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Lynn and John Pajerski, Arch Rambeau, Rob Reifschneider, Ernie Griffanti, Erik Knudsen, Tom Slonaker, Scott and Marlu Stallard
Listen to an Amazing Story of Service
Learn about VHP directly from those who have experienced our mission of Connecting Students with Veterans
Captain Larry Ernst, a TOPGUN graduate and instructor, completed 136 combat missions in Vietnam, commanded an F-14 Squadron and Replacement Air Wind, was CO of the USS Milwaukee, and the last CO of the USS Midway. Captain Ernst completed his 27-year career in 1993 as the Operations Officer of CINCPACFLT. His combat awards include a Presidential Unit Citation, 6 Air Medals, and 2 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat "V".
Iain Lanphier, a Junior at Brophy College Preparatory, aims to attend the United States Air Force Academy or Naval Academy following high school. Iain aspires to a career as a military pilot following in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather, Ron McGee (Vietnam) and paternal great-grandfather Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee (WWII, Korea, Vietnam). Iain is President of Brophy's VHP Chapter, where he was honored to interview Captain Ernst in 2021.
Coming from a military family and growing up in Ft. Hood, Texas, English teacher, Nickey Page didn't hesitate to start a VHP Chapter at Payson High School. Although only in her second year both as a teacher and VHP Advisor, Nickey sees her students literary skills and sense of pride soaring. The realization of how much it means to a veteran to share their stories is making an impact. Her students civic pride is demonstrated through various community activities.
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