Biography

LCol Lyle Johnson CD

 

  

  LCol Johnson was born in Craik Sk. and raised in Moose Jaw where he currently resides. He began his cadet career in 1964 as a member of 1856 Moose Jaw Schools Cadet Corps where he progressed from cadet to civilian instructor, officer and now volunteer. Positions in the corps include; training officer, administrative officer and commanding officer (3 times for a total of 10 years). Since his appointment as CO of RMNACSTC in 2000 and it’s subsequent promotions,  he continued to be active in the corps as a true volunteer in the administrative officer’s position.  He has attended a total of 37 summer camps which include 2 as a cadet. During his summers he has been a platoon commander, Coy 2IC, Coy OC, training cadre section OC, PIO, Chief Trgn O, OC Admin/LogO, DCO and training centre CO. His 26 years at the Banff/Rocky national training centre are the most by any person and he is also the first course graduate to command that training centre. From 2004-2006 he was employed at the Connaught National Cadet Training Centre in Ottawa working in the army cadet marksmanship program culminating in his being the Commandant of the National Rifle Team in 2006. In 2007 he returned to the Vernon training centre as the DCO. The most recent activity in the military world is the appointment to the Branch Advisory Council of the CIC as the regional chair for prairie region, a tasking he is  looking forward to with much anticipation.

  In civilian life LCol Johnson is a high school drama teacher at AE Peacock Collegiate where he has taught for 36 of his 38 teaching years. At school and in the community he has produced and/or directed over 60 dramas, musicals, one-act plays (including 3 provincial festival winners), in addition to coaching the school’s Improv team. In the drama world he is an adjudicator, workshop presenter, and pilot program teacher. He has served for 12 years as an executive member of the Sask. Drama Association including terms as president and vice president. His various community involvement; Crime Stoppers, Miss Canada pageant organizer, motorcycle safety instructor, city recreation board member and executive member of various organizations, earned him the Moose Jaw Citizen of the Year and recognition from the Sask Government as a volunteer award recipient. Lyle is also the host of a weekly TV show on Shaw cable, “Moose Jaw This Week”, which is into its’ 26th season with over 860 shows completed.

   For recreation he plays hockey with his buddies on the gOLDens no hit hockey team, rides his bike and motorcycles or flies his ultralight “The Slowbird” when the winds are kind. He is the holder of several Canadian and world records for distance and speed in the Challenger II Special painted in the authorized official paint scheme of 431 Sqn’s “Snowbirds”.

     He is the recipient of the Canada 125 medal, nominated by his MP, and the CD 2, which he received in Mar 2001. In Nov 2002 he was presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant  Govenor of Sask after again being nominated by his MP(different one this time!) for his involvement in the community and dedication to youth.  He was recognized by the Sask. government in 2006 with the Sask. Centennial Medal.