Getting to know the new AFIMSC Det 9 commander

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Col. James Clark took command of Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 9 at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, during a change of command ceremony July 14.

One of 10 detachments serving as the liaison and on-site support between Air Force major commands, Space Force and the AFIMSC enterprise, Detachment 9 directly supports Air Mobility Command. 

Clark started his career as an enlisted Airman before being accepted into a commissioning program in 1998. Prior to taking command of Detachment 9, he led the 11th Mission Support Group at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington D.C.

We asked him a few question about his life, his career and his thoughts about joining the AFIMSC team.

Time in service? 
I joined the Air Force in mid-April of 1989.

I was born and raised in Millington, Michigan, a small farming community.

Can you please tell us a little about your career leading up to this point?
I’ve had lots of twists and turns in my career. I served as an enlisted Airman for nearly 10 years before receiving my commission though the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Thereafter, I bounced back and forth across the globe as a security forces officer, completing a couple of squadron commands and a group command.

What about your new role has you the most excited?
(An opportunity) to better understand the dynamics of AFIMSC.

What do you want the AFIMSC team to know about you?
Email is good, but I like to get to know people. Call or contact me through MS Teams whenever possible.

What do you like most about serving in the Air Force? 
I enjoy getting to know people.

To learn more about Clark’s career, read his official bio at