Colonel Oscar “O.J.” Johnston, Col., U.S.A.F. (Ret), SCAHS Class of 1967, is being recognized for his distinguished military career and service to the community. 

A highly decorated Command Pilot, Colonel Johnston served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years. 

A B-52 pilot in Strategic Air Command until the conclusion of the Cold War, he continued flying as a test pilot on many high-profile flights testing advanced nuclear weapons. Col. Johnston was also assigned to the Pentagon, twice. 

During the first assignment he authored the Air Force’s Congressional Bomber Study and its Standoff Weapons Master Plan, both submitted to Congress. He also routinely briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff on details of the nation’s most highly classified weapons and related arms control issues during this time. Col. Johnston returned to B-52 Operations in 1989, leading a squadron of 650 airmen during Operation Desert Storm. Under his leadership, his squadron was selected “The Best in the Air Force” in 1991. 

Col. Johnston then returned to the Pentagon where he managed the nation’s investment in stealth technologies and directed the acquisition and exploitation of enemy weapon systems, frequently providing Congressional testimony on highly classified, special access issues. 

Retiring from the Air Force, Col. Johnston immediately joined the Raytheon Company, retiring from there after 15 years as the Manager of Department of Defense Programs at its State College facility. 

O.J. sits on multiple local Boards of Directors including, Kish Bank, the Chamber of Business and Industry (CBICC), Centre Foundation, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, The State Theater, the Private Industry Council of the Central Corridor (PICCC), and J.C. Blair Hospital Foundation. Col. Johnston lives with his life partner, Monica Wright, near Petersburg in Huntingdon County. 


It is that time of year again. We are actively looking for our next Distinguished Alumni. Nominations for 2020 Distinguished Alumni are being accepted now!

If you would like to submit a nomination please start by reviewing the nomination instructions, after this step has been completed proceed by filling out a Nomination Form. You can submit a nomination by emailing the completed form to Joe Dionisio (’65) at The deadline for submitting a nomination is October 31, (10/31/19).