Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5249 USA
Brett E. Johnson, scholarship and enrollment officer for Western Michigan University's Department of Military Science and Leadership, was commissioned a Transportation Corps second lieutenant in the regular Army from Michigan Technological University May 22, 1982.
He is a graduate of the Transportation Officer Basic Course, Aviation Maintenance Officer Course, Aviation Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms Services and Staff School and the Command and General Staff College.
He has served as maintenance platoon leader, A Company, 158th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopter), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); platoon leader, executive officer and production control officer for F Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Group (Airborne); production control officer, E Company, 228th Aviation (AVIM); commander, A Company (Assault Helicopter), 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment; brigade S4, 10th Aviation Brigade and Battalion S-3, 3rd Battalion (Assault Helicopter), 25th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry); commander, C Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne); aviation officer and chief of exercise division, Special Operations Command South (Airborne); commander, 4th Battalion (AVIM), 159th Aviation Regiment; and brigade S-3, 244th Aviation Brigade (USAR). He retired from active duty in May 2003 as a lieutenant colonel.
Johnson is a senior Army aviator and is Ranger, Airborne and Air Assault qualified. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal (second award), Humanitarian Service Medal and the United Nations Medal. He also wears the Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Citation and Army Superior Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster. In 2001, he was inducted into the Order of Saint Michael by the Army Aviation Association of America for significant contributions to Army Aviation. His regimental affiliation is with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
Johnson is a native of southwest Michigan and he and his wife are enjoying restoring their 100-year-old home on the St. Joseph River. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing and woodworking. He is an active participant and leader in several wildlife and environmental conservation organizations as well as local veterans' groups.