Deputy Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Rear Admiral Robert T. Clark

Rear Adm. Robert T. Clark is a native of 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. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College, he has been an International Security Fellow in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI. He is a Joint Qualified Officer (JQS Level III).


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 in U.S. Sixth Fleet (CTF-67/COMFAIRMED/ COMARAIRMED). 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 in two post command assignments as chief staff officer in NR Office of the Secretary of Defense while assigned to OSD Personnel & Readiness (Programming and Resources) and as deputy commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command, Norfolk. As a flag officer, he has served as deputy commander, Military Sealift Command and deputy director of Operations (J3) / deputy director of Strategic Plans, Policy and Logistics (J5/J4), United States Transportation Command.


Clark has supported Operations Sharp Guard, Maritime Guard, Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Caper Focus, Carib Shield, Enduring Freedom and Unified Response. He is the chair of the Navy Reserve Policy Board as well as a former member and Chief of Staff of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board.


Clark is a recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), various unit, campaign and service 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.

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