|Death: ||Jun. 16, 2010|
Specialist Joseph Johnson, 24, of Flint, Mich., died June 16 in Isa Khan, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his unit's vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device.
Johnson was assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company, 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne), 20th Engineer Brigade (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.
Johnson enlisted in the Army in November 2006, where he served with Company B, 27th Eng. Bn. (Combat) (Airborne), as an engineer equipment operator. In 2008, Johnson was assigned to the 161st Eng. Spt. Co., 27th Eng. Bn. (Combat) (Airborne). When his unit was alerted for deployment, Johnson became a team leader for route clearance operations. He deployed in December 2009. Johnson's military schools include Basic Combat Training, Advanced Individual Training and the Basic Airborne Course.
"Specialist Johnson was a charismatic, natural leader with a quick wit and smile" said Capt. Andy Glenn, company commander for the 161st Eng. Spt. Co. "He always fought to be a dismount on patrols, to be one of the Soldiers that actually looked for the IEDs. Specialist Johnson took time everyday to help teach and train others. He always placed the mission and his fellow Soldiers ahead of himself."
Johnson's awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and Driver Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles.
Johnson is survived by his wife and his parents.
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Record added: Jul 07, 2010
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