Col. H. Clint Kirk IV was commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 1992 as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. His assignments include platoon leader and company executive officer in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, and Battalion S1 for the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, Ft. Carson CO; 1st Brigade A/S3 Plans officer and Commander Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, Ft. Drum, NY; and Commander Bravo Company, 6th Ranger Training Battalion, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
After completing the Command and General Staff College, Kirk’s assignments include Battalion S3 for 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (AASLT), 2/2 ID in the Republic of Korea and Ramadi, Iraq; Battalion Executive Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 357th Infantry, 191st IN Brigade at Ft. Lewis, WA; Brigade Executive Officer and later Deputy Commanding Officer for 5/2 ID (SBCT), and Commander BSTB 5/2 ID (SBCT), at Ft. Lewis, WA.
In June 2009 Kirk assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3/1 AD (IBCT) at Ft. Bliss, Texas. Following command, in May 2011 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq to serve as the Executive Officer to the US Forces – Iraq Deputy Commanding General for Advising and Training, and then as the Deputy J3 for the Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq. He graduated from the National War College in June 2013 and subsequently served on the Army Staff in G-37 Training as the Combat Training Center Program Manager and then Chief of the Collective Training Division. In June 2014 he assumed command of the 171st IN Bde at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Kirk’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (6OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 Stars), Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge and Air Assault Badge.
Kirk is married to the former Julie Nelson, of St. Petersburg, FL. They have a son, Zachary, and daughter, Ella.Download full-resolution image of Col. H. Clint Kirk IV