Brig. Gen. Kenneth L. Kamper was commissioned as an artillery officer in 1989. His first assignment was to the 8th Infantry Division, later reflagged to 1st Armored Division, in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a mechanized infantry company fire support officer, service battery executive officer, artillery platoon leader and battalion maintenance officer for the 4th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment. Following the Field Artillery Advanced Course in 1994, he served with the 82nd Airborne Division as a division cavalry squadron fire support officer, and later as a division artillery assistant S3. In 1996, he moved to Vicenza, Italy, and served with the 1st Battalion, 508th Airborne Battalion Combat Team as a battalion fire support officer and was commander of Delta Battery, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
From 1999 to 2001 Kamper served at Human Resources Command as an assignment officer in the Field Artillery Branch. After graduating from the Naval War College’s Command and General Staff College in November 2002, he was assigned to Fort Lewis where he served as the I Corps G3 assistant operations officer.
In the summer of 2003, Kamper moved to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment (Automatic), in 1st Brigade, 25thInfantry Division, and served as a battalion operations officer and battalion executive officer. Following the unit’s deployment to Iraq, he served as aide-de-camp to the I Corps commanding general.
In the summer of 2006 he joined the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division as commander of the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment (Red Lions). His battalion command tour included a 15-month deployment to Iraq.
Kamper served at the Army’s Senior Leader Division as a human resource manager in the Colonels Management Office from 2008 to 2010. He returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and took command of 17th Fires Brigade in December 2010.
Kamper most recently served as chief of staff, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
Kamper earned a bachelor’s of science degree from U.S. Military Academy, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and the Army War College.
His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Kamper also earned the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, Army Staff Identification Badge and the Combat Action Badge.