Black leaders have been breaking barriers and becoming the “firsts” for roles across all industries.

As we continue to celebrate our accomplishments beyond the month of February, Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark has been named the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy becoming the first Black superintendent in the Academy’s history, WTVR reports.

The Richmond, VA native graduated from the Academy in 1986. He’s worked as Commandment of Cadets and as a pilot specializing in bombing and air-refueling. Plus, he’s worked in various Air Force Command forces spanning 30+ years.

In his new position, Clark will lead the Colorado Springs Academy’s athletic training program, cadet military, character development, and their undergraduate program succeeding Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria.

“It is a tremendous honor to be confirmed to serve as the next superintendent of the Air Force Academy,” Clark said, according to WTVR. “Knowing that I now have the privilege to build on Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria’s exceptional leadership in educating, training, and inspiring young men and women to become leaders in the Air and Space Forces is truly humbling.”

Congratulations Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark!