Information on Keynote Speaker Jane E. Campbell, CAPT(Ret) - U.S. Navy:
Jane E. Campbell is a retired United States Navy Public Affairs Officer (PAO), having served more than a quarter century in the service of our nation.
Commissioned an Ensign in 1990, she was deployed to the Middle East on her first ship in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm just months later. Following a second shipboard tour as Surface Warfare Officer, she became a Public Affairs Officer and reported to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in September 1994. One month later, the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier began a six-month deployment, the U.S. Navy's first deployment with women assigned to combatant vessels.
Jane got her first experience working with the other military services and our international counterparts when she reported to U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida, in 1997. While stationed at SOUTHCOM, she worked and traveled extensively throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.
During an assignment in Hawaii from 2000-2003, she was responsible for coordinating a number of historic events, including myriad ceremonies held in conjunction with the 60th anniversaries of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway.
Following her tour in Pearl Harbor, she reported for duty at the Pentagon to serve on the staff of the Secretary of Defense’s Press Operations Office. After two years in the Pentagon, Jane was selected for a one-year assignment to the National Security Council at the White House. During her tenure at the NSC, she served as the Director for Communications Planning. She left the White House in late 2006 for a tour in Coronado, California.
She cut her tour in Coronado short to accept an assignment as the PAO for the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. It was during that fast-paced tour that she led the public affairs efforts for U.S. and international counterpiracy operations – including the rescue of Maersk-Alabama’s Captain Phillips.
Jane subsequently volunteered for a combat tour in Afghanistan. She helped establish the new three-star NATO command headquarters staff in Kabul, serving as the Chief PAO for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command (IJC). Her multinational public affairs team was responsible for around-the-clock media operations, handling all queries about operational issues for all NATO forces in Afghanistan.
From July 2011-July 2012 she served as the Director of Press Operations on the staff of the Secretary of Defense, leading the largest team of U.S. military public affairs officers in the Defense Department. Prior to her retirement, she spent more than two years as the Director of Public Affairs for United States Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.
Captain Campbell is a 1987 graduate of Davidson College. She earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C., in June 2011.
Captain Campbell's military decorations include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and a variety of unit awards and commendations. She is authorized to wear the Presidential Service and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badges.
Following her retirement, Jane and her wife Heather McKee – a fellow 1987 Davidson graduate – returned to Davidson, NC. Jane has become actively involved in church, college, and community non-profit organizations and activities, including: Davidson College Board of Visitors, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Davidson, Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Room in The Inn program, and St. Alban’s Neighborhood Council of Stewards (HOA).