Captain James “Clay” Garner is a native of Austin, Texas and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2014 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. He commissioned as an Infantry Officer and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. As a lieutenant, Clay served as a Company Executive Officer, Heavy Weapons Platoon Leader, and Stryker Platoon Leader.
As a Special Forces Officer, Clay was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at JBLM, Washington. There he served as a Detachment Commander and the Battalion Support Company Commander. Clay recently deployed to the Philippines as the primary U.S. Liaison to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Special Operations Command.
Clay’s military education includes Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course, Special Operations Forces Captain’s Career Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder School, and Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course. Clay will be starting graduate school in the fall.
Clay is married to the former Olivia Wallace of West Point, NY and they have two children, Caroline (3) and Brooks (1).