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Wesley Kanne "Wes" Clark (born December 23, 1944) is a retired four-star general in the U.S. Army. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Clark was valedictorian of his class at West Point, was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University where he earned a Masters degree in Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a Masters degree in military science.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000. During the conflict, some of Clark's command decisions, such as his statements at press briefings and his actions at Priština International Airport, were heavily criticized.