Colonel Mike Johnson (Ret.) is a 1976 graduate of Science HIll 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 38 years, the former Melony Hale, have three children Ben, Michelle and Becky. Daughter-In-Law Stacy, Son-In-Law Brad, Grandchildren: Tempi, Selah & Brentley.
Sergeant First Class Roger E. Cole, Jr (Ret) has two grown children, Michael 24 and Kendra 22. He and his wife, Shirley Ziser, are currently raising three children, Jenna and Jasmine 13 and Tyler 6. He has an Associate’s Degree in General Studies from Central Texas Community College and is currently attending the University of Phoenix on line for his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
SFC Cole entered Active duty Army on the 21st of November 1985 at Ft. Dix, NJ. His Military Occupational Specialty was 88M, Motor Transport Operator. His duty assignments included two overseas tours in Germany, one with the 78th Transportation Company and the other with the 377th Transportation Company. He was assigned to the 642nd Engineer Company at Ft. Devens, MA and then at Ft. Drum, NY when the entire company relocated there. SFC Cole had a break of service from September 1991 until January 1993. He then reentered active service at Ft. Hood, TX with the 1st of the 9th Cavalry Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. After his second tour in Germany, SFC Cole was assigned to the 58th Transportation Company at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO as a Drill Sergeant. For his last duty assignment he returned to Ft. Drum, NY with the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. He retired from active service on the 1st of April 2009 after serving 22 years. After retirement, SFC Cole was an Army Instructor for the JROTC program at Grant County High School in Dry Ridge, KY.
His jobs included Squad Leader, Operations Sergeant, Ammunition Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant and Truck Master. His schools include the Primary Leadership Development Course (Honor Graduate), Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (Distinguished Graduate), Drill Sergeant School (Honor Graduate), Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course (Distinguished Graduate), Mountain Leadership Orientation Course (Honor Graduate), and Airborne School.
His deployments include Operation Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia), Operation Falcon Landing (Greece) in support of Bosnia, Operation Intrinsic Action (Kuwait) and two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Baghdad and Kirkuk).
His awards include the Bronze Star (2nd), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd), Combat Action Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge and the Driver Badge.