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Brig. Gen. Russell JohnsonBrig. Gen. Russell Johnson/Director of the Joint Staff

Brigadier General Johnson’s military career began in 1981 as an enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps. He has served with the Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho Army National Guard. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Idaho and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.


Col. Britt C. VanshurChief of the Joint Staff – JFHQ-ID: Col. Britt C. Vanshur

Colonel Britt C. Vanshur is the Chief of the Joint Staff, Joint Forces Headquarters, Idaho National Guard. He serves as the full time principal advisor to the Adjutant General, the Director of the Joint Staff and the Idaho Office of Emergency Management on a broad range of Joint military and domestic operations matters concerning the Department of Defense, the Departments of the Air and Army National Guard, and the Idaho Military Division; Additionally, he directs the State Partnership Program with the Kingdom of Cambodia, 101st WMD/Civil Support Team and Idaho National Guard Counter Drug operations.


CSM LINDA BURKHARTCommand Sgt. Maj. Linda Burkhart

Command Sgt. Maj. Linda Burkhart is responsible for advising Brig. Gen. Russell Johnson on all matters impacting the unit’s enlisted force, including assessing their morale, welfare and training.


Contact the Joint Operations Center (JOC)

Military emergency number at 208-272-5755.

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