Title: Career USAF Officer, Astronaut, Experimental Test and Fighter Pilot, Aerospace Executive and Consultant
Location: League City, Texas, United States
Col. Gregory H. Johnson, USAF (Ret), Career USAF Officer, Astronaut, Experimental Test and Fighter Pilot, Aerospace Executive, and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aeronautics.
With more than three decades of professional excellence, Col. Johnson was an astronaut and a career officer in the U.S. Air Force. To prepare for his exciting career, he earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering with the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in flight structures engineering from Columbia University and later earned an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. In 1984, Col. Johnson was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and served as a T-38A instructor pilot, an F-15E pilot and an experimental test pilot. He flew over 60 combat missions in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch.
As a U.S. Astronaut, Col. Johnson piloted two Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station (ISS), including the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. After leaving government service in 2013, he served as Executive Director of the ISS National Laboratory. His collaborative leadership was critical to the success and evolution of the ISS National Laboratory, our only orbiting laboratory. The ISS National Laboratory has attracted non-NASA research and technology development from non-profits, other government agencies and universities in order to advance science and technology for the world. Currently, Col. Johnson is an aerospace consultant and innovation leader for various organizations. He works to help various space start-up companies succeed and serves our youth, helping the next generation develop the skills needed to excel in a rapidly changing digital world.
Due to his achievements and notoriety, Col. Johnson holds membership with numerous professional organizations including the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Association of Space Explorers, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Rotary Club. He has served on multiple Boards including the SpaceCom Advisory Board, Astronaut Memorial Foundation, and National Boy Scouts of America STEM Advisory Board, as well as the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Michigan Heroes Museum and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Col. Johnson has also most recently served as Executive Director of Newton’s Road, a Michigan-based nonprofit focusing on K-12 STEM development, and the Managing Director of the Traverse City Space Accelerator.
For his outstanding accomplishments, Col. Johnson was recognized throughout his military career, earning multiple medals including the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his NASA career, Col. Johnson received numerous achievements and awards for his service. He received NASA Space Medals, Superior Performance Awards and a Rising Star Award from McCombs School of Business as well as the McComb’s School Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. While in the U.S. Air Force, Col. Johnson was recognized in 1996 with the Lieutenant General Bobby Bond Award as the top USAF test pilot and as a distinguished graduate from various programs. He was also a Guggenheim Fellow of Columbia University and in 2017, he was a recognized as a Distinguished Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.
Married to Cari Michele Harbaugh Johnson since 1989, Col. Johnson is the proud father of three children, Matthew, Joseph and Rachel. In his spare time, he enjoys playing duplicate bridge, golfing, woodworking, traveling and bicycling. In the coming years, Col. Johnson intends to experience continued growth and success in his career passions and he attributes his success to remaining committed to excellence, treating people with respect and being authentic.
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