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1st Army commander to retire after 33 years


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 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.

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