Major General John F. Campbell graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1979, branched Infantry and began his career as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Anti-tank Platoon Leader with the 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Following attendance at the Infantry Officers Advance Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course, MG Campbell served as a Battalion Adjutant and Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) Commander in 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft Bragg, North Carolina followed by assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division as commander of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th PIR and as the Division G-3 Air Officer.
Following Ft Bragg MG Campbell was the Assistant Professor of Military Science and then the Professor of Military Science at the University of California-Davis.
After attendance at Command and General Staff College, MG Campbell was assigned to Ft Bragg and the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as the Division G-3 Training Officer, Brigade Operations Officer for the 2nd Brigade, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and as the Aide-De-Camp for the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander (deployed during OPERATION Uphold Democracy).
MG Campbell commanded the 2nd Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division at Schoefield Barracks, Hawaii followed by attendance at the Army War College at Carlisle, PA. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Joint Staff working in J-33, Joint Operations Division-CENTCOM.
MG Campbell commanded the 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 MG Campbell was assigned to the Army Staff and served as the Executive Officer to the 35th Chief of Staff, Army.
After promotion to general officer he was assigned to Ft Hood, TX as the Deputy Commanding General for Maneuver for the 1st Cavalry Division and deployed to Iraq in support of OPERATION Iraqi Freedom as the DCG-M for Multinational Division-Baghdad for both the 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division. MG Campbell’s last assignment was as the Deputy Director for Regional Operations, J33, The Joint Staff.
MG Campbell’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2OLC), Bronze Star (1OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), the Meritorious Service Medal (6OLC), the Air Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal (1OLC), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal. He is authorized to wear the Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, Joint Staff Badge, the Army Staff Badge, and the Pathfinder Badge.
Major General Campbell is married and has two children.