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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 careerEdit

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 assignmentsEdit

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 rankEdit

Rank Date
US-O10 insignia General8 March 2013[5]
US-O9 insignia Lieutenant General6 September 2011[6]
US-O8 insignia Major General7 November 2008[6]
US-O7 insignia Brigadier General1 October 2005[6]
US-O6 insignia Colonel1 June 2000[6]
US-O5 insignia Lieutenant Colonel1 April 1995[6]
US-O4 insignia Major1 October 1990[6]
US-O3 insignia Captain1 June 1983[6]
US-O2 insignia First Lieutenant21 February 1981[6]
US-O1 insignia Second Lieutenant6 June 1979[6]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Combat Infantry Badge Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge Expert Infantryman Badge
Combat Action Badge Combat Action Badge
US Army Airborne master parachutist badge Master Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder Pathfinder Badge
SpecialForcesTabMetal Special Forces Tab
RangerTab TIoH Ranger tab
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
GeneralStaffID Army Staff Identification Badge
101AirborneDivCSIB 101st Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
504 PIRDUI 504th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Honduras Senior Honduras Senior Parachutist badge
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg
Legion of Merit with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Bronze Star ribbon.svg
Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d
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
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg
Meritorious Unit Commendation with oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
AFEMRib.svg Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign ribbon.svg
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign 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 star
Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg
Humanitarian Service Medal with one service star
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon.svgRibbon numeral 5 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

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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