Carolina Johnson is one of 12 children, with 10 of those siblings accumulating over 200 years serving in the Armed Forces. Carolina is the last of the 10 to retire, having hung up her last uniform May 31, 2017. Johnson is scheduled to go to Tampa for final hoorah with presentations for her years of service to her country.
Carolina Johnson graduated from Marianna High School in 1983 and enrolled in Chipola College. After a year and a half at Chipola, she enlisted in the United States Army in 1985.
Sergeant Major Carolina D. Johnson was the U.S. Army Africa Equal Opportunity Chief. She served as the advisor to the commanding general on command climate and all equal opportunity matters and plans and facilitates gender mainstreaming in several African countries. Sergeant Major Johnson entered the Army on May 15, 1985. She attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, graduating as a Personnel Record Specialist.
Johnson was in Korea for two years on her first assignment there before returning to Fort Bragg for seven years. She had stints in Huntsville, Alabama and a return assignment to Korea.
In Johnson’s interview at the TIMES office, she said one thing that stood out to her was her last four years in service. Johnson was assigned to U.S. Army Africa so some of her highs and lows was just to be able to work with the African Nations. “It was good to see how they treat their females versus how we are treated. That was also a pleasure working with them to see how they do it and to articulate how we do it in our country and how we have been successful.”
Sergeant Major Johnson’s assignments include: Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL; Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria, VA, Allied Joint Forces Command, Naples, Italy, Joint Command South Center, Larissa, Greece, HQ Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia, 5th Personnel Services Battalion, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, Readiness Group Redstone, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, 8th PERSCOM, Republic of Korea, Huntsville Recruiting Battalion, Florence, Alabama, 573rd Personnel Service Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and 516th Personnel Services Battalion, Republic of Korea.
Throughout her career Sergeant Major Johnson served in numerous exceptional duty positions which include: Inspector General Sergeant Major, Branch Sergeant Major, Chief of Records Branch, First Sergeant, FORSCOM Enlisted Strength Manager, Detachment First Sergeant, Senior Personnel Sergeant, Vice-President of the elite Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Enlisted Records Team Sergeant, and Squad Leader.
Sergeant Major Johnson’s military education includes all levels of NCOES culminating with the Sergeant Major Course Class 55, First Sergeants Course, Inspector General Course, Joint Inspector General Course, Equal Opportunity Course, Battle Staff and various other professional development courses. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, a graduate certificate in Organizational Leadership and a Professional Human Resource Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute.
Her awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Accommodation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (7OLC), Meritorious Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (9th Award), National Defense Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Number 4), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Army Service Ribbon. Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award (1OLC).
Carolina Johnson is the daughter of the late General L. Johnson of Cottondale and Mable Leonard, who lives in Marianna.