Quinn named wing commander

Jul 17, 2014
Photo by: Donated Col. Clark J. Quinn

Col. Clark J. Quinn, son of Theresia Quinn and the late George Quinn, of Waynesville, has been named wing commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

Quinn is a graduate of the University of Florida and received his commission in 1993 from Officer Training School. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Command and General Staff College and Air War College. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Touro University International in 2006 and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Air War College in 2012.

Quinn was an instructor pilot and assistant director of operations of the 310th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, and was later an evaluator pilot and assistant chief of standardization and evaluation of the 56th Operations Group. He was assigned to the Pentagon as an F-22 program element monitor and later as chief of USCENTCOM Deputy Combined Forces Air Component Commander’s Action Group in Southwest Asia.

At Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina, Quinn served as an instructor pilot and assistant director of operations of the 77th Fighter Squadron, commander of the 20th Operations Support Squadron, and as wing inspector general of the 20th Fighter Wing. He again served in Southwest Asia as chief of the Combat Planes Division of the 609th Air and Space Operations Center. He most recently served as the vice commander of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base.

Quinn is a senior pilot, having logged more than 2,500 hours in the F-15E, F-16 and T-38.