Colonel Campbell was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Course Program at the University of Oklahoma in 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History and subsequently attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Virginia, from 1987-1988. Colonel Campbell served with 3rd Light Armored Vehicle Battalion, 29 Palms, California, as a platoon commander, Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided Missile Platoon Commander and Company Commander from 1988 to 1991 and completed two unit deployments to Okinawa. He was reassigned as executive officer and guard officer for Marine Corps Security Force Company, Bermuda in 1991. Upon closure of that unit, Colonel Campbell was reassigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, 5th Platoon in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1992 to 1994, where he deployed to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope. From 1994 to 1995, Colonel Campbell was assigned to USMC Technical Assistance Field Team in Saudi Arabia as the Schools and Naval Special Forces advisor.
He then attended Amphibious Warfare School in Quantico from 1995 to 1996. Upon graduation, he was assigned as the Inspector Instructor, Echo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, Anchorage, Alaska from 1996 to 1999. Colonel Campbell was then assigned as the Executive Officer, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 1999 to 2000. He was reassigned as the Commanding Officer, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, from 2000 to 2001. Colonel Campbell then assumed the duties as executive officer, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, from 2001 to 2002 and deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), assuming the additional duty as Maritime Special Purpose Force Commander. Colonel Campbell was then assigned command of Joint Task Force, Georgia Train and Equip Program in the Republic of Georgia from 2002 to 2003. He was then reassigned to a regional support office, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as the Marine Liaison Officer from 2003 to 2004 and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Colonel Campbell was selected to command 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Camp Lejeune, and, between 2004 and 2006, deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2006, he attended the Naval War College as a student, graduating in November 2007 with a master’s degree in International and Strategic Studies. From 2008 to 2010, Colonel Campbell was assigned to US Africa Command, Operations and Logistics Directorate, Stuttgart, Germany, as the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Division chief while concurrently serving as the Counter Terrorism Branch chief. In March 2011 through June 2013, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Pendleton, California and completed an eight-month deployment to Pacific and Persian Gulf. In July of 2013, Col Campbell was assigned as the senior Marine military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan, New York. From July of 2014 to February 2015, he was the Chief of Staff Education Command. Colonel Campbell assumed his current billet as Commanding Officer, Wounded Warrior Regiment, in February 2015.
Colonel Campbell’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device (V), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (third award), Joint Commendation Medal (second award), Navy Commendation Medal (fourth award), Navy Achievement Medal (second award) and the Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star in lieu of second award. He is also a qualified combatant diver and military free-fall parachutist. He is married to the former Ms. Marah Ellen Walsh from Cleveland, Ohio and they have two daughters, Aubrey age 18 and Tegan age 15.