Lieutenant Colonel Robert (Bob) Campbell, CD was born and raised in Ottawa, and entered the Officer Candidate Plan in 1959. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. and assigned to the 2nd Battalion Black Watch in Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick as an infantry platoon commander in 1960.
He married Margaret Nisbet in 1991 and his unit was went to Germany in early 1962 at the beginning of the cold war marked by the construction of the Berlin Wall.
After promotion to Lieutenant in 1962 he took command of the Anti- Tank Platoon and was later sent to Belgium to by trained as an ENTAC wire guided anti-tank missile controller. On return to Germany, he became an instructor and Anti-tank Advisor for one year with B Company Royal 22nd Regiment that had been selected as the Brigade Anti-Tank unit.
The battalion returned to Gagetown in 1965 and Lieutenant Campbell was sent to the Canadian Forces Security and Intelligence School in Camp Borden to be trained as the Unit Intelligence Officer. In 1966 he was in that role when the unit deployed to Cyprus on a peacekeeping mission.
On return to Gagetown, he was promoted to Captain and appointed as the Brigade Intelligence officer with 3 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group. He participated as a staff officer in several Army/Navy exercises in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and infantry Jungle training in Jamaica.
Promoted to Major in 1971, he and his family were sent to Wellington, India where he attended the Indian Command and Staff School.
The next posting was to London, Ontario as the B Company Commander with the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment. During his three year tour, he led his company to Churchill, Manitoba and then Cornwallis Island in the Artic Circle for winter warfare training as part of the government’s focus on Sovereignty of the North.
In 1974, Major Campbell was appointed Deputy Commander 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment for the unit’s rotation to Cyprus at the time of the Turkish invasion
Following the Cyprus tour, he attended the Airborne Training Centre in Edmonton and qualified as a parachutist.
In 1976, the unit deployed to Montreal as part of Task Force 2 for security of the Summer Olympics for almost four months.
He was then posted to Cornwallis, Nova Scotia as the Chief Training Officer of the Canadian Forces Recruit School for two years.
In 1978, he was selected as the Canadian Forces Liaison Officer
to the Airborne community in Fort Bragg and was accredited to
the U.S. Army Airborne Board, XVIII Airborne Corp, the
82nd Airborne Brigade and the Special Forces, Green Berets.
After a four year tour in the U.S. he was appointed as Chief of Staff, Northern Ontario Militia District Headquarters in Sault Ste Marie, responsible for units in the Sault, Sudbury, North Bay & Timmins.
In 1986 he was sent to Toronto as a Staff Officer to Brigadier General Don Pryer for one year at Central Militia Headquarters before taking command of Toronto’s Recruiting Centre for two years.
In 1989, he decided to leave the Regular Force to get into business. However, he was recruited by The Queen’s Own Rifles to take command for three years to fill a succession gap. After handing over command to Lieutenant Colonel Steve Brand he later volunteered to accept the role of Regimental Secretary and also serve as an executive of the Regimental Trust Fund.