Maine Adjutant General James Campbell Promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General

September 7, 2012

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 07, 2012
Contact: Evan Beal (207) 287-5086

AUGUSTA – Today, Governor Paul LePage participated in the pinning ceremony for the promotion of Colonel James D. Campbell to Brigadier General. Confirmed by the Senate yesterday, General Campbell was also sworn in as both Adjutant General (head of the Maine National Guard) as well as the Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM).

“I would like to congratulate General Campbell on his promotion as well as his successful confirmation by the Maine Senate,” said Governor LePage. “Although he is one of the newest members to the administration, he is already providing the initiative and guidance needed to lead Maine’s men and women of our National Guard. I expect great things to come.”

The ceremony, which was held in the Hall of Flags at the State House, was attended by members of the Maine National Guard, representatives of Maine’s federal delegation, and state officials. Governor LePage had the honor of pinning Maine’s newest Brigadier General.

“I am deeply pleased and honored to have been chosen to serve as Maine's 40th Adjutant General. I am looking forward to working with our team to build on the historic strengths of the Department and face the challenges posed to us during this critical time of war, change and transition,” said General Campbell. “With these challenges come opportunities for us to continue modernizing our military forces and ensure that they remain ready and relevant, and for us to ensure that our veteran's programs are focused on greater outreach and awareness of the changing needs of the men and women who have so honorably served our state and nation.”

General Campbell joined the Maine Army National Guard in 1995, following 9 years of active duty service. He has held a number of positions in the Maine National Guard, including being the Assistant Professor of Military Science, University of Maine Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion, Commander of the 11th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) in Waterville, and Brigade Executive Officer of the 52nd Troop Command in Bangor. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Operational Plans at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL.

He holds a B.A. in History from Colby College and both an M.A. in European History and Ph.D in British History from the University of Maine.

“I am grateful for the chance to serve the citizens of Maine in this important role, and am confident that the Soldiers, Airmen and civilians of the Department are more than prepared to continue our traditions of excellence,” said General Campbell.

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