Capt. Carl E. White
Originally from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, Capt. White enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator (AW) in 1995. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in English and he holds a Master of Arts from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and a Master of Science from the National War College in Washington, D.C.
White was designated a naval flight officer in June of 2003. His first operational tour was with the “Skinny Dragons” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During this tour, White deployed to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Further operational tours include serving as a catapult and arresting gear officer (shooter) aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) where White also served as an officer of the deck underway during its maiden deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. After transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon, White reported as a department head to the "Pelicans" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45. During this tour, White deployed with VP-45 on its first P-8A deployment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
In June 2018, White reported to the "Mad Foxes" of VP-5 as executive officer and assumed command in June of 2019 deploying to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
White’s shore duty assignments include Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 in Jacksonville, Florida, as a weapons and tactics instructor and NFO IUTI, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee, as the maritime and reconnaissance force sea/shore detailer, the operations officer of Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 11, and most recently as the deputy executive assistant to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
White has been qualified in the S-3B, P-3C and P-8A. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (S/F), and various campaign and unit awards.