FORT LEWIS, Wash. – I Corps and Fort Lewis will conduct an “America’s Corps Honors Ceremony” welcoming Brig. Gen. John Johnson and Brig. Gen. Peter C. Bayer, Jr. Aug. 21.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in front of the I Corps and Fort Lewis Headquarters (Building 2025) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and will serve to officially welcome both leaders to their new positions here.
Johnson is the Deputy Commanding General of Operations for I Corps and Fort Lewis. Previous assignments include: Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. While there he deployed the brigade to Iraq in 2003 to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon returning from Iraq, he served on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as the Chief of Strategy Division in the Deputy Directorate for the Global War on Terrorism, followed by duty on the Army Staff as the Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans and Policy. He was then assigned as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver for the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. After returning from Korea, he assumed the position of Deputy Commanding General for the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command. Johnson was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1977.
Bayer is the Chief of Staff, I Corps and Fort Lewis. Prior to his assignment to Fort Lewis he served as the Deputy Commanding General and Assistant Commandant of the U.S. Army Armor Center at Fort Knox, Ky. Other assignments include: Operations Officer for 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Ga., and in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Irwin, Calif., and deployed the unit to Iraq. While deployed, he simultaneously served as the 11th ACR commander, and as the Chief of Staff for the Multi-National Force Northwest in Mosul. Bayer was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Armor after graduating from Lehigh University in 1984.