Captain White reported to Sector Charleston in June, 2010, from Coast Guard Headquarters where he most recently served as Special Assistant to the Commandant, and Chief of Staff to the National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. Originally from Fairfax, VA, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1984 and served as a reservist and on active duty as a Boatswain’s Mate at Coast Guard Station Swansboro, North Carolina, and Coast Guard Station Block Island, Rhode Island. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from East Carolina University in 1987 and was commissioned in 1988.
Captain White has served in a variety of operational assignments including Coast Guard Group Sandy Hook, New Jersey, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter VENTUROUS in San Pedro, California; and as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, Washington. In July 2001, he was assigned to Group Seattle as the Deputy Group Commander. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he assumed additional responsibilities as the Deputy Response Chief for Unified Port Command Puget Sound. He was Chief of Response at Coast Guard Sector Miami, FL from 2006 until 2008.
His staff assignments have included duty as a Command Center Controller in the Eleventh Coast Guard District Office in Long Beach, California, Chief of the U. S. Military Liaison Office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and assignment to the Department of Homeland Security as a Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary for Policy.
In the fall of 1994, he served as an advisor to the Harbor Defense Command, and the Naval Liaison Staff in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in support of Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY. In 2005, he deployed in response to Hurricanes KATRINA and RITA, serving as Deputy Incident Commander at Sector Mobile, AL, and Assistant Chief of Staff to the Principal Federal Official in Baton Rouge, LA.
Captain White’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (five awards), the DOT 9-11 Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon (two awards), as well as numerous unit and service awards.