General John F. Campbell retired from the US Army on 1 May 2016 after 37 years of active duty service. He was most recently the Commander of US and NATO Forces in Afghanistan from August 2014 to March of 2016. He also served as the 34th Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, the second highest ranking officer in the 1.1 million US Army. General Campbell has commanded at all levels of the Army, from a company of paratroopers, a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, a light infantry battalion, and a brigade of paratroopers in the 82d Airborne Division to the Commanding General of the famed 101st Airborne Division.
General Campbell has deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan and has over 54 months of serving in combat. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, master’s degrees in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and an honorary MS in National Security Strategy from the Army War College. During his military service, General Campbell earned several individual, campaign, and foreign decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service medal, three Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs. In 2018 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Hall of Fame. In 2022, he was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award by the Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Doughboy Award from the National Infantry Association. He serves on several public and private corporate boards, most focused in the aerospace and defense industry. His passion continues to be serving our men and women in uniform. He serves on several non-profit veteran boards. He is the Chairman of Army Emergency Relief (AER), Chairman of NS2 Serves (Boots to Suits), a board member for Homes For Our Troops, and serves in an advisory role on several other veteran organizations.