Unbridled Service: Why they serve in Kentucky

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Story and photo by Sgt. Paul Evans, HHC 103rd Brigade Support Battalion

Spc. Johnny Johnson, Headquarters Company 103rd Brigade Support Battalion

HARRODSBURG, Ky. — Spc. Johnny Johnson can still recall cooking at his family’s restaurant, Wyonette’s in Harrodsburg for 7 years prior to joining the Kentucky Army National Guard at the age of 21.  According to Johnson, “I just wanted to better my career and do something better with my life.”

Eight years later, Johnson is a supply specialist for Headquarters Co. 103rd Brigade Support Battalion in Harrodsburg, and a crucial member of the supply section.

Staff Sgt. Eddie Donahue, Johnson’s supervisor in the 103rd has only good things to say: “I wish I had a whole unit full of Johnsons. He’s a hard worker.”

Johnson started as a combat engineer for Headquarters Co. 206th Engineer Battalion, which was in Harrodsburg at the time. He deployed 2005-2006 with A Co. 206th, serving as a gunner on security convoys on the roads around Forward Operating Base Scania, Baghdad International Airport, Camp Anaconda, and the city of Taji. During his time in Iraq, Johnson also served as a prison guard at Abu Ghraib.

Johnson says he loves the National Guard mostly because of his fellow Soldiers.

“You get all different types of people…and they work together like it’s a family.”

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