Captain Vincent Johnson was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and raised in Lansing, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a commission and B. S. in Physics in 1993 and holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U. S. Naval War College. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1996.
Following flight training, CAPT Johnson reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR FOUR (HSL-44) for his first fleet assignment. He deployed twice with HSL-44 Detachment 10 flying in support of Operations DESERT FOX and ALLIED FORCE as well as maritime interdiction operations in the North Arabian Gulf.
In December, 1999, he was selected for transition training to the EA-6B Prowler. From 2002 to 2006 CAPT Johnson served with Electronic Attack Squadron ONE FOUR ONE (VAQ-141) deploying twice aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) flying combat missions from the Roosevelt and Al Asad Airbase, Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He was named the 2005 Carrier Air Wing EIGHT pilot of the year.
Ashore, he accepted orders to the Pentagon for duty with the Joint Staff, Directorate of Command, Control, Communications, and Computer Systems (CJCS, J-6).
CAPT Johnson joined the World Famous Black Ravens of VAQ-135 in 2009 deploying in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM with Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN and USS Nimitz (CVN-68). He assumed command in October 2010 and led the squadron through transition to the EA-18G Growler and new assignment as an expeditionary squadron.
In March of 2012, he reported to Commander, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN in Everett, Washington. As Flag Air Operations and Plans Officer he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Syrian contingency operations. During that time he additionally served as liaison to U. S. Naval Forces Central Command.
Prior to assuming command at the Pacific Missile Range Facility he served on the faculty of the U. S. Naval War College as a military professor of strategy and policy.
Captain Johnson has achieved over 3100 flight hours, including 1000 hours in the SH-60B Seahawk as well as breaking 1000 hours in EA-6B Prowler. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (one individual with combat “V” and four strike/flight awards) and various campaign and service awards.