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Having graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in history, CAPT Garrett I. Campbell, of Virginia Beach, VA, reported to VAW-120 for training as an E-2C Naval Flight Officer and received his “Wings of Gold” in August 1997. Captain Campbell’s initial fleet assignment was with the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 at NAS Norfolk.
While assigned to VAW-121, CAPT Campbell deployed on board USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and JOINT FORGE, and, participated in two Counter Narcotics Detachments in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-East (JIATF-E).
In November 2000, CAPT Campbell returned to VAW-120 as an instructor. During his tour with the “Greyhawks” he served as the Avionics Division Officer, the APS-145 RADAR Instructor, and the NFO Training Officer. He finished his tour with the FRS by being selected FRS NFO Instructor of the year in 2002.
Following his FRS tour, he reported to Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7), where he served as the Air Warfare Officer and Training & Readiness Officer. In January 2004, he deployed aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF).
His next assignment was to the United States Naval War College, Newport RI, where he completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase 1 and graduated with distinction with a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Captain Campbell returned to Norfolk and reported to the Bear Aces of VAW-124 in July 2006 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). While assigned to VAW-124, CAPT Campbell served as the Safety Officer and Operations Officer.
Following his Department head tour, he reported to Special Operations Command, Joint Forces Command (SOCJFCOM) where he served as the Liaison Officer (LNO) to Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), Korea (SOCKOR), and Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P, as well as in support of USPACOM training efforts with the governments of Cambodia and Bangladesh.
Returning to VAW-124 for as Executive Officer, CAPT Campbell deployed with the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN-77) in support of Operations OIF/NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM before assuming command of the Battle “E” winning Bear Aces in May 2012. Upon successful completion of his command at sea tour, CAPT reported to the Chief of Naval Personnel/OPNAV N1 as the Deputy Executive Assistant.
CAPT Campbell applied for and was selected for the Federal Executive Fellow Program at the Brookings Institution. Completing his Fellowship in the spring of 2016, CAPT Campbell is currently assigned as the Navy Representative to the Defense Business Board.
CAPT Campbell has accumulated over 2300 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (second Strike/Flight award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (third award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), as well as, other individual and unit awards.