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Deputy to the Commander
Melanie Johnson

Melanie Johnson currently serves as the Deputy to the Commander for the Joint Munitions Command. JMC is responsible for the management of $61 billion of munitions and missiles. JMC manages plants that produce more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition annually and depots that store the nation's ammunition for training and combat.

Ms. Johnson is the organization’s senior civilian responsible for sustainment, production, storage, issue and demilitarization of conventional ammunition for all U.S. military services.

Prior to this position, Ms. Johnson served as the Executive Director and Principal Assistant responsible for Contracting for the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island, a major contracting center of the U.S. Army Contracting Command. She served as the center’s senior civilian procurement authority, supporting the total contracting requirements of diverse customers including the U.S. Army Sustainment Command; the Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command; the Program Executive Office–Ammunition; the Program Executive Office- Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives and Chemical Materials Agency; and, the Office of the Administrative Assistant for the Secretary of the Army. She advised the commanding generals and executive officers of supported commands and activities on the total contracting process. She was responsible for staff supervision and management of major contracting areas including ammunition, installations, chemical demilitarization, information technology, the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), Army prepositioned stocks, reachback for Southwest Asia, and contract support staff, having oversight of more than 500 employees and in excess of $80 billion worth of contracts.

Ms. Johnson previously served as the Director of Field Support Contracting, ACC–RI where she led approximately 200 contracting professionals executing actions in the sustainment, reachback, and LOGCAP Contracting divisions, as well as the Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise Contracting Office.

Ms. Johnson has more than 35 years of acquisition experience including service as the Chief, ACC-RI Installation Contracting Division, August 2009-December 2010; Army Sustainment Command Executive Officer, October 2008-July 2009; and as Chief, Propellants, Explosives and Artillery Contracting Branch, May 2005-October 2008. She has also held various procuring contracting officer and source selection assignments for the execution and management of facilities and production contracts for conventional ammunition produced at commercial facilities, government-owned, contractor-operated installations, and government-owned, government-operated installations; as well as non-standard ammunition for foreign military sales in support of the Afghanistan and Iraq missions.

Ms. Johnson graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor of art degree in Liberal Arts. She earned a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. She is an Army Acquisition Corps member, Level III certified in contracting, and Level I certified in program management. She has completed the Army Senior Executive Education Program – Basic and Intermediate courses, the Army Force Integration course and the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service APEX 40 course. Ms. Johnson is also the recipient of the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe award and Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.