REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s new Space and Missile Defense Center of Excellence director formally assumed his duties at the command’s Redstone Arsenal headquarters, Feb. 24.
Timothy F. Bishop, who joined the command Feb. 13, was also promoted to the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service second tier during the Assumption of Responsibility ceremony.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to come here and support the command,” Bishop said. “I’ve been here two weeks and the word ‘team’ and the word ‘family’ truly are a part of what SMDC is.”
As SMDCoE director, Bishop is responsible for space and strategic missile defense doctrine and training, concept development, decision support, the Army Capability Managers for Space and High Altitude and Strategic Missile Defense, and Army space personnel development. He is the executive agent responsible for Army space operations officers (FA40).
Lt. Gen. Daniel L. Karbler, USASMDC commanding general, welcomed Bishop to the command and said his experience will benefit the command moving forward.
“Tim brings a wealth of experience,” Karbler said. “As we move forward with proponency, with Army space and with multi-domain operations, Tim’s operational experience is what the command needs. That is what Tim brings to us, and at no more critical time right now within SMDC.”
Bishop, a Boaz native, graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering, and he earned a Master of Science in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
He is level III certified in program management; level III systems engineering; and level II certified in test and evaluation. He is also a graduate of the Senior Service College.
“We all work for our Soldiers,” Bishop said. “I’ve been all over the world, and I have had an opportunity to support the Soldier in every single thing that I’ve done.”
His career includes professional leadership experience in a variety of government acquisition positions involving the development, testing, production, fielding, sustainment, and life cycle support of major simulation, training and instrumentation systems.
He was appointed to the senior executive service in January 2019. His previous senior executive position was as the deputy program executive officer for the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation where he managed a portfolio of 268 programs, executing a $3 billion annual budget, and more than 335,000 training devices in 19 foreign countries and 386 sites worldwide.
“Through the years, I have had great mentors,” Bishop said. “The reason I am standing here is because of the friends and mentors who guided me throughout my career.”
His previous assignments include: acting deputy program executive officer, Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Orlando, Florida, April 2018 to January 2019; Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology) liaison, U.S. Army G3/7 Training Systems, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Plans, Programs and Resources, Pentagon, Washington D.C., December 2017 to April 2018; director of Threat Systems Management Office, Program Executive Office, Simulation, Training and Instrumentation, Redstone Arsenal, September 2011 to December 2017; technical director, Information Operations Joint Management Office, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia, August 2009 to September 2011; and director of Operations, U.S. Army Installation Management Command - Europe, Heidelberg Germany, July 2008 to August 2009.
His awards and recognition include the Superior Civilian Service Award from Installation Management Command – Europe; Top Ten Outstanding Personnel of the Year from Army Test and Evaluation Command; and the Global War on Terrorism Medal awarded by the Department of Defense.
“I have been so blessed,” Bishop said. “I cannot tell you how honored I am to be supporting you in all you do, and supporting the team in the Center of Excellence.”