Brigadier General Ken Kamper is the Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command.
He commissioned as an Artillery Officer in 1989. His first assignment was to Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a Mechanized Infantry Company Fire Support Officer, Service Battery Executive Officer, Artillery Platoon Leader, and Battalion Maintenance Officer.
After completing the Field Artillery Advanced Course in 1994, BG Kamper served with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and later with the 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team in Vicenza, Italy. His duties included Battalion Fire Support Officer, Division Artillery Assistant S3, and Commander, Delta Battery, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
In 2002, BG Kamper was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington. He served as a Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment (Automatic), a part of 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Following the unit’s deployment to Iraq, he served as Aide-de-Camp to the I Corps Commanding General.
In 2006, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment (Red Lions) in 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. His battalion command tour included a 15 month deployment to Iraq.
BG Kamper served as a Human Resource Manager in the Colonels Management Office at Human Resources Command, from 2008 to 2010. He returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and took command of the 17th Fires Brigade in December 2010.
Reassigned to the 1st Infantry Division, he served as the Chief of Staff from 2014 to 2015, deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He then commanded the U.S. Army Operational Test Command from 2015 to 2016. Later, he was reassigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, and forward stationed in Europe with Atlantic Resolve.
BG Kamper holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two Masters degrees. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Army Staff Identification Badge.