Commander Michael Johnson, a native of Painesville, Ohio enlisted in the Navy upon graduating from Thomas W. Harvey High School. He attended Recruit Training at Recruit Training Center, San Diego in 1991. He entered Interior Communications "A" School in January 1992 and upon graduation he headed to Groton, Connecticut where he attended Basic Enlisted Submarine School. In October 1993, he reported for duty onboard USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER (SSN 709), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia where he was assigned to IC Division.
In 1996, CDR Johnson was selected to participate in the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program in Newport, Rhode Island. He successfully completed BOOST in June 1997 and immediately entered Hampton University as a NROTC scholarship student. Upon graduation from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, he received his commission as an Ensign.
In January 2001, he returned to Newport to attend Surface Warfare Officer's School (SWOS) Division Officer Course. In July of that year he reported onboard USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20) where he served as the First Division Officer and Training Officer. From October 2003 through April 2005 he served on the staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron Six where he was assigned as the Future Operations Officer.
In April 2005, CDR Johnson reported to the Naval Safety Center where he served as a Combat Systems Analyst. While there he volunteered as an Individual Augmentee and was assigned to the Officer for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants (OARDEC). While assigned to OARDEC, CDR Johnson served as a Case Writer and a Quality Assurance Officer for cases involving detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was also during this tour, where he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University.
In March 2009, CDR Johnson reported to USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19) where he served as the Combat Systems Officer. In August 2010, he transferred to USS NITZE (DDG 94) where he also served as the Combat Systems Officer.
In 2011, CDR Johnson was selected to serve in the Navy’s Legislative Affairs Program, and subsequently served as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Jack Reed
(D-RI). After spending a year on Capitol Hill, CDR Johnson returned to Norfolk to serve in the Global Force Management Department at U.S. Fleet Forces Command. In April 2015, Commander Johnson reported aboard Afloat Training Group, Norfolk where he currently serves as the Executive Officer.
Commander Johnson’s personal awards include the Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Awards), and various other personal medals, unit awards, and campaign ribbons.