Capt. Charles "Brian" Johnston, a native of Brocton, retired from the United States Navy on Sept. 1, 2013 after 30 years of service. Capt. Johnston graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering. Shortly afterward, he received his commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy and was designated as a cryptologic officer (1610). He subsequently graduated from the Defense Language Institute (Russian language) and was assigned as the operations officer at U.S. Naval Security Group Activity at Hellenikon Air Force Base in Athens, Greece. He qualified as a special evaluator aboard EP-3 aircraft and accumulated over 800 flight hours in numerous operational missions throughout the Mediterranean. He also led operational deployment teams aboard the USS King (DDG 41) and the USS Wainwright (CG 28).