Lieutenant Colonel DALE CAMPBELL, WADS Canadian Detachment Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Dale Campbell is the Western Air Defense Sector Canadian Detachment commanding officer, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. He is also serves at the 225th Air Defense Group's Director of Exercises, Plans and Requirements.

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell has served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) since 1998.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario, Canada in 2002. In 2017, he graduated from the Canadian Forces College, Joint Command and Staff Program having completed the requirement through distance learning. In 2019, he earned a Masters in Defence Sciences.

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell has qualified in two RCAF occupations: air traffic controller and air battle manager.  As an air traffic controller, Lieutenant Colonel Campbell has worked as an instrument flight rules controller at 19 Wing, Comox, British Columbia and as the wing air traffic control officer at 8 Wing, Trenton, Ontario.  He has also performed IFR control duties at Thule Air Base, Greenland, as part of Operation Boxtop and worked as a staff officer within the Multinational Force and Observers (Operation Calumet).

Within the air battle manager community, Campbell has served within a Mobile Control and Reporting Unit, 42 Radar Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta, and onboard the USAF E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System. In these capacities, he has deployed within Operation Podium where he worked within a deployed datalink cell attached to 19 Wing.

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell has also performed mission crew commander onboard the AWACS within the U.S. Operation Inherent Resolve accumulating over 400 combat flying hours. As staff within 1 Canadian Air Division A7, Collective Training, Lieutenant Colonel Campbell was the deputy lead planner within multiple joint and combined collective training exercises. Within the Air Staff, Campbell performed section head duties within the Directorate of Air Domain Development where he oversaw a number of force development activities related to the aerospace control officer occupations. Most recently, he served as a staff officer at the Canadian Joint Operations Command in roles such as the J35, deputy chief of staff coordinator and lead of the Integrated Information Management Cell.

Lieutenant Colonel Campbell was awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping and the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) Medals in 2006. In 2019, for his flying duties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, he was awarded the General Campaign Star– Expedition.