The assistant brigade logistics officer of 29th Combat Aviation Brigade took command of the Headquarters and Headquarters Co. The official change-of-command ceremony took place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 16, 2012, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
Capt. Michelle Johnson succeeded 1st Lt. Michael Jenkins, a CH-47 Chinook pilot, who will now assume the position of assistant logistics officer.
“At first I didn’t know what to expect because of the dynamics of an HHC,” said Johnson about assuming her first command position. “I definitely didn’t expect this for this deployment. Now that it’s here, it feels good.”
Johnson has served in several capacities throughout her career, including as an enlisted Soldier, platoon leader, executive officer and assistant brigade logistics officer for the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, followed by a certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics at Drexel University. She also graduated from the Army’s Quartermaster Basic and Advance Courses, the Support Operations Course, the Petroleum/Water Officer Course, the Unit Movement Officer Course, the Battle Command Sustainment Support System Course and the Fiscal Law Course.
“I know the unit from a logistical standpoint. I know what to expect and how to anticipate the requirements for the unit,” said Johnson.
During her nearly 12 years of service, Johnson has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and an Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device.
“I know what I want to do. I think every officer as a lieutenant has in their mind how they want to run a company,“ said Johnson.
“Being an enlisted Soldier for a short time, I saw it from that angle, and I saw it as a platoon leader.”