Mr. Keith Johnson

METC Deputy Commandant

Mr. Keith Johnson is the Deputy Commandant of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), Education and Training Directorate (J7), Defense Health Agency. The METC is an extensive, state-of-the-art enlisted medical training institution for Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard medics, corpsmen and technicians. METC was created to meet the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to co-locate training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. METC is the first stop for nearly all entry level, enlisted medical training and a point of return for a majority of advanced enlisted medical training.

Mr. Johnson has led healthcare organizations in the Military Health System and federal sector and has over thirty years of experience in healthcare administration and policy. As Deputy Commandant, he assists the METC Commandant in leading a workforce of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel and an average of 5,500 students on campus on any given day.

Prior to joining the civilian service, Mr. Johnson served in the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps officer. He completed his military service as the Director for Administration of the METC where he played a pivotal role in directing the day-to-day operations of the campus, leveraging a fiscal budget of $52.9M to enhance the human, logistical, technical, and operational infrastructures embedded in the METC’s 1.1M sq./ft. campus. He oversaw 14 instructional/support facilities that offered state-of-the-art lab space; $8.5K cutting-edge medical equipment items, to include robotics and simulators; $40M in the latest computer network assets.

Mr. Johnson previously served as the Deputy Director for the National Capital Medical Director (NCRMD), Executive Officer to the Chief of the Medical Service Corps and Command Surgeon-US Army North. In his role as the Deputy Director, Mr. Johnson advised and assisted the NCR Director with oversight of the Defense Health Agency’s direct care hospital system ($1.2B budget, 10,000 employees, and 110,000 enrolled patients) and the Military Health System’s largest enhanced Multi-Service Market.

Mr. Johnson also served as an Army Aeromedical Evacuation Pilot and is qualified in the UH-1 Iroquois and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.

Mr. Johnson was born in Stuttgart, West Germany and raised in Maryland. He holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Union University.