Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
Master Sergeant James D. Johnston was born in Temple, Texas on 28 May
1930. He attended Alamo Heights High School in Alamo Heights, Texas, and
in 1948 joined the Texas Air National Guard as a member of the 182d
Fighter Interceptor Squadron. He attended a 26 week technical training
course at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming, where he graduated with
honors. In 1956, he was assigned as an automotive mechanic in the 149th
Fighter Group, Texas Air National Guard. In 1957, he was reassigned to
the Ground Equipment shop, where he served as foreman from 1960 - 1979.
In June 1979, he was reassigned as Transportation Foreman. On October 2,
1983, he became the aircraft mechanic general foreman, and shortly
thereafter was promoted to grade of chief master sergeant. He retired
from the Air Technician Program after 32 years service in 1985.
Thereafter, he served four years on the Senior Enlisted Advisory
Council, TXANG and two years as the State Senior Enlisted Advisor.
Sergeant Johnston was a member of the Alamo RAMS serving as treasurer,
vice president, and on the board of directors. He is a charter member of
the Air Force Sergeants Association, as well as a member of Alamo
Chapter of Air Force Association. He is also an active Life Member of
National Guard Association of Texas and the Masonic Order. He has served
on the board of directors for the Security Service Federal Credit Union
for 17 years.
In recognition of his long and dedicated service, Sergeant Johnston was
awarded the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal, the Korean Service
Medal and numerous other state and federal Awards. Among his civilian
awards is the Minuteman Award from the National Guard Association of
Chief Master Sergeant Johnston is the epitome of a citizen soldier. His
dedication to his community and his loyalty to his state and nation
serve as a shining example for his fellow citizens and future Airmen of
the Texas Air National Guard.
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