Cmdr. Timothy "Rainbow Brite" White
Cmdr. Timothy M. White, a native of Metairie, Louisiana, graduated from Villanova University in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and in 2006 with a Masters of Science in Computer Science. He was commissioned via Navy ROTC in 2006 and earned his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval Aviator in June of 2008.
Upon completion of initial fleet replacement squadron training, he reported to the “Sea Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22. While there he deployed on the USS BATAAN (LHD) 5 in support of Operation Unified Response and the USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
White then reported to the “Fleet Angels” of HSC-2 from February of 2012 through September of 2014, where he served as an instructor pilot and Helicopter Operations School Division Officer. During this tour he led HSC Wing Atlantic’s Landing Signalman Enlisted (LSE) and Helicopter Control Officer (HCO) schools and graduated from the Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff College Distance Education Program.
In October of 2014, White reported to the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) where he served as Safety Officer, Aviation Fuels Officer, and Air Officer. During this time he assisted in coordinating Mesa Verde’s participation in Joint Task Force (JTF) Matthew.
In September of 2017, White reported back to the “Sea Knights” of HSC-22 as a department head and served as detachment officer in charge, training officer, maintenance officer, and operations officer. As officer in charge, he led detachments aboard the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) in support of disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) in support of exercise Joint Warrior 181 and Task Force 63.
In March of 2020, White graduated with highest distinction from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, with a Masters of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies and completed an Advanced Research Program Fellowship with the Halsey Alfa Group.
White has accumulated over 1,900 flight hours in the MH-60S. He is authorized to wear various personal, unit, and campaign awards.