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Brigadier General Craig Johnson

Commanding General Tennessee State Guard

Brigadier General Craig Johnson is the Commanding General, Tennessee State Guard. He is responsible for the operation, training, and readiness for this organization that has four regiments each located in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga

Prior to assuming command of the all volunteer force, Brig. Gen. Johnson served with distinction for over 30 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard. In his last assignment he served as Commander, 194th Engineer Brigade, headquartered in Jackson, Tenn.

Brig. Gen. Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He is a licensed attorney and has been a Circuit Judge in the 14th Judicial District of the State of Tennessee since 1998, where he presides over criminal felony trials and civil jury trials. He is also a graduate of the National Judicial Academy in Reno, Nevada and the Administrative Office of the Courts Tennessee Judicial Academy.

The Tennessee State Guard is the all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department and is headquartered in Nashville. It consists of approximately 500 personnel and is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated 58 1-401.