Veteran of the Week: Master Chief Shawn Johnson

Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Shawn Johnson was born in Corpus Christi and later moved to Cedar Park.  He was in the first class when Cedar Park opened in 1998 and was a standout running back for the Timberwolves.  He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Management from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

Master Chief Johnson joined the Navy in January 2009 and immediately after boot camp was accepted into the Basic Underwater Demolitions School. After graduating from BUDs he immediately started SEAL Qualification Training (SQT). After graduating from SEAL Qualification in 2010 he took a two-month extensive course on parachuting before joining SEAL Team Three based in Coronado, Ca.  Since 2010, he has been deployed on three combat tours- twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq.  During those deployments Master Chief Johnson took on several positions as a part of three different platoons. Some of his duties and responsibilities included Automatic Weapons (AW) Gunner, Platoon Lead Breacher, Troop Lead Breacher, Troop Leader, Lead Petty Officer, and Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA). Over those three deployments, Master Chief Johnson played a vital role in over 200 ground- operation missions, over 30 parachute jumps, 100+ open water dives, and engaged in dozens of firefights with enemy combatants located in both countries. He has received many awards to include: National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon X 2, NATO Medal X 2, Good Conduct Medal X 2, Navy and Marine Corp Sea Service Ribbon and The Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal w/Combat Valor.

His commendation for the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal reads: On 9 April 2012, Petty Officer Johnson displayed uncommon valor when insurgents launched a violent Automatic Weapon attack on his patrol.  While his Teammates were pinned down by the complex enemy attack, Petty Officer Johnson immediately moved from cover and engaged the insurgent machine gun position, effectively suppressing the enemy and allowing his exposed squad to maneuver to safety.  Petty Officer Johnson’s exceptional professionalism, unrelenting perseverance and loyal devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service….

Master Chief Johnson also Served as Chairman of the SEAL Legacy Foundation.   In just five years, the foundation has provided more than $3 million in direct support to Fallen and Injured SEALs and their families, and over $1 million in educational scholarships.

Master Chief Johnson retired Honorably in January of 2017, and now resides in Dripping Springs with his wife Jennifer and three girls Alyvia , Milla, and Rylie. They run their own small family business together, and are very grateful for the memories and friendships they have made.

Special Warfare Operator, Master Chief Sean Johnson…You are a true American Hero and tonight the Vandegrift and Lehman communities, Thank You, for your service and sacrifice for our country!