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Australian Army

Special Operations Command

WO2 MICHAEL JOHN CRAIG, CSM – MILITARY BIOGRAPHY

Warrant Officer Class Two Mick

Craig joined the Australian Regular

Army in 1991 and was posted to 2/4

RAR in Townsville. In 1994 he

deployed to Rwanda as part of the

Australian contingent to support the

UN mission. Posted to 4 RAR in Sydney

in 1996, he completed Commando

reinforcement training in June 1997.

Since then he has filled a variety of

positions within 4 RAR (Cdo), the 2nd

Commando Regiment and the 1st

Commando Regiment. Operational

tours include East Timor, OIF 1(Iraq) as

part of the Australian Special Forces

task group in 2003 and a second tour

of Iraq as a member of the first

Australian team posted to the US

Counterinsurgency Centre for Excel -

lence (COIN CFE) at Taji in 2006. He

received a Chief of Joint Operations

Commendation for his work at the

COIN CFE.

On return to Australia he was posted to Special Forces

Training Centre as a Training Developer but continued in

the COIN theme when possible and became the SOCOMD

representative at the working groups writing LWP-301

Counterinsurgency. He also wrote the companion doctrinal

publication LWP-G 0-2-6 Counterinsurgency Junior Leaders

Handbook.

During this time he visited the US Special Forces

Training Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the US

Joint Counterinsurgency Academy at Fort Leavenworth,

Kansas. He also wrote a paper for the Australian Army

Journal on the lack of COIN and professional education for

Australian NCOs and soldiers. He completed a degree in

Vocational Education and Training (VET) with Charles Sturt

University in June 2009.

He was the Company Sergeant Major, Alpha Com -

mando Company Group, 2nd Commando Regiment from

Feb 2009 - Nov 2010 which included rotation XII, SOTG in

Afghanistan. During this tour his company orchestrated and

prosecuted the strategically significant battle at East Shah

Wali Kot over four epic days in the field in contact with the

enemy in the Chenartu Valley for which the Battle Honour

'East Shah Wali Kot' was awarded.

WO2 Craig was awarded the Conspicuous Service

Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours List for his work in

the field of Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Training.

In January 2013 he returned to Afghanistan as the TF66

Liaison Officer at ISAF SOF HQ in Kabul. He was awarded

an ADF Commendation for his service to TF66 during this

tour.

In 2014, WO2 Craig attended and completed the

Regimental Sergeant Major Course at Canungra.

WO2 Michael John Craig has been awarded the fol -

lowing Honours and Awards:

Conspicuous Service Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Australian Active Service Medal with

Clasps:

- ICAT

- IRAQ 2003

- East Timor

Australian Service Medal with Clasps:

- Rwanda

- CT/SR

Centenary Medal

Defence Long Service Medal

Australian Defence Medal

United Nations - Timor

United Nations - Rwanda

NATO ISAF Medal

Infantry Combat Badge

Chief of Joint Operations Com menda -

tion - Operation CATALYST 2006

ADF Commendation - Bronze -

Operation SLIPPER 2013

Soldiers Medallion - 1998

Return from Active Service Badge

During WO2 Craig's service to his country in the

Australian Army he deployed on the following Operations:

OPERATION TAMAR - (Rwanda) Aug 1994 - Feb 1995

(A Coy, 2/4 RAR)

OPERATION TANAGER (East Timor) Apr - May 2001 (4 RAR)

OPERATION FALCONER (Iraq) Mar - May 2003 (4 RAR Cdo)

OPERATION CATALYST (Iraq) Feb - Jul 2010 (4 RAR Cdo)

OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) Feb - Jul 2010 (2 Cdo

Regt)

OPERATION SLIPPER (Afghanistan) Jan - Jul 2013 (2 Cdo

Regt)

He is survived by his wife, Caroline, his son, James and

stepson, Nathan.

Other family members:

Father - John Craig

Step Mother - Yvonne Craig

Lisa - step sister

Kelly - step sister

Wesley - step brother

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