2d Lt Deborah A. Johnson

2d Lt Deborah A. Johnson is Assistant Public Affairs Officer for the Civil Air Patrol Washington Wing and reports directly to the Public Affairs Director. Her role involves assisting all 28 unit commanders and PAOs within the wing as directed including, but not limited to, internal and external communications (ex. press releases, advocacy efforts, squadron communications). Lieutenant Johnson is the direct descendant of a founding member of the Civil Air Corp who participated in the September 7, 1941, Jamestown, New York air meet prior to the official founding of the organization December 1, 1941. It was the largest one-day gathering of privately owned light planes in the history of aviation. The primary purpose was for the formation of a district Civilian Air Corp among private flyers who would aid the national defense. Her grandfather was involved with search and rescues for CAP prior to being sent to war as a B-17 pilot during WWII. Lieutenant Johnson comes to the Washington Wing with more than two decades of experience establishing communication and relationships with media organizations, civic groups, elected officials and grass roots coalitions. When not involved with the Civil Air Patrol, Johnson performs public affairs activities as a contracted executive director for two state organizations and one international society. In additional she currently chairs a state non-profit addressing the second leading cause of cancer death in men and is responsible for all aspects of the organization including its branding and internal/external communication plans. Additional CAP Public Affairs responsibilities includes acting as the senior Public Affairs Officer for Overlake Composite Squadron, PCR-WA 050. She reports directly to the Squadron Commander at all echelons of command and as such, is the adviser to the commander on all internal and external public affairs matters. She works with the commander to implement and manage the Public Affairs Program and comply with CAPR 190-1. Her responsibilities include assisting the commander with both internal and external information programs to include media and community relations. She directly supervises and assists cadet and assistant PAOs in all unit public affairs activities.


(Current as of 26-Apr-16)