John F. Campbell

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John F. Campbell is a major general in the United States Army, who commands the 101st Airborne Division. His prior assignment was as Deputy Director, Regional Operations, J-3, on the Joint Staff (U.S.). During the Surge campaign in the Iraq War, he was the primary U.S. operational commander in Baghdad, as Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), 1st Cavalry Division/and Deputy Commanding General (Maneuver), Multi-National Division-Baghdad.

During the Surge and in the subsequent Operation Blue Shield, which brought volunteers into Iraqi Security Forces, he gave no press conferences, but strongly supported LTG Abboud Qanbar, the Iraqi Army security commander for Baghdad. Campbell positioned himself as Qanbar's deputy, and worked behind the scenes to encourage Iraqi commanders to act more quickly. His view, according to Linda Robinson, was if Abboud cold succeed, the U.S. military could go home. [1]

He commanded 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division in the Afghanistan War (2001-), and then was executive officer to the Chief of Staff of the Army. Earlier, he commanded a United States Army Special Forces Operational Detachment A and served on Special Forces staff.

MG Campbell is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, holds a MPA in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.


  1. Linda Robinson (2007), Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the Search for a Way out of Iraq, Public Affairs, ISBN 9781586485283,pp. 255-257