Secret Service Hero Lauded
Capt. Gerald C. Johnson of the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division received the service's Award for Valor last week for interceding in a shooting in Prince George's County.
The award was given by Secret Service Director John Simpson.
Johnson, of Temple Hills, has been a member of the Uniformed Division since 1970 and is assigned to the White House.
The shooting occurred on May 22, while Johnson was waiting for service at the Cottman Transmission Service Center on St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills, according to the Secret Service. He saw an argument between two employes. About 20 minutes later, one of the employes came back into the building with a shotgun. Moments later Johnson heard shots fired.
Johnson, who was unarmed and off duty, went to a nearby store and told employes to call the police, his Secret Service supervisers said.
He then ran back to the transmission center and ordered the employe to drop the shotgun, according to the Secret Service citation.
The man obeyed and Johnson held him until Prince George's County Police arrived.
The other employe was shot twice but recovered.Senior Reserve Rear Admiral Retires
When L.O. (Buz) Warfield of Annapolis won his wings of gold as a Navy aviator, the service's pilots were flying propeller-driven planes off narrow straight-deck carriers and World War II was a recent memory.
Last weekend, Warfield wore his Navy uniform for the last time as the nation's senior reserve rear admiral. "It's time to go," said the Baltimore native as he ended 42 years of naval service in a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base.
His retirement attracted a number of senior reserve officers who praised the admiral for his work improving the readiness of the nation's reserve forces.
"Buz, your many contributions help to ensure an honorable future for our Navy and the Naval Reserve," said Rear Adm. F. Neale Smith, commander of the Naval Reserve Force. Smith presented Warfield with his second award of the Legion of Merit, one of the military's highest peacetime awards.
Officials of Warfield's civilian employer, Amoco Oil, were also on hand to praise the silver-haired flag officer for his sense of civic responsibility. "Buz, I can't imagine how you done it," said John Bergman, an Amoco vice president.
Warfield, 60, is the Washington-Baltimore marketing director for the Chicago-based petroleum company and officials said his reserve duties never detracted from his civilian job.
He was called to active duty three times during his four decades in the Navy, once as an enlistee shortly after World War II, then for the Korean war and finally as commanding officer of a Naval Air squadron recalled for the Pueblo crisis in 1968.
He was selected for captain while on active duty, a rare honor for a reservist.
Warfield held numerous commands in the reserve program in the Washington area, including a two-year tour as head of Naval Reserve Command Region Six, a Washington Navy Yard command that covers about 8,000 reservists serving in the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District.
More recently he served on the Defense Department's Reserve Policy Board and as an assistant deputy Chief of Naval Operations for logistics. Technology Teacher Honored
Robert C. Gray, a teacher in the math, sciences and technology magnet program at Francis Scott Key Middle School in District Heights, has been selected as the "Outstanding Technology Education Teacher in Maryland," school officials announced.
The award was presented last month by the Technology Education Association of Maryland.