K. Clark became the Supreme Allied Commander Europe on 11 July 1997
and was replaced by General Joseph W. Ralston on 3 May 2000. General
Clarks was also the Commander-in-Chief, United States European Command.
last assignment was as Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern
Command, Panama, from June 1996 to July 1997, where he commanded
all U.S. forces and was responsible for the direction of most U.S.
military activities and interests in Latin America and the Caribbean.
His previous assignment was as the Director, Strategic Plans and
Policy, J5, the Joint Staff (April 1994-June 1996) where he was
the staff officer responsible for world-wide politico-military affairs
and U.S. military strategic planning. He also led the military negotiations
for the Bosnian Peace Accords at Dayton.
is an Armor Officer who has commanded at every level from Company
to Division. As the Commander 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
(August 1992-April 1994), he transitioned the Division into a rapidly
deployable force and conducted three emergency deployments to Kuwait.
During the Cold War, he commanded the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry
Division (April 1986-March 1988), and the 1st Battalion, 77th Armor,
4th Infantry Division (February 1980-June 1982) at Fort Carson,
Colorado. General Clark has also commanded three companies, to include
a mechanized infantry company in combat in Vietnam.
spent 5 years training leaders and soldiers at the National Training
Center (NTC), Fort Irwin, California, and with the Battle Command
Training Program (BCTP). As the Commander of National Training Center
(October 1989-October 1991), General Clark helped train many of
the forces that subsequently saw combat operations in Desert Storm.
During this time period, he developed new training methodologies
for Division and Corps level training, helping to train 13 Divisions,
and he conducted the first ever Corps level BCTP training exercise.
In his first assignment at the National Training Center, as Commander
Operations Group (August 1984-January 1986), he revised the overall
training program by improving scenarios, enhancing After Action
Reports, and developing the first Brigade-level training exercise
and the first heavy-light rotations.
to his work on the Joint Staff, his other major staff assignments
have included service as Deputy Chief of Staff for Concepts, Doctrine
and Developments, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe,
Virginia (October 1991-August 1992), Chief of the Army's Study Group,
Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Washington, DC (October
1983-July 1984); Chief, Plans Integration Division, Office of the
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, United States Army,
Washington, DC (July 1983-September 1983).
is a 1966 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West
Point, New York, where he graduated first in his class. He holds
a master's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford
University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar (August 1966-August
1968). He is a graduate of the National War College, Command and
General Staff College, Armor Officer Advanced and Basic Courses,
and Ranger and Airborne schools. General Clark was a White House
Fellow in 1975-1976 and served as a Special Assistant to the Director
of the Office of Management and Budget. He has also served as an
instructor and later Assistant Professor of Social Science at the
United States Military Academy.
Among his military
decorations are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (three awards),
Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (four
awards), Bronze Star Medal (two awards), Purple Heart, Meritorious
Service Medal (two awards), and the Army Commendation Medal (two
was born on 23 December 1944 and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He is married to the former Gertrude Kingston of Brooklyn, New York.
He and his wife have one son, Wesley, who lives in California.