Military Bios

Rear Admiral Robert M. Clark:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Amphibious Forces, Second Fleet Deputy Commander, Second Fleet Commander, Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic
Rear Admiral Bob Clark is a native of eastern Pennsylvania where he attended Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales. He earned his degree in Economics, minor in Mathematics, graduated with honors finishing first in his department and received the Lambda Omega Chi Award for Excellence in Economics. He then entered OCS in Newport, R.I., and commissioned in December 1972. After attending the initial prototype Surface Warfare Officer School, he was assigned his first of four sea tours.
In January 1973, he reported aboard USS Newport (LST-1179). His recently commissioned ship spent the majority of the time underway doing REFTRA trials, AOTU and extended joint operations in the Caribbean, North Sea and north/east Atlantic. Rear Adm. Clark then transferred to USS Truett (FF-1095) for a brief tour and UNITAS cruise as CIC Officer enroute Destroyer School in April 1976.
After graduating from SWOS Department Head School, Class 52, in September 1976, he reported aboard USS Johnston (DD-821) as Operations Officer where he earned two Battle Es, six Departmental Awards (CIC, ASW, Communications) and his ship was runner-up for the prestigious Arleigh Burke Award as the most improved ship in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. In February 1979, Rear Adm. Clark was selected as the Operations Officer for Destroyer Squadron Thirty (CDS-30). He coordinated CDS-30 activities and rotated the flag across six DDs and maintained an extremely high level of Op Tempo for these units. He was selected for PG school and as an Olmsted scholar for a follow-on tour but he finished his initial active duty in October 1980 at CDS-30.
Since his transfer to Naval Reserve in November 1980, Rear Adm. Clark has been assigned: Fleet Training Group, COMNAVSURFLANT, COMNAVSURFGRU MED, CINCUSNAVEUR and the Staff of REDCOM 4. He successfully completed tours up through Commanding Officer, Chief Staff Officer and Chief of Staff. Rear Adm. Clark was recalled overseas during Operation Desert Storm ('90-'91) to CINCUSNAVEUR where he spent six months as Acting N51, Plans Branch Head and an active participant in ongoing operations. After multiple assignments to senior operational staffs, Rear Adm. Clark was selected in October 1997 to be the first Naval Reservist assigned to a CINC staff to serve and function as the Chief of Staff (R) and was an active participant in Kosovo and normal staff operations. Rear Adm. Clark has served as a Senior Observer/Evaluator for Navy Crisis Action Center (CAC) exercises, CNE representative to Total Force '93-'95 war games, and numerous national level collateral duties.
Effective October 1999, Rear Adm. Clark assumed his first Flag assignment and was dual hatted as Commander, Military Sealift Command, Atlantic and Europe (Mobilization). Significant collateral duties included: Functional analysis of the Naval Control of Shipping (NCS) organization; QMB for Manpower, Recruiting and Retention 2010; QMB for NR O-5/O-6 Command/Non-Command Screening Board Internet Application Process; J4 for GLOBAL 2000, and numerous projects relating to Military Sealift Command.
Effective October 2001, Rear Adm. Clark assumed his present duties as Deputy Commander, Second Fleet. In addition to his operational role as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force (DCJTF) for Carrier Battle Group pre-deployment certification, significant collateral duties include: Numbered Fleet Model Manager for AADC Fleet Introduction; QMB Chair for NR O-5/O-6 APPLY process; QMB Chair for NR SWO Mentoring Program; War Game support and numerous projects relating to Second Fleet. Effective March 2002, Rear Adm. Clark assumed additional concurrent administrative duties as Commander, Readiness Command Mid-Atlantic, which provides support to 10,000 reservists across five states and the District of Columbia.
Rear Adm. Clark holds all Surface Warfare qualifications up to and including Command-at-Sea. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; six Navy Commendation Medals, Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Battle Efficiency "E", National Defense with bronze star, three Sea Service, six Overseas Service, Armed Forces Reserve with "M" and silver hourglass, and Expert Pistol with silver "E".
In his civilian occupation, Rear Adm. Clark is President of BC International, Inc., a global electric power industry consultant company (nuclear/fossil) engaged in addressing technical, operational and market issues in the U.S. and overseas as the impact of deregulation and privatization drive dramatic changes. He is currently focused on the U.S . electric power utilities and the emerging markets in Central/Eastern Europe. He sits on the Board of Directors for several domestic/international companies.
Updated: 6 January 2003


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