Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of Verdell and Marian Johnson of Cleghorn, was promoted to Colonel in the U.S. Army.
Col. Patricia D. Horoho, commander of DeWitt Health Care Network presided over a presentation ceremony held Feb. 3.
Johnson graduated from South Dakota State University in 1982 and received her commission through the Reserve Officers Training Corps upon graduation. She earned her Masters of Science in Adult Nursing with a functional role in Education from South Dakota State University in 1992.
Johnson is currently assigned to DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Va., as the Assistant Deputy Commander for Nursing. She completed the Officer Basic and Officer Advanced courses, Periopeerative Nursing course, Combined Arms Services Staff School, numerous clinical courses, Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Strategy Course.
Johnson's assignments include clinical staff nurse, McDonald Army Community Hospital, Fort Eustis, Va.; operating room staff nurse, Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii; Head Nurse, 47th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Lewis, Wash,; Director, Perioperative Nursing Course, Madigan Army Medical Center, Wash.; Chief Perioperative Nursing at 121 General Hospital, Seoul, Korea; Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, New York; and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.
She deployed to Honduras in 1983 with the 41st Combat Support Hospital, in support of Ahaus Tara II.
Johnson will assume duties as Chief Perioperative Nurse at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. on March 15.
Johnson's awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), and Expert Field Medical Badge.
She served as Chief of Perioperative Nursing at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center when the hospital was awarded the Army Superior Award and Meritorious Unit Commendation during Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. She is a member of the Army Medical Department's Order of Military Medical Merit.
Johnson was born at Fort Lee, Va., and raised on the family farm near Cleghorn. She graduated from Meriden-Cleghorn High School. She currently resides in Woodbridge, Va.