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Staff Sergeant Thomas L. Campbell | United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

Staff Sergeant

Thomas L. Campbell

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, March 26, 1978

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 8 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Alabama

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Security Policeman Thomas Campbell was shot and killed while responding to a report of an intruder at a residence in Maxwell Heights, an off-post military housing complex near Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Within minutes of the dispatch responding officers reported hearing gun shots. Responding Security Forces and Montgomery Police Department units found Officer Campbell suffering three gunshot wounds and struggling to breath. He was transported to the base hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An intensive search of the area was conducted and a 16-year-old male was apprehended. He was subsequently tried and convicted as a juvenile. The subject was held until his 21st birthday.

Policeman Campbell had served with the the 42nd Security Police Squadron of the United States Air Force for eight years. He was survived by his wife.

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Iwas stationed at Maxwell AFB and had the honor of working for him at times to working with him while assigned to the Youth Division (School Crossing and Traffic Section). I was overseas at RAF Wleford working when TSgt Wagoner called me and related the message. He said Don wanted me thier and I flew back for his funeral. TSgt Campbell was a good egg. He was a very caring perosn about the people he worked with and very professional. I do think often about his death and will forget the tears. Thought about thru out my career in the Air Force when IO retired in 1994. I am very pround to have met him and agfain worked with him sharing good and bad times.


Thomas L Tomlinson, Ret Chief of Police
3800th SPS May 1973-Sep 1977
August 3, 2016


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