Published on September 23, 2011 by Amy
John Bennett Herrington (born September 14, 1958) is an American business executive, former US Navy officer and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of one Space Shuttle mission. He is the first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. William R. Pogue, of Choctaw ancestry, was the first Native American astronaut, but was not an enrolled member of a tribe.
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Herrington was born in Wetumka, Oklahoma. He grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Riverton, Wyoming, and Plano, Texas, where he graduated from Plano Senior High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs before receiving his commission in the United States Navy in 1984.
To honor his Native American heritage, Herrington, an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, carried a Chickasaw Nation flag on his eleven-day trip. The flag had been presented to him by Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.
Birth Name: John Bennett Herrington
Birth Place: Wetumka, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: September 14, 1958