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Air Force Commander Speaks to Students About the Impact of Faith on Key Decisions and Career Path

October 18, 2016

Former Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Major General Thomas F. Deppe spoke to students at St. Bernadette School about his illustrious military career, his Catholic faith and how science and math helped him to achieve his success.

During General Deppe's tenure as Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, he provided inspirational leadership to over 39,000 personnel responsible for a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities, and ensured the combat readiness of America's ICBM force mission.

Lynn Schultz, Principal of St. Bernadette, shared,  “General Deppe’s student address was impactful when he expressed how faith helped him discern major decisions; even when he had all the facts and other officials did not agree with him. Faith played a key role in keeping people safe.”

“He also told us a story of his dream job to be a teacher, but found God had a different plan for his life. He knew he had  to trust that plan,” shared Schultz.

Shared experiences like General Deppe’s is just one way students learn to lead faithfully at Catholic school. We believe it is our duty to educate young people in Christ's teachings so that their God-given gifts can be awakened, developed and shared with the world. 

St. Bernadette School is part of the Omaha Catholic School Consortium; a community of parishes, schools, parents and community partners working together to support Catholic education in southeast Omaha. For more information on the Omaha Catholic School Consortium and its member schools, visit

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