Command Master Chief Joel M. Johnson is a native of San Diego, California where he enlisted in the Navy in May 1987 and completed Recruit Basic Training. Following Basic Training, he attended Radioman “A” School at Naval Training Command (NTC), San Diego.

Upon graduation, he reported onboard Assault Craft Unit ONE (ACU 1) located at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California. While assigned to ACU 1, he completed numerous deployments as a Communicator onboard various Assault and Landing Crafts.P>

Master Chief Johnson’s other assignments include Commander Naval Special Warfare Command (CNSWC), Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit ONE (EODTEUONE), Commander THIRD Fleet (COMTHIRDFLT) embarked onboard the USS CORONADO (AGF 11), White House Communications Agency (WHCA), Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the Office of Naval Operations (OPNAV N2/N6) Information Dominance Corps as the IT rating advisor.

In 2011 Master Chief Johnson was selected to the Command Master Chief Program. Following his selection, he received orders to Strike Fighter Squadron 83 (VFA 83) home ported at Naval Air Station Oceana, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he made two deployments embarked onboard the USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His most recent assignment prior to reporting to the Merlin’s was Command Master Chief at Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, located in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Master Chief Johnson is a graduate of the Naval Senior Enlisted Academy Class 141, the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat course Class 91, Navy Survive Escape Resist and Evade (SERE), Navy Individual Augmentee Combat Training (NIACT), the U.S. Army’s Basic Airborne and Special Operations Military Freefall High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachute and Combat Lifesaver Courses.

Master Chief Johnson’s Qualifications include the Navy’s Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist, Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, Naval Parachutist and Master Training Specialist (MTS) insignia.

His personal awards include; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), Navy Expert Pistol and Rifle Service Medals, and various unit and campaign awards.

Command Master Chief Johnson is authorized to wear the Presidential Service Badge.