Major Jacob M. Johnston, from Davison, Michigan, was commissioned from the United States Military Academy, at West Point, in June 2001, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He branched Aviation and upon completion of Flight School and the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior qualification course, he was assigned to Desperado Troop, 1-1 CAV, 1st Armored Division, in Büdingen, Germany. While assigned to 1-1 CAV, MAJ Johnston served as an Air Cavalry Platoon Leader both in Germany and during the Squadron's deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, during OIF I. Upon returning from Iraq, MAJ Johnston served as the Squadron Adjutant/S1. After graduating from the Aviation Captains Career Course in April 2006, he was assigned to 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, then 1-6 CAV, at Fort Carson, Colorado. MAJ Johnston commanded Bandit Troop, 1-6 CAV from December 2006 until June 2008, while at Fort Carson and during the Troop's deployment to Tikrit, Iraq, as part the CAB, 1st Infantry Division, MND-North. MAJ Johnston graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in May 2011, and is currently serving as an Economics Instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.