June 25, 2010

Johnson named to lead Virginia Air National Guard

From Staff Reports

Brig. Gen. Wayne A. Wright, the acting Adjutant General of Virginia, has appointed Col. Zane R. Johnson of the Virginia Air National Guard to serve as the Assistant Adjutant General for Air. The appointment is effective June 21, 2010.


Col. Zane R. Johnson

“Col. Johnson brings a wealth of both military and civilian aviation experience as well as command experience with him to this position, and I am confident that his leadership will make a positive impact on the Virginia Air National Guard,” Wright said.

As the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Johnson is responsible for leading the Virginia Air National Guard, assisting and empowering Virginia Airmen in executing their respective plans, programs and missions. He analyzes and evaluates training programs and operational readiness levels to determine mission capability and unit effectiveness. He is the primary advisor to the Adjutant General of Virginia on Air National Guard affairs at both the state and federal level.

Johnson is a 1984 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, and he earned his commission through Air Force ROTC. After an initial active duty tour in the Air Force, he transitioned to the New Jersey Air National Guard in 1991 and then transferred to the Virginia Air National Guard in 1996. He is a command pilot with more 3,000 flying hours in the F-15, F-16 and F-22 and over 5,000 hours commercial time.

Prior to assuming his current position, Johnson served as the vice commander of the Virginia Air National Guard’s 192d Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base. His previous assignments include serving as director of operations for Joint Force Headquarters Virginia-Air, commander of the 192d Operations Support Flight and flight commander in the 149th Fighter Squadron.

Johnson is a commercial airline pilot in his civilian career and lives in Williamsburg with his wife and two children.

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