CDR Luke “Smuggla” Johnson received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in 2002.
CDR Johnson was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2004. Following flight school he received orders to the “Rough Raiders” of VFA-125 at NAS Lemoore for F/A-18C Hornet training. CDR Johnson’s first operational fleet assignment was with the “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 at NAS Lemoore, CA from 2005 to 2008. During that time the squadron deployed aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) as a part of CARRIER AIR WING TWO (CVW-2), once on a WESTPAC in support of 7th Fleet and once to 5th Fleet in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In May 2008, CDR Johnson was selected to the co-op program for the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) in Patuxent River, MD. Upon completion of curricula at Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and USNTPS in 2011, he reported to his next tour as a developmental test pilot at VX-23 in Patuxent River, MD.
Upon completion of his tour at VX-23, he reported to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of VFA-143 at NAS Oceana, VA in October 2013. As a department head in VFA-143, he embarked on USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) and flew as a part of CARRIER AIR WING SEVEN (CVW-7) in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR).
In June 2016 CDR Johnson received orders to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, AL.
In May of 2018, he checked into VFA-106 for refresher training in the F/A-18E and reported aboard the “Rampagers” as the Executive Officer in August of 2018.
CDR Johnson holds Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Military Arts and Sciences. His personal awards include the Strike Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various campaign and unit awards.