Andrew G. Clemmensen is a 2023-24 Military Fellow at The Washington Institute and a colonel in the United States Air Force. Previously, he served as Emergency Management (EM) Branch Chief, Civil Engineer Readiness Division at USAF headquarters in the Pentagon. In that role he was responsible for the Air Force’s EM and Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN)-Defense programs policy, training, and budget.
Col. Clemmensen received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in May 2002. He is a career civil engineer officer qualified in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD). He has had multiple leadership roles at the flight, squadron, and group levels. Additionally, he has served on the Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces and Air Force Personnel Center staffs.
Col. Clemmensen has deployed five times to the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility leading traditional civil engineer operations and multiple EOD flights conducting counter-improvised explosive device combat operations. He commanded the Air Force’s training detachment at Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, responsible for generating over 100 new EOD technicians each year. He was selected to lead a task force during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly EOD providing counter-explosive security for dozens of heads of state. While stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, then-Lt. Col. Clemmensen led reception center operations and provided sustainment for more than 16,000 Afghan evacuees during Operations Allies Refuge and Allies Welcome
B.S., United States Air Force Academy; M.A., American Military University; M.A., Marine Corps Command and Staff College.