First Sergeant Michael L. Johnson grew up on the Nutt Farm. His retirement ceremony for 28 Active Duty years was 30 April 2014 at Fort Riley, Kansas
In attendance were his spouse Cassandra and his daughter Dieanna. Also attended was his mother Barbara J. Largent from Independence, Missouri, his Aunt Diane from Mexico, Missouri and Mary Jane Whelan from Quincy, Illinois.
First Sergeant Michael L. Johnson enlisted in the United States Army National Guard in April 1984 and entered the Regular Active Army in September 1987. He received his Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and his Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland.
He earned an AA Degree in General Studies from Barton Community College in Great Bends, Kansas. He graduated May 2010 with his Bachelors in General Studies at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.
His military education includes: Initial Entry Basic Training, Small Arms Repair Advanced Individual Training, Fire Instrument Control Repairman, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader’s Course, Drill Sergeant School, Combatives Level I & II, Combat Lifesaver Course, Airborne School, Advanced Senior Leader’s Course, Equal Opportunity Representative, Bradley Field Vehicle and M1/M1A1 Abrams Maintenance Diagnostic courses, Battle Staff and First Sergeant’s Course. During his 31 years of a branch of service, he held numerous leadership positions which include: Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Shop Foreman, Immediate Ready Company Detachment Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Small Arms Quality Assurance Noncommissioned Officer for Army Materiel Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and III, Smalls Arms NCOIC during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Armament and Mechanical Maintenance NCOIC with SETAF G-4/J-4, and Task Force Maint Sergeant in OIF 08-10 and as the SPO NCOIC in OEF 12,and as 1SG in OEF 11-12 and 13. His previous assignments include: 1120th Detachment I, 45th Infantry Division, Oklahoma National Guard, Ada Oklahoma, 595th Maintenance Company, South Korea; 115th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood Texas; 54th Forward Support Battalion & 501st Forward Support Battalion in Friedburg, Germany; 701st Main Support Battalion, then 201st Forward Support Battalion, and then the 125th Forward Support Battalion all at Fort Riley, Kansas; Multinational Forces Observers, Siani, Egypt; 603rd Aviation Support Battalion on Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia; 1/38th Infantry Basic Combat Brigade at Fort Benning GA; the 405th Army Field Support Battalion in Bettembourg, Luxembourg; Southern European Task Force at Caserma Ederle, Italy; Task Force 3-66 Armor and Brigade Headquarters both in Grafenwoehr, Germany & B Company 172D Support Battalion, in Schweinfurt, Germany, and E Troop 1-6 Calvary, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. 1SG Johnson’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star (2 Oak Leafs); Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leafs); Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (7 Oak Leafs); Army Achievement Medal (9 Oak Leafs); Meritorious Unit Citation (with 2 Oak Leafs); Army Good Conduct Medal (8th Award); National Defense Service Medal (with Numeral 2); Korean Defense Service Medal; Armed Force Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 bronze stars); Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Bronze star); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (with Numeral 3); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Ribbon (with Numeral7); Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (with bronze star); Multinational Forces & Observers Medal (with Numeral 2); Kuwait Liberation Medal-Saudi Arabia Liberation; Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kuwait; Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; Basic Parachutist Badge; the German Marksmanship Schützenschnur (Silver) , Combat Action Badge and the Driver Badge (with Wheel & Track tabs).