Lieutenant Colonel David J. White
Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan White currently serves as the Executive Officer of Virginia Military Institute’s (VMI) Army ROTC Department, known as the Marshall-New Market Battalion. The Battalion consists of over 1000 Cadets from four separate Colleges. The main College and contributor of Cadets, VMI, provides top quality future lieutenants from across the nation. These future leaders achieved the top 10% of their High School class just to gain admission into the College.
Jonathan White’s earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the George Washington University in the District of Columbia and was commissioned as an Infantry 2LT through Georgetown University Army ROTC in May of 1985. He reported to Active Duty 36 hours after commissioning and, after completing the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, Pathfinder and Ranger Schools, was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Here, he served as a platoon leader, company executive officer and battalion S-3 Air in the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry, the old glider regiment of the Screaming Eagles.
Lt. Col. White attended the Special Forces Assessment and Selection course, the Infantry Officer Advanced Course and the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course, or “Q-Course.” He was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the next six years. Serving as a Detachment Commander in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), and the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne). During this time, Lt. Col. White deployed to Iraq, Bosnia, and Haiti. Next he served in Israel-Syria-Egypt as a United Nations Military Observer. While assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Lt. Col. White commanded his company in Iraq, and Bosnia. As the Battalion Operations Officer of 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Lt. Col. White deployed for a third time to Bosnia. After attending the US Army Command & General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies, Lt. Col. White was assigned to Special Operations Command Joint Forces Command and deployed to Afghanistan as a JSOTF planner. He conducted his third deployment to Iraq as a JSOTF Planner in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lt. Col. White has served eight years as an instructor at the US Army Command & General Staff College, British Joint Forces Command and Staff College in Shrivenham, England, and as an ROTC Instructor and Military History Instructor at Virginia Tech. Lt. Col. White has four Master of Arts degrees (International Affairs, Troy State University, 1993; Military Arts & Sciences, CGSC, 2000; Defense Studies, King’s College London, 2007; and History, University of Alabama 2009) and is working on a PhD in History at the University of Alabama.
Lt. Col. White currently resides in his home town of Waynesboro, Virginia, with his wife Susan White. Together, they have a family with two children: Zachary, a journalist, and Mary, an aspiring journalist.