Jane Campbell, USN
Public Affairs & Outreach,
U.S. Fleet Forces Command
|Captain Jane E. Campbell is a United States Navy Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and is currently assigned as the Director of Public Affairs for United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. Prior to her current assignment, she served as Director of Press Operations on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, leading the largest team of U.S. military public affairs officers in the Defense Department. |
Captain Campbell has had an extensive career in the Navy. She was commissioned an Ensign at Officers' Candidate School in Newport, RI in April 1990. Following back-to-back tours on Norfolk-based ships as a Surface Warfare Officer, she became a PAO and reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in September 1994. One month later, the nuclear powered aircraft carrier began a six-month deployment - the U.S. Navy's first deployment with women assigned to combatant vessels. When IKE went into an extended overhaul in 1995, Captain Campbell transitioned to the battle group staff – working there until January 1997.
She followed up three consecutive sea duty assignments with a tour in Miami at U.S. Southern Command from 1997-2000. During a nearly four-year tenure at SOUTHCOM she served in three distinctly different billets: Relocation Team PAO, Plans and Operations Officer on the Public Affairs staff, and Director of Protocol.
While stationed in Hawaii from 2000-2003 she was responsible for coordinating a number of high-visibility projects, including ceremonial events held in conjunction with the 60th anniversaries of Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.
Following her tour in Pearl Harbor, she reported for duty at the Pentagon with an assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Press Operations Office. She was subsequently selected for a 1-year assignment to the National Security Council at the White House. During her tenure at the NSC, she served as the Director for Communications Planning. She left Washington, D.C. in late 2006 for a tour on the staff of the Commander, Naval Surface Force in Coronado, CA.
From 2008-2009 she served in Bahrain as the PAO for Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet / Naval Forces Central Command. Her staff supported a number of high visibility events during that tour, not the least of which were counter piracy operations. This included the U.S. Navy’s rescue of Captain Phillips – from pirates who had captured the Maersk-Alabama. Captain Campbell subsequently volunteered for a tour in Afghanistan. She helped establish the new 3-star NATO command headquarters staff in Kabul, serving as the Chief PAO for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC). Her multinational public affairs team was responsible for around-the-clock operations, handling all operational and tactical level media queries for NATO forces in Afghanistan.
Captain Campbell is a 1987 graduate of Davidson College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She also graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C. in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy.
Captain Campbell's decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (3 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and a variety of unit awards and commendations. She is authorized to wear the Presidential Service and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badges.