DP1(SW) James B. Campbell is a native of the Indianapolis, Indiana.
He joined the Navy in August 1985 and attended Boot Camp from August 1985 to October 1985 at Recruit Training Command in San Diego, CA.
He then attended Data Processing A School at Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA from October 1985 to November 1985 where he graduated second in the class of 24.
His first duty station was onboard the USS Nassau (LHA-4) in Norfolk, VA where he worked as a (COBOL) computer programmer from December 1985 to January 1989. He was promoted to Third Class Petty Officer and to Second Class Petty Officer, earned his first Sea Service Ribbon, the Navy E ribbon and was awarded the Order of the Blue Nose for crossing the Arctic Circle at 66.5625° N, 009° E.
January 1989 was when DP2 Campbell was sent to the United States Transportation Command (USTC), Scott AFB, IL from January 1989 to April 1993 where he served as a Joint Operations Planning & Execution System (JOPES) systems analyst. He was promoted to First Class Petty Officer; he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Joint Service Achievement Medals, four Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Awards and the National Defense Medal for Operation Desert Storm.
While in route to his next command he attended the Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations Center (ASWOC) Data Processing C School in Dam Neck, VA from May 1993 to June 1993.
DP1 Campbell went overseas for his sea duty with the Fleet Maritime Patrol Mobile Operations Control Center (FMP MOCC), Misawa AB, Japan from July 1993 to July 1995 where he earned Sailor of the Quarter and received two Overseas Service Ribbons and the Navy Pistol Marksman Ribbon. While in Japan he had a detached retina and decided to separate from the Navy and join the Navy Reserves.
In 1996 he reenlisted in the active duty Navy under the NAVET program. He had to enlist as a DP2 due to the CREO manning. DP2 Campbell then went on to serve as a Computer Programmer / Enlisted Assignment Information System (EAIS) Detailer Order Writing Analyst at the Bureau of Navy Personnel (BUPERS) in Arlington, Virginia from January 1997 to March 1998. The DP rate merged with the Radioman (RM) rate.
The command transitioned to Millington, TN and became what is known today as the Navy Personnel Command (NPC) from March 1998 to March 2000. He was in charge of testing all EAIS detailer order writing software programs to be Y2K compliant. He was promoted back to First Class Petty Officer and received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
In route to his next command DP1 Campbell attended the Information Systems Administration School at the Fleet Training Center in San Diego, CA from April 2000 to June 2000.
From June 2000 to June 2001 he completed sea duty with the Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three (COMSRON Three) in Guam serving as the Leading Petty Officer where he was again recognized for outstanding support and received his second Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, third Overseas Service Ribbon, second Sea Service Ribbon, ESWS insignia and was awarded the Order of the Shellback for crossing the equator at 0.00° N, 150.21° E. The RM rating was converted to Information Systems Technician (IT) rate.
In route to his next command DP1(SW) Campbell attended the Network Security Vulnerability Technician School at Corry Station in Pensacola, FL from June 2001 to August 2001.
Serving as the ADP Leading Petty Officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station (NCTS), Manama, Bahrain from September 2001 to September 2003, IT1(SW) Campbell continued to excel by ensuring computer systems were mission ready during the height of 9/11. He received his second National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, fourth and fifth Overseas Service Ribbons.
Continuing on DP1(SW) Campbell served with the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific (JICPAC), Pearl Harbor, HI from October 2003 to October 2006. He was handpicked to go to the Communications shop from January 2004 to December 2004. He was then picked to join the SPINTCOMM EKMS team where he worked from January 2005 to October 2006. He was also handpicked to be part of the Pearl Harbor Auxiliary Security Force (ASF) serving as class leader. He received his fifth Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Pistol Sharpshooter ribbon and was awarded the JICPAC Commanders Coin for helping save the life of a fellow worker having a heart attack while leaving the command packing lot.
DP1(SW) Campbell retired on 31 Dec 2006, after serving over 20 years in the United States Navy.