Commander Michael J. Johnson
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Commander Mike Johnson graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In January 2001, he received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
His initial assignment was in USS CHOSIN (CG 65) serving as the Main Propulsion Officer. After earning his Surface Warfare Officer qualification he served as Training and Readiness Officer in USS CHAFEE (DDG 90).
Commander Johnson spent his first shore duty as the COVE and Ship Handling Lead for N72 at Surface Warfare Officers School Newport, Rhode Island. He earned a Master’s degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University and attended the Naval War College, where he completed the Fleet Seminar Joint Professional Military Education Phase I curriculum.
Upon graduating Department Head School in 2009, he reported to Yokosuka, Japan for duties as Chief Engineer in USS LASSEN (DDG 82). He then served as Senior Readiness Officer and N4 in Destroyer Squadron TWO out of Norfolk, Virginia where he completed two deployments with Carrier Strike Group TWELVE aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). Following sea duty, he served as the Afloat Safety Officer Lead and AUXO ELECTRO Lead for N74 at Surface Warfare Officers School Newport, Rhode Island.
His personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various service and campaign awards.