Air Force Academy Makes History With First Black Superintendent

The United States Air Force Academy has a new Superintendent this year. His name is Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark. The United States Senate recently confirmed his appointment and he took over as Superintendent at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the beginning of the academic year.

Lt. Gen. Clark is the first Black Superintendent in the Air Force Academy’s history.

Clark, from Richmond, Virginia is a graduate of the Air Force Academy himself. And had served there before as the Commandant of Cadets for several years. As you will see in this short news video, he was a graduate of Huguenot High School in Richmond, and was recognized by one of his teachers there as someone who would go places.

Lt. Gen.  Richard M. Clark has been confirmed as the Air Force Academy's superintendent.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News
Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark has been confirmed as the Air Force Academy’s superintendent.

Prior to this most recent position, Clark served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He was responsible to the Secretary and Chief of staff of the Air Force for focus on Nuclear Deterrence Operations, providing direction, guidance, integration and advocacy regarding the nuclear deterrence mission of the United States Air Force, engaging with joint and interagency partners for nuclear enterprise solutions.

Lt. Gen. Clark is the first black man to hold the position of Air Force Academy Superintendent.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News
Lt. Gen. Clark is the first black man to hold the position of Air Force Academy Superintendent.

He has held command positions with the 34th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, the 12th Flying Training Wing, Randolph AFB, Texas, the 8th Air Force, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana and the Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

Clark has also served as a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C., and as a Senior Defense Official/Defense Attache in Cairo, Egypt. His last assignment before being named the new Superintendent at the Air Force Academy was as Commander of the 3rd Air Force at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Lt. Gen. Clark is a bomber pilot and graduated from the academy in 1986.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News
Lt. Gen. Clark is a bomber pilot and graduated from the academy in 1986.

As you can see, Lt. Gen. Clark is a man of considerable and varied skills, not the least of which is leadership. The new Superintendent at the prestigious United States Air Force Academy will bring those leadership skills to the latest generation of Air Force officers and pilots. They will be in good hands.

The Veterans Site sends its congratulations and best wishes to Lt. General Richard M. Clark in his new and very important role in shaping the future men and women leaders of the United States Air Force. May your years at the Academy bring out the best in all those young men and women who will be educated there under your gifted command. Fly, Fight, Win!

Dan Doyle

Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.

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