Wesley K. Clark

Wesley Kanne Clark was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 23, 1944. The family moved to Little Rock when his father passed away in 1948.

Clark attended high school at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Hall High School in Little Rock. He was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1966. He attended Magdalen College, University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and earned degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics in 1968.

Clark served in the U.S. Army for thirty-eight years, advancing to the rank of four-star general. He was an envoy to the Dayton Peace Agreement negotiations in 1995 and served as commander in chief of the U.S. European Command and as NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe from 1997 to his retirement in 2000.

A highly decorated U.S. military officer, Clark has earned numerous awards both at home and abroad, including medals for his contributions in Kosovo and Bosnia. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000.

Clark has since written several books, including Don't Wait for the Next War and A Time to Lead. In 2003 he campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clark founded Wesley K. Clark and Associates, an international consulting firm, in 2004. He appears on national news programs providing military commentary and analysis.

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