Colonel Johnson earned a commission as an Air Defense Artillery officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy on 25 May 1983. He joined the faculty of the National War College on 11 July 2011 after completing a year-long tour as the chief of air and missile defense for US Army Central at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Prior key assignments include a faculty position at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, service as the 1st Cavalry Division’s deputy chief of staff for family readiness in support of the SFOR 4 and SFOR 5 missions to Bosnia, duty as the professor of military science at the University of Hawaii, and command of the 2-174 ADA Battalion which performed the NOBLE EAGLE mission in the National Capital Region. Joint assignments include serving as the operations officer and then chief of the ROVING SANDS Branch of the Joint Interoperability Division under Joint Forces Command and as the chief of the deputy director for force protection support division under the J8. Colonel Johnson is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff Officers’ Course, the Joint Forces Staff College, and the Army War College where he earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree.
Additionally, he earned a Master of Education degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his family reside in Woodbridge, Virginia.