The Gathering of Eagles Foundation is honored to recognize United States Air Force Senior Executive Service member and Colonel (Retired) James G. ‘Snake’ Clark, as a 2020 Air & Space Power Legend. Snake Clark is currently the Director, Q Group, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In a career spanning five decades, his innovative talents and determination enabled numerous tactical and strategic capabilities, which shaped America’s modern-day Air Force. As Flight Commander and Chief of the 527th Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron (527th TFTAS) at RAF Alconbury, England from March 1978 – July 1981, Snake Clark provided the leading edge of tactical training and capability development for United States Air Forces in Europe and NATO airpower. Known as the ‘Godfather of the MQ-1 Predator,’ Mr. Clark was a determined advocate in the Predator drone’s early stages. He enabled adding AGM-114 Hellfire missiles to the platform in 2001, development of the remote operations video enhanced receiver (ROVER) allowing unparalleled situational awareness on the ground, and the eventual momentum for the growth of the RPA community and capability. His advocacy contributed to the first combat deployment of the Predator in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The GOEF and RangerUp present this shirt in honor of Snake Clark and the legacy of the 527th Tactical Fighter Training Aggressor Squadron.
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