Michael R. Campbell, born on 1 July 1958 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, entered the Army in 1978, completing Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland, as a 44B metal worker. He was assigned to the 504th Maintenance Company in Germany from 1979 to 1983. He then returned to the United States to join the 801st Maintenance Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, supporting the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
In April 1986, after completing the Warrant Officer Candidate Course at APG, Campbell was appointed as an Allied Trades Technician. From 1987 to 1989, he served as Ordnance Shop Technician with the 31st Maintenance Company, Fort Irwin, California. He repaired the installation's Central Issue Facility equipment, established a recovery assistance operation, and transitioned his section from a Direct Support to a General Support organization.
Campbell returned to Germany in 1989 to serve as Allied Trades Technician for the 586th Maintenance Company, 2d Corps Support Command. He deployed on Operation DESERT STORM, where his Allied Trades and Vehicle Recovery sections supported the 3d Armored Division. In 1992, he returned to the United States to serve in a series of assignments at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His first assignment was as Assistant Restationing Officer for the 47th Combat Support Battalion (Provisional). He developed a restationing plan for the twelve units assigned to the battalion, providing billets and work space, coordinating unit moves, and transferring equipment with no loss of accountability.
He next served, from 1992 to 1993, as Allied Trades Technician for the 19th Maintenance Battalion at Fort Sill. He solved serious problems in the repairable exchange and major assembly programs. In 1993, he moved to the 226th Maintenance Company at Fort Sill to serve as Allied Trades Technician. His Service and Recovery Platoon distinguished itself during a Command Inspection with all vehicles passing with no deficiencies noted. His Service Section, though seriously under strength, was instrumental in maintaining a 94 percent operational readiness rate in the six artillery battalions it supported.
Campbell's next assignment, from 1997 to 2000, was as Allied Trades Technician for the 77th Maintenance Company in Germany, supporting 50 customers from the V Corps. He instituted a cross-training program and procured new, time-saving allied trades machinery. He was next assigned to the 1st Maintenance Company at Fort Riley, Kansas, as Allied Trades Technician, where he established a safety program that met all Army Safety and Occupational Health requirements. In 2001 he was selected to be Fort Riley's Chief of Warrant Officer Management. He established a Senior Warrant Officer Council and ensured the proper assignment and professional development of his warrant officers.
In 2002, Campbell was selected to serve as the Personnel Proponency Warrant Officer at the US Army Ordnance Center and Schools at APG. He met all Ordnance Warrant Officer accession, retention, and mentorship goals while realigning the warrant officer corps to meet Army Transformation and Modularity requirements. Chief Warrant Four Michael Campbell retired in 2006 after more than 27 years of dedicated service.