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Joe R. Campa, Jr.
Campa Dec 2007.jpg
Campa in December 2006
Place of birth Lynwood, California, U.S.
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2009
Rank MCPO collar Master Chief Petty Officer
Commands held MCPON collar Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Battles/wars Persian Gulf War
Global War on Terrorism
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4)
Army Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6)
Combat Action Ribbon

Joe R. Campa, Jr. is a retired United States Navy sailor, who served as the 11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy.

Early life and educationEdit

Campa was born in Lynwood, California and grew up in Southern California. Campa is a distinguished honor graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in May 2003 and completed the Command Sergeants Major course. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College. In March 2006 he graduated from the Naval War College with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

CareerEdit

Campa enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 2 June 1980. He completed Recruit Training and Hospital Corpsman "A" School in San Diego, California.

His duty assignments include USS Ogden (LPD-5), San Diego; Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California; Seventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton; Naval Hospital, Long Beach, California; Third Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington; First Force Service Support Group during the Persian Gulf War; USS Comstock (LSD-45) San Diego, California; and Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Campa was selected to the Command Master Chief (CMDCM) program in May 1999. He reported to USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) in Yokosuka, Japan as Command Master Chief in November 1999 and served until June 2002.

During his tour as CMDCM, the ship deployed to the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From June 2003 to February 2005, Campa served as the Command Master Chief for USS Frank Cable (AS-40), homeported in Guam. Prior to being selected to be MCPON he was the Command Master Chief at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was sworn in as MCPON 11 in July 2006.

RetirementEdit

On 7 November 2008, Campa announced his plans to step down as MCPON on 12 December 2008 and to retire on 1 April 2009. On 5 December 2008, Fleet Master Chief Rick D. West was announced as 12th MCPON. Campa received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal during his retirement ceremony.

Awards and decorationsEdit

Medals and ribbonsEdit

Navy Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Gold star
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
Gold star
Gold star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards)
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Silver star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards)
Combat Action Ribbon.svg Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Battle-e-ribbon 3rd award.png Navy "E" Ribbon w/ 3 Battle E devices
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Good Conduct ribbon.svg
Navy Good Conduct Medal (8 awards)
Fleet Marine Force Ribbon.svg Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal (2 awards)
AFEMRib.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze eagle atop globe covering anchor
Bronze star
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service ribbon.svg
Southwest Asia Service Medal with FMF (2 campaign stars)
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 star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.svg
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5 awards)
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.svg
Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards)
Us sa-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal from Saudi Arabia
Us kw-kwlib rib.png Kuwait Liberation Medal from Kuwait
USN Expert Rifle Ribbon.png Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Military offices
Preceded by
Terry D. Scott
11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
10 July 2006 – 12 December 2008
Succeeded by
Rick West

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