Faculty & Staff

John Clark
Professor of Military Science, Department Chair

Walk-in:  M, 12:00p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; W, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00p.m and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; T & TH, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

By appointment if outside those hours. 

Lieutenant Colonel Clark was commissioned from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York on May 31, 2003.  After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he served as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader and Battalion Scout Platoon Leader in 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, deploying to Iraq in 2004 and again in 2005.  During the Regiment’s transition to a Brigade Combat Team, Lieutenant Colonel Clark was assigned to 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team where he helped stand up the organization and served as a Troop Executive Officer and Squadron Assistant Operations Officer while deploying a third time to Iraq in 2006.  After returning from Iraq in 2008, he graduated from the Engineer Captain’s Career Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Following this, Lieutenant Colonel Clark commanded a Mechanized Infantry Company in 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss Texas where he deployed to Iraq a fourth time in 2009.  After returning from Iraq in 2010 he served as a Battalion Operations Officer in the 205th Infantry Brigade in Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Clark attended assessment and selection for U.S. Army Special Operations Command followed by another assignment to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he deployed in 2011 to Afghanistan.  Afterwards, he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology from 2013 until 2014 when he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  After graduation, he was assigned to 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Grafenwoehr, Germany where he served as a Squadron Operations officer and Executive Officer.  After returning from Germany in 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Clark moved to Fort Benning, Georgia to help stand up the Army’s first Security Force Assistance Brigade and serve as a Company Commander and Battalion Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade where he deployed a second time to Afghanistan in 2019 and prepared the unit for deployment to Africa and South America.  In 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Clark returned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to serve as an Instructor in the Department of Army Tactics at the Command and General Staff College.  Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Clark is the Professor of Military Science at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.

Lieutenant Colonel Clark’s civilian education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in German and French from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY; and a Masters of Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla, MO.  He is also a certified and registered Emergency Medical Technician with additional training and focus in Remote Wilderness and Survival Medical Care.

Lieutenant Colonel Clark’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Engineer Captain’s Career Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combat Life Saver Course (CLS), Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3), Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Level C (SERE-C), Airborne School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, Ranger School, Joint Firepower Controller Course, the Combat Advisor Training Course, the Command and General Staff Officer Course Basic Instructor Course, and Cadet Command’s Common Faculty Development Instructor Course.

Military Awards include: the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, two Valorous Unit Awards, a Meritorious Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars , the Iraqi Campaign Medal with five stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with “3” Device, and the NATO Medal.  In addition, he has earned the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Pathfinder Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.  He was also awarded the U.S. Cavalry Association’s Order of Saint George for service to the Cavalry community.

Lieutenant Colonel Clark has two children – Gavin, 15; and Aubrey, 13.