Johnson was assisted in the process by the non-partisan, volunteer Sixth Congressional District Service Academy Nomination Board. The board
conducted interviews with applicants in December. After
applications and test scores were reviewed by Congressman Johnson and
the board, fourteen students were recommended for nomination.
applicants still must meet the requirements of each individual service
academy; each academy will then make the final decision on who receives
an appointment of admission. Several students were nominated for
multiple academies; if they receive offers from multiple academies, the
student will decide which to attend.
Johnson entered the Air Force in 1973 and retired as a Lieutenant
Colonel after a military career of more than 26 years.