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In a career that often requires changes of scenery and assignments, military officials say Maj. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. has accomplished a lot.
Campbell is leaving Fort Knox after serving there for about six years, two years of which were in command of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The position oversees recruiting for the Army.
During that time, the area saw an increase in recruits with college degrees, an increase in the number of delayed recruits and recruitment results that exceeded Army goals.
Campbell passed on the position to Maj. Gen. David Mann during a change-of-command ceremony Thursday at Fort Knox.
Campbell told about 500 listeners gathered at the ceremony that he has cherished his time at Fort Knox because people there and in surrounding communities made him and his family feel welcome.
He said the accomplishments achieved under his command have come from solid teamwork.
“These accomplishments are representative of a team willing to lay it all on the line for the nation they love,” he said.
Campbell said Mann and his wife, Robyn, are the right people to use teamwork and continue improving the quality of life for military families.
“I ask that you give the Manns everything you’ve given me and Ann,” he said.
Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Accessions Command and Fort Knox, thanked Campbell for his service and all he and his team have accomplished.
He said efforts such as helping military families make smooth transitions after moves and making chaplains more readily available to troops helped boost recruiting by improving the quality of life for soldiers.
“The Army should not recruit itself,” he said. “The nation should be involved in recruiting the Army, and Don Campbell’s vision and drive were exactly what was needed in getting the nation re-engaged.”
Freakley said Mann will work to make similar strides in recruiting soldiers to serve their country.
Mann came from a previous assignment as commanding general of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.
He and his wife have two children and a grandchild.
Mann said during the ceremony he’s honored and excited to serve alongside people who understand the need to recruit people with skill and drive to serve the nation.
“The Army and the American people are counting on us, and we will not let them down,” he said.
Campbell’s next assignment hasn’t been announced.
Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Moore, who worked closely with Campbell in recruiting, said after the ceremony the departing general always tried to improve living standards for people in the military and their families. Campbell believed recruiting would thrive as a result, Moore said.
Moore said he admires the simplicity, consistency and dedication Campbell, his wife and their children demonstrate regularly.
“He’s a great family man and a great commanding general,” he said. “Every day he lives the Army values. All of us have flaws. I don’t know that he does.”
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.