Lt. Jordan Johnson, an Atlanta native, has been selected to be honored as a “Technology Rising Star” during the 2020 Women of Color STEM Hybrid Conference in Detroit, Michigan in October.
Johnson serves as Fleet Communication Security Training Department Head at Naval Communications Security Material System (NCMS) at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.
NCMS administers the Department of the Navy Communications Security (COMSEC) program and serves as the central office of records for accounts and COMSEC material throughout Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command and the national COMSEC community. The command provides leadership, guidance and support to the Navy's information assurance program as the Navy's leading authority on public key infrastructure for unclassified and classified networks.
Johnson is a 2009 graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee High School and 2013 graduate of Spelman College with a degree in International Studies. She has served in the Navy for seven years and has maintained a sustained record of superior performance and dedication to excellence throughout her impressive career.
Lt. Johnson has always been extremely competitive and driven. During her time as a Surface Warfare Officer, she led three different divisions within the Combat Systems Department onboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) through a deliberate and methodical decommissioning program, ensuring all Navy assets were inventoried and transported with strict adherence to procedural compliance.
After transitioning to the restricted line community of Information Professionals, Johnson was hand-picked as an Officer-In-Charge at the Defense Information Systems Agency to ensure support to local Tier I and global Tier II operations for critical Joint C2 systems. Her efforts included maintaining 99.9% uptime for the critical information systems that aided Joint Staff Support Center Concepts of Operation Global Thunder and Vigilant Shield Exercises in support of U.S. Strategic Command operational goals and the 2016 State of the Union Address for the Office of the President of the United States.
As an active member of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA), Johnson’s dedication to the retention and professional development of the best and brightest talent in the U.S. Navy has been commendable. She is a motivated self-starter that wants to create an environment where all Naval Officers have access to mentorship and professional development.
During her time at the Naval Postgraduate School, Jordan led efforts to reinvigorate the Monterey chapter of the NNOA. After her departure, the chapter has continued to grow in membership and provides a venue for Navy and Marine Corps officers to receive professional development and mentorship beyond their classrooms.
Jordan’s impact within her community is another example of her drive and determination. She is an avid “STEM Ambassador” for "GirlTalk University," a platform originally developed on social media but since has evolved into a podcast to help young minority girls see their potential by promoting self-esteem and career development.
Through the Atlanta University Center Veterans and Military Affinity Group (AUC VMAG), Johnson mentored Atlanta-area Midshipmen who showed interest in the Surface Warfare Officer Information Professional Community. Her direct involvement resulted in four college students applying for and being accepted into the Navy’s SWO-IP community.
Johnson also makes time to volunteer at the Young Women’s Christian Association of the United States of America, Inc. (YWCA USA) in Seaside, California, and the Bethany House of Northern Virginia. Both organizations provide safe houses for victims of domestic violence. Jordan spends her time in these same safe houses providing free childcare and tutoring.
Lt. Johnson was featured on the cover of the July-September 2020 edition of InfoDOMAIN, the official online magazine of Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), the Naval Information Warfighting Development Center (NIWDC) and the entire Information Warfare Community.
The 2020 Women of Color STEM Hybrid Conference kicks off online Oct. 8, 2020 and culminates Oct. 10, with a gala awards spectacular. Johnson and other recipients of the Technology Rising Star and Technology All-Star awards will be recognized, Oct. 9, 2020. Since 1995, Women of Color magazine´s annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference has been the premier forum of choice for recognizing the significant contributions by women in STEM fields.