Brig. Gen. Johnston pins on first star

Capt. Erin Dorrance
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Lt. Gen. Rod Bishop, commander, Air Command Europe, presided over a ceremony Tuesday at the Ramstein Officers’ Club where Col. Rich Johnston, KMC and 86th Airlift Wing commander, received a promotion to the rank of brigadier general.

“It is not every day we promote someone to the rank of general in the U.S. Air Force,” General Bishop said. “In fact, it is probably more difficult to make general in today’s Air Force than ever before. Out of every 100 lieutenants, only three make colonel. And out of every 100 colonels, only three make general.”

Brig. Gen. Johnston leads a wing composed of four groups, 14 squadrons and one detachment. The wing’s primary mission is to conduct airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation operations flying the C-21, C-20H, C-40B and C-130E aircraft. He has a dual role as a wing and KMC commander; which is composed of the largest American community outside the U.S. The KMC includes more than 53,000 personnel living and working on five separate military installations including Ramstein, Sembach, Vogelweh, Einsiedlerhof and Kapaun.

General Bishop acknowledged General Johnston’s accomplishments and responsibilities.

“Ramstein is a better place because you and Terry (General Johnston’s wife) are here,” he said.

Please see page 5 for an in-depth Q&A with General Johnston.