Army Ranger to become next senior enlisted adviser for Joint Special Operations Command

Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Bishop, currently the top enlisted soldier with the Army's 1st Infantry Division, has been tapped to become the senior enlisted adviser for Joint Special Operations Command.


By CAITLIN M. KENNEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — Army Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Bishop, who served most of his career with the 75th Ranger Regiment, has been selected to be the next senior enlisted adviser for Joint Special Operations Command, the Pentagon announced last week.

Bishop, 45, is now the command sergeant major for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kan., a position that he has held since March 2018. He will replace Command Sgt. Maj. David Blake.

"Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Bishop epitomizes the non-commissioned officer corps, leads from the front, and sets the example for all soldiers to emulate,” Maj. Gen. John S. Kolasheski, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley commanding general, said Monday in a prepared statement.

The change of responsibility will happen next summer, according to Kenneth McGraw, a spokesman with U.S. Special Operations Command.

Joint Special Operations Command, based at Fort Bragg, N.C., is in charge of developing joint special operations tactics, conducting training, and also studying special operations requirements and techniques, according to the U.S. Special Operations Command’s website.

A native of Sweetwater, Tenn., Bishop enlisted in the Army in 1992, according to his service biography.

He has been assigned several times to battalions of the 75th Ranger Regiment, a unit under U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Before assuming his current position with the 1st Infantry Division, Bishop served as the command sergeant major for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.

Bishop has attended several military schools including the U.S. Army Ranger course, Army Pathfinder school, Basic Airborne course, as well as Army Jumpmaster school.

His military awards include the Legion of Merit medal, a Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and five Meritorious Service Medals.

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