Captain Mike Campbell
District Chief of Staff
U.S. Coast Guard District Eleven
Captain Mike Campbell assumed the duties as the Chief of Staff for the Eleventh Coast Guard District in June 2021. As Chief of Staff, he is the principle advisor to the District Commander on all Coast Guard missions conducted in the states of California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah and the coastal and offshore waters to include more than 3.3 million square miles extending from the CA/OR border to Peru. Previously serving as Chief of Response for the Eleventh Coast Guard District, Captain Campbell also served in various command and control assignments including Executive Officer of Air Station / Sector Field Office (SFO) Port Angeles, WA, and Commanding Officer of both Air Station San Francisco, CA and HITRON Jacksonville, FL.
Originally from Cape May, New Jersey, Captain Campbell received his commission from the Coast Guard Academy in 1994. His first assignment was as Engineer and Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC NORTHLAND in Portsmouth, Virginia. Following this afloat tour, he served as a Port Engineer at Naval Engineering Support Unit, New Orleans before reporting to Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his wings in May 1998.
Captain Campbell reported as part of the “Plank Owner” crew for the newly established Group-Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey where he qualified as an HH-65A/B Aircraft Commander. During this tour, he was designated as a Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineer and was selected to become the first Aeronautical Engineer Officer of the newly established Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON-10). In late 2001, he reported to Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida as the Aeronautical Engineer Officer and Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for the unit’s eight leased Agusta 109E helicopters (designated as the Coast Guard MH-68A “Stingray”). Captain Campbell was again part of the “Plank Owner” crew as the new unit was commissioned as HITRON Jacksonville. He qualified as Mission Commander and Instructor Pilot performing the unit’s unique Airborne Use of Force (AUF) counter narcotics mission operating from Coast Guard Cutters deployed throughout the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific theatres.
Captain Campbell’s staff assignments included serving as the Project Manager for the H-65 Helicopter Conversion / Sustainment major acquisition project. He managed the $1.15B program to modernize the Coast Guard’s fleet of 102 H-65 helicopters from 2007 to 2011.
Captain Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Eisenhower School in Washington DC. He is a DHS Senior Fellow, a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Leaders Program and holds DHS Level III Acquisition certifications in both Program Management and Systems Engineering.