FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 29, 2019
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in partnership with Tacoma Rotary Club #8, recognizes an outstanding military citizen for civic contributions to resident military personnel with the John H. Anderson award. Anderson, a military veteran and former Tacoma mayor, was an accomplished civic leader, successful local business owner, and past Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors.
This year’s Military Affairs Committee announces Technical Sergeant Joel Johnson as the 41st John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award recipient.
TSgt Joel Johnson is an experienced servant-leader who embodies the Air Force Core Values of integrity, service, and excellence through active community service and simultaneous execution of his roles as a Unit Deployment Manager, one of 61 elite members of the Prime Nuclear Airlift Force maintenance team, and as one of 43 Flying Crew Chiefs. In the past year, Sergeant Johnson served as the Joint-Base Lewis McChord Team 5/6 Airmen Against Drunk Driving President.
During his time as president, he organized 16 Airmen to volunteer for 130 hours. preventing 100 Airmen from driving under the influence of alcohol. During this time, he also volunteered at a Pierce County elementary school where he judged 90 science projects, boosting community and installation relations. In the 62d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, he headed the deployed Key Spouse program, serving 260 deployed families. He led 11 Airmen to provide landscaping services and yard waste removal. easing families' burdens and raising morale.
TSgt Johnson organized his seven-member workplace to volunteer on a weekly basis at Pierce County Food Bank, where they distributed 1.000 food items to less fortunate families. Finally, he liaised with the Tacoma Rainiers' owner, coordinated game tickets and game-time recognition. ultimately raising morale for 100 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen and their families.
Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and members of Tacoma Rotary #8, at the award reception Thursday, November 7th – 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Rotary members that served in the Armed Forces will also be honored during this monthly luncheon. For more information and registration, click here or visit the Chamber’s calendar.
PICTURES COURTESY OF CHELSEY KNAUSS, JOEL'S WIFE