Former Chief of Naval Operations
Retired Adm.Vern Clark returns to the Renaissance Theater at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, to discuss the challenges the military is facing in the 21st century. Clark has been a featured LLL speaker several times, and PebbleCreek audiences never tire of his views of history and current affairs.
Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005, starting as an ensign serving on destroyers and concluding in the halls of the Pentagon as Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In between, he commanded three ships, two destroyer squadrons, the Atlantic Fleet’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, a Carrier Battle Group, the Second Fleet, NATO’s Striking Fleet and the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He became CNO in 2000.
His tenure as CNO was a period of significant change and renewed vision. He was the first CNO in nearly half a century, whose term in office was extended, and he became the second-longest serving CNO in history. In 2002, he charted a course for the future by publishing Sea Power 21, a vision for the first half of the 21st century to exploit the advantages of operating from the world’s oceans.
He has received numerous military decorations for his service, as well as international awards from Germany, Italy, France, South Korea, Japan, Portugal, Singapore and the Netherlands.
Since his retirement from the Navy, Clark has served on various boards in industry and education and continues to be engaged in consulting in the national-security arena. He frequently lectures regarding the U.S. military and the principles of leadership. He now serves on the board of Rolls Royce North America, and is the lead director of Raytheon Company.
He lives in PebbleCreek with his wife, Connie.
Tickets to this presentation are $15 per person and will be available online Oct. 1. Tickets may also be purchased at the LLL Center, before any Monday Morning Lecture and may be available at the door of the Renaissance Theater on the evening of the presentation.