U.S. Marine Corps
Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff Joint Warfare Centre
Raised in Hampton, Virginia, Brigadier General Douglas K. Clark graduated from Virginia Tech and received his commission in 1991. He initiated his career as an Infantry Officer with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during which he participated in Operation PEACEMAKER (Los Angeles Riots-1992), the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (MEU-SOC) and 13th MEU-SOC, including Western Pacific deployment in support of the United Nations in Operation UNITED SHIELD (Somalia-1995). He was then assigned to the Amphibious Reconnaissance School, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Atlantic (1995-1998) and the 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group (1998-1999).
Following his assignment as Platoon Commander in the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion, Brigadier General Clark commanded Company C, 4th LAR (2001-2004) deploying in 2003 to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM with Task Force Tarawa. His company then completed redeployment to Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, in Okinawa, Japan. Brigadier General Clark’s following assignments include the U.S. Joint Forces Command (2004-2005); executive officer of 4th LAR (2005-2006); U.S. Marine Forces Command (2006-2007) and command of 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment (2007-2009).
He served as the Pakistan Planner and Civil-Military Planner for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander in Kabul, Afghanistan (2009-2010) for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He was then assigned as the Washington liaison for the U.S. Central Command (2010-2012). He completed multiple tours in Headquarters Marine Corps as the lead Force Structure Planner for the Quadrennial Defense Review Integration Group (2012-2014), Branch Head in Programs and Resources (2014-2015) and Deputy Chief of Expeditionary Policy and Assistant Director of Operations in Plans, Policy, and Operations (2015-2017). Most recently, he was the Marine Detachment Commander in the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, U.S. Transportation Command (2017-2020) in Norfolk, Virginia.
Brigadier General Clark is a graduate of Joint Advanced Warfighting School; Joint Forces Staff College, Canadian Militia Command and Staff College, USMC Command and Staff Distance Education Program, and Amphibious Warfare School Distance Education Program. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit Citation.
Brigadier General Clark became the first Marine Joint Warfare Centre Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff on 30 August 2020. Brigadier General Clark is married and has two children.