Stanley E. Clarke III

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Stanley E. Clarke III
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1981–2016
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held Air National Guard
Battles/wars Global War on Terrorism
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal

Stanley E. Clarke III is a retired United States Air Force lieutenant general and former Director of the Air National Guard. In that position, he was the highest-ranking member of the Air National Guard and reported directly to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau.[1]


Clarke was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force following his graduation from the University of Georgia in with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. He is a Command Pilot and has flown over 4,000 hours (including over 100 combat hours) in the A-10 Thunderbolt, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and C-26 Metroliner. He has served in a number of leadership positions including Commander of the 160th Fighter Squadron, Commander of the 187th Fighter Wing, Deputy Director of the Air National Guard, Defense Attache in Turkey, Assistant Adjutant General of the Alabama National Guard, and Commander of the First Air Force. In 2007, he completed a Master of Arts degree in military studies at the American Military University.[2]

In May 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant General and became the Director of the Air National Guard.[2] He was relieved of this assignment on 18 December 2015[3] and retired from the U.S. Air Force on 1 March 2016.[4]


  1. ^ Jon Soucy (23 Mar 2013). "Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke assumes helm as Air Guard director". United States Air Force. Retrieved 25 Oct 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Lieutenant General Stanley E Clarke III". United States Air Force. Oct 2013. Retrieved 25 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ Phillip Swarts (4 January 2016). "A-10 flights are fond memory for retiring Air National Guard director". AirForceTimes. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Lieutenant General Stanley E. Clarke III". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Harry M. Wyatt III
Director of the Air National Guard
2013 – 2015
Succeeded by
L. Scott Rice