Brigadier General John A. Johnston, who arrived at Camp Cody Saturday night, is now in command of the 68th Infantry. General Johnston left Boston, Mass., last Thursday. Stopping in El Paso for a day or so, he was the guest of Brigadier general Robert L. Howze.
At The station to welcome General Johnston to Camp Cody and Deming were General Frank G. Mauldin, the head of the 34th Division; Lieutenant Colonel W. H. Raymond, chief of staff of the 34th division. Major H. M. Nelly division adjutant; Mayor B. F. Hamilton, J. A. Mahoney, A. W. Pollard, and other prominent citizens.
As commander of the 68th brigade, General Johnston is the successor of General F. E. Resche, who, a short time ago, received an honorable discharge from the service. Since the departure of General Resche for his home in Duluth, Minn, Colonel E. D. Luce has been acting commander of the brigade.
General Johnston is a West Pointer and was graduated from the United States Military Academy in the class of 1879. As a second lieutenant, he participated in Indian campaigns on the frontier. Ordered to the adjutant general’s department, he organized a new system of records and returns, and received a promotion to the grade of brigadier in 1902.
Resigning from the service, he took up the pursuits of business life for a time, but on the outbreak of the war with Germany, he returned to the army and received an appointment as a brigadier general of the national army.
He took charge of the northeastern department in September, 1917. He has been on duty since then in Boston, Mass.
General Frank G. Mauldin, who has been in command of the division since General A. P. Blocksom left Camp Cody to take charge of the department of Hawaii, continues in command. – Deming Headlight Newspaper – June 7, 1918