Johnson, formerly of 134th, named new Tennessee Air Guard commander

Donald L. Johnson

Donald L. Johnson

Col. Donald L. Johnson was recently named the new Assistant Adjutant General-Air and commander of the Tennessee Air National Guard.

Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General, made the announcement to promote the former 134th Air Refueling Wing director of personnel.

“After careful evaluation and screening of 15 potential selectees, and upon approval of Gov. Haslam, I am proud to announce the selection of Col. Don Johnson as the new Assistant Adjutant General-Air for Tennessee.” Maj. Gen. Haston said. “Col. Johnson brings a great deal of professionalism and experience to the job at both the state and national level. First and foremost, he is a Tennessee Guardsman, and we are glad to welcome him back home.”

Johnson currently serves as the deputy director of Manpower, Personnel and Services for the Air National Guard in Washington, D.C. As the deputy director, he is responsible for oversight and direction of all day-to-day activities with the Directorate supporting 107,600 Air National Guard members.

Johnson is a 1976 graduate of Karns High School in Knoxville and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Applied Organizational Management from Tusculum College in Greeneville.

Col. Johnson entered service with the active duty Air Force in October of 1976. Upon completion of basic training and tech school he was assigned to the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.

He enlisted in the Tennessee Air National Guard with the 134th Air Refueling Wing in 1978 serving as a Crew Chief on KC-135 aircraft. Col Johnson was commissioned in 1986 through the Academy of Military Science, McGhee Tyson ANG Base in Knoxville.

With the 134th Air Refueling Wing, he served as the Human Resources manager and director of Personnel, the Logistics Management officer, the Supply Management officer, and Logistics Plans officer.

Johnson also served as the advisor to the Commander, Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver, Colo. before his current assignment as the deputy director of Manpower, Personnel and Services for the Air National Guard.

Col. Johnson deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Provide Comfort, and twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a 2001 graduate of the Air War College, at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

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