Mother: Veneta Kanne Clark
Marriage: Gertrude Kingston Clark (June 1966 – present)
Children: Wesley Clark Jr., 1969
Education: United States Military Academy at West Point; valedictorian, 1966; Oxford University, M.S. in philosophy, politics, economics; Rhodes Scholar, 1966-1968; National War College, Command and General Staff College, Ranger and Airborne schools, 2002
Military service: US Army, General
His father, Benjamin Kanne, died when Clark was five.
Veneta Kanne moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and married Victor Clark, who adopted her son.
1966 – Graduates from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
1975 – Is promoted to major at the age of 31.
1975-1976 – White House fellow in the Ford Administration.
February 1980-June 1982 – US Army Commander, 1st Battalion, 77th Armor, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
July 1983-September 1983 – Plans Integration division chief for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans.
October 1983-July 1984 – Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, chief of the army’s study group.
August 1984-January 1986 – Commander of operations group – National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.
April 1986-March 1988 – Commander – Cold War, 4th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade.
1988-1989 – Commander – Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
October 1989-October 1991 – Commander – National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.
October 1991-August 1992 – Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia, deputy chief of staff for concepts, doctrine and developments.
August 1992-April 1994 – Commander – 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
1994-1996 – Joint Staff, director of strategic plans and policy.
Commander-in-chief – US Southern Command
July 9, 1997-2000 –
Commander-in-Chief, US European Command
July 11, 1997-May 3, 2000 – Supreme Allied commander
in Europe and head of all NATO forces, appointment by President Bill Clinton.
1999 – Commands the alliance’s military response to the Kosovo crisis – Operation Allied Force.
2000 – Retires from the US military.
March 29, 2000 – Is appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, KCB.
April 8, 2000 – Is awarded France’s commander of the Legion of Honor
August 9, 2000 – Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton.
2001 – His memoir, “Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat,” is published.
Military analyst for CNN during the Iraq War
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley K. Clark & Associates
, a strategic advisory and consulting firm.
2003 – Publishes “Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism, and the American Empire.”
September 17, 2003 – Clark announces his candidacy
for the Democratic nomination for president.
October 16, 2003 – Clark releases more than 180 pages of records detailing his 37-year military career. The records include evaluations from the 1970s and 1980s when he was a junior officer rising through the ranks.
December 15, 2003 – Begins several days of testimony against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in a UN war crimes tribunal at the Hague in the Netherlands.
February 3, 2004 –
Clark wins the Oklahoma primary by several hundred votes over John Edwards
February 11, 2004 – Announces he’s dropping out of the race.
February 13, 2004 –
Endorses John Kerry
as the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee.
September 2006 – JoinsUCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations as a Senior Fellow.
September 2007 – His book, “A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, and Country,” with Tom Carhart, is released.
September 15, 2007 –
Endorses Hillary Clinton
for the Democratic nomination for president. He campaigns for Clinton through December.
June 29, 2008 – Appears on “Face the Nation” and openly attacks McCain’s war service,
“I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president…That large squadron in the Navy that he commanded — that wasn’t a wartime squadron.”
October 2008 –
Campaigns for presidential candidate Barack Obama
in North Carolina.
February 11, 2015 –
In an interview on CNN
Clark says “ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies, because as people will tell you in the region, if you want somebody who will fight to the death against Hezbollah, you don’t put out a recruiting poster and say sign up for us.”