DCC(SS/SW) David L. Johnston, USN
Born in 1964 in Ann Arbor, MI., David enlisted in the Navy in September,
1983 and attended Recruit Training at RTC Great Lakes. Upon successful
completion, Seaman Recruit Johnston moved on to the Basic Enlisted
Submarine School at SUBASE New London and completed that course in January, 1984
His first sea duty assignment was aboard the USS Darter SS-576, homeported in Sasebo,
Japan serving as a non-rated seaman in the Deck Division. He qualified in Submarines
in October, 1984 and then attended Quartermaster (or QM) "A" School at NTC Orlando,
completing that course in February, 1985.
Returning to the Darter, he was assigned to the Navigation Division and served
in a variety of assignments during the remainder of his tour of duty, advancing to
the rank of QM2(SS). In October, 1987 Petty Officer Johnston decided to leave active
duty service to pursue a civilian career.
After the events of 11 September 2001, he decided to re-enlist in the Naval Reserve.
Living in Des Moines, Iowa he was assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion TWO,
Det. 516 at NMCRC Des Moines. Due to the length of time outside of the Navy, he was
required to return as a non-rated Seaman. He was able to immediately participate in the
advancement exams and fairly short order had returned to his previous rate and rank.
In November, 2002 he was mobilized in support of Operation Noble Eagle and was
assigned to the Security Detachment at Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan spending 11
months on active duty at that assignment.
Upon demobilization, he returned to his assignment with ACB2 Det. 516.
His application to return to active duty in the Naval Reserve Full Time Support
(formerly Training and Administration of Reserves, or TAR) program was accepted
in August, 2004 and he was initially assigned to the staff of NMCRC Des Moines.
He attended the Basic Engineering Common Core school at NTC Great Lakes in November,
2004 and cross rated to Damage Controlman (DC). He graduated from that course as the Honor Student.
Since then, Petty Officer Johnston has served aboard MCM Crew Implicit at Naval
Station Ingleside, Texas. During this tour, Crew Implicit has been assigned to the
Mine Countermeasures Ships Defender (MCM-2), Warrior (MCM-10), Dextrous (MCM-13),
and Pioneer (MCM-9). He was meritoriously advanced by the Commanding Officer to
DC1 in January, 2006. From January to July 2006, Crew Implicit conducted a deployment
to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, embarked on the Dextrous.
In February, 2008 he rotated to shore duty and reported to the staff of the Naval
Operational Support Center, Brunswick, Maine where he serves as the Command Services
LCPO. On 16 September 2008, he was given the honor of being inducted into the ranks of
Chief Petty Officers of the United States Navy.
His awards include a COMSUBGRU 7 Letter of Commendation, the Navy Good Conduct Medal,
two Navy Achievement Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals,
the Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ "M" device, and four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.
Petty Officer Johnston is Qualified in Submarines and Surface Warfare. He is a member
of the U.S. Naval Institute and a contributor to Proceedings magazine.
Off duty hours are spent with his family, wife Angela from Brandon, Mississippi
and daughter Kathleen, 16. He is a contributing author for Pigboats.com, and a volunteer
photo analyst and researcher for Navsource.org, both naval history related websites