Leaders
3rd Marine Division Leadership
Commanding Officer
Colonel Erick T. Clark
4th Marine Regiment

Colonel Clark hails from Lincoln Nebraska.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 1991, and served as an infantryman in Second Marine Division.  He was accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Maryland in December 1998.

Colonel Clark’s command assignments:  As a Lieutenant; Platoon Commander, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division – deployed with 22D Marine Expeditionary Unit.  As a Captain; Company Commander, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division – deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  As a Lieutenant Colonel Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion 7th Marines – deployed as the ground combat element for Special Purpose MAGTF Central Command.

Colonel Clark’s staff assignments:  As a Lieutenant; Company Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division.  As a Captain; Assistant Operations Officer Battalion Landing Team 1/8, tactics instructor and Staff Platoon Commander, The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course.  As a Major; Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division – deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Operations Officer, United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission, Republic of Korea; Combat Arms Majors Monitor, Manpower and Reserve Affairs; Operations Officer, 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit, II MEF; Strategic Plans Officer, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic/U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command.   Colonel Clark is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations for the 3d Marine Division.

Colonel Clark is a graduate of The Basic School (1999), Infantry Officer Course (1999), Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (2007), and Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2011).  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland (1998) and a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University (2011).  He also holds a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College (2019)

His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with three gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V” (with two gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.