Resolute Support Mission Deputy Commander

Lt. Gen. Richard Cripwell, CB CBE (GBR)


Following education in Dublin and at Welbeck College, Richard Cripwell was commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in August 1982. His junior Regimental appointments were spent in HongKong, Germany and Northern Ireland. He commanded 26 Engineer Regiment, supporting 12 Mechanized Brigade. He has also commanded the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force in Kosovo, responsible for conducting operations relating to Persons Indicted for War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia. More recently he was Commander Engineers in NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps and lately commanded British Forces in Cyprus.

His training appointments have been on the Fighting in Built-Up Areas Training Team at the School of Infantry, the Mozambique Training Team (based in Zimbabwe) and as a company commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

On the staff he has served in the Defence Intelligence Staff, in HQ Kosovo Force (Rear) in Macedonia, as Military Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Equipment Capability) and as the Assistant Director for Information Operations in the Ministry of Defence. As a Brigadier he served in Baghdad as the Director Energy Operations in Multi-National Forces – Iraq, as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood and in Kabul, where he was Director of the Strategic Transition and Assessment Group in HQ ISAF. Most recently, in addition to Command in Cyprus he was the Administrator (Governor) of the Sovereign Base Areas, one the United Kingdom’s fourteen Overseas Territories. His most recent appointment was as the Defence Attaché and Head of the British Defence Staff in the United States.



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