Major (Ret’d) Albert “Bert” Campbell

Biography / December 7, 2011

Major Campbell was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 405 Long Range Patrol Squadron, at Greenwood, NS in October 2011.

Honorary Colonel Campbell was born in Sydney NS and enrolled in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1966. Trained initially as an Electronic Systems Officer, he flew on the Argus Maritime Patrol aircraft with 405 Squadron and Base Test Flight. Following completion of Air Navigator training in 1975, he returned to Greenwood and over a series of tours and conversion to the Aurora aircraft, flew with 405 and 415 Squadrons and on the Maritime Aircrew Standards Team.

Honorary Colonel Campbell served on a number of international postings, first with the US Navy at Argentia, NL as the Head of Operational Training, as a Staff Officer in Lahr Germany with Canadian Forces Europe and on exchange duties at US Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland. Following his retirement from the Regular Forces in 2003, Honorary Colonel Campbell transferred to the Air Reserves and served for a further five years as the Wing Heritage Officer and General Manager of the Greenwood Military Aviation Museum. His total service career to this point spanned 42 years, earning him the third clasp to his Canadian Forces’ Decoration. He was also awarded commendations from the Commander, Maritime Command and Chief of the Air Staff.

His internationally recognized expertise in Maritime operations and Oceanographic Systems lead to Honorary Colonel Campbell becoming the President of VP International for an unprecedented six year term and the editor of Maritime Patrol Aviation Magazine, also for six years. He recently co-authored a book on the CP107 Argus Maritime Patrol aircraft.

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