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LtCol Christopher I. Johnson


Commanding Officer, CLB-31


LtCol Johnson received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in May, 2001.  Following completion of The Basic School and Basic Logistics Officers Course, he reported to 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (1/1) where he served as the Motor Transport Officer, Embarkation Officer, and Assistant Logistics Officer.  This tour included a deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Expeditionary Strike Group 1 in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and JTF Horn of Africa, Djibouti.


From May 2004 to August 2005, LtCol Johnson served as the aide de camp to the Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force.  Deployed from May 2004 to March 2005, he served in Al Anbar Province, Iraq and participated in Operation PHANTOM FURY, Fallujah.


From August 2005 to June 2008, LtCol Johnson studied Mandarin Chinese at the Foreign Service Institute and served as an Olmsted Scholar in Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region).  He is the first Marine Corps officer to graduate from the University of Hong Kong and London Business School.  LtCol Johnson then attended, and was a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Army’s Combined Logistics Captains Career Course.

From November 2008 to March 2009, LtCol Johnson served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Combat Logistics Regiment 1.  In March 2009 he transferred to Combat Logistics Battalion 1 where he commanded the motor transport company and served as the battalion operations officer.  This tour included a deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from September 2009 to May 2010 and participation in Operation MOSHTARAK, Marjah.  From August 2010 to May 2011, LtCol Johnson commanded Combat Logistics Regiment 1’s General Support Motor Transport Company.


From May 2011 to July 2014, LtCol Johnson served as Logistics Officer, Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. 


From July 2015 to May 2018, LtCol Johnson served as USPACOM Plans Officer, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 


LtCol Johnson graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in the Class of 2001, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  He is a 2006 Olmsted Scholar.  LtCol Johnson holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hong Kong and London Business School, a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts in Operational Planning from Marine Corps University.  LtCol Johnson is a graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff and the Naval War College Joint Professional Military Education programs, as well as the School of Advanced Warfighting.  Personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, and Combat Action Ribbon.


LtCol Johnson is married to the former Christina Owen of Tucson, Arizona.  They have two daughters, Arlington and Scarlett.


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