President Barack Obama has nominated Gen John Campbell as his next commander of NATO and American troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Campbell will replace Gen. Joseph Dunford as commander of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan. Campbell currently is the vice-chief of army staff.
The son of a USAir Force senior master sergeant, Campbell grew up on military bases around the world before attending the United States Military Academy at West Point.
He graduated in 1979 with a commission in the Infantry. During his 35 years of service, he has commanded units at every echelon from platoon to division, with duty in Germany, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan and the US.
After his first assignment with the US Army Europe, Campbell was assigned to Fort Bragg, where he commanded a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha in the 5th Special Forces Group and an Infantry company in the 82nd Airborne Division.
He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from West Point and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.