Lieutenant Colonel KRISTEN A. CLARK

Lt. Col. Kristen Clark is the 364th Recruiting Squadron Commander. She is responsible for all Air Force recruiting covering 99,000 square-miles in Northern and Central California. She directs and operates the recruiting activities of seven enlisted accession flights with approximately 90 active-duty and 10 civilian personnel. The 364th Recruiting Squadron is in McClellan Park, CA, and its mission is to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen and Guardians for service in America's Air and Space Force.

Lt. Col. Clark is from Langhorne, PA. She commissioned through AFROTC from Syracuse University in 2004. Following graduate school at the Pennsylvania State University, she has held various duties to include Solid Rocket Propulsion Branch lead at the AFRL Rocket Propulsion Lab, Chief of Delta IV propulsion, Academic Instructor at the US Naval Academy teaching Aerospace Engineering and Program Manager for the Long Duration Propulsive ESPA.  She has served at the Pentagon as the first USSF S9 Deputy, the first Lead for Women, Peace, and Security, and the first Digital Engineering Division Lead as one of the initial USSF HQ staff cadre.



2004, B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, NY

2006, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, PA

2018, M.A. Operational Military Art and Science, ACSC, Maxwell AFB, AL, (in-residence)

2023, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL, by correspondence



2006-2008: Curriculum Standards, USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards, AFB, CA

2008-2009: Deputy Chief, Aero physics Branch, AFRL-RV West, Edwards AFB, CA

2009-2010: Chief, Solid Propulsion Branch, AFRL-RV West, Edwards AFB, CA

2010-2012: Chief, Propulsion Branch, Delta IV, Launch Directorate, SMC, LA AFC, CA

2012-2017: Master Instructor, Aerospace Engineering Department, US Naval Academy, MD

2017-2018: Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL

2018-2019: Program Manager, Long Duration Propulsive ESPA Program, SMC, LA AFB, CA

2019-2020: Chief, Afghanistan Foreign Military Sales, CSTC-A, HKIA, Kabul, Afghanistan

2020-2021: Deputy S9, USSF HQ CTIO, Pentagon, VA

2021-2023: Chief, Digital Engineering Ecosystem Division, USSF HQ CTIO, Pentagon, VA

2023 – Present: Commander, 364th Recruiting Squadron, McClellan Park, CA


MAJOR Awards and decorations

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Air and Space Commendation Medal 1 Oak Leaf Cluster

Air and Space Achievement Medal 

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation            

Afghanistan Campaign Medal 1 Service Star

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal        

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal                              

NATO Medal