Army Gen. John Campbell has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday.
Campbell has been serving as the Army’s vice chief of staff since March 8, 2013 and held the position of deputy chief of staff for G-3/5/7 operations prior to being appointed to his current role.
He commanded and deployed the 101st Airborne Division during the Operation Enduring Freedom mission in Afghanistan and has also led other U.S. military units in Germany, Haiti and Iraq.
The 35-year military veteran did two stints at Fort Bragg, N.C., serving as commander of a 5th Special Forces Group operational unit and as aide-de-camp to the XVIII Airborne Corps commanding general.
His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, six Meritorious Service Medals, the Special Forces Tab and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University.