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Maintainer legend retires after 45 years of dedicated service


Dave Clark, 90th Missile Wing weapons safety manager, and Maj. Michael Bergeron, 90th Munitions Squadron operations officer, pose during Heritage Room dedication at building 1235, maintenance facility, Sept. 14, 2017. Clark retires on Sept. 29, 2017 after 45 years of dedicated service to his country at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)


Dave Clark, 90th Missile Wing weapons safety manager, poses with friends during a spring flood at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Mar. 5, 2014. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)


Dave Clark grew up in a small town on the border of Ohio and West Virginia. He joined the Air Force in 1972. His first duty station after technical training was F.E. Warren Air Force Base in 1973.

Throughout his 30 year career, he was stationed at numerous duty stations, culminating here at Warren in 2002 where he retired as a Chief Master Sgt. in the 90th Logistics Group.

He was quickly hired as a civilian employee at the 90th Missile Wing Safety office. After working in safety for four years, he was promoted to the Weapons Safety Manager position in 2007.

Clark held this position for ten years and earned numerous accolades. He maintained an impeccable record of four “Outstanding” NSI ratings while helping the wing earn their best rating in 54 years.

Clark is retiring from civil service on Sept. 29, 2017 with 45 years of dedicated service to his country. The following individuals would like to comment and wish him a long and happy retirement:

“There will be a huge gap in the safety office that will never be filled,” said Lt. Col. James Schlabach, 90th Missile Wing chief of safety. “Mr. Clark has unmatched Intercontinental Ballistic Missile knowledge, and he mentors everyone from senior colonels to generals.”

“He was literally the Wing 9-1-1, no matter what the issue, no matter what functional area, everyone would call Dave Clark for answers when they were needed most,” said Anthony Janssen, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight chief. “Chief would either know the answer, by page and paragraph, or know the phone number of who to call and get the answers.”

“Chief Clark is the ‘Godfather’ of missile maintenance,” said Chief Master Sgt. James Spino, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron superintendent. “He is the go-to subject matter expert, and all three missile wings call him for advice, not just F.E. Warren.”

“Chief Clark is a very humble individual, although he possesses vast knowledge,” said Richard Canizales, occupational health and safety specialist.  “He never talks down to others while answering their questions.”

“He will be highly missed in the 90th Missile Wing,” said Troy Weaver, traffic safety specialist. “I cannot think of anyone that has more ICBM knowledge than Mr. Clark possesses.”

Clark has dedicated most of his life to his country and ensured that the 90th MW is prepared to execute its mission in the face of any challenge.

“The 90th Missile Wing and the safety office thank Mr. Clark for his 45 years of dedicated service and his devotion to his country,” Schlabach said. “Our wing is a better and safer place due to his mentorship. We hope that he has a happy and well-deserved retirement.”