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Bishop, William Harold
« on: May 21, 2017, 05:52:53 AM »
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    Full Name: William Harold Bishop

    Age/ Birthday: 48, 04/04/1969

   Nationality: American

    Rank, Title or Position: Colonel, US Special Operations Command Africa, United States Africa Command (Special Operations Command Forward-Central)

    Height: 6' 0"

   Build: Fit, showing signs of aging

    Related Skills: Mountain Warfare, RSTA, Operational Command & Control (Small Scale Special Operations Units), Firearms Proficency, Language Familiarity with Arabic, Pashto, Swahili and French.

   Unrelated Skills: Military History, Barbeque Cooking

   Credentials: Cavalry Scout training graduate, Mountain Warfare School graduate, Special Forces School graduate, BS International Affairs (University of Utah)


William Bishop is balding, with his black hair also greying, and what hair he has is kept very short. His blue eyes are hardened with determination and many say there's a fire behind them. Everything he does, even his movements, is with a purpose. The only taste for flair that he has is that he long ago purchased his own sidearm, a stainless steel 1911 handgun, and carries it almost everywhere. (When questioned, he once said, "Son, I've been in this little gun club long enough I think I can allow myself a little vanity.")

Describing William Bishop depends largely on who is asked. To those who have crossed paths with him, he is characterized as a stubborn old man set in his ways and that it would take the force of a nuclear explosion to change his mind. They will say that he is very crass, not mincing words in any fashion, and has very little use for procedures and policies that get in his way. To those who have served alongside him and under him, Bishop is described as a man with fire in his belly and an unshakeable loyalty to those under his command. He hates the fact that he's behind a desk now, unable to take the risks along with his soldiers in the field. As long as those who he works with do their jobs to the best of their abilities, they say that Bishop will always go to bat for his soldiers, demanding the best and giving the best in return.

And the truth is, both catagories are correct. He has little patience for those who question him for no reason, get in the way of the mission or endanger the lives of those under his command to sate their own egos. And when it comes to deciding between the mission and those under his command, he'll choose the latter every time. He detests being behind a desk because he grew up on a farm in rural Texas, where hard work was all that mattered.   

When not at work, Bishop likes to study military history across time, wanting to understand what made great leaders and heroic soldiers out of what is the worst aspect of mankind. When he isn't studying, Bishop loves barbeque cooking, having recently purchased a high end smoker, with the hopes of one day being able to competitively cook (if only to sate his desire to prove himself against other cooks). It is not uncommon for those directly serving under Bishop to be at least invited once to his house to try out some new recipe he's come up with, since he long ago figured that grilled meats, cold beers, and good times help keep him in better touch with those he works with.

 Field/Work Experience:   
  • 1987 - Enlisted, United States Army
  • 1988 - Assigned, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
  • 1991 - Deployed as part of Operation Desert Storm
  • 1992 - Accepted into Mountain Warfare School, later assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Brigade, 10th Mountain Division
  • 1993 - Deployed, UNITAF, Operation Restore Hope (Somalia Peacekeeping Mission)
  • 1994 - Deployed as part of Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti
  • 1995 - Accepted into Officer Candidate School. Accepted into Special Forces School after graduating OCS.
  • 1997 - Graduated Special Forces School, Assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group
  • 1997 - 2000 - Participated in indiginous training operations in Africa
  • 2001 - Deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
  • 2003 - Deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • 2004 - 2012 - Deployed on regular combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • 2012 - Reassigned, Command Staff, 19th Special Forces Group
  • 2016 - Assigned, SOCAFRICA - Central, AFRICOM
  • 2017 - Present

 Personal History:
Born in Lubbock, Texas, William Bishop grew up on a farm with his family, putting more time and merit into working from dawn until dusk than school or anything else. However, after his family fell on hard times and his father became an abusive alchoholic, he soon tried to help provide for his mother, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. One night, his father physically assaulted both of his sisters and almost killed his mother after a drunken binge, which Will finally stopped after beating his father into unconsciousness. The police arrested both Will and his father, but let Will go after seeing how badly injured Mrs. Bishop and Will's sisters were. However, his father was released shortly thereafter and ran Will off with a shotgun. With nowhere to go and only the clothes on his back, William Bishop enlisted in the US Army.

After completing training, he was assigned as a Cavalry Scout with 1st Cavalry Division, and would see his first taste of combat during Operation Desert Storm. Afterwards, due to conflicts with some of his superiors, he was permitted to retrain into Mountain Infantry and was reassigned to 1st Infantry Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. This came just in time for him to be deployed to Somalia with 10th Mountain Division, and was among the infantry sent in to Mogadishu during the disasterous raid by Task Force Ranger. Inspired by what he saw of those soldiers, but also irritated by the perception of a failure of leadership to prevent the disaster, William Bishop decided to pursue a new career in the Army.

Demonstrating a high degree of leadership potential and personal initiative in Somalia and later in Haiti earned him a slot into Officer Candidate School, which was followed up by applying for Special Forces training after graduation. He was accepted and in 1997, he was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group. Prior to 9/11, he was rotated around Africa, participating in training programs for local forces, but afterwards, he would spend from 2001 to 2012 deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. After his last deployment in 2012, Bishop was reassigned to 19th Special Forces Group's command staff, which gave him an opportunity to pursue completing his degree in International Affairs. Following his graduation in 2016, Bishop was reassigned to the Special Operations Command staff within United States Africa Command.

Grace Bishop - Wife - Good Relationship
Daniel Hawkins - Step-son, High School Student - Good Relationship
Fiona Hawkins - Step-daughter, High School Student - Good, somewhat, Relationship

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Re: Bishop, William Harold
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 10:06:27 PM »