Rear Admiral Johnson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Security Affairs and earned his naval aviator Wings of Gold in February 1981. He commanded at all aviation levels and logged more that 4200 flight hours, while deploying extensively throughout the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Pacific regions. His postgraduate education include a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a master’s in National Strategic Studies from the National War College in Washington, DC. In 2011-12, he was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow. Johnson completed three Flag command tours, including one four-year assignment as Navy Safety Chief and Commander, Naval Safety Center. While there, he orchestrated a fundamental shift in the Navy’s safety culture and set new safety achievement records, including the safest year in Naval Aviation’s 100-year history. A recognized STEM advocate, he was awarded the National Society of Black Engineers Golden Torch Award in 2007 for lifetime achievement in Government. Passionate about youth development and aviation workforce expansion, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Field of Firsts Foundation, the Board of Advisors for Elizabeth City State University’s aviation program and a Founding Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Leadership LINKS, Inc. Johnson retired from active duty in 2012 and now lives in Maryland.
Brandon McDonald graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Aviation and Engineering Program. In addition to earning his degree, he also earned his Private Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor certifications. Brandon went on to complete research for the Department of Transportation and earn a Master of Education in Technology Education. Since graduation, Brandon has accumulated more than 600 Pilot in Command flight hours. He also in his third year as primary flight instructor for the SHABACH! Christian Academy STEM-Aviation Program. A native of the Washington DC metro area, he currently lives in Silver Spring, MD.
<Clarence Garden is a 2008 Graduate of Alabama State University (BA in Political Science) and a 2015 graduate of American Military University (MA in International Relations). While in College, he was a member of the Air Force ROTC program and a University Ambassador. He was initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in 2007. Upon graduation from college, Clarence served 4 years on active duty as an Air Force Officer. His assignments included Florida, Mississippi, and Delaware. He currently holds a CFI rating, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Rating. Originally, from Atlanta, Georgia, Clarence and wife now reside in Bowie, MD.
Alexander graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2015 with a degree in Operations Research. In 2014, he spent his summer cruise flying helicopters with HSC-22 in Norfolk, VA. He also completed the 4-week Powered Flight Program, consisting of ground school, 10 hours of flight time and a solo flight in a Piper Warrior. Alexander will continue flying and pursuing his private pilot license.
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Justice is a recent graduate of SHABACH! Christian Academy, where he completed three years of aeronautics and aviation study in the school’s new STEM-Aviation program. He was recognized as the top STEM-Aviation student for SY 2015-16 and was awarded the program’s “High Flyer” award. An outstanding leader, he is a Life Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and an Airman First Class with the Civil Air Patrol, the official U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. There he has begun the journey to earn his pilot certification. Justice will be attending Bishop McNamara High School in the fall and aspires to become a pilot in the US Air Force.