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Colonel Fred Johnson received his commission as an infantry officer from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1985. Colonel Johnson’s first assignment was as a rifle platoon leader with 2-22 IN in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York. He then served as Battalion S1 and commanded B/ 3-187 Infantry at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Colonel Johnson served as an Observer/Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and later as an operation’s officer for the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon completion of the Command and General Staff College, Colonel Johnson served as the Battalion S3 and XO of the 1-314 IN (Training Support) and then again as the Battalion S3 and XO of 4-31 IN in the 10th Mountain Division. After an assignment as the senior training support advisor to the 3-124 Infantry of the Florida National Guard, Colonel Johnson commanded 2-39 Infantry at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He then served as the Deputy Brigade Commander and Commander of the Brigade Special Troops Battalion (Provisional) in the 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Lewis, Washington. Colonel Johnson will take command of the Accession Support Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in the summer of 2009. Colonel Johnson’s operational deployments include Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, JOINT ENDEAVOR in Bosnia, and IRAQI FREEDOM. Colonel Johnson holds a B.A. in Sociology and Government from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and a Masters Degree from the Command and General Staff College. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College Class of 2009.
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Authored by Colonel Fred Johnson.
The question of "whether formations and units organized, trained, and equipped to destroy enemies can be adapted well enough and fast enough to dissuade or co-opt them—or, more significantly, to build the capacity of local security forces to do the dissuading and destroying"--is central to the on-going debate over whether the Army has the proper structure and training to perform full spectrum operations.