Lieutenant General Bernard S. Champoux
Commanding General, Eighth Army
Chief of Staff, United Nations Command
ROK – US Combined Forces Command
United States Forces Korea
Lieutenant General Bernard (Bernie) Champoux was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and received his BA in Sociology from Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire in 1976. Commissioned into the Infantry through Officers Candidate School in 1977, LTG Champoux’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, US Army War College, Joint General Officers’ CAPSTONE Course, and the Army Strategic Leader Development Program.
He has served in command and staff assignments from platoon through division in light, mechanized, and motorized Infantry, and spent multiple tours with the US Army Rangers. LTG Champoux commanded two Ranger companies; the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds), 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and the 2d Brigade (Commando), 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, New York. LTG Champoux commanded the 25th Infantry Division, February 2010-April 2012, and deployed the Headquarters, December 2010 to December 2011 as the last Division Headquarters in Iraq during OPERATION NEW DAWN.
Among staff assignments, he was a battalion and regiment Operations Officer (S3) three times, and a battalion, brigade and regiment Executive Officer (XO). Additionally, he served as the Executive Officer to the Commander-in-Chief, United States Southern Command, Miami, Florida and as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC. LTG Champoux was the Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 25th Infantry Division (Light) and the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, Combined Joint Task Force 76, Afghanistan. He returned to Afghanistan and served as both the Deputy Commander for Security and the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF). He has also served as both the Deputy Chief, and the Chief of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Army. LTG Champoux’s last assignment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff, U3, for United Nations Command; United States Combined Forces Command C3; and United States Forces Korea J3.
LTG Champoux assumed command of Eighth Army and became the Chief of Staff for United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, United States Forces Korea on June 27, 2013.
LTG Champoux’s operational deployments include UPHOLD DEMOCRACY (Haiti–1994), PACIFIC HAVEN (Guam-1996), TASK FORCE EAGLE (Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1999-2000), OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan, 2004-2005, and 2007-2008), and OPERATION NEW DAWN (Iraq, 2010-2011).
He and his wife, Mary Susan, are blessed with three daughters and a son-in-law, CPT Andrew and Caroline Batule, Emma Anne Champoux, and Madeleine Champoux, and granddaughters Layla Kate, Madeleine, and Sylvia Grace Batule.