Following education in Dublin, Richard Cripwell was commissioned into
the Corps of Royal Engineers in August 1982. Following routine regimental and staff appointments, including
operations in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and the Balkans, he commanded
26 Engineer Regiment, supporting 12th Mechanized Brigade and
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.
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), 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 Commander Engineers in the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, 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.
Promoted to Major
General, he was dual-hatted as the Commander British Forces in Cyprus and Administrator
(Governor) of the Sovereign Base Areas, one the United Kingdom’s fourteen
Overseas Territories. He then served as the British Defence Attaché in
Washington and Head of the British Defence Staff in the United States.
His most recent
appointment was as Deputy Commander Operation "Resolute Support”, Afghanistan.