Captain (RET) James A. Campbell

United States Navy

Class of 1972

Distinguished Military Professor for

Character Development

United States Naval Academy


   Captain Campbell, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a 1973 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He attended Nuclear Power School in Bainbridge, Maryland, nuclear prototype training at the S3G prototype in Ballston Spa, New York, and Naval Submarine School in New London, Connecticut. He additionally holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from Old Dominion University.


    His first tour of duty in submarines was on the USS CAVALLA (SSN 684) in New London, Connecticut, from January 1975 to March 1977.  He returned to the S3G prototype as Shift Engineer and Staff Training Officer from March 1977 to May 1979.  He then reported to the Submarine NR-1 in New London, Connecticut as Executive Officer, Navigator and Supply Officer, completing his tour in December 1981.


    He completed the Submarine Officers Advanced Course in June 1982, earning the David Lloyd Award for leadership. Captain Campbell then reported to the USS MEMPHIS (SSN 691) in Norfolk, Virginia, for a tour as Navigator and Operations Officer, completing major deployments to the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic.  From April 1984 to June 1986, he served as the Force Radiological Controls Officer on the staff of the Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.  During the period October 1986 to August 1989, as the Executive Officer of the USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) (GOLD) in Bangor, Washington, he completed five strategic patrols and a Follow-on Operational Test of the Trident I missile.


    Captain Campbell commanded the USS GREENLING (SSN 614) from May 1990 to November 1992.  During his tou