Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Kenneth “Ox” Johnson

January 3, 2006

— A memorial service for Lt. Col. Kenneth "Ox" Johnson, 49, Leavenworth, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Eisenhower Auditorium at Fort Leavenworth. Burial with full military honors will be in April in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Lt. Col. Johnson died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005, at his home.

He was born June 30, 1956, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of Burton L. and Maria (Kaai) Johnson.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman in 1976. He received his airborne wings and Ranger tab in 1976 and was assigned to the Ranger battalion at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga. As a staff sergeant, he participated in a combat jump during military operations in Grenada.

After completing his enlisted service, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from New York University. His military education included completion of the Transportations Officer Basic and Advanced Course and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Lt. Col. Johnson served in a variety of command and staff assignments, including overseas assignments. He served as a platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion maintenance officer with the 28th Transportation Battalion, 37th Transportation Command, Mannheim, Germany. While assigned to Fort Eustis, Va., he commanded the 870th Cargo Transfer Company, 6th Battalion and 7th Transportation Group. His staff positions included assignments as the assistant brigade operations officer, 8th Transportation Brigade, staff officer U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and director of operations at Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal in North Carolina.

In August 1997, he assumed duties as the executive officer for the Allied Multinational Force (Land) Combat Service Support Battalion, Allied Multinational Force (Land) in the United Kingdom. While serving with the Allied Multinational Force (Land) during the war in Kosovo, he was the catalyst to the opening of ports in Albania and reopening the Albanian national railway. After his tour with the Allied Multinational Force (Land), he was assigned to Fort Leavenworth as an instructor and assistant professor in the Directorate of Logistics and Resource Management.

His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman's badge, Parachutist's Badge with combat star and Ranger Tab. His passions were traveling around the country with his wife on their Harley Davidson and teaching and mentoring his students at Command and General Staff College.

He married Jackie Thompson on Aug. 26, 1987, in Bisbee, Ariz. She survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Abigail Johnson; his father, Burton Johnson; and his faithful companions, Tobias and Harley.

The family suggests memorials to the Humane Society, sent in care of Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel, 500 Oak St., Leavenworth 66048.

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