COLONEL DAVID B. JOHNSON
Col Johnson is Commander, 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Air National Guard located at Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio. He is responsible to the Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for Air to ensure the wing’s 1,200 Airmen are ready to deploy in support of our communities, state and nation in both homeland defense and federal missions.
Col Johnson first joined the 121st Tactical Fighter Wing in 1986, assigned to the Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, as a Jet Engine Mechanic on the A-7D. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Aviation-Management. Prior to his current position, the colonel was the Operations Group Commander at the 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio.
Col Johnson was awarded Distinguished Graduate at the Academy of Military Science in 1994. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, followed by KC-135R flight training at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. He returned to the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, as a traditional guardsman. He has served as a First Officer with a major American airline and worked as a dual status military technician with the 121 ARW in a multitude of roles to include: Current Operations Planner, 145th Air Refueling Squadron Pilot Scheduler, 166th Air Refueling Squadron Flight Training Officer, 166th Air Refueling Squadron Flight Commander, 166th Air Refueling Squadron Assistant Operations Officer, 145th Air Refueling Squadron Commander and 166th Air Refueling Squadron Commander. He participated in Operations Decisive Endeavor, Deliberate Guard, Southern Watch, Joint Guard, Phoenix Scorpion III, Noble Eagle, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support.
EDUCATION 1993 Bachelor of Arts, Aviation Management, The Ohio State University, Columbus 1994 Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn. 2002 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Montgomery, Ala. 2007 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala. 2014 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.
1. October 1986–March 1994, Jet Engine Mechanic, 121st Tactical Fighter Wing, Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base (ANGB), Ohio
2. March 1994–July 1995, Undergraduate Pilot Trainee, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas
3. July 1995–January 2004, KC-135R Pilot, 145th Air Refueling Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
4. January 2004–July 2005, Functional Check Flight Officer, 121st Maintenance Group, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
5. July 2005–July 2008, Flight Commander, 166th Air Refueling Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
6. July 2008–February 2013, Assistant Operations Officer, 166th Air Refueling Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
7. February 2013–September 2013, Squadron Commander, 145th Air Refueling Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
8. October 2013–July 2015, Squadron Commander, 166th Air Refueling Squadron, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
BIOGRAPHY UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
9. July 2015–October 2018, Operations Group Commander, 179th Airlift Wing, Mansfield, Ohio (December 2017– March 2018, Commander, 385th Air Expeditionary Group, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar)
10. October 2018–January 2019, Director of Operations, Joint Force Headquarters – Ohio, Beightler Armory, Ohio
11. January 2019–Present, Wing Commander, 121st Air Refueling Wing, Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio
FLIGHT INFORMATION Rating: Command Pilot Flight Hours: more than 5500 Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-1A, KC-135R/T, MD-80, C-130 H1/2, C-17A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters Aerial Achievement Medal with Oak leaf Cluster Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award Meritorious Unit Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, 5 Oak Leaf Clusters Combat Readiness Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Bronze Service Star Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze 2 Service Stars Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters AF Overseas Ribbon Short Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border AF Longevity Service with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 5 'M' Devices Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol) AF Training Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster
Ohio Faithful Service with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster Ohio Special Service Ohio Award of Merit 1 Oak Leaf Cluster Ohio National Guard Basic Training
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS National Guard Association of the United States, Member Ohio National Guard Association, Member Allied Pilots Association, Member
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant, June 9, 1994 First Lieutenant, Aug. 1, 1996 Captain, Aug. 1, 1998 Major, Aug. 1, 2002 Lieutenant Colonel, Aug. 1, 2009 Colonel July 27, 2015
(Current as of December 2019)