National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: John Bennett Herrington (Lieutenant Commander, USN)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born September 14, 1958 in Wetumka, Oklahoma.
He grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Riverton, Wyoming, and Plano, Texas.
Married to the former Debra Ann Farmer of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
They have two children. He enjoys rock climbing, snow skiing, running,
cycling. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Herrington, reside in
Spicewood, Texas. His brother, James E. Herrington, Jr., resides
in Fort Collins, Colorado. His sister, Jennifer D. Monshaugen,
resides in Austin, Texas.
- Graduated from Plano Senior High School, Plano,
Texas, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics
from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in 1983, and a master
of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate
School in 1995.
- Life member of the
Association of Naval Aviation, University of Colorado at Colorado
Springs Alumni Association.
- Distinguished Naval Graduate from
Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida, in 1984.
Awarded Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation,
Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Special
Operations Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Sea Service
Deployment Ribbons (3), and various other service awards.
- Herrington received his commission
from Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1984 and was
designated a Naval Aviator in March 1985. He reported to
Patrol Squadron Thirty-One (VP-31) at the Moffett Field
Naval Air Station, Mountain View, California for initial
training in the P-3C Orion. His first operational
assignment was with Patrol Squadron Forty-Eight (VP-48)
where he made three operational deployments, two to the Northern Pacific
based from Naval Air Station Adak, Alaska and one to the Western Pacific
based from the Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines.
While assigned to VP-48, Herrington
was designated a Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot. Following completion of his first operational tour, Herrington then returned to VP-31 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. While assigned to VP-31 he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland in January 1990. After graduation in December, 1990, he reported to the Force Warfare Aircraft Test Directorate as a project test pilot for the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System. Herrington conducted additional flight test assignments flying numerous variants of the P-3 Orion as well as the T-34C and the DeHavilland Dash 7. Following his selection as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer, Herrington reported to the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School where he completed a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in June 1995. Herrington was assigned as a special projects officer to the Bureau of Naval Personnel Sea Duty Component when selected for the astronaut program.
He has logged over 2,300 flight hours in over 30 different types of aircraft.
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