New commander: Base plans won't change

Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Col. Stephen Clark has been active duty military for 22 years. He was the Speical Operations Support Team Chief at the National Counter Terrorism Center in Washington D.C. before being reassigned as commander of Cannon Air Force Base.

By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections

The new commander of Cannon Air Force Base says plans won’t change under his new command, but the mission will grow.

Col. Stephen A. Clark said the mission would include more people, deployments and weapons. He intends to give airmen the leadership and training they need to do their job, and plans to support their families.

Clark said he was honored to be chosen to lead the base.

“The ceremony itself is not about the people up on the stage,” Clark said of the change of command ceremony Wednesday at Cannon.

The event was about the airmen, what they had accomplished and what they will accomplish, he said.

Break-out

Col. Stephen A. Clark:

• Has 22 years of active duty service

• Flew combat missions in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq

• Most recently served as Special Operations Support Team Chief for the U.S. Special Operations Command in Washington, D.C.

• Was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

• Is married to Cynthia

• Has two daughters, Shelby, 16, and Sydney, 12