A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and proud Father of six daughters, Brigadier General Johnny Davis was initially commissioned from New Mexico Military Institute in 1990 and entered active duty a few years later. He began his career with the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. After Maneuver Captain’s Career Course, he served with the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Company Commander and Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General. After Fort Bragg, BG Davis was assigned to Fort Myer, Virginia as the Commander of Delta Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard.” After Command and General Staff College, BG Davis was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as a Battalion and Brigade Operations Officer, and Brigade Executive Officer. He then served as the Aide to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and Joint Staff J8 Capabilities Officer at the Pentagon. BG Davis returned to Fort Campbell to command 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry and deployed to Afghanistan (OEF 10) as a Task Force Commander from 2010 to 2011.
After command, he deployed to Iraq (OND) with a follow-on transition to the Pentagon as the Aide to the Army Vice Chief of Staff. BG Davis attended the National War College at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C and followed with an assignment as the Director of the U.S. Wounded Warrior Program. In June 2014, BG Davis assumed command of the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” at Fort Myer. After command, BG Davis served in the Republic of Korea as the Executive Officer to the UNC/CFC/US Forces Korea Commanding General. Most recently, BG Davis served as Deputy Commanding General – Operations for the 25th Infantry Division.
BG Davis assumed command of the Joint Modernization Command on 14 June 2018.
His operational deployments include: Kuwait “Operation Southern Watch”; Sinai, Egypt; Haiti; Iraq OIF 05-07; Afghanistan OEF 10-11 and Iraq OIF-11. He has earned the Airborne Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab, as well as the Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Award, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Valorous Unit Award.
BG Davis is married to the former Stacy Northrop of Madison, Wisconsin since 1991. They have six children: CPT Whitney Davis, Sgt Madia Birchfield (USMC), Lucy, Johnnie, Rachael, Penny, and a great son-in-law Sgt Eric Birchfield (USMC).