Meet The Team
Rear Admiral Johnson graduated from the United States Naval Academy and earned his naval aviator Wings of Gold. He commanded at all aviation levels and logged more than 4200 flight hours while deploying extensively throughout the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Pacific regions. His postgraduate education includes 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. He was also 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 as Chairman, Board of Advisors for Elizabeth City State University’s aviation program, on the Board of Directors for the Field of Firsts Foundation, and a Founding Board Member and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Leadership LINKS, Inc.
Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Aviation and Engineering Program. Brandon went on to complete research for the Department of Transportation and earn a Master of Education in Technology Education. Brandon has accumulated more than 600 Pilot in Command flight hours and currently holds his Private Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor certifications.
Clarence Garden is a graduate of Alabama State University (BA in Political Science) and a 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.
Antoinette Paris-Hudson was the first African-American woman to graduate from Kansas State University’s Aviation Program (B.A. in Aeronautical Technology and minor in Aviation Safety). Following graduation, she worked for Textron Aviation, the world’s largest general aviation manufacturer, as a flight dispatcher and Flying Club Flight Instructor. She later served as a Flight Specialist at Elizabeth City State University, instructing and mentoring college students to earn their professional certifications. Antoinette is now a First Officer with PSA Airlines. She currently holds ATP, Commercial, Single/Multi-Engine, CFI and CFII certifications.
Chief Information Officer
James Johnson is an Information Technology graduate of Hampton University. When not busy in the Cybersecurity/IT arena, he stays active with entrepreneurial interests, recreational athletics, and pursuing his private pilot’s license.
Chief Investment Officer
Alexander Johnson graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in Operations Research and currently serves as a Naval Intelligence Officer. He oversees capital investments for the company and informs future aircraft procurement and capital expenditures. Having already soloed, Alexander continues to fly and pursue his private pilot license.
Nilah is working through her second year at the United States Naval Academy as an Operations Research major and continues to pursue her passion as a budding aviatrix. In addition to maintaining a full academic load, she stays active with extracurricular activities, including the Women’s Rugby Team and directing public affairs for the Midshipmen Black Studies Club. Nilah plans to commission into the U. S. Marine Corps and fly the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
High School Ambassador
Caleb Smith, a high school junior and notable scholar, participates in both Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and USAF JROTC. After obtaining a glider scholarship, he completed his glider private pilot’s license (Nov 2021) in minimal time and earned the distinction of being the youngest glider pilot in America. He continues to actively pursue his PPL while mentoring several young aviation enthusiasts who are following his lead. Caleb’s goals and aspirations include attending a service academy and flying for a major airline.