Colonel Mike Johnson is a 1976 graduate of Science Hill High School. He is also a
graduate of East Tennessee State with a degree in Business Administration where he
earned Distinguished Military Graduate honors and his Regular Army commission as a
2d Lieutenant; he is a Distinguished Graduate of Webster University where he earned
a Master’s degree in Business Management; and is he also a graduate of the United
States Army War College.
Colonel Johnson initially served in the United States Army Reserve where he was selected
as a Distinguished Graduate of the USAR Drill Sergeant School. Upon commissioning
as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1983, he commanded at all levels from platoon, company, battalion
and brigade. He also served as the military representative on multiple United States
government negotiating teams focused on all United States policy toward North Korea
which included nuclear non-proliferation, cease fire issues and return of our fallen.
He is a combat veteran from the Afghanistan Theater of Operations where he closed-out
his active duty career serving as the Chief of Staff for all United States Forces
serving in Southern Afghanistan.
Colonel Johnson’s awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. His authorized
badges include the Afghanistan Combat Service badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff identification
badge and the Drill Sergeant Identification badge.
Colonel Johnson and his wife of 38 years, a Johnson City native and the former Melony
Hale, have three children (Ben, Michelle, and Becky) and three grandchildren (Tempi,
Selah, and Brentley).