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Col. James Clark assumed command of Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 9 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., in a change of command ceremony July 14.

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

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

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

Service time?
I joined the Air Force in mid-April 1989.

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

Can you please tell us a bit about your career leading up to this point?
I had a lot of twists and turns in my career. I served as an enlisted airman for nearly 10 years before receiving my commission through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps. Thereafter, I went back and forth around the world as an officer in the security forces, fulfilling a few squadron commands and a group command.

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

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

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

For more on Clark’s career, read his official biography at

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