Christopher T. Paige '93
Christopher Paige is a graduate of New Fairfield High School. While a student at WestConn, he worked full-time in the cardiology department at Danbury Hospital where he was a certified cardiology technician. He received his Air Force commission after graduating from WestConn in 1993 with a B.S. in Nursing. He then attended Medical Indoctrination of Medical Service Officers (MIMSO) training in San Antonio, Texas at Lackland Air Force Base, Medina Annex. and continued his military medical training at the Air Force Nurse Internship in Hampton, Va., 1st Medical Group, Langley Air Force Base. In February 1994, he was assigned to the 20th Medical Group, Shaw AFB, Sumter, South Carolina. While at Shaw, he worked on the Medical/Surgical Ward, the Intensive Care Unit and in the Emergency Department. Continuing his education, Paige completed his paramedic license and became a Certified Emergency Nurse. He began classes at the University of South Carolina and transferred to the University of Colorado when he was reassigned in December 1996 to the 10th Medical Group, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. He completed his M.S. in Nursing in 1999 at the University of Colorado and became a certified family nurse practitioner. In July 2000, he was selected to become a member of the White House medical unit, working six months for former President Clinton. He currently serves President Bush, his family and Vice President Cheney and his family.
Paige's leadership extends well-beyond clinical medicine. While at Shaw AFB, he was selected Company Grade Officer of the Quarter for his work as an advanced cardiac life support instructor at the hospital. While at the Air Force Academy, he acted as Air Officer commanding for the 9th Cadet Squadron and was recognized as company grade officer of the quarter for the Air Force Academy and also Nurse of the Year for the 10th medical Group in 2000. In 2001, he was one of the White House Military Officers of the Year. The President's Physician, Dr. Richard Tubb, then asked him to stay for an additional two years to continue building the White House medical unit and to act as senior nurse. During his tenure at the White House, he has traveled to 23 countries and all 50 states. Paige has been the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, most notably the 2000 U.S. Air Force Commendation Award and the 1997 U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal.
"The White House nurse is part of an elite 25-person military medical
unit (Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard) directing all aspects of
executive family medicine," said Paige. As the senior nurse, Paige helps
direct all medical operational assets (Camp David, Marine One and Air Force
One, the White House and Crawford, Tex.), works with the U.S. Secret
Service, international medial experts in medical contingency planning, and
advises on implementation of the 25th Amendment of the Constitution. Paige
is happily married to his hometown sweetheart, Colleen (Jordan) Paige. They
reside in Northern Virginia with their four children Danny, Stephen,
Elizabeth and Seth.