After over 24 years in the Navy, Capt. Arthur Johnson, was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a rear admiral, a high honor that he graciously accepts.
"I am grateful to be a part of something as big and rich as the Navy," said Johnson at a reception hosted by the Meridian Area Navy League.
Johnson said he was initially attracted to the Navy because of a chance to fly fighters off of a carrier, but soon found interest in other areas.
"I learned there is so much more to the Navy than just those things," Johnson said.
Capt. Johnson's family, friends, city officials joined in the ceremony, all to honor and welcome one of Meridian's very own.
"He has worked hard. He has always been a hard worker, so this is a wonderful accomplishment for all of his hard work," said Johnson's wife, Deborah.
"We are just so delighted to be a part of this celebration," she said.
"The greatest thing about the Navy is working with America's sons and daughters," added Bill Johnson, president of the Meridian Area Navy League.
Capt. Johnson’s career in the Navy has taken him all over the world, but he says his love for Meridian always brings him back to family and friends.