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COMMAND CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT PAULA K. JOHNSON

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Chief Master Sergeant Paula K. Johnson is the North Dakota State Command Chief. She reports directly to the Adjutant General, ND, and is a member of the TAG's Joint Executive Council. She is responsible for the interests regarding welfare, readiness, morale, proper utilization and progress concerning enlisted member of the North Dakota Air National Guard (NDANG) and serves as the TAG's key advocate for NDANG enlisted issues.

Chief Johnson enlisted in the NDANG in April 1984, after working for the unit since October 1974 as a federal technician. She served in the following capacities: Administrative Technician, Orderly Room Personnel Specialist, Wing Commander's Executive Assistant, Jet Letter Editor, Multimedia Manager, Information Systems Branch Chief, and currently North Dakota State Command Chief. She retired from her full-time federal technician position in February 2008, assuming her present position in March 2008. Chief Johnson served on the Air National Guard (ANG) Multimedia Working Group as Region 4 alternate and primary representative, chairman, and advisor, and was the military representative on the Fargo-Moorhead Combined Federal Campaign Local Federal Coordinating Committee. She is a member of Dilworth Lutheran Church and was actively involved with Moorhead Youth Soccer Club and Toastmasters International's Gate City #759 Club. Chief Johnson is a lifetime member of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States and the Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant Association.

EDUCATION

2008 ANG Command Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2008 North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (junior - B.S. management communications)
2004 Air Force Communications Agency Information Systems Flight Management Seminar, Scott AFB, IL
2003 ANG Chief Master Sergeant's Executive Seminar, Andrews AFB, MD
1999 ANG Multimedia Management Course, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN
1998 USAF Visual Information Craftsman Course, Fort Meade, MD
1998 NDNG Leadership Development Course, Camp Grafton, Devils Lake, ND
1998 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy Graduate (non-residence)
1996 DoD Interim Electronic Imaging Course, Pensacola NAS, FL
1995 USAF Noncommissioned Officer Academy (non-residence)
1994 ANG Multimedia Management Course, McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 9 devices
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 7 devices
National Defense Service Medal with 1 device
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service with 4 devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 1 'M' device and silver hourglass
North Dakota State Commendation Ribbon
North Dakota State Achievement Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Staff Sergeant April 29, 1987
Technical Sergeant March 27, 1991
Master Sergeant August 16, 1995
Senior Master Sergeant July 15, 1998
Chief Master Sergeant June 11, 2003

Current as of September 2008