Col. Johnson serving 7th deployment in Middle East
FOREST CITY — US Air Force Col. Dave Johnson of Forest City is serving his 7th deployment to the Middle East and Saturday marks his 29th year of active duty with the United States Air Force.
Johnson, whose family lives in Forest City, said his duties in Afghanistan include being the Senior NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (NTM-A) Medical Mentor for the Northern Region which is an area stretching across nine provinces and covering 62,000 square miles.
He is the team leader for 27 US, Canadian, and German medical personnel, who teach and coach hospital operations in 23 different functional areas ranging from trauma surgery to medical supply management at the Afghan National Army Regional Military Hospital.
Johnson is the primary mentor for the Afghan National Army Regional Medical Commander regarding hospital and regional health system leadership and operations and is also the primary mentor for the Regional Medical Leaders (Zone Surgeons) of the Afghan Uniform Police and Afghan Border Police to assist in developing and equipping police clinics throughout northern Afghanistan.
"In spare time, the Medical Training Advisory Team sponsors a weekly English language class for children of local Afghan National Army families," Johnson writes. "Currently five boys from ages 7 through 15 meet to learn and practice their English and end up helping us with our Dari. Each of the kids adopts a western name for class and most of the current bunch decided to take on professional wrestler names."
Johnson is married to Susan Marks Johnson and the couple have four grown children. Before moving to Forest City, the family was stationed in in Norfolk, Va.