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15th Marine Expeditionary Unit

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Camp Pendleton, CA
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Col. S.D. Campbell 2011-2013
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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 Military History and subsequently attended The Basic School and Infantry Officer School in Quantico, Va., from 1987-1988.

Second Lt. Campbell first served with 3rd Light Armored Vehicle Battalion, 29 Palms, Calif., 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, Capt. Campbell was reassigned to Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, 5th Platoon in Norfolk, Va., from 1992 to 1994, where he deployed to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope.

From 1994 to 1995, Capt. 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 Co., 4th Reconnaissance Bn., Anchorage, Alaska from 1996 to 1999.

Major Campbell was then assigned as the executive officer, 2nd Reconnaissance Bn., Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1999 to 2000. He was reassigned as the commanding officer, 2nd Force Reconnaissance Co., from 2000 to 2001. After completing his assignment, he was assigned as executive officer, 2nd Bn., 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, from 2001 to 2002 and deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), with the additional duty as Maritime Special Purpose Force Commander. Major Campbell was then assigned to command the 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, Va., as the Marine liaison officer from 2003 to 2004, where he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lieutenant Co. Campbell was selected to command 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Camp Lejeune,  and deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, he was assigned to 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, Col. 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, he assumed his present duties as the commanding officer of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Colonel Campbell’s personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device, 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.

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