Christopher M. Johnson
Command Sergeant Major
196th Infantry Brigade
Command Sergeant Major Christopher M. Johnson is a native of California. He entered the United States Army in June 1988. Command Sergeant Major Johnson attended Infantry Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia.
CSM Johnson has served in various leadership positions. Positions he has held include Team Leader, Squad Leader, S-2 NCOIC, Company Master Gunner, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Operations Sergeant Major, Battalion Command Sergeant Major and Brigade Command Sergeant Major.
His assignments throughout his military career include the 312 MI (LRSD) 1st Cavalry Division Fort Hood, TX; 1-7 Infantry Battalion 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Aschaffenburg, Germany; 2-11 ACR, National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA; 1-18 Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division Schweinfurt, Germany; 1-16 Infantry Battalion 1st Brigade,1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley KS; 1-66 Armor, 1st Brigade,4th Infantry Division Fort Carson, CO; 1st-314 Infantry Battalion and the 174th Infantry Brigade, 1st Army Division East, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.
CSM Johnson’s military and civilian education includes all levels of the NCOES System and the USASMA (Class 59). CSM Johnson is a graduate of the Air Assault School, SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) Course, Army Retention Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Safety Officers Course, Bradley Master Gunners School, First Sergeants Course, various Bradley Training Courses, Command Sergeant Majors Course Battalion and Brigade, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course and the Force Management Course. CSM Johnson has earned an Associate’s Degree from Excelsior College in Administration Management and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science Degree in Liberal Studies.
CSM Johnson has participated in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort, Camp Able Sentry(2x), Operation Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard, Foal Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom(2x) and Operation Enduring Freedom.
CSM Johnson’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three OCLs, Army Commendation Medal with six OCLs, Army Achievement Medal with six OCLs, Combat Infantry Badge (second award), Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, and numerous other campaign and service medals.
CSM Johnson is a recipient of the Order of Saint Maurice (Centurion) Medal. He is also a member of the Audie Murphy Club, Sergeant Morales Club, Order of the Spur, and a Distinguish Member of the Regiment with the 16th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division.
196th Infantry Brigade trains and validates all US Army, Pacific assigned Army National Guard and US Army Reserve forces in accordance with FORSCOM and USARPAC Training Guidance in order to ensure units are fully prepared to deploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and other operations as directed.