Born and raised in Upstate NY, Captain Johnson attended State University of New York — Buffalo and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1994. He entered the Navy as a nuke in 1994, completed Nuclear Power School in December 1994, and completed prototype at MARF in 1995. He reported aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in 1996 where he served as Machinery Division, Reactor Controls Division, and Reactor Training Assistant from 1996- 1999.
Captain Johnson joined the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) community in 2002 while serving at COMOPTEVFOR as an Operational Test Director for radar and navigation systems, and completed his postgraduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005 receiving degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Naval Engineering. His first assignment as an EDO was at Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair USN, Newport News (SUPSHIPNN) as the Nuclear and Propulsion Assistant Project Officer on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) Refueling Complex Overhaul from 2005 until 2007. During his tour there, he volunteered to serve on an Individual Augmentee assignment, where he worked with The Army Corps of Engineers as the Electrical Transmission and Distribution Program/Project Manager for all projects in Iraq. He then rotated to U.S. Fleet Forces Command, where he served as both the CVN and SSN Desk Officer, and Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Program Manager, responsible for overseeing the life cycle maintenance requirements of CVNs and SSNs while also managing a $1B maintenance and modernization operating budget with NNSY.
In 2009, Captain Johnson was selected to assume the CVN/Amphibious Division Head position at Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA), While at NSSA, he was selected by VADM McCoy to become a member of the LPL) 17 crew, tasked with leading a team of engineers to correct issues that had existed on that ship since delivery. In 2012, after a successful INSURV on LPD 17, he rotated to become the CVN New Construction Project Officer (Code 151) at SUPSHIPNN overseeing the construction of both the USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78) and PCU JOHN F. KENNEDY (CVN 79).
In 2016, Captain Johnson rotated to Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center in Norfolk, as the
Waterfront Operations Officer, responsible for all non-nuclear surface ship maintenance in the port of Norfolk for two years, successfully deploying two carrier strike groups and numerous independent deployers as fully mission capable assets.
In July 2018, Captain Johnson became the Commanding Officer, Surface Maintenance Engineering Planning Program in Portsmouth, Virginia. In this capacity, he was responsible for all of the lifecycle maintenance and modernization planning for all non-nuclear surface ships in the U S. Navy.
n April 2020, he assumed command as Commanding Officer of Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, USN, Newport News, Virginia, responsible for the U.S. Navy's Aircraft Carrier and Submarine Ship Construction, Nuclear Refueling and Repair Programs at Huntington Ingalls Incorporated-Newport News Shipbuilding.