Commander Michael Campbell
Commander Mike Campbell received his commission from the Coast Guard Academy in 1994. His first assignment was as an Engineer and Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC NORTHLAND out of Portsmouth, Virginia. Following this afloat tour, he was assigned as a Port Engineer at Naval Engineering Support Unit (NESU), New Orleans before reporting to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his wings in May 1998.
Commander Campbell reported as part of the “Plank Owner” crew for the newly established Group-Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey where he qualified as an HH-65A/B Aircraft Commander. During this tour, he was designated as a Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineer and was selected to become the first Aeronautical Engineer Officer of the newly established Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Ten (HITRON-10).
In late 2001, he reported to Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida as the Aeronautical Engineer Officer and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for the unit’s eight leased Agusta 109E helicopters (designated as the Coast Guard MH-68A “Stingray”). Commander Campbell was again part of the “Plank Owner” crew as the new unit was commissioned as HITRON Jacksonville. He qualified as a Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot performing the unit’s unique Airborne Use of Force (AUF) counter narcotics mission from Coast Guard Cutters deployed in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific.
In 2005, Commander Campbell was selected for Aeronautical Engineering graduate school and graduated in 2006. Upon graduation he was assigned as the Deputy Project Manager, and later fleeted up to Project Manager for the H-65 Conversion / Sustainment major acquisition project. He managed the $1.15B program to modernize the Coast Guard’s fleet of 102 H-65 helicopters until July 2011 when he was assigned to Air Station / Sector Field Office (SFO) Port Angeles as the Executive Officer.
Commander Campbell has a Bachelors of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He holds DHS Level III Acquisition certifications in both Program Management and Systems Engineering.
Commander Campbell’s personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Commendation Medals, four Achievement Medals, and two Commandant’s letters of Commendation.