Colonel Mike Johnson (Ret.) is a 1976 graduate of Science iIll High School where he served as the JROTC Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major and the Battalion Logistics Officer. He is also a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a degree in Business Administration where he earned Distinguished Military Graduate honors and a Regular Army commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the branch of Armor; he is a Distinguished Graduate of Webster University where he earned a Masters degree in Business Management; and he also earned a Masters Degree from the United States Army War College.
Colonel Johnson initially served in the United States Army Reserve where he was selected as a the Distinguished Graduate of the USAR Drill Sergeant School. Upon commissioning as an active duty 2nd Lieutenant in 1983, he was promoted up through the rank of Colonel and commanded at all levels from platoon, company, battalion and brigade. He also served as the military representative on multiple United States Government negotiating teams focused on all United States policy toward North Korea which included nuclear non-proliferation, cease fire issues and the return of our fallen warriors. Additionally, Colonel Johnson served as the Director of Army Junior ROTC, U.S. Army Cadet Command. He is a combat veteran from the Afghanistan Theater of Operations where he closed-out his career serving as the Chief of Staff for all United States Armed Forces serving in Southern Afghanistan.
Colonel Johnson's awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. His authorized badges include the Afghanistan Combat Service Badge, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.
Colonel Johnson and his wife of 39 years, the former Melony Hale, have three children Ben, Michelle and Becky. Daughter-In-Law Stacy, Son-In-Law Brad, Grandchildren: Tempi, Selah & Brentley.
Master Sergeant Jeremiah Ross (Ret.) is a 1994 graduate of Daniel Boone High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville.
MSG Ross served for over 24 years as an Infantryman in the United States Army and has been stationed at Ft Polk, Ft Bragg. Ft Wainwright, Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ft Knox and Ft Benning. Throughout his career He has served as a mortarman and rifleman as well as a Weapons Company First Sergeant. His broadening assignment included duties as a drill sergeant, infantry professional development NCO as well serving as the Senior Military Instructor at Carson Newman University.
MSG Ross’ military education includes PLDC, BNCOC, ANCOC, Air Assault Course, Basic and Advanced Airborne Courses, Pathfinder School, Combatives level 3, Emergency Medical Technician Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Master Resilience Course, Infantry Mortar Leaders Course and the Drill Sergeant Course. Some of his awards include two Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service Medals, and the Order of Saint Maurice. He has served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti.
MSG Ross is married to Jennifer and they have four children; Noah, Miah, Samuel and Benjamin.