July 4: White Oak native retires from military with wonderful memories, honored service

Wendell Johnson, a native of White Oak, will retire after 28 years of service and dedication to the military.

Johnson is Chief Warrant Officer 5 at Fort Bragg.

As a young child, Johnson wanted to be a lot of things, from a doctor or a professional athlete to a business owner. According to Johnson, he was not quite successful in becoming a professional athlete, but in his profession he has been able and absolutely honored to help doctors and nurses do their jobs by making sure they have access. the right medical devices and medical device systems at the right time to do their jobs in providing the best patient care to soldiers and civilians.

Johnson graduated from NC A&T. He had student loans that he had to pay off, and joining the military provided him with that opportunity. After signing a six-year contract, the military paid off all of his student loans and at the same time taught him a valuable skill that he can use outside of the military in repairing biomedical equipment.

While at A&T, Johnson majored in industrial technology with a concentration in electronics due to the curriculum and training he provided.

“It allowed me to learn writing, project management and electronics theory to name a few,” Johnson wrote in an email. “And as you may know, project management is a sought-after skill in the industry today.”

Johnson said he and the woman he would marry, Gwent, were students at Bladen Lakes Primary School. He went to old school Tar Heel High and Gwen to old East Bladen on US 701. But then they reconnected.

“After college and having gone through our lives, we saw each other again through my brother and sister,” Johnson wrote. “The rest is history. I am so blessed to have him in my life.

They celebrated their 26th birthday together on June 24.

Johnson considers his greatest achievement to be to give his life to Christ. This turned out to be an outlet to discuss anything without any repercussions, according to Johnson.

“I couldn’t have written a better script for the life Christ gave me,” Johnson wrote in his email. “Especially my family. My wife Gwen and my two wonderful children Bryan and Savana.

His favorite hobbies are golf, motorcycling and basketball.

According to Johnson, his main duty was to be able to help the army fight and win the country’s wars.

“As an enlisted soldier, my duty as a biomedical equipment repairer was to ensure that medical devices were always in high readiness and safe for patients,” Johnson wrote. “Training other soldiers was one of the most rewarding jobs. It is a great feeling to see soldiers achieve their goals with the training and support that NCOs provide on a daily basis. “

After eight years as a private, Johnson became a warrant officer. The warrant officer is the technical expert in a specific field. For Johnson, he has become a technical expert in the field of health technology management. These tasks were to ensure that healthcare facilities, whether in a deployed environment or at the home station, had the latest military technology.

Johnson said no one ever knows who is watching them.

“You behave in a way that viewers wonder what you do for a living,” Johnson wrote. “Once they find out that you are a soldier, the level of respect tends to increase for our armed forces. I always act in a way that will bring credit to the military. Not that I’m perfect, but I try to show dignity and respect in and out of the uniform.

Personally, Johnson believes that all young people should be required to join the Armed Forces after high school, at least for two years.

“It gives you an income when you try to figure out what you want to do with your life and teach a trade for those who aren’t planning on going to college,” Johnson wrote. “You will also have the chance to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Most importantly, it is about taking care of your country and your fellow human beings regardless of race, creed or national origin. “

He decided to retire because the time had come. He says it provided a good life for him and his family.

“We gave him a great 28-year streak,” Johnson said.

Brendaly Vega Davis can be reached at 910-247-9132 or [email protected]

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