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Joe Campa

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Years of service  1980-2009
Name  Joe Campa

Joe Campa

Allegiance  United States of America
Commands held  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Battles/wars  Persian Gulf WarGlobal War on Terrorism
Awards  Navy Distinguished Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards) Army Commendation Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards)
Rank  Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Education  Excelsior College, Naval War College

Battles and wars  Gulf War, War on Terror
Service/branch  United States Navy

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Joe R. Campa, Jr. is a former United States Navy sailor, who served as the 11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Navy.


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Early life and education

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Campa was born in Lynwood, California and grew up in Southern California. Campa is a distinguished honor graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy. He also graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in May 2003 and completed the Command Sergeants Major course. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College. In March 2006 he graduated from the Naval War College with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.


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Campa enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 2 June 1980. He completed Recruit Training and Hospital Corpsman "A" School in San Diego, California.

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His duty assignments include USS Ogden (LPD-5), San Diego; Naval Medical Center, San Diego, California; Seventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton; Naval Hospital, Long Beach, California; Third Force Service Support Group, Fleet Marine Force, Okinawa, Japan; Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington; First Force Service Support Group during the Persian Gulf War; USS Comstock (LSD-45) San Diego, California; and Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

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Campa was selected to the Command Master Chief (CMDCM) program in May 1999. He reported to USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) in Yokosuka, Japan as Command Master Chief in November 1999 and served until June 2002.

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During his tour as CMDCM, the ship deployed to the North Arabian Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. From June 2003 to February 2005, Campa served as the Command Master Chief for USS Frank Cable (AS-40), homeported in Guam. Prior to being selected to be MCPON he was the Command Master Chief at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was sworn in as MCPON 11 in July 2006.


On 7 November 2008, Campa announced his plans to step down as MCPON on 12 December 2008 and to retire on 1 April 2009. On 5 December 2008, Fleet Master Chief Rick D. West was announced as 12th MCPON. Campa received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal during his retirement ceremony.

  • Campa has earned 7 service stripes.
  • References

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