Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO
Commander-in-Chief, U.S. European Command
Clark has been the supreme U.S. and NATO commander in Europe since July 1997, moving there after commanding the U.S. Southern Command in Panama, where he was responsible for U.S. security policy in Latin America.
The 54-year-old Clark's career has followed an upward trajectory since he graduated first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1966.
The Little Rock, Arkansas, native spent two years as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics.
He was company commander with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam and later trained officers and soldiers who would see action in Operation Desert Storm. Clark also conducted three emergency deployments to Kuwait.
A graduate of the National War College, Clark also has extensive administrative and diplomatic experience. He served as a White House fellow and a special assistant to the director of the Office of Management and Budget. He has been an assistant professor at West Point and was the senior U.S. military member of the team that put together the 1995 Dayton peace accord.