General Johnnie Edward
Former Commander, U.S. Army Materiel Command
General Johnnie Edward Wilson was born on February 4, 1944. He was
raised in Lorain, Ohio and entered the Army in August 1961 as an enlisted
soldier, attaining the rank of SSG before attending Officer Candidate
School (OCS). On completion of OCS in 1967, he was commissioned a
second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. He was awarded a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of
Nebraska at Omaha. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Logistics
Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. His military
education includes completion of the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced
Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial
College of the Armed Forces.
General Wilson held a wide variety of important command and staff
positions culminating in his current assignment as the Commanding
General, U.S. Army Materiel Command. Other key assignments include:
Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army, Pentagon;
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Materiel Command; Commanding General, Ordnance
Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Deputy Commanding
General, 21st Theater Army Area Command, U. S. Army Europe and 7th
Army; Commander, 13th Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas; and Commander,
Division Support Command, 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Europe.
General Wilson served with distinction at every level of command.
He commanded three times at the company level; a maintenance company
in the 82d Airborne Division as a First Lieutenant, followed by command
of a supply and services company in Vietnam with the 173d Airborne
Brigade, and a maintenance company with the 1st Armored Division in
Europe. At the Lieutenant Colonel level, General Wilson commanded
the 709th Maintenance Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis,
which converted and became the Army's first Main Support Battalion.
General Wilson commanded twice at the Colonel level serving as the
DISCOM Commander of the 1st Armored Division followed by command of
the 13th Support Command at Fort Hood, Texas.
General Wilson next served as the Deputy Commanding General, 21st
TAACOM, the Army's largest and most diverse logistics unit. Based
on his wide experience with leading soldiers, General Wilson was selected
to command the Ordnance Center and School responsible for the training
and professional development of thousands of soldiers, NCOs and officers
every year. Following this successful assignment, General Wilson served
as the Chief of Staff, AMC, where he was responsible for resource
and personnel management for a workforce with over 80,000 military
and civilian members. From 1994 to 1996, General Wilson served as
the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of Army, where
he was responsible for worldwide logistics.
General Wilson's awards and decorations include the Distinguished
Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf
Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious
Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal,
Good Conduct Medal, Special Forces Tab, Master Parachutist Badge and
the Army Staff Identification Badge.
He retired from active duty in 1999.