Hawthorne Army Depot

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Lt. Col. Dustin G. Bishop

Lieutenant Colonel Dustin G. Bishop assumed command of Hawthorne Army Depot on June 20, 2018.

Lt. Col. Bishop is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and received his commission after graduating from the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas in 2001. Prior to his commissioning as a Multi-functional Logistics Officer, Bishop served in the Army as an enlisted soldier for four years in the Medical Service Corps with duty at Ft Rucker, Alabama.

Lt. Col. Bishop previously served in the Plans and Exercises Division of the Southern Command Logistics Directorate. In this position, Bishop provided strategic direction on all logistical matters to the command’s deliberate, crisis action and operational planning efforts. His planning efforts guide and support the work of four Service Components, a sub-unified command, three standing Joint Task Forces and twenty five Security Cooperation Offices operating in 45 nations and territories.

Lt. Col. Bishop’s previous assignments include the 603rd Transportation Company, 142nd Corps Support Battalion, Warrior Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he served as a platoon leader, Battalion S1, and Movement Control Team Commander. Subsequent assignments included duty with the 15th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as the Support Operations Transportation Battle Captain and the Fox Forward Support Company Commander, 1-8 Combined Arms Battalion, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. In the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Lt. Col. Bishop served as the Division Deputy G4, the Brigade S4 for 3rd Brigade, and finally as the Executive Officer for 626 Brigade Support Battalion of the 3rd Brigade. Lt. Col. Bishop’s deployments include three combat tours to Operation Iraqi Freedom and a one to Enduring Freedom.

Lt. Col. Bishop is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College, the Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course, and the Transportation Officer Basic Course. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Award (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), and the Air Assault Badge.

Lt. Col. Bishop has two children.

Larry M. Cruz

Larry M. Cruz assumed his duties as deputy to the commander on 30 November 2014. In this position, he serves the commanding officer and is responsible for staff supervision and mission execution.

Prior to his selection as deputy to the commander, Cruz was the command executive officer for the 108th Training Command in Charlotte, NC. As such, his duties included oversight of all fulltime staff and acting on a day-to-day basis on behalf of the commander.

Larry began his civil service career in 2004 as a supervisory staff administrator for the 647th Regional Support Group at El Paso, Texas. He remained there until 2007 at which time he transferred to the 108th Training Command in Charlotte, NC.

Aside from his civil service career, Cruz spent 33 ½ years in military service retiring on 1 January 2014 as a full Colonel. He first enlisted into military service with the New Mexico Army National Guard where he spent 3 ½ years as an enlisted Soldier. In December 1984, he was commissioned a second lieutenant through the New Mexico Highlands University Army ROTC program. In January 1985, Cruz went active duty as an Air Defense Artillery Officer spending 9 ½ years on active duty before joining the Army Reserves in 1994. As an Army Reservist, he served as a multi-functional logistician successfully commanding at both the battalion and brigade level, as well as holding a variety of General Officer staff positions. Cruz has received numerous awards throughout his military career to include: the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 5 Meritorious Service Medals.

A native of Springer, New Mexico, Cruz is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. There, he earned a bachelor’s in Sociology/Anthropology (1984) and a master’s in Education - Guidance/Counseling (1998). Cruz also graduated from the U.S. Army War College, in his military capacity, earning a master’s in Strategic Studies (2008).

Cruz has received numerous letters and certificates of appreciation, recognition and commendation from his civil service career to include two Commander’s Awards for Superior Civilian Service.

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