John F. Campbell (general)

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John Francis Campbell
Campbell in 2015, as the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces – Afghanistan.
Born (1957-04-11) April 11, 1957 (age 65)
Loring Air Force Base, Maine, United States
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1979–2016 (43 years)
Rank Army-USA-OF-09.svg General
Commands held

General John Francis Campbell (born April 11, 1957) is a retired United States Army general who was the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces—Afghanistan, a post he assumed on August 26, 2014.[1] He was the 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.

Early life and education

The son of a U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant, Campbell was born at Loring Air Force Base[2] in Maine in 1957[3] 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 program.[4][5][6] 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.


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.

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

Campbell as Vice Chief of Staff of the Army in 2013

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.[7] 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.[8] 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).[9]

Campbell was promoted to General and sworn in as the Army Vice Chief of Staff on 8 March 2013.[10]

On July 23, 2014 Campbell was confirmed by the United States Senate to succeed General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. as commander International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces—Afghanistan.[11] Campbell was succeeded by General John W. Nicholson, Jr. on March 2, 2016, and retired on May 1, 2016.

Dates of rank

Rank Date
Army-USA-OF-09.svg General 8 March 2013[10]
Army-USA-OF-08.svg Lieutenant General 6 September 2011[12]
US Army O8 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major General 7 November 2008[12]
US Army O7 shoulderboard rotated.svg Brigadier General 1 October 2005[12]
US Army O6 shoulderboard rotated.svg Colonel 1 June 2000[12]
US Army O5 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant Colonel 1 April 1995[12]
US Army O4 shoulderboard rotated.svg Major 1 October 1990[12]
US Army O3 shoulderboard rotated.svg Captain 1 June 1983[12]
US Army O2 shoulderboard rotated.svg First Lieutenant 21 February 1981[12]
US Army O1 shoulderboard rotated.svg Second Lieutenant 6 June 1979[12]

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
75px 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
101st Airborne Division CSIB.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.jpg 9 Overseas Service Bars
Defense Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster[12][13]
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with silver oak leaf cluster
Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Presidential Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three service stars
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with two service stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Bronze star
Humanitarian Service Medal with one service star
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 5.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
NATO Medal for Service with ISAF
First Grade High State Medal of Storai (Afghanistan)

See also


  1. "Gen. Campbell assumes ISAF command from Gen. Dunford". August 26, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Nominations Before The Senate Armed Services Committee, Second Session, 113th Congress" (PDF). U.S. Government Publishing Office. 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Association of Graduates U.S.M.A.; United States Military Academy. West Point Alumni Foundation (1989). Register of Graduates and Former Cadets, United States Military Academy. Retrieved June 25, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Jet Trails magazine, First NOESA Presented in the Middle Tennessee Council, October/November/December 2011, page 5
  5. Welcome Home: Serving the Community of San Antonio, Army Encourages Local JROTC, retrieved June 12, 2014.
  6. Ian Thompson, Fairfield Daily Republic, Fairfield High Grad to get High Pentagon Post, December 4, 2012
  7. David B. Snow (17 August 2011). "Campbell bids farewell as 101st post commander". The Eagle Post. Retrieved March 15, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Major General John F. Campbell, 101st Airborne Division Commander to return to Fort Campbell May 20th". Clarksville Online. 18 May 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. " News Release: General Officer Announcement". U.S. Department of Defense. January 15, 2012. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2013. Unknown parameter |dead-url= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 10.0 10.1 J.D. Leipold (March 11, 2013). "Campbell takes oath as Army's vice chief of staff". Retrieved March 15, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Army Vice Chief Campbell Confirmed for ISAF Post; Votel Goes to SOCOM". DefenseNews. July 24, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 "National Defence University Bios" (pdf). Retrieved February 13, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Gen. John F. Campbell biography". Retrieved March 15, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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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.