HEIDELBERG, Germany -- The new commander of U.S. Army Europe will arrive in theater this weekend and has set a date to assume command.
Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr. has relinquished command of III Corps and Fort Hood in Texas today and will arrive in Europe on Dec. 2. He will take command of USAREUR and 7th Army on Dec. 3.
He will be the 38th commander in USAREUR’s history and the last commander in Heidelberg before USAREUR’s move to Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2013. He will lead the organization primarily from Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden.
"Ann and I are delighted to be returning to Europe, and I am personally looking forward to working with our many partners as the commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army," Campbell said about his new assignment.
A distinguished military graduate of Kansas State University, Campbell was commissioned as an armor officer in May 1978. He has served numerous assignments in Europe throughout his career. In June 1984, he was assigned as a G1 (personnel) staff officer at the 8th Infantry Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, and later as the S3 (operations) officer for 4th Battalion, 69th Armor, in Mainz. He was then selected as the aide-de-camp to the commanding general, 8th Infantry Division, in Bad Kreuznach.
Among his other assignments was a tour as deputy director for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Mons, Belgium from June 1999 until May 2001.
His most recent assignment in Europe was in 2005, when he was selected as the chief of staff, V Corps then based in Heidelberg. He deployed with the unit to Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he served as the chief of staff for Multi-National Corps-Iraq from January through December 2006.
A formal assumption of command ceremony will follow after the New Year.