Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson
Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson is the Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy. General Johnson graduated in 1981 from the Academy as a distinguished graduate having earned a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research. She completed graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University earning a Master of Arts in Politics and Economics. General Johnson has served in various assignments in air mobility, airlift and tanker flying operations and training, academic instruction and personnel. She has commanded the 9th Air Refueling Squadron, the 97th Operations Group and the 22nd Air Refueling Wing. The general commanded a deployed air refueling squadron in Operation Southern Watch and an air refueling wing in support of operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She has served as the Air Force aide to the President, an Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Associate Air Officer Commanding at the Academy. She was also the Director of Personnel for Air Mobility Command and Director of Air Force Public Affairs. General Johnson served as the Deputy Director for Information and Cyberspace Policy on the Joint Staff and as the Director, Strategy, Policy, Programs and Logistics, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Prior to her assignment to the Academy General Johnson was the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations and Intelligence, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Casteau, Belgium. A command pilot, General Johnson has more than 3,600 flying hours in C-141, T-41, KC-10, C-17, C-5 and KC-135 aircraft. General Johnson became the 19th Superintendent of the Air Force Academy on August 12, 2013.
“The Air Force Academy is designed to produce agile and inclusive leaders of character for the United States Air Force. It is a challenging environment by design and this catalog describes the ways in which we accomplish our mission. Through a demanding curriculum consisting of academics, athletics, character development, and professional military training, each cadet gains the knowledge and confidence to lead Airmen in the world’s most respected air, space, and cyberspace force. The demands are tough, the rewards are many, and successful completion means becoming an officer in your United States Air Force!”