COL Joseph D. Clark
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Colonel Joseph D. Clark initially entered military service in 1989 as an Infantryman in the Michigan Army National Guard. Upon completion of his initial assignment, COL Clark attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan, achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
COL Clark received his Regular Army Commission in Armor as a 1993 Distinguished Military Graduate. After completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, COL Clark was assigned to the 1st BN, 72nd Armor at Camp Casey, Korea serving as both a Tank Platoon Leader and Tank Co. XO. Upon returning, COL Clark was assigned to the 3rd BN, 8th U.S. Cavalry as a Tank PL, Tank Co. XO, and HHC XO and HHC Commander. During his time at Fort Hood, COL Clark participated in the fielding and operational testing of the first M1A2-equipped BN, conducted the first digitized JRTC Rotation, as well as commanding his first company, HHC, 3-8 Cavalry.
Following the Armor Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to Fort Riley in the 2nd BN, 34th AR, where he served as the BN Adjutant, the BN S-3 Air/Planner, then assumed his second command of Company B, 2-34 AR.
COL Clark was then assigned as O/C Team Chief, Operations Officer and then XO of the 1st BN, 305th AR TF, a unit tasked with the training and certification of Reserve and National Guard units deploying in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. In his time with that unit, he planned, trained and resourced convoy live fire training for over 18,000 National Guard and Reserve Soldiers deploying to combat.
Following this, he was appointed to be the Operations Officer in a forward-deployed Area Support Group assigned to the 3rd Army, “Patton’s Own”. There he was responsible for the security of 28 tenant units on Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Following CGSC, COL Clark served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse!) at Fort Irwin, California. He served as the 2nd Squadron S3, Regimental S3, and Regimental XO. He was then assigned as the Armor Lt. Col. Career Manager in Human Resources Command at FT Knox, KY.