Though we are unable to gather this year as a school community in honor of Veterans Day, each campus recognized and gave thanks to our Veterans this week. We welcomed the Deputy Commandant of Leadership and Character Development at the United States Naval Academy, Captain Ryan Bernacchi, as the keynote speaker at the Upper School assembly.
Upper School Assembly St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School was honored to welcome the Deputy Commandant of Leadership and Character Development at the United States Naval Academy, Captain Ryan Bernacchi, as the keynote speaker at our virtual Upper School Veterans Day Assembly on November 11. The assembly was coordinated by the Saints for Soldiers club president Grace Mykityshyn '22.
Captain Bernacchi’s operational assignments include tours with Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113), VFA-87, VFA-81, and VFA-192. He has completed four deployments on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS John C. Stennis(CVN-74) in support of Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Captain Bernacchi commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) and served as the Commanding Officer and Flight Leader of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (The Blue Angels). He has logged over 4,000 flight hours in the F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-16(N) Fighting Falcon, and has accumulated over 600 carrier-arrested landings.
His shore assignments include the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) staff as an instructor pilot, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group as a Director Fellow, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Federal Executive Fellow, and served the Chief of Naval Air Training as the Director of the Blue Angels Super Hornet Transition Team.
Thank you Captain Bernacchi for sharing stories with us and for your service!
Middle School Chapel
The Middle School recognized Veterans Day during their weekly chapel service on November 11. The chapel talk was delivered by Middle School parent, Mr. Glenn Hickok, who served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years as a helicopter pilot. Mr. Hickok was deployed to the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.
Lower School Chapel
The Lower School recognized Veterans Day during their weekly chapel on November 12. During the service, students and faculty prayed for, honored, remembered, and gave thanks to people who have dedicated their life to serving others.