Assistant Chief of Staff Support
Brigadier General Colm Campbell
Brigadier General Colm Campbell joined the Defence Forces as a Cadet in April 1973. His recent appointments in Ireland include Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of Staff, Commandant of the Cadet School and most recently as Director of Strategic Planning for the Defence Forces. He was promoted to Brigadier General in March 2012 and appointed as Assistant Chief of Staff (Support).
Brigadier General Campbell had three tours of duty to Lebanon serving with United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (1980/81, 86, and 90). In 1992 he returned again for 21 months to the Middle East as an Observer with United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Golan Heights and in Jerusalem. He returned overseas in March 1996 and was posted by the European Union Monitoring Mission as Head of its North West region in Bosnia, based in Banja Luka until January 1997. He served overseas in the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2004. His latest overseas appointment was from September 07 to August 08 where he was posted as the Chief of Operational Planning with the Nordic Battle Group.
Brigadier General Campbell graduated from the Cadet School in 1974. He undertook the Defence Forces Command and Staff Course in 1994/95 where he graduated with distinction. He also undertook the US Army Command and General Staff Course in Fort Leavenworth Kansas in 1998/99. He completed the Defence Forces’ Strategic Leadership Course in 2009.
He was born in Cork City where the majority of his family still reside. He is married to Claire, has 2 daughters, and lives in Dublin. His interests include foreign travel, history and sports.
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