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Mark Clark

Clark Mark

Mark Clark, a 1980 economics major, said “after I graduated from SDSU, I decided I wanted to fly and that I wanted to join the Marine Corps. Fortunately, both of those goals worked out.”

That would be an understatement.

Clark has logged thousands of hours as a naval aviator, served in historic aviation units such as the Black Knights, Green Hornets and Iron Horses, and currently is chief of staff at U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL.

As chief of staff for the commander of Special Operations, he oversees 4,000 plus personnel at U.S. Special Operations Command, which has responsibility for more than 60,000 assigned to the Special Operations enterprise.

Core activities of Special Operations include counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations. Particularly since Sept. 11, 2001, it has become a key element of U.S. military operations.

Clark has been in his current position since May 16, 2011.