Major General Salvatore F. Cambria is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston in 1976 and received a regular Army commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry.
General Cambria’s initial tour of duty was with the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., where he served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and company executive officer. In 1980, he served as a detachment commander to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Bad Tolz, Germany. Upon returning to the United States in 1982, he served as assistant S-3, company commander, and battalion executive officer with the 8th Battalion, 2d Infantry Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.
In 1984, General Cambria served as operations officer and chief of current operations G-3, 1st Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. From 1987 through 1990, he served as the S-3 in a special mission unit. In July 1991, he served as a policy-strategy officer for United States Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla.
He served as the commander, Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), and the G-3, U.S. Army Special Forces Command, Fort Bragg, from September 1993 through July 1996. General Cambria served on the Army staff as a speechwriter/strategic analyst for the deputy chief of staff for Operations, U.S. Army from 1997 to 1999. He served as the commanding officer for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, and as the executive officer to commander-in-chief, United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB from June 1999 through July 2002. General Cambria was a senior military fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York before serving as commanding general, Special Operations Command South, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. His most recent assignment was as the Director of Operations for United States Southern Command, Miami, Fla.
General Cambria is a graduate of Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Air War College Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala., and has a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Army Overseas Service Ribbon; Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster; Army Meritorious Unit Commendation; Army Superior Unit Award; Army Staff Identification Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Military Freefall Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab; Special Forces Tab; and German Parachutist Badge.