Commander of 1st Army to retire after 33 years
ANNAPOLIS -- Commander of the 1st United States Army, Lt. Gen. James Houston Johnson Jr., stationed at Fort Meade, announced yesterday his plans to retire in September.
"He's served 33 years in the Army and had an amazing career," said a headquarters spokesman. "It's just his time."
In February, several Meade officers said that they had been asked to take early retirement by June 1 to make room for younger officers as the military force shrinks, but a spokesman for the general confirmed that General Johnson's retirement is a voluntary decision.
The spokesman would not elaborate, however, on the general's reasons for retirement, and the general could not be reached.
General Johnson graduated from West Point 1960 as a second lieutenant. General Johnson was a division commander in the Persian Gulf war.
Manny's Place robbed; gunman escapes
BALTIMORE -- A gunman last night robbed Manny's Place, a popular delicatessen in the 2800 block of Smith Ave. in Northwest Baltimore.
City police said a man entered the restaurant at 7:32 p.m. armed with a small handgun and robbed the cashier of an undisclosed amount of money. Police described the suspect as a medium height black male wearing jeans and a cap with the logo of the Chicago Bulls.
Restaurant Manager Joseph Welty said no customers were injured or even aware that a robbery was in progress. The restaurant remained open after the robbery, he said.