - March 2001, Director, Office of Modeling and Simulation, Office of the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. March 2001 - January 2002, Technical Director of Simulation and Integration, Office of the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
15. January 2002 - April 2003, Director, Quick Reaction Combat Support, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
16. April 2003 - present, Director, Air Force Combat Support Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Reconnaissance Office Medal for Superior Service
National Man of the Year Award, Air Force Association
Jimmy Doolittle Fellow Award, Air Force Association (2)
Citation of Honor, Air Force Association
Moody Suter Lifetime Achievement Award for Modeling and Simulation, Headquarters U.S. Air Force
General John R. Galvin Excellence Award, U.S. Air Forces in Europe/U.S. Army Europe
Laurels Award, Aviation Week and Space Technology