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General Johnnie Wilson, US Army (Ret)

Former Commanding General, US Army Materiel Command

General Johnnie E. Wilson, born February 4, 1944, is a retired United States Army four-star General who served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) from 1996-1999. AMC is the Army’s primary logistics and sustainment command.  With more than 100,000 military, civilians, and contractor employees impacting all 50 states and numerous countries, AMC is responsible for managing the global supply chain and ensuring installation materiel readiness across the Total Force.

In 1961 at the age of 17, Wilson enlisted in the Army and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He served 2 years in the 7th Special Forces Group prior to attending Officer Candidate School (OCS). In 1967, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps.  The following year, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and the year after that, Captain.  Wilson served at every level of command. He commanded three times at the Company level – a maintenance company in the 82nd Airborne Division; a supply and services company in the 173rd Support Battalion (Airborne) in South Vietnam; and a maintenance company with the 1st Armored Division in Germany. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded the 709th Maintenance Battalion, 9th Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Washington. Additionally, he commanded twice at the Colonel level.

In 1988, as a Colonel, he was assigned to serve as the interim Deputy Commanding General of the 21st TAACOM (Theater Army Area Command), the most diverse logistics unit in the Army.  This unit was responsible for preparing for war with the Soviet Union and supporting major operations in neighboring theaters.  During his General Officer phase, Wilson served as the Commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance School at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland; Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Materiel Command; Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics for the U.S. Army in Washington D.C.; and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

In 1973, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  While in Omaha, Wilson became involved with his community by becoming the President of the University’s Pen and Sword Society, representing veterans on the campus.  Further, he served as a student representative on the campus legislature.  Wilson also earned his Master of Science in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1977.

He served five overseas tours:  Germany (3), France, and Vietnam. After 39 years of service, General Wilson retired on 16 April 1999.  The awards and decorations Wilson received in the military include Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster); Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster); Bronze Star (with two oak leaf clusters); Meritorious Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters); Army Commendation Medal; Army Distinguished Service Medal; Master Parachutist Badge; Special Forces Tab; Army Staff Badge; and Army Good Conduct Medal.

Following his retirement, from 1999 to 2007, Wilson became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Dimensions International, Inc., a firm that provides aviation-related products to analyze and process information coming from radar systems, air traffic control computers, and communication systems.  Honeywell Corp. acquired Dimensions International in 2007, and Wilson served with Honeywell throughout the transition until 2009, when he retired.

Over the years, Wilson has served on the Morgan State University Board of Regents, Washington First Bank Board of Directors, ROCKS Intl, Career Comms Group, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Sigma Pi Phi.  He was nominated by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to serve on the Board of the Truman Library Institute. Wilson received the Meritorious Service Award from the NAACP and the Lifetime Achievement Award from U.S. Black Engineer magazine.  General Johnnie Wilson Middle School, a tower, and park in Lorain, Ohio was named after General Wilson.  General Wilson earned an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Alabama A&M University.

Wilson and his wife Helen reside in Virginia.

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Honorable Deborah Lee James (Chair)
Former Secretary, US Air Force
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Craig Albright
Craig Albright
Senior Finance Executive Xerox Corp (Former) and Executive Advisor
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Dr. Alex Alonso, PhD
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Joseph Anderson
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David Beitel
Chief Technology Officer, Zillow Group
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Sally Donnelly
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Cheryl Eliano
District 10 National Vice President, American Federation Of Government Employees
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Dr. Christopher S. Gopal, PhD
Executive, Consultant, Author & Educator, Global Supply Chain & Operations
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Linnie M. Haynesworth
Co-Chair, Defense Business Board; Former Vice President, Northrop Grumman; & Independent Board Director
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Erin Hill, Esq.
Former Chief Administrative Officer BNY Mellon
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Suzanne Leopoldi-Nichols
Former Chief Global Business Solutions Officer, WPP
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Jennifer McClure
Founder & CEO, Unbridled Talent, LLC
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Oscar Munoz
Retired Chairman, President & CEO United Airlines
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General Larry Spencer, US Air Force (Ret)
President, Armed Forces Benefit Association
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Dr. David Van Slyke, PhD
Dean, The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs Syracuse University
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General Joseph L. Votel, US Army (Ret)
Former Commander, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command
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Honorable David M. Walker
Former Comptroller General of the United States
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Robert Wolf
Robert Wolf
Founder, 32 Advisors
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Safroadu "Saf" Yeboah-Amankwah
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Anand Bahl, Chief Information Officer, Micron Technology, Inc.
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Greg Bowman, J.D., Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President of Corporate Development, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
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Matthew Daniel, Principal of Talent Strategy, Guild Education
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Marachel Knight, Senior Technology & Operations Executive AT&T (Former) and Board Director, Marvell Technology, Inc.
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Sarah Mineiro, Founder and CEO of Tanagra Enterprises
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The Honorable Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director, Belfer Center for Science and Internal Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
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Brig Gen Bernard Skoch, US Air Force (Ret), Chair of the Board, Air and Space Forces Association
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Stan Soloway, President & CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC
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Patricia J. Zarodkiewicz, President, PatZ Consulting, LLC
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