FORT LEWIS, WA — Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates today announced the nomination of Army Brig. Gen. John D. Johnson for promotion to the grade of major general. Johnson is currently serving as the deputy commanding general of operations, I Corps and Fort Lewis.
I Corps and Fort Lewis conducted an honors ceremony last month to officially welcome both Johnson and Brig. Gen. Peter C. Bayer, Jr., chief of staff, I Corps and Fort Lewis.
Johnson’s 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.