Lieutenant General John D. Johnson
Commanding General, Eighth Army
Lieutenant General Johnson grew up in Texas and Oklahoma, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry upon his graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1977. Since that time, he has been privileged to serve in numerous command, staff and teaching assignments throughout the world including Germany, Iraq and Korea.
As a company grade officer, he served as an infantry platoon leader, scout platoon leader and company commander with the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. He then served as a small group tactics instructor at the United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, followed by tenure as an Observer / Controller at the Army's National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California. His next operational assignment was as the Division War Plans Officer for the 8th Infantry Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Lieutenant General Johnson later served as a Brigade Operations Officer in the 2d Brigade, 1st Armored Division and as the Executive Officer for the 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, in Baumholder, Germany.
Lieutenant General Johnson next commanded the 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division (later re-designated as 3d Infantry Division) at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He remained at Fort Stewart to serve as the Division Inspector General and as the Division Operations Officer (G3). As G3, he deployed with the Division to the Middle East during Operation Desert Thunder. He then returned to Germany to serve as the V Corps Operations Officer (G3) in Heidelberg and commander of the 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division in Bamholder. In 2003, LTG Johnson deployed the Brigade to Iraq to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On his return from Iraq, Lieutenant General Johnson served on The Joint Staff (J5) 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.
As a Brigadier General in 2006, Lieutenant General Johnson was assigned as the Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver of the 2d Infantry Division in Korea. Upon returning from Korea, he assumed the position of Deputy Commanding General for the Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command.
Lieutenant General Johnson's most recent assignment was Deputy Commanding General – Operations for I Corps and Fort Lewis, Washington; he continued in that role when the Corps deployed as the Headquarters for Multi-National Corps – Iraq. Lieutenant General Johnson returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord where he served as the Acting Commanding General of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Lieutenant General Johnson has attended the Army Infantry Officers' Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies, the US Army War College, and numerous other Army and Joint courses.