Johns’ administrators and educators voted unanimously 33-0 to bring The World Hope’s program to Pinon. Their first request was for positive role models for the students to help make their education more culturally relevant.
At Herrington’s presentations, comments heard in the student body inclluded “now I know he’s a real Indian,” when John spoke about how his academic difficulties challenged his determination to not give up on his dreams.
That John has not given up is obvious in his flight career as a Naval aviator. He has logged more than 3,300 flight hours in more than 30 different types of aircraft.
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, Calif., 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 of these were 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.