Lt. Col. Michael S. Johnson was commissioned into the United States Army in 1997. His first assignment was Fort Rucker, Alabama, as an aviation officer. His aviation assignments include 1-2 Aviation Regiment, Camp Page, Korea, where he served as an Assistant S3 and Platoon Leader; 3-101 Aviation Regiment Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where he served as a Platoon Leader and the Battalion S1; the 3-229th Aviation Regiment and then 1-82 Aviation Regiments at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a Company Commander, and the 2-159th Aviation Regiment Storck Barracks, Germany, where he served as the Battalion Operations Officer and then Executive Officer.
His other assignments include Headquarters Department of the Army G-3/5/7 War Plans Division at the Pentagon, Stability Transition Team officer attached to 3rd Brigade 3rd Infantry Division, the Mission Command Training Program as a senior Aviation Observer/Trainer, and most recently as the Combined Arms Center Special Troops Battalion Commander. Johnson deployed to Iraq in 2009 and he has deployed twice to Afghanistan (2002 and 2012).
Johnson’s military schooling includes the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Initial Entry Rotary Wing course, AH-64A qualification course, the Aviation Captain's Career Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the AH-64D Longbow qualification course, and the AH-64D Instructor Pilot Course.
Johnson has a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a Master’s Degree in Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
He is a Senior Aviator whose awards and decorations include the Air Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Army Staff Badge; he is both Airborne and Air Assault qualified.
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