Campbell takes oath as Army’s new vice chief of staff

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (left) and Ann Campbell (right) place four-star shoulder boards on Gen. John Campbell, who afterward was sworn in as the 34th Army vice chief of staff in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon, March 8.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno (left) and Ann Campbell (right) place four-star shoulder boards on Gen. John Campbell, who afterward was sworn in as the 34th Army vice chief of staff in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon, March 8.

Story and photo by
J.D. Leipold
Army News Service

WASHINGTON — Gen. John Campbell was sworn in as the Army’s 34th vice chief of staff by Secretary of the Army John McHugh in a change of responsibility ceremony at the Pentagon, here, March 8.

Gen. John Campbell (right) places his hand on the Bible, held by wife Ann, as he is sworn in as the Army's 34th vice chief of staff by Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

Gen. John Campbell (right) places his hand on the Bible, held by wife Ann, as he is sworn in as the Army’s 34th vice chief of staff by Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

Just prior to Campbell’s swearing in, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno and Campbell’s wife, Ann, replaced his three-star shoulder boards with those of full general.

Campbell was nominated by President Barack Obama in February and confirmed by Congress, March 5, to succeed Gen. Lloyd Austin III.

Most recently, Campbell served as deputy chief of staff, and before that as commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

After the change of responsibility, Odierno told the audience that as the Army continues to move forward through trying times, selecting the right leaders becomes more and more important.

“John Campbell is one of those leaders I want by my side as we navigate these very difficult times,” Odierno said. “He will be the one who helps me and the secretary as we reshape the Army of the future.”

Secretary of the Army John McHugh (left) presents Gen. Lloyd Austin III with his personal flag at a Pentagon farewell ceremony March 8. Austin was selected to head up U.S. Central Command.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh (left) presents Gen. Lloyd Austin III with his personal flag at a Pentagon farewell ceremony March 8. Austin was selected to head up U.S. Central Command.

After presenting his wife with flowers, Campbell took center stage, pledging, “to do everything I can with the tools I have to support our great Army. I look forward to the challenges ahead,” he said.

The secretary also commended Austin for his service.

“He has always brought to the Pentagon his tremendous experience and his great expertise,” Odierno said. “His leadership and oversight has simply been invaluable in virtually everything we do, everything we stand against and every challenge we face.

“From manning to training to equipping, there’s no area that the vice has not been engaged in and tried to make a difference and has,” Odierno said.

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