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Clark relinquishes responsibility of U.S. Military Academy

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant

Command Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark relinquished responsibility of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point June 20. Clark assumed responsibility as the 18th Command Sergeant Major of the Academy in May of 2015.

“It seems like we were just here welcoming you to West Point. In fact it was one year, one month and two days ago, but who’s counting?” asked U.S. Military Academy Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., during Clark’s relinquishment of responsibility ceremony in the Thayer Award Room.

“Sergeant Major Clark has been an exceptional standard bearer and a trusted right hand, someone on whom I’ve relied on repeatedly for advice and counsel,” Caslen said. “He has been an exceptional role model for our cadets and everyone throughout the West Point team, and an outstanding leader of character.”

Clark played an integral role in the planning and implementation of the inaugural cohort of the Benevidez Leader Development program. This educational program is designed to provide West Point’s tactical noncommissioned officers a world-class executive education in organizational leadership and prepare them to better train and lead cadets.

“This ceremony is not about me, it’s about this team,” Clark said addressing the audience assembled in the Thayer Award Room. “Over the course of the past year, I’ve learned from so many and tried to share my knowledge with others.

  AFB_1203.jpgCommand Sgt. Maj. David M. Clark relinquishes responsibility of the U.S. Military Academy by handing the noncommissioned officer sword to Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr.

“In a few days, the next generation of America’s sons and daughters will enter this institution,” Clark continued. “I know they’re in good hands because we have the best team here on this hallowed ground of the Hudson River.

“As I move on to the next mission the Army has for me, I look back on this assignment as a dream assignment. It has been by far the most rewarding assignment in my 30 years of military service,” Clark added.

Clark’s next assignment is the Senior Enlisted Leader for NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan where he will assume responsibility for more than 12,000 troops from 39 nations.

“I’m extremely humbled to have served in this capacity and represent all of you,” Clark concluded.