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Rear Admiral Charles H. Johnston, Jr.:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command
Rear Admiral Johnston entered the U.S. Navy through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program and was commissioned in October 1973. He received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida while earning his Naval Aviator Wings. He served in Attack Squadron 15 aboard USS America (CV-66) flying the A-7E Corsair. He next reported to Attack Squadron 174 as an instructor pilot and weapons training officer.
In 1981, he was accepted as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer. His subsequent sea duty was in the Air Department, USS Forrestal (CV-59). Rear Adm. Johnston next studied at the Naval Postgraduate School where he received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Avionics). After graduating from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in June, 1986, he served as F/A-18 Project Manager, Ordnance Branch Head, and Chief Test Pilot, Systems Engineering Test Directorate at the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md.
In 1989, he reported to the Naval Plant Representative Office (NAVPRO) Melbourne, Australia, as the Executive Officer and later served as Commanding Officer. From 1992 to 1995, he served in the F/A-18 Program Office, under the Program Executive Officer (Tactical Aircraft Program) as Deputy for Production and Systems Development. He next returned to Patuxent River and served as the Military Director for Systems Engineering and later as the Director of Engineering for the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division.
In August 1996, he became Program Manager for Conventional Strike Weapons under the Program Executive Officer (Tactical Aircraft Programs), where he helped lead the Revolution in Strike Warfare ? starting with the first combat launch of the Joint Standoff Weapon on January 24, 1999.
In January 1999, he assumed duties as both Assistant Commander for Test and Evaluation, Naval Air Systems Command, and Commander, Naval Air Weapons Center, Weapons Division. In December 2001, he was appointed as Vice Commander for the Naval Air Systems Command.
Rear Adm. Johnston has flown in excess of 3,000 flight hours in over 30 models of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal and nine unit commendation/campaign awards.
Updated: 29 January 2002


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