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John Francis Campbell
Campbell, 34th VCS U. S. Army
Born 1957 (age 64–65)
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1979–present (43 years)
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held
  • War in Afghanistan
  • Iraq War
  • Awards
  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit (3)
  • Bronze Star (3)
  • General John F. Campbell is a United States Army general who currently serves as the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. Prior to his current assignment, Campbell was the Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 of the United States Army. Campbell also served as Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division from 2009 to 2011.

    Military career

    Campbell graduated from the United States Military Academy in 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 Officers Advance 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 G-3 Air Officer.

    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 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).

    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 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 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, J33, The Joint Staff.

    In 2009, Campbell was named Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.[1] 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.[2] 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, G-3/5/7.[3]

    Campbell was promoted to General and sworn in as the Army Vice-Chief of Staff on 8 March 2013.[4]

    Dates of rank

    Rank Date
    US-O10 insignia.svg General 8 March 2013[5]
    US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General 6 September 2011[6]
    US-O8 insignia.svg Major General 7 November 2008[6]
    US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General 1 October 2005[6]
    US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel 1 June 2000[6]
    US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel 1 April 1995[6]
    US-O4 insignia.svg Major 1 October 1990[6]
    US-O3 insignia.svg Captain 1 June 1983[6]
    US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant 21 February 1981[6]
    US-OF1B.svg Second Lieutenant 6 June 1979[6]

    Awards and decorations

    Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
    Expert Infantry Badge.svg Expert Infantryman Badge
    Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
    US Army Airborne master parachutist badge.gif Master Parachutist Badge
    Pathfinder.gif Pathfinder Badge
    SpecialForcesTabMetal.jpg Special Forces Tab
    RangerTab TIoH.gif Ranger tab
    Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
    GeneralStaffID.gif Army Staff Identification Badge
    101AirborneDivCSIB.jpg 101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
    504 PIRDUI.PNG 504th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
    Honduras Senior.jpg Honduras Senior Parachutist badge
    Distinguished Service Medal
    Defense Superior Service Medal
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
    Bronze oak leaf cluster
    Meritorious Service Medal with 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 star
    Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star
    Bronze star
    Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star
    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
    Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    Bronze star
    Humanitarian Service Medal with one service star
    Army Service Ribbon
    Ribbon numeral 5.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 5
    NATO Meritorious Service Medal
    NATO Medal for Service with ISAF

    General Campbell has received six Overseas Service Bars.[6][7]


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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 – present
    Succeeded by

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