SgtMaj Michael S. Johnson
Sergeant Major Michael S. Johnson enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August 1993 and reported to MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina for recruit training. Upon his graduation, he attended Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina and then to Field Radio Operators Course at Marine Corps Communication and Electronic School in Twenty-Nine Palms, California.
In April 1994, Private First Class Johnson was assigned to 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) Camp Pendleton, California. He participated in numerous training exercises to include attaching with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and 11th MEU. While stationed at 1st ANGLICO, he served in the billets as a Field Radio Operator, Fire power Control Team (FCT) Chief, and Supporting Arms Liaison Team (SALT) Chief. He was promoted up to the rank of Sergeant while assigned to 1st ANGLICO. Sergeant Johnson requested orders for Drill Instructor duty and he reported to Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina in January 1999. Upon graduating, Sergeant Johnson served as Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor for India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion and as a Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival (MCIWS).
In June 2002, Staff Sergeant Johnson received orders to II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While serving here he held the billets of Radioman, Assistant Team Leader, and Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) manager. In January 2003, his platoon was attached to I MEF, 1st Force Reconnaissance Company and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. After returning from deployment, his platoon then attached to the 22nd MEU and deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Gunnery Sergeant Johnson received orders in June 2005 and reported to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) for duty as the Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI). While stationed at VMI, he augmented during the summer at Officer Candidates School as a Sergeant Instructor in 2005 and as a Platoon Sergeant in 2007 with Golf Company. In May 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Johnson received the "Leadership Mentor Award" voted on by the Corps of Cadets.
In July 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Johnson received orders to II MEF, 8th Communications Battalion, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While there he held the billet of Radio Platoon Sergeant and Company Assistant Operations Chief. He was selected to First Sergeant and reported to 2d Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines "The Walking Dead." He was deployed with the 24th MEU where they conducted Humanitarian Assistance in Haiti after the earthquake. After deployment, he was then moved to Weapons Company and deployed to Nawa and Trek Nawa, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In February 2012, First Sergeant Johnson received orders to II MEF, 2d Intelligence Battalion and has served in the duties as Company First Sergeant for Production and Analysis Company (PACO), Production and Analysis Support Company (PASCO), and Golf Company. He also served as the Company First Sergeant for Golf Company, Officer Candidates School, Quantico, Virginia from May to August 2013.
In February 2014, Sergeant Major Johnson received orders to 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group 14, Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 to be the Squadron Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Johnson executed orders in January 2016 and reported to Recruiting Station (RS) Atlanta to be the RS Sergeant Major. In March 2018, Sergeant Major Johnson received orders to Marine Aircraft Group 12, Iwakuni, Japan to be the Group Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Johnson's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, Combat Action Ribbon with one gold star in lieu of second award, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia.