Rear Adm. Michael White is a 1983 graduate of the University of Colorado and earned a Master of Arts from Webster University in 2005.
His career as a naval aviator includes assignments with Attack Squadron (VA) 72, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, executive and commanding officer of VFA-137, air operations officer for Carrier Group One, and deputy commander and commander CVW-5.
Assignments to shore and staff billets include Naval Strike Warfare Center; Bureau of Naval Personnel; VFA-125; director of the commander’s action group at United States Northern Command; director of Aviation Career Management Division (PERS 43) at Navy Personnel Command, the chief operating officer for Naval Education and Training Command and assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4).
He also served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 11 (Nimitz Strike Group) completing a deployment that included exercises in the 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Strike Flight Air Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one with Combat "V"; the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit citations and campaign ribbons. He has flown more than 3,800 flight hours, and has made more than 1,000 carrier-arrested landings.
White became the 18th commander of the Naval Education and Training Command Jan. 24, 2014.