Commander returns to Pentagon after leading 101st

August 10, 2011 - 7:44 PM

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Maj. Gen. John Campbell is handing over command of the 101st Airborne Division after leading the famed Screaming Eagles through their most challenging deployment since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.

In one of his last duties, Campbell on Wednesday laid a wreath on a memorial marker recognizing the division's fallen since it was created in 1942. He is returning to the Pentagon this fall to serve as the Army deputy chief of staff for operations.

Campbell led the division during a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan last year. More than 130 soldiers from the division were killed, making it the deadliest deployment for the unit since Vietnam.

Maj. Gen. James McConville will take command during a ceremony Friday at the installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.