A native of Arlington, VA, Captain Johnson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1997 and earned a master’s degree in Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2013. Captain Johnson began flight training in September of 1997 and was designated a Naval Aviator in May of 1999.
Upon completion of UH-3H Fleet Replacement Pilot Training in November 1999, Captain Johnson reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron TWO (HC 2), Naval Air Station Norfolk, VA, for his initial sea tour. Between 1999 and 2003, Captain Johnson served as the Detachment Two Operations Officer in the 5th Fleet AOR and as the squadron Quality Assurance Officer.
Subsequent sea duty assignments include a tour as Safety Officer aboard USS SAIPAN (LHA 2), plank-owner of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO TWO (HSC 22) and Department Head at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO SIX (HSC 26), where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most recently, Captain Johnson served as the Executive and Commanding Officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWO EIGHT (HSC 28).
Ashore, Captain Johnson served as an MH-60S Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor pilot at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron THREE (HSC 3), joint operations planner at the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command where deployed in support of Operation Pacific Passage and numerous USCENTCOM exercises. Captain Johnson recently served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Air Warfare on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.
Captain Johnson’s personal decorations include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (individual action), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.