Joe Campa

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Joe R. Campa Jr.
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Campa in December 2006
Born Lynwood, California, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2009
Rank U.S. Navy E10 infobox.png Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Commands held Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Battles/wars Persian Gulf War
Global 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)

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.

Early life and education[edit]

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

Awards and decorations[edit]

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Gold star
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Silver star
Bronze star
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Bronze star
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Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Insignia
1st Row
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
2nd Row
Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards)
Army Commendation Medal
3rd Row
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards)
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation
4th Row
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon
Navy "E" Ribbon w/ 3 Battle E devices
Navy Good Conduct Medal (8 awards)
5th Row
Fleet Marine Force Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal (2 awards)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
6th Row
Southwest Asia Service Medal with FMF (2 campaign stars)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
7th Row
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5 awards)
Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards)
Kuwait Liberation Medal from Saudi Arabia
8th Row
Kuwait Liberation Medal from Kuwait
Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy identification badge

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Terry D. Scott
11th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
10 July 2006 – 12 December 2008
Succeeded by
Rick West