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COL Joseph D. Clark
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Colonel Joseph D. Clark initially entered military service in 1989 as an Infantryman in the Michigan Army National Guard. Upon completion of his initial assignment, COL Clark attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan, achieving a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.

COL Clark received his Regular Army Commission in Armor as a 1993 Distinguished Military Graduate. After completion of the Armor Officer Basic Course, COL Clark was assigned to the 1st BN, 72nd Armor at Camp Casey, Korea serving as both a Tank Platoon Leader and Tank Co. XO. Upon returning, COL Clark was assigned to the 3rd BN, 8th U.S. Cavalry as a Tank PL, Tank Co. XO, and HHC XO and HHC Commander. During his time at Fort Hood, COL Clark participated in the fielding and operational testing of the first M1A2-equipped BN, conducted the first digitized JRTC Rotation, as well as commanding his first company, HHC, 3-8 Cavalry.

Following the Armor Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to Fort Riley in the 2nd BN, 34th AR, where he served as the BN Adjutant, the BN S-3 Air/Planner, then assumed his second command of Company B, 2-34 AR.

COL Clark was then assigned as O/C Team Chief, Operations Officer and then XO of the 1st BN, 305th AR TF, a unit tasked with the training and certification of Reserve and National Guard units deploying in support of OPERATIONS ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. In his time with that unit, he planned, trained and resourced convoy live fire training for over 18,000 National Guard and Reserve Soldiers deploying to combat.

Following this, he was appointed to be the Operations Officer in a forward-deployed Area Support Group assigned to the 3rd Army, "Patton's Own". There he was responsible for the security of 28 tenant units on Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar. Following CGSC, COL Clark served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse!) at Fort Irwin, California. He served as the 2nd Squadron S3, Regimental S3, and Regimental XO. He was then assigned as the Armor Lt. Col. Career Manager in Human Resources Command at FT Knox, KY.

Command Sergeant Major
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

CSM Stunkard joined the Army from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in November 1989 and attended One Station Unit Training at Ft Benning, GA as an Infantryman.

CSM Stunkard's assignments include 3rd BN 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team , Southern European Task Force Vicenza Italy, 2nd BN 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division Ft Bragg NC, 1st BN 503rd Infantry (AASLT) 2nd Infantry Division Camp Hovey Republic of Korea, 2nd BN 22th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division Ft Drum, NY, 1st BN 50th Infantry of the Infantry Training Brigade Ft Benning GA, 3rd BN 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 2nd Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division Ft Bragg NC, Task Force 1 Joint Readiness Training Center Operations Group, 2nd BN 30th Infantry , 3rd Squadron 89th Calvary Regiment (RSTA) 4th Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division at Ft Polk LA, 2nd BN 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division Ft Bragg NC, Brigade Mission Command and Operations Group of the Joint Readiness Training Center at Ft Polk LA. His combat deployments include Operation Provide Comfort Northern Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom I and VII; Operation Enduring Freedom VII, XI, and XII.
CSM Stunkard has held every NCO Leadership position as an Infantryman; from Rifle Team Leader to Command Sergeants Major. He most recently served as the Operations Group CSM at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

CSM Stunkard's military education includes all levels of NCOES including USASMA Class 59, and completed Ranger, Airborne, Jump Master, Air Assault, Drill Sergeant, Master Fitness, Belgium Commando, Alpine Mountaineering, NATO FIBUA courses and SERE C . He currently holds an Associates of Science in General Education from JCC and is working on his Bachelor's Degree in History.
His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal ; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal ; Army Achievement Medal ; Army Good Conduct Medal ; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal ; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon ; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon ; Nato Medal; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Drill Sergeant's Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Air Assault Badge. He has also been awarded the Belgium, Honduran, Ecuadorian and French Parachutist Badge.


SMA(R) Tilley enlisted under the "Buddy Program" with his pal Barney Boykin. They both attended basic combat training at Fort Lewis, WA, advanced training at Fort Knox KY, and basic airborne training at Ft Benning, GA

SMA(R) Tilley's assignments include Troop A, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam, Company A, 10th Battalion, 2nd Basic Combat Training Brigade, Ft. Benning, Georgia; Company C, 5th Battalion, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade, Ft. Polk, Louisiana; Company B, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor, Aschafenberg; Company A, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Armor, 3d Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany; 1st Training Brigade, U.S. Army Armor School, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Companies A, B, and C, 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Noncommissioned Officers Academy, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; Company C, 1st Battalion, 72d Armor, 2d Infantry Division, Korea; 1st Battalion, 10th Cavalry, 194th Separate Armored Brigade, Ft. Knox, Kentucky; 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany and Tuzla, Bosnia; Space and Missile Defense Command, Arlington, Virginia; U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida; and Sergeant Major of the Army

SMA(R) Tilley held every key leadership position including tank commander, section leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, senior instructor, operations sergeant and first sergeant. His military education includes the First Sergeants Course and the Sergeants Major Academy. He is a graduate of the basic airborne course, drill sergeant school and the master gunner's course.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with ‘V' Device and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Parachutist Badge and Drill Sergeant Badge

Significant Accomplishments as SMA

SMA(R) Tilley set out to focus on the top issues of concern to the enlisted force at the time - pay, retirement benefits, quality of life and health care. He expanded on the MACOM CSM Conference and established the first ever Sergeant Major of the Army's Nominative Command Sergeant Major Conference at Ft. Bliss, Texas in January 2001. Enroute to a Conference when terrorists crashed a plane in to the Pentagon, Tilley turned the driver around and returned to D.C. where he provided first aid and comfort. He redirected his energy to supporting an Army engaged in a Global War on Terrorism during the invasion first of Afghanistan and eventually of Iraq.