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Marine Corps Detachment Commander Colonel Doug Clark
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U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Marine Corps Detachment Commander
Joint Enabling Capabilities Command

Col. Douglas Clark was commissioned in April 1991. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, Camp Pendleton, Calif., in January 1992 (Weapons Platoon commander and executive officer, I Company),participating in:Operation Peacemaker (Los Angeles Riots-1992); Unit Deployment Program to Okinawa, standing up the 31st MEU(SOC); WESTPAC deployment and Operation United Shield (Somalia-1995).

In June 1995,Clark was assigned to the Amphibious Reconnaissance School, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, serving as the assistant officer in charge. In 1997, he taught Operations Other Than War and Maritime Prepositioning Force Staff Planning.

The colonel transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve in August 1998, joining 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Newport News, Virginia, as S-3 training officer. In September 1999, he transferred to D Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, in Quantico, Virginia, serving as a platoon commander. In August 2000, he became the D Company Peacetime-Wartime Support Team officer in charge.

In August 2001, Clark assumed command of C Company, 4th LAR Battalion in Salt Lake City. In 2003, the unit deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom with Task Force Tarawa in Wasit Province (Al Kut and Badrah, Iraq, on the Iran border). It redeployed to Okinawaon UDP and was assigned to Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.

After returning from deployment, he transferred in February 2004 to U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk as a planner and observer trainer. In August 2005, Clark was assigned as executive officer, 4th LAR Battalion, Camp Pendleton. In September 2006, he transferred to G-3/5/7, Marine Forces Command, in Norfolk as a planner.

In November 2007, the colonel assumed command of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division. After command, he served as: Pakistan and civilian-military planner for ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan (2009-2010); Washington liaison for U.S. Central Command (2010-2012)and lead force structure planner for the QDR Integration Group at Headquarters Marine Corps (2012-2014). He then served as a branch head in Programs and Resources, deputy chief of Expeditionary Policy, and assistant director of Operations in Plans, Policy and Operations. Clark posted as Marine Detachment commander at Joint Enabling Capabilities Command in Norfolk in October 2017.

He is a graduate of Joint Advanced Warfighting School (Norfolk-2009), Joint Forces Staff College (Norfolk-2006), Canadian Militia Command and Staff College (Kingston,Ontario-2005), USMC Command and Staff DEP (2003), Amphibious Warfare School DEP(2001)and Pearson Peacekeeping School (Nova Scotia, Canada-1997). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech (1990) and master’s from National Defense University (2009).

The colonel’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal (x3), Navy Commendation Medal (x2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x2) and Combat Action Ribbon (x2). He lives in Springfield, Virginia, with his wife, Valerie, their daughter Jordan (18)and son Jason (14).

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