For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531
AUGUSTA – Today, the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs approved Governor LePage’s nominee, Colonel James Campbell to serve as Maine’s Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management (DVEM). In a vote of 12-0, the committee unanimously recommended Col. Campbell’s nomination to the Maine Senate. Colonel Campbell will now appear before the Maine Senate for a confirmation hearing and vote on Thursday, September 6, 2012. If confirmed, he will serve as both head of the Maine National Guard and DVEM.
“I congratulate Colonel Campbell in his progress through the confirmation process. As acting Adjutant General, his is already proving himself a capable and diligent leader. I wish him luck in his senate confirmation hearing,” said Governor LePage.
In his testimony, Colonel Campbell discussed his military and educational history, as well as the changing demographics of the Maine National Guard. “The roles and functions of the National Guard have evolved tremendously over the past 20 years, and even more rapidly during the past ten years,” said Col. Campbell. “We need to ensure that our staffs and units are attuned to these coming changes, and are looking not only ‘down and in’ to manage our people, systems and equipment, but also ‘up and out’ to ensure that our organization is tied to the larger Joint Force.”
Colonel 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.
Colonel Campbell has received numerous honors and decorations for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Bronze Service Star), Ranger Tab, and the Combat Infantryman's badge.