John F. Campbell (general)

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John F. Campbell
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Campbell in 2015, as Commander, Resolute Support Mission
Born (1957-04-11) April 11, 1957 (age 64)
Loring Air Force Base, Maine
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1979–2016
Rank General
Commands held
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Awards

John Francis Campbell (born April 11, 1957) is a retired United States Army general who was commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces – Afghanistan. [1] He was the 16th and last commander of the International Security Assistance Force. Prior to this, he served as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He is currently a member of the board of directors of IAP, [2] and BAE Systems, and serves on the advisory board of Code of Support Foundation.

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Early life and education

The son of a United States Air Force senior master sergeant, Campbell was born at Loring Air Force Base in Maine on April 11, 1957 [3] [4] and grew up on military bases around the world. In 1971 he became an Eagle Scout in Fairfield, California's Boy Scout Troop 270. In 1975 he graduated from Fairfield High School, where he was a participant in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program. [5] [6] [7] He graduated from the United States Military Academy in June 1979 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry. His first assignments were as a rifle platoon leader, company executive officer, and anti-tank platoon leader with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Military career

After attending the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course, Campbell served as a Battalion Adjutant and Operational Detachment Alpha Commander in 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina followed by assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division as commander of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and as the Division Assistant Operations and Training Officer (G-3 Air).

Campbell was then assigned as the Assistant Professor of Military Science and then the Professor of Military Science at the University of California, Davis.

He was selected to attend the Command and General Staff College, after which he was again assigned to Ft. Bragg and the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as the Division Training and Operations (G-3) Officer, Brigade Operations Officer (S-3) for 2nd Brigade, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and as the Aide-de-camp for the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander (deployed during Operation Uphold Democracy).

Campbell commanded the 2nd Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii followed by attendance at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Joint Staff.

Campbell commanded 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and deployed his Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. [8]

Following command Campbell was assigned to the Army Staff and served as the Executive Officer to the 35th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Peter J. Schoomaker.

General officer assignments

After promotion to general officer, in 2005, Campbell was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver (DCG-M) for the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the DCG-M for Multi-National Division – Baghdad for both the 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division. Campbell's following assignment was as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations, (J-33), The Joint Staff.

In 2009, Campbell was named Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. [9] While serving as the Commanding General, he also commanded Combined Joint Task Force 101 the operational headquarters for Regional Command East in Afghanistan from June 2010 to May 2011. [10] Upon relinquishing command of the 101st Airborne Division in August 2011 to Major General James C. McConville, Campbell was promoted to Lieutenant General and became the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training (G-3/5/7). [11]

Campbell was promoted to general and sworn in as the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army on 8 March 2013. [12]

On July 23, 2014, Campbell was confirmed by the United States Senate to succeed General Joseph Dunford as commander International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces—Afghanistan. [13] Campbell was succeeded by General John W. Nicholson Jr., on March 2, 2016, and retired on May 1, 2016.

On July 25, 2016, Turkish daily Yeni Şafak wrote that Campbell was "behind the failed coup" that started on July 15. [14] Campbell dismissed the allegation, stating that he had not traveled outside the United States since returning home from Afghanistan. [15] He also stated that on the day of the coup, he and journalist Geraldo Rivera had met to socialize over drinks, a claim Rivera corroborated. [16]

Dates of rank

Promotions
RankDate
Army-USA-OF-09.svg General 8 March 2013 [12]
US Army O8 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major General 7 November 2008 [17]
US Army O7 shoulderboard rotated.svg Brigadier General 1 October 2005 [17]
US Army O6 shoulderboard rotated.svg Colonel 1 June 2000 [17]
US Army O5 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant Colonel 1 April 1995 [17]
US Army O4 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major 1 October 1990 [17]
US Army O3 shoulderboard rotated.svg Captain 1 June 1983 [17]
US Army O2 shoulderboard rotated.svg First Lieutenant 21 February 1981 [17]
US Army O1 shoulderboard rotated.svg Second Lieutenant 6 June 1979 [17]

Awards and decorations

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder.gif Pathfinder Badge
Einzelbild Special Forces (Special Forces Insignia).svg Special Forces Tab
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
Combat service identification badge of the 101st Airborne Division.png 101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
504 PIRDUI.PNG 504th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Honduras Senior.jpg Honduras Senior Parachutist badge
ArmyOSB.svg 9 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Distinguished Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters [17] [18]
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Defense Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Silver oakleaf-3d.svg
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
United States Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg
Army Presidential Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign ribbon.svg Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three service stars
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d-vector.svg
Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg
Humanitarian Service Medal with one service star
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svg Award numeral 5.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
NATO Meritorious Service Medal bar.svg NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO Medal ISAF ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal for Service with ISAF
Noribbon.svg First Grade High State Medal of Storai (Afghanistan)

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Military offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey J. Schloesser
Commander, 101st Airborne Division
July 2009 – August 2011
Succeeded by
James C. McConville
Preceded by
Lloyd Austin
Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army
8 March 2013 – 14 August 2014
Succeeded by
Daniel B. Allyn
Preceded by
Joseph F. Dunford, Jr.
Commander, ISAF and US Forces Afghanistan
26 August 2014 – 28 December 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Commander, Resolute Support Mission and US Forces Afghanistan
28 December 2014 – 2 March 2016
Succeeded by
John W. Nicholson Jr.