Craig Connor


Senior Instructor

  • Patrolling
  • Close Quarters Combat
  • Urban Combat

Expertise :
  • Mountaineering
  • Rappelling
  • Weapons & Tactics

American Survival Guide University Senior Instructor Craig Connor joined the military in 1991 as 11B. He served with the 10th Mountain LRSD and deployed to Somalia. Later, he served with the 1/504 PIR 82nd Airborne as a rifle squad leader from January 1995 through December 1997, at which point he went through Special Forces assessment and selection.

Connor attended the qualification course for 18B weapons sergeant from January through August 1998. He then reported to the 3rd SFG(A) the following January and was assigned to Operational Detachment 334 Halo/Mountaineering team until September 2004. Connor was then assigned to JFKSWC as a Special Forces Assessment Selection cadre until October 2005, at which point he was assigned to a Small Units Tactics cadre until December 2006.

The following January, Connor reported back to the 3rd SFG(A) and was assigned to Operations Detachment as Mountain Search and Rescue NCOIC until July 2008. Following that assignment, he moved to ODA 3112 until September 2009, when he went to Battalion Breacher until July 2010.

During his years in the 3rd SFG, Connor’s main focus was start-up and training of all mountain search-and-rescue teams. He also did extensive instruction for the USASOC Mountaineering Course at Fort Carson, Colorado, where he represented the 3rd SFG(A) as a senior mountain guide and guest cadre.

Connor retired from the Army in 2011 with 20 years of service. From 2011 to 2014, he worked in Afghanistan as an independent contractor for the U.S. government as a welder and gunsmith for special operation teams; he then worked as a Counterinsurgency (COIN) advisor for ISAF, partnering with the Afghanistan National Army (ANA).

He now owns Mountain Tactical Recce Company, through which he works with various special operation soldiers as an instructor in unconventional warfare. This company also teaches survival and mountaineering in the civilian sector. In 2015, Connor joined SCSG to perform duties as NCOIC for Mountain Search and Rescue.

Connor currently resides in West Jefferson, North Carolina, with wife Christie and son Benjamin.