Senior Master Sergeant Adam Clarke is an Aerospace Science Instructor at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, Ashford University, an Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force.
Sergeant Clarke entered the Air Force in November 1998 as an aircraft electrical and environmental systems technician. After graduating from Basic Military Training and Technical Training, he was assigned to the 354th Maintenance Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska where he maintained both F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Warthog aircraft. In 2002, he was assigned to the 16th Helicopter Generation Squadron, then the 1st Special Operations Helicopter Maintenance Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida where he maintained MH-53 Pave Low helicopters. While stationed there, he deployed to northern Kuwait for the push into Iraq, then he deployed three more times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2008, he was assigned to the 437th Maintenance Squadron at Charleston AFB, South Carolina where he maintained C-17 Globemaster aircraft. While at Charleston, Sergeant Clarke was selected as a Quality Assurance inspector and he deployed to ensure contract compliance and oversee MQ-9 Reaper maintenance operations in Niger and MQ-1 Predator maintenance operations in Ethiopia in support of the fight against ISIL and Boko Haram.
In 2015, Sergeant Clarke was selected to become a First Sergeant. After graduating from the United States Air Force First Sergeant Academy, he was assigned to the 15th Airlift Squadron, then to the 437th Aerial Port Squadron as the principle advisor to the commander in maintaining discipline, standards, morale and welfare. In 2018, Sergeant Clarke received his final active duty assignment to Detachment 5, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Alabama where he supported 1,900 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in their day-to-day operations as the Information Technology leaders for the Air Force Community.
His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Sergeant Clarke retired from active duty in September 2020. He and his wife Amanda have four children and they enjoy spending time with family and exploring lakes on their boat.
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