Col. Paul M. Bishop, an Oriskany resident, formally took command of the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) during an assumption of command ceremony Thursday at the Rome-based Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) based at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
Comprised of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron in Rome plus Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area, the 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct EADS’ mission. EADS is responsible for air defense of the eastern U.S.
Bishop replaces Col. Paul J. Quigley, who is retiring, according to a state Division of Military & Naval Affairs announcement.
Prior to taking command of the 224th ADG, Bishop was commander of the 224th Support Squadron.
A 1989 U.S. Air Force basic training graduate, Bishop has served in the Air National Guard for 30 years. He came to Rome in 1994 at the Northeast Air Defense Sector that preceded EADS, and has played a key role in several important projects, the announcement said. He also has been a member of the 224th Air Defense Squadron including several leadership positions.
Bishop, a 1998 graduate of Columbia College, has completed the Squadron Officers Course, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.