B-1 Lancer pilot with roots in Germany takes command of 3rd Air Force
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, a B-1 Lancer pilot, took charge Friday of the command that oversees Air Force contingency and wartime operations in Europe and Africa.
Leadership of Third Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force was passed to Clark, who succeeded Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray at a change-of-command ceremony in a base aircraft hangar.
Clark comes to Germany by way of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where he oversaw about 20,000 airmen and the Air Force’s bomber fleet as the commander of Eighth Air Force. He also was the joint functional component commander for Global Strike, which plans and executes strike operations for U.S. Strategic Command.
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