Lieutenant General Johnnie H. Corns commanded the US Army, Pacific, from July 1991 until September 1993, his last major duty assignment. Commissioned as a second lieutenant in November 1958, he went on to serve in the Infantry and Special Forces in Vietnam. The source of his commission was ROTC.
Corns graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Government. He earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Shippensburg State College. His military education includes the Armed Forces Staff College and the US Army War College.
His first major command was Brigade Commander for 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea from 1978-1979. Upon promotion to Major General, Corns commanded the 6th Infantry Division (Light) as well as Fort Richardson, Alaska from 1986-1988. From there he served as Commanding General, US Army Japan and Commanding General, IX Corps, APO San Francisco until 1989.
Additional major duty assignments for Corns included serving as the Chief of the Plans and Operations Division for the Chief of Legislative Liaison, US Army, as well as Deputy Chief, Legislative Liaison, for the Secretary of the US Army. He served as Assistant Division Commander for the 7th Infantry Division, Fort Ord, California, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Training for the US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. General Corns was the Inspector General for the US Army in Washington, DC from 1989-1991.
Among General Corns' decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army General Staff Identification Badge. He retired on 30 November 1993.