Command Sergeant Major

Command Sgt. Maj. Joe E. Johnson Jr.

Command Sgt. Maj. Joe E. Johnson Jr. assumed the responsibilities as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, Fort Cavazos, Texas.

CSM Joe E. Johnson Jr. is a native of Elizabethtown, North Carolina, entering the Army in May 1996 as a Chemical Operations Specialist. CSM Johnson has served in a variety of assignments and held positions in U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

His leadership assignments include Brigade CSM of 3rd Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Battalion CSM of 110 Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington); First Sergeant (92nd CBRN Company, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Technical Escort Team Sergeant of C. Company, 22nd Chemical Battalion, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland; Document and Media Exploitation NCOIC at Joint Special Operations Command, Iraq; Senior Drill Sergeant Leader (Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Drill Sergeant School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Senior Drill Sergeant (F Company, 82nd Chemical Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Small Group Leader 8th Army NCO Academy, Camp Jackson, South Korea; and Senior Parachutist on the Jumpmaster Teams of Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and 1st Special Forces Command.

His key staff assignments include CBRN SGM, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; CBRN Operations NCO at USASOC, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; CBRN Operations NCO at 1st Special Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; CBRN Staff NCO at 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Stuttgart, Germany; and Task Force Operations NCO with Combined Special Operations Task Force-10, Kabul, Afghanistan.

CSM Johnson has completed coursework for a Doctorate in Public Administration with Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. He also holds a Master of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, Albany, New York. CSM Johnson is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 68.

CSM Johnson has completed the following courses: Primary Leadership Development Course, Basic NCO Course, Air Assault, Radiological Safety, Total Army Instructor, Small Group Instructor Course, Drill Sergeant School, Advanced NCO Course, Combatives Level 1-3, Unit Prevention Leader, Technical Escort, Defense Package Haz Mat Transportation, Gryphon Group Mobile Force Protection, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Airborne, Nominative Leaders Course, Brigade / Battalion Pre-Command Course, Company Commanders / First Sergeant Course, Jumpmaster Course, Battle Staff, and Master Resilience.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (four OLC), Army Achievement Medal (five OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (one Bronze Service Star), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (one BSS), Iraqi Campaign Medal (one BSS), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 6), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 3), International Security Assistance Force NATO Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, U.S. Army Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Parachutist Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Royal Netherlands Parachutist badge, Singapore Parachutist Badge, Special Operations Support Identifier, and has also been awarded the prestigious Order of the Dragon.

CSM Johnson wears the United States Special Operations Command and 1st Special Forces Command Combat Patch as his shoulder sleeve insignia for former wartime service.


Command Sgt. Maj. Joe E. Johnson Jr. assumed the responsibilities as command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command in May 2023.


Master of Science in Management

U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (Class 68)



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