Lieutenant Colonel Clatterbuck was born in Mesa, Arizona, on 17 January 1961. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Military History. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves and after completing the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, California, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1989, he was selected for Officer Candidate School and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant on August 19, 1989.
Upon completion of The Basic School in March 1990, Second Lieutenant Clatterbuck reported to Pensacola, Florida, for Flight School. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer and promoted to First Lieutenant in July 1991 and subsequently reported to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 in El Toro, California, where he was trained as a Weapons and Systems Officer (WSO) for F/A-18D Hornets.
In 1993, First Lieutenant Clatterbuck was assigned to VMFA(AW)-533 in MAG-31 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina, where he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Ground Training Officer, Flight Schedule Officer and Flight Officer. In 1995 he was promoted to Captain. As a “Hawk” he earned his Forward Air Controller (Airborne) and his Air Combat Training Instructor Qualification (ACT(I)) from Marine Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). While assigned to VMFA(AW)-533 he deployed twice to Aviano, Italy, in support of Operations Deny Flight, Provide Promise and Decisive Edge.
In 1996, Captain Clatterbuck was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where he served as a Forward Air Controller (FAC). While assigned as a FAC he deployed to Panama in support of the Marine Security Company assigned to protect the Embassy and Ambassador.
In 1997, Captain Clatterbuck returned to MAG-31 at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina, and was assigned to VMFA(AW)-332 where he served as the WSO Training Officer (WTO) and the Logistics Officer. During this tour he attended NSAWC TOPGUN and WTI and earned his Forward Air Controller (Airborne) Instructor and Night Systems Instructor Qualifications from MAWTS-1. In 1999, he deployed to Tazsar, Hungary, in support of Operations Noble Anvil and Allied Forge and was promoted to Major. In 2000, he deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, as part of the Unit Deployment Program and participated in Cobra Gold 2000 in Thailand.
In 2000, Major Clatterbuck attended Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, where he completed his Masters in Military Studies. In 2001, he assumed the duties of the Current Operations Fixed-Wing Planner for II Marine Expeditionary Force in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While at II MEF, he was assigned as an Individual Augment for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command Staff in Camp Doha, Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon his return in 2002, he assumed his duties as the Fixed-Wing Planner for II MEF before being selected as the Aide de Camp for the II MEF Commanding General and, in 2003, deployed to Northern Iraq with the Military Coordination and Liaison Command for Operation Iraqi Freedom I.
In 2003, Major Clatterbuck reported to VMFAT-101 for F/A-18D WSO Refresher Training at MCAS Miramar, California. In December 2003, after completion of the WSO refresher syllabus, he reported back to MAG-31at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. In February 2004, while working as the Current Operations Officer, he was assigned as an Individual Augment to I MEF for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. While assigned to I MEF he served as the Air Officer for First Force Service Support Group at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq. Upon his return in September 2004 he was assigned to VMFA(AW)-224 as the Assistant Maintenance Officer. In Jan 2005, he deployed to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of OIF 04-06 and assumed the duties as the Maintenance Officer and in July was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Upon return to United States in August 2005, he became the Executive Officer for VMFA(AW)-224 and in June 2006 became the Commanding Officer for MAG-31 Personnel Support Detachment. In November 2007 he took command of VMFA(AW)-224.
While Commanding Officer of VMFA(AW)-224, he went on a squadron deployment to Hill Air Force Base and on another to Macdill Air Force Base to conduct close air support and FAC(A) training. In January 2009 he deployed to Iwakuni, Japan, as part of the Unit Deployment Program and participated in Cope Tiger in Thailand, Commando Sling in Singapore, Ardent Blitz in Korea and Northern Edge in Alaska.
In 2009 after command, Lieutenant Colonel Clatterbuck was assigned to Special Operation Command in Tampa, Florida, where he served as the Chief of the Western Hemisphere Global Support Group.
In 2011, Lieutenant Colonel Clatterbuck returned to MCAS Beaufort where he is currently the Air Station Executive Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Clatterbuck’s personal decorations include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Stars in lieu of forth award; the Single Mission Air Medal with Combat "V", the Air Medal Strike/Flight Award with Bronze Numeral "13", the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.