Brigadier General Johnson was born in Pulaski County, Arkansas. He graduated from Scipio A. Jones High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Philander Smith
College, and Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College in 2001.
He served in the Arkansas National Guard for more than 36 years in various leadership capacities. On January 1, 2008, he assumed duties as Deputy Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard. As the Deputy Adjutant General, he served as the full-time chief advisor and principal assistant to the Adjutant General and provided leadership to over 10,000 Army Soldiers and Airmen.
Johnson served as one of the organization’s strategic leaders who worked diligently to help guide the achievement of the Adjutant General’s vision for the Arkansas National Guard. He also oversaw the preparedness for domestic operations and homeland security. He was appointed as the Assistant Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard, on January 1, 2008.
Johnson is the first Black General in the history of the Arkansas National Guard and he was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Arkansas National Guard OCS Hall of Fame in 2013. Johnson is a member of the Michael Vann Johnson Post 74 American Legion and a member of the National Guard Association of Arkansas, and the Mu Beta Sigma Alumni Chapter, of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. He is a Lifetime Member of the U.S. War College Alumni Association, Executive Secretary of the Arkansas OCS Hall of Fame Association, and member of The Worship Center in North Little Rock, AR.
General Johnson and his wife are lifelong residents of Arkansas. They have three children and currently reside in Maumelle, Arkansas.