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Colonel Kim Campbell

Director of the Center for Character and Leadership Development

Center for Character and Leadership Development

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(719) 333-4904

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Bio

Colonel Kim N. Campbell is the Director of the Center for Character and Leadership Development, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. The Center’s mission is to serve the Air Force Academy by advancing character and leadership development in preparation for service to the nation. The Center is responsible for aligning and supporting professional development for faculty and staff and reinforces character and leadership programs within the 4,000-member Cadet Wing. The Center hosts several large forums per year including the annual National Character and Leadership Symposium and conducts leading-edge research, instruction, and assessment for advancing the 21st Century Profession of Arms. The Center is integral to the Academy’s mission of graduating officers of character and integrating the Air Force’s Core Values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence for faculty, staff, and cadets.

Colonel Campbell was commissioned in 1997 as a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in space operations. She is a Marshall Scholar with two master's degrees, one in business administration from the University of London, and one in international security studies from the University of Reading, England. She has served as a Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, Air Force Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and an instructor in the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force Academy.

She is a command pilot with over 1,700 hours in the A-10, including 375 combat hours. She has flown combat missions in Operation Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Education

Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala, by correspondence (2010)

Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. (2009)

Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. (2003)

Master of Business Administration, Imperial College, University of London, England (1999)

Master of Arts, International Security Studies, University of Reading, England (1998)

Bachelor of Science, Space Operations, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. (1997)

Professional Experience

Director, Center for Character and Leadership Development, United States Air Force Academy, Colo. (July 2020 – Present)

Chair, Airpower Innovation & Integration, Department of Military and Strategic Studies, United States Air Force Academy, Colo. (July 2018 – July 2020)

Commander, 612th Theater Operations Group & 474th Air Expeditionary Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (July 2016 – June 2018)

Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. (June 2014 – June 2016)

Air Force Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. (August 2013 – June 2014)

Deputy Chief, Regional Plans and Issues Division, Directorate of Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. (August 2012 – August 2013)

Commander, 355th Operations Support Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (July 2011 – July 2012)

Director of Operations, 357th Fighter Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (March 2011 – July 2011)

Chief, A-10 Operational Training Detachment, Air Combat Command, Training Support Squadron, Detachment 3, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (April 2010 – October 2010, Deputy Chief, Air Operations Control Center, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan) (July 2009 – March 2011)

Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. (June 2008 – June 2009)

A-10C Operational Test Pilot/Division Commander, Nellis AFB, Nev. (May 2005 – June 2008)

A-10 Instructor/Flight Commander, Pope AFB, N.C. (December 2001 – May 2005)

Student, A-10 Formal Training Unit, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. (June 2001 – December 2001)

Student, Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, Randolph AFB, Texas (April 2001 – May 2001)

Student, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Columbus Air Force Base (AFB), Miss. (October 1999 – December 2000)

Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, London, England (October 1997 – October 1999)

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Washington D.C., as a colonel (June 2014 – June 2016)

Honors & Awards

Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit

Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Medal with seven oak leaf clusters

Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Air Force Combat Action Medal

Research and Scholarly Interests

Organizational leadership
Warrior ethos
Contingency planning
Airpower and irregular warfare

Publications

All Elements of National Power: Moving Toward a New Interagency Balance for US Global Engagement – Atlantic Council, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security (July 2014)