Chief of Staff, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing
Colonel William B. Johnson
Colonel Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Dallas, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas in December 1986, attended Officer Candidates Class 2-89 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in April 1989. Upon completion of The Basic School as an honor graduate in November of 1989, he reported to 4th Reconnaissance Battalion at Ft. Sam Houston, TX as the Assistant Air Officer participating in counter narcotics Operation Border Eagle 2-90. In May 1990, 2nd Lieutenant Johnson reported for flight training at NAS Pensacola and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1991.
After receiving his wings, 1st Lieutenant Johnson reported to HMT-303 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for initial training in the AH-1W. In March 1992, 1st Lieutenant Johnson reported to HMLA-267 where he served as the Human Affairs Officer and later as the squadron AH-1W Schedule Writer, S-4 Officer and S-6 Officer. In June 1992, 1st Lieutenant Johnson transferred to HMM-164 (C) for duty with the 15th MEU (SOC) from October 1992 to April 1993 participating in Operations Post Desert Storm and Restore Hope. In June 1994, 1st Lieutenant Johnson was promoted to Captain and transferred to HMM-161 (Rein) for duty with the 13th MEU (SOC) from October 1994 to April 1995 participating in Operations Southern Watch and United Shield.
In March 1996, Captain Johnson transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve and reported to MARFORLANT in Camp Lejeune as the S-6 ISMO and retained that billet upon transfer to II MEF Augmentation Command Element (MACE) in March of 1997. In March 1999, Captain Johnson transferred to HMLA-773 and assigned to the duties of S-6 Officer, Tactics Officer and as an AH-1W Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI), participating in several Combined Arms Exercises (CAX) and Joint Task Force (JTF)-6 counter narcotics operations. In May 1999, Captain Johnson was promoted to the rank of Major.
In June 2002, Major Johnson was activated for duty in the Global War on Terrorism with 4th MEB(AT) and served as Air Officer, Information Management Officer (IMO), Staff Secretary, and Science & Technology Officer. In February 2004, Major Johnson was mobilized with HMLA-773(-)Rein and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In November 2004 Major Johnson was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assumed the duties of Executive Officer of Marine Air Group 42 Detachment C in Belle Chase, LA
Upon returning to Reserve status in October 2005, LtCol Johnson assumed the duties of Executive Officer for HMLA-773 Det A, Belle Chasse, LA. On 30 July 2008, LtCol Johnson was assigned as the Officer In Charge (OIC) for HMLA-773 Det A. In August 2011 LtCol Johnson was promoted to Colonel and transferred to 4th MAW Aviation Command and Control Team (AC2T) for duties as a Marine Liaison Officer (MARLO), Administration Officer, Information Management Officer (IMO), Operations Officer, Deputy MARLO for Key Resolve 14, and III MEF JACCE Lead for Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) ‘15 and ‘16. Colonel Johnson was mobilized from AC2T to support COMNAVAIRLANT as the Senior Marine/MARLO from February to September 2013 and as the 609th AOC MARLO at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Freedom’s Sentinel from November 2014 to June 2015. In December 2016 Colonel Johnson was transferred to Headquarters 4th Marine Aircraft Wing to be the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 and assumed the duties of Chief of Staff in June 2017.
Colonel Johnson’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat “V”, six Strike/Flight Awards and two Individual Action Awards , Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” and Silver Hourglass, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (7th award), and the Humanitarian Service Medal.