2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Chicago State University (1992)

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Col. (Ret.) Nick Johnson was born on July 19, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois.

He attended Chicago State University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and the Army ROTC Program. He graduated and received his commission into the Illinois National Guard in 1992.

Johnson’s command assignments include Charlie Company and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment. He later assumed battalion command of 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment and then brigade command of the 65th Troop Command. He was also the Deputy Commander for JTF-Illinois for Covid 19 response.

Johnson continues to volunteer with Army ROTC Cadets at Minority Serving Institutions by providing leader professional development sessions and working one-on-one with young students.

“He has inspired our demographically diverse population towards a lifetime of service to the nation,” Lt. Col. Araya Rutnarak, Professor of Military Science, said.

As a civilian, Colonel Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist with the US Department of Veterans Affairs at the Naval Station Great Lakes’ Recruit Evaluation Unit.

Johnson retired from the National Guard on May 30, 2022 after 32 years of service. His military awards and accolades include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal (2).

About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame

The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.

The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.

Read more about the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees.