- Cecil Lee Clark
Lieutenant Colonel Cecil Lee Clark (born
1961) is a native of Gilliam, Louisianabut grew up just outside Blanchard, Louisiana. He is notable for his contributions in the publishing of the U.S. Army & Marine Corps new CounterinsurgencyField Manual and FMI 3-07.22 "Counterinsurgency Operations". He also contributed to FM 3-05.102 the "U.S. Army Special Operations Intelligence" Field Manual, as well as his work in helping revamp the obsolete Cold War scenario at the U.S. Army Special Forces "Robin Sage" Special Forces Qualification Coursegraduation exercise. He briefly appears in the documentary I Am an American Soldier. He is also referenced (under an alias) in the book "Not a Good Day to Die – the Untold Story of Operation Anaconda" by author Sean Naylor. He attended Northwood High School (Shreveport, Louisiana)where he lettered in football and track & field, was the Battalion Commander for the school's JROTCprogram, and Team Captain for the school's championship smallbore Rifle Team. He attended college at Northeast Louisiana University(now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in Monroe, Louisianawhere he was a Southland ConferenceChampion in NCAA Rifle Championshipcompetition. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-TV-Film Management. He enlisted into the U.S. Armyin 1987as an infantrymanand reported to Fort Benning, Georgia. After finishing One Station Unit Traininghe attended Airborne Schoolwhere he volunteered as a U.S. Army Ranger.
Early Military career
His first Army assignment was in Bravo Company,
2nd Ranger Battalionof the 75th Ranger Regimentat Fort Lewis, Washington. He graduated from Ranger Schoolthen JumpmasterSchool before participating in the pre-dawn airborne forcesassault onto the heavily defended Rio HatoAirfield during the invasion of Panama. During the Gulf War(Operation Desert Storm) his unit was involved in special operationsbehind Iraqi lines including rescuing downed allied pilots, special reconnaissance and searching for and destroying Iraqi SCUD missiles. In 1992 he was promoted to Staff Sergeantand graduated from Pathfinders (military)School. He was then selected to attend the Officer Candidate School (U.S. Army)and was a Distinguished Military Graduate, and commissioned as a Second Lieutenantin the Infantry.
After finishing the Infantry Officer Basic Course he was assigned to
Camp Bonifas, Republic of Koreaas the Scout Reconnaissance Platoon Leaderfor the United Nations Command Security Battalion - Joint Security Area (Panmunjom)inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone. His Scout Platoon of 40 Soldiers was the last American forces conducting combat patrols inside the DMZ against North Korean Peoples Armyinfiltrators. In 1993he escorted and briefed President Clintonand several members of his Cabinet at Observation Post Ouellette for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medalby General Gary E. Luck. In 1994he was reassigned to the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Divisionat Fort Carson, Colorado. While serving in the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 12th Infantry Regimenthe was a Bradley Fighting VehiclePlatoon Leader, Scout Reconnaissance Platoon Leader and an Assistant BattalionS-3 Operations and Plans Officer on the Battalion Staff (military).
In early 1997
CaptainClark was transferred to the United States Army Military Intelligencebranch. After graduating from the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizonahe attended the Combined Arms and Services Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
1998he was assigned back to the Joint Security Area at Camp Bonifas, Korea as the Battalion S-2 Intelligence Officer. One of his first duties was to debrief North Korean defectorssuch as Senior Captain Byun. At the end of his second tour he had conducted over 200 combat patrols inside the Korean DMZ—more than any other U.S. Army officer currently serving on active duty.
In early 1999 he successfully completed a grueling selection for an elite Army Special Operations unit and was assigned to the
United States Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command. Over the next several years he served in a variety of U.S. Army and Joint Special Operations assignments including Hunter Army Airfieldin Savannah, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolinaand Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He participated in air and ground Special Operations in Kosovo, Operation Joint Forgein Bosnia and Herzegovina, Operation Enduring Freedomin Afghanistanand Operation Iraqi Freedom.
After he graduated from the Army’s
Command and General Staff CollegeMajor Clark was hand-picked by Colonel Michael D. Steeleto serve as his Regimental S2 Intelligence Officer for the 187th Infantry Regiment(Rakkasan) in the 101st Airborne Division. The Rakkasansdeployed to Iraqthe fall of 2005and conducted operations primarily in Salah ad Dinprovince. In March 2006, the brigadeplanned and executed Operation Swarmer, which was a joint U.S-Iraqi air assault operation targeting Islamic militant insurgents in the desert area to the northeast province of Samarra. According to the US military, it was the largest air assault in Iraq since the start of Iraq War in 2003. In addition to Operation Swarmer, the brigade conducted numerous other brigade and battalion sized operations including Operation Katrina, Operation Rita, Operations Red Light I, II and III, Operation Swift Sword, Operation Starlight, and Operation Iron Triangle.
Upon return from Iraq in the fall of 2006 Clark was assigned as the 101st Airborne Division Chief of the G2 Analysis and Control Element. He is currently serving as the Chief of the Joint Intelligence Support Element for the Combined Joint Task Force-101 at
Bagram Air Basein Aghanistan.
Awards and Decorations
His awards and decorations include The
Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Army Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Master Combat Parachutist Badgewith Bronze Service Star Device for Combat Jump; Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge, British, Dutch, French and Thailand Master Parachutist Badges; and Expert Weapons Qualification Badgefor both Rifle and Pistol.
Military Education & Civilian Education
Clark is a graduate of the Army's Airborne School; Ranger Course; Jumpmaster Course; Special Forces Explosives Demolition Course; Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (
Sniper); Pathfinder Course; Air Assault School; Primary Leadership Development Course; Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; United States Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course; Officer Candidate School; Infantry Officer Basic Course; Bradley Infantry Commander's Course; Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Army Special Operations Advanced Land Navigation Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape ( SERELevel C); Special Operations Liaison Element (SOLE) Course; Joint Special Operations Staff Officers Course; Advanced Special Operations Techniques (ASOT); Command and General Staff College; and the Division G2 Intelligence Officer Course.
In addition to his
Bachelor of Arts degreehe has a Master of Artsdegree from American Military Universityin Military Studies with concentration in Special Operationsand Unconventional Warfare. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administrationdegree from Troy University.
He speaks and understands Spanish and German, as well as some Korean and Arabic. In 2002 while assigned to the U.S. Army
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and Schoolhe won the JSOCCombat Marksmanship Competition held at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
He is a member of the
United States Parachute Associationand has a Class C skydivinglicence; Green Beret Sport Parachute Activity; National Association of Underwater Instructors; Association of the United States Army; National Rifle Association; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associationwith a Private Pilot License; Association for Intelligence Officers; Military Intelligence Corps Association; 75th Ranger Regiment Association; Nightstalkers Association; and the Rakkasan Association.
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