Col Mark Campbell

Senior Military Fellow, CASL

Col Mark Campbell graduated from Fordham University and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May of 1995.  He was assigned as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) Officer with 3rd AAV Battalion in 29 Palms California.  He served as a Platoon Commander, Executive Officer, and Company Commander for Company D 3rd AAV Bn from 1995 to 1999.  He completed two Unit Deployment Program (UDP) assignments to Okinawa Japan.

In 2001 Capt Campbell was assigned to First Marine Expeditionary Force (IMEF) as an Intelligence Officer in the role as an individual augment after two years in the inactive reserve.  He served as a target intelligence officer for the G-2 and as an intelligence trainer for the Marine Expeditionary Unit Certification Program in the IMEF G-7.  He played a key role in training and certifying three Marine Expeditionary Units (MEUs)

Captain Campbell served as the Adjutant for Headquarters Battalion 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion from August 2002 to November 2003.  During that time he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from April to September 2003.  He was assigned as a provisional rifle platoon commander and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

From 2003 until 2004 Captain Campbell was assigned as a Platoon Commander in Company A 4th LAR Battalion.  He qualified Four of Four Light Armored Vehicles up to table 12 gunnery with the 25MM chain gun on the LAV 25.

Captain Campbell attended Pepperdine University from 2002-2005 and graduated with a Masters in International Business.  From 2004 to 2005 he took part in the international portion of his study in Costa Rica where he completed a consulting project throughout Central America in addition to his course work.

In January of 2006 Major Campbell was assigned as the Company Commander for Company C 4th LAR Battalion.  He led the company in their participation in RIM Pac 06.  Major Campbell deployed Company C in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2007 to May 2008.  His company was assigned to Task Force Military Police and led them in the execution of over 150 convoy security missions.  He was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

In September 2008 to May 2010, Major Campbell attended Marine Corps Command and Staff career level seminar course.

Major Campbell was a member of the Marine Forces Pacific Individual Mobile Augments (IMA) detachment from May 2010 until September 2010.  He served as the senior watch officer for MARFORPAC during the execution of Exercise Terminal Fury 2010.

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell was assigned as the Force Deployment Officer for Marine Corps Forces Central Command in September 2010.  He has planned and managed the deployment and redeployment of over 100,000 Marines and Sailors into the CENTCOM AOR as well as the deployment of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit into Helmand Province and the deployment a Marine Corps MAG and multiple F-18 squadrons to Bahrain. 

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell served as the Battalion Commander for 4th Amphibious Assault Battalion in Tampa Fl from November 2013 until November 2015. During that time, he grew the battalion from three companies to five making it the largest AAV Battalion in the Marine Corps. 

Upon successful completion of battalion command LtCol Campbell served at USSOCOM in the Joint Collective training division of the J-7. He served as an exercise lead and was promoted to Branch Chief. He was in charge of all certification exercises for all SOF Headquarters deploying in support of combat operations. He completed this assignment in August of 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell then deployed to Afghanistan from August 2017 until March 2018 in support of Operation Resolute Support. He served as the Officer in charge of MARCENT Coordination Element Afghanistan where he provided support to all Marines in Afghanistan.

Colonel Campbell served as the Current Operations Officer for the IIIMEF Individual Mobile Augment Detachment in Okinawa Japan. He ran the Combat Operations Center for 2 MEFEX Exercises and Keen Edge 2020 bilateral exercise with the US and Japan.

Colonel Campbell currently serves as the Amphibious Operations Planner for the National Defense University (NDU) Center for Applied Strategic Learning (CASL). He harness his many years of experience and diverse background to build and execute wargames for US and Foreign Senior Officers.