LTC Michael Johns
LTC Michael Johns enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1989. Upon completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss and Fort Houston, Texas, he was awarded the military occupational specialty of orthopedic specialist.
He is a distinguished military graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was commissioned in 1994. He is a graduate of the Military Police Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, anti-terrorism program manager course, combined arms service staff school, the Air Command and General Staff College, and the 82nd Airborne Division’s Jump Master Course. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in kinesiology from Norfolk State University, a master’s degree in military operational art and science from Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala.
His officer assignments include: gold bar recruiter, Norfolk State University; platoon leader, 65th MP Co. (Abn), 16th MP BDE, Fort Bragg, NC; assistant battalion operations officer (Ops/Air), Fort Bragg, NC; Provost Marshal, 284th Base Support Battalion, 104th Area Support Group, Giessen, Germany; Commander, 527th Military Police Company, 709th MP BN, Germany; Battalion S1/S4, 10th MP BN (CID)(Abn), Fort Bragg, NC; Battalion adjutant, 10th MP BN (CID)(Abn), Fort Bragg, NC; Rear detachment commander, 92nd MP BN, Fort Benning, GA; Executive Officer, 92nd MP BN, Fort Benning, GA; Executive Officer, Fort Benning CID BN, Fort Benning, GA; Executive Officer, Montgomery Recruiting BN, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL; Provost Marshal, Fort Bragg, NC; and Deputy BDE Commander for the 16th MP BDE, Fort Bragg, NC. His operational deployments include Bosnia, Israel and Iraq.
His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (1 oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (1 oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (1 silver oak leaf cluster), the National Defense Service Medal (1 bronze star service device), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq War Campaign Medal (1 campaign star), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon, and the NATO Medal “Bosnia”. He is authorized to wear the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Citation and the Superior Unit Award as permanent awards. He is entitled to wear the Combat Action Badge, U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, U.S. Army Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Parachutist Badges of Belgium and Poland.
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Darrin R. Murrell
Command Sergeant Major Darrin Murrell was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Army in May 1987. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, OK. His initial Military Occupational Skill training was as a Multiple Launch Rocket System crewmember.
Command Sergeant Major Murrell’s early assignments include two tours in Germany, Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Later, he joined the United States Army Recruiting Command in May 1997 as a Detailed Recruiter with the Beckley Recruiting Battalion. He was also assigned as a station commander within the battalion. Upon selection to Master Sergeant, he assumed duties as the First Sergeant of the James River Recruiting Company in the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion. He also served as the First Sergeant of the West Point Recruiting Company, New York City Recruiting Battalion. His subsequent assignments include; instructor for the United States Army Recruiting Command’s Company Commander and DA First Sergeant Course, Fort Jackson, S.C.; Senior Guidance Counselor, El Paso MEPS; and Senior Master Trainer, Salt Lake City Recruiting Battalion.
Command Sergeant Major Murrell is a graduate of all Army NCOES courses including the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. He is also a graduate of the Army’s Basic Recruiter Course, Station Commander Course, Guidance Counselor Course, DA and USAREC First Sergeant Course, and the Airborne Course. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He is currently in the Dissertation Phase of his Doctorates Degree (PHD) of Northcentral University, Phoenix, Arizona.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), the Army Commendation Medal (5th award), the Army Achievement Medal (10th award), the Glen E Morrell award and the recruiter ring.