Admiral Johnson was selected for flag rank in February 1995. His initial flag assignment was as the Director of Operations, Plans, and Policy (N3/N5) on the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet staff. In February 1996, he reported as Commander, Carrier Group Eight/USS Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group where he served until August 1997. In September 1997, he reported as the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense and was subsequently assigned as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in May 1999. He assumed command of the U.S. Sixth Fleet and Naval Striking and Support Forces Southern Europe in October 2000. Admiral Johnson next commanded U.S. Naval Forces, Europe and Joint Force Command, Naples from October 2001 through October 2004. He retired from active duty December 2004.
Admiral Johnson’s decorations and awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with three bronze oak leafs), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards.
Since retiring in December 2004, Admiral Johnson has founded Snow Ridge Associates, which provides strategic advice and counsel. He also serves on the board of directors of several public sector companies and is active in many civic endeavors including the University of Maine’s Board of Visitors and the School of Policy and International Affairs’ (SPIA) Advisory Board. He and his wife Joy reside in Harpswell, Maine.