Chief Master Sergeant Eugene Johnson - USAF (Retired) - Melbourne, FL

Chief Master Sergeant Eugene Cecil Johnson United States Air Force retired, graduated from Melbourne Vocational High School in 1950. He then attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL. for one year. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. in 1984. Chief Johnson is one of the original staff members of the Defense Race Relations Institute at Patrick A.F.B., FL. now known as the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. He served as a Trainer, Facilitator, Curriculum Coordinator, and Deputy Director of Academics. Chief Johnson retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) after 31 years of exceptional service in September 1982. (See attachment two, Special Order No. AC 003814)

Chief Johnson returned to D.E.O.M. I. as a civilian and became the Director of Curriculum Management in which he oversaw the development of all curriculum and media support for the institution. He retired from that position in April 1997. He is now serving in an appointed unpaid capacity as the Vice President for the D.E.O.M. I. Foundation.

In August 1997, Chief Johnson was appointed to the board of trustees of Brevard Community College (Now Eastern Florida State College) by Governor Lawton Chiles, and re-appointed in 1999 by Governor Jeb Bush.

Chief Johnson has been very active in civic and veteran affairs. He served from 2003 through 2011 on the board of trustees of Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge, FL. He has been serving for the past 21 years as the Veteran Coordinator for Piper- Gardner American Legion Post 191, Melbourne, FL., 20 years as the Veteran Coordinator for the South Brevard Branch of the NAACP also in Melbourne. He is also serving as a Veteran Affairs representative for his church; Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Melbourne, FL.

He served on the Department of Defense Committee for Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust in 1988 and 1989. He is a member of the General Daniel Chappie James Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. He is an Honorary Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Union Grand Lodge of Florida Prince Hall Affiliated. He is a Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Most Excellent Union Grand Chapter, of the Holy Royal Arch, Masons of Florida Prince Hall Affiliated.

Chief Johnson is the Father of the late U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Cadet Reginald E. Johnson for whom a scholarship program is named (See attachment three, Florida Today newspaper article) that has provided over 4.5 million dollars in scholarship aid to Brevard County High School Graduates. Cadet Reginald E. Johnson was killed in a training accident 21 days prior to graduation in 1980 Chief Johnson’s daughter Regina was also a student at the Academy and later received a commission in the U.S. Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel (0-5). The Academy at West Point recognizes the Johnsons as the first brother and sister African American team to attend West Point. They were also Merit Scholars while attending Satellite High School in Satellite Beach. Florida.

Chief Johnson received the Noah Award in 1995 from Brevard Community College (Now Eastern Florida State College) the college highest award for community service.

Chief Johnson served as the Master of Ceremonies for A Banquet held to honor the recent Medal of Honor recipient SFC Melvin Morris U.S. Army Retired, A Florida resident on Saturday 19 April 2014, in Melbourne, FL.

Chief Johnson was awarded the Julius C. Montgomery award in 2011, by Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne Florida (See attachment four, Ebony newspaper article) for his exceptional community service. In 2006 the Host of Brevard Pace Setter award was given to Chief Johnson for over 20 years of setting the pace for volunteerism in Brevard County. He is a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Community Development Corporate board, responsible for improving the community around the Church, through remodeling, repairing, or rebuilding homes that improve the lives of individuals in the community around the church. Chief Johnson excels in areas of Human Resource Management, with expertise in managing and communicating in a diverse population. His insight, as well as foresight of equal opportunity issues among the military, civic community, and educational arenas, offers shrewd oversight of practical application of these principles within each area effectively.

In 1993, Chief Johnson restructured the way that the Melbourne Police Department administered their Sergeants exam resulting in numerous promotions of worthy officers who had previously been denied promotions. His adjustments remain a part of the Department’s Test 21 years later.