Retired Army Major General Gary W. Johnston completed more than 34 years of service to his country after completing his last assignment as Commanding General for United States Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir, Virginia (2018-2021). Prior to that post, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence of the Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and Director of Intelligence for “Operation Freedom’s Sentinel” with United States Forces in Afghanistan (2017-2018). He also was the Director of Intelligence for United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida (2016-2017).
During his career Major General Johnston earned three (3) Defense Superior Service Medals, three (3) Legion of Merit, and three (3) Bronze Star Medals; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arkansas Tech University (1987). He completed the U.S. Army ROTC program at ATU and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. In 2015, Johnston became the seventh graduate of the ATU U.S. ROTC program to attain the rank of General officer and was among 12 individuals in the inaugural class of the ATU ROTC Hall of Honor during Homecoming 2017. He was inducted into the Arkansas Tech University Hall of Distinction in 2018.
He completed his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College. He continued his military training & education with a second Master’s Degree at the United States War College, the United States Army Command & General Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.