Senate OKs Clarke to Lead Air Guard

(Jan. 3, 2013) Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate to take the reins of the Air National Guard.

He follows Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who has been the director of the Air Guard since February 2009 and plans to retire later this month.

"I look forward to the opportunity to lead the best Air National Guard in our nation's history," said Clarke in a Jan. 2 release. "The Air National Guard and the 106,000 men and women who make it work have served our nation and our communities with great distinction in combat and during numerous domestic crises."

Clarke has been commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region—1st Air Forces at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., since August 2011.             

Clarke is a command pilot with more than 4,000 flight hours, including more than 100 in combat, in the T-38, C-26, A-10 and F-16. He has served as the deputy director of the Air National Guard and as the assistant adjutant general for air for the Alabama Air National Guard.