Clark (born September 7, 1944) is a retired admiral who served as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of the United States Navy.
He attended Officer Candidate School and received his commission in August 1968. ==Career== Clark served aboard the destroyers and .
Clark became the 27th Chief of Naval Operations on July 21, 2000, relieving Jay L.
He retired on July 22, 2005, making his tenure of five years the second-longest serving CNO behind Arleigh Burke.
In November 2009, he was selected along with former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Togo West by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to lead the military investigation into the Fort Hood massacre. ==Early life and education== Clark was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and grew up in the states of Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois.
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