Rear Adm. T.J. White is a native of Spring, Texas. He is a 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Systems Technology (Command, Control, and Communications) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University – Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) in Washington, D.C.
Originally a surface warfare officer, White served on USS Missouri (BB 63) tour as electronic warfare officer, combat information center officer, and assistant operations officer. He was selected for re-designation as a cryptologist, now information warfare officer, in 1993 and was assigned to the Operations Directorate at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland.
White’s operational fleet tours included assignments as assistant cryptologist, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT)/C5F (1997-1999) in Manama, Bahrain and assistant chief of staff for Information Operations (N39), C7F (2004-2007) embarked in USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
White has served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) as the JMIP and TIARA (now MIP) program resources director, as the deputy director of Intelligence and chief of staff, Joint Functional Component Command – Network Warfare (JFCC-NW) and as the director, Commander’s Action Group at United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM).
White’s command tours included the Naval Security Group Activity Bahrain (1999-2001) and Navy Information Operations Command Maryland (2011-2013). He served as deputy director, Tailored Access Operations, NSA (2013-2015).
White’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.