Commander Daniel “Finch” White
Commander Dan White, a native of Watertown, Massachusetts, graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1997. He entered Officer Candidate School in July of 1999 at NAS Pensacola, Florida. After receiving his commission and completing Aviation Pre-Indoctrination training he reported to VT-4 for primary and intermediate flight training. He subsequently completed advanced jet training at VT-86, where he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in December 2000.
Upon selection to fly the EA-6B Prowler, CDR White reported to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington for initial FRS training at VAQ-129 in January 2001. After completing his training at VAQ-129 he reported to the VAQ-139 “Cougars” for his first fleet tour in January 2002. CDR White made one combat deployment and one WESTPAC deployment with VAQ-139. He was then selected to attend the Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI) course. During his time with the “Cougars” the squadron received the 2002 Battle E award for combat efficiency and the Admiral Arthur W. Radford award for Prowler tactical excellence.
Upon completion of PTI, CDR White reported to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) at MCAS Yuma, Arizona where he served as an EA-6B Prowler Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) as well as Night Systems Instructor (NSI). He was also the radar jamming subject matter expert and High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) shoot coordinator. Over the course of three years he was responsible for 33 successful firings of the AGM-88C HARM.
CDR White transferred to VAQ-138 in September 2008, where he served as Training Officer and Assistant Operations Officer of the “Yellow Jackets” for their 2009 WESTPAC deployment aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS. While in the “Yellow Jackets” CDR White screened for department head and was selected to attend transition training for the EA-18G Growler.
In October 2010, CDR reported to VAQ-132 for Department Head duty in time for the inaugural deployment of the EA-18G Growler. The first Growler deployment for the “Scorpions” involved an expeditionary deployment to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq and Aviano Air Base, Italy. CDR White’s second deployment with the Scorpions to Misawa Air Base, Japan involved multiple detachments to Osan Air Base, Korea, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Anderson Air Force Base, Guam and RAAF Base Amberley, Australia. While in VAQ-132, CDR White served as Tactics Officer, Safety Officer, Admin Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. During this time the Scorpions received the 2010 and 2011 Battle E award for combat efficiency.
In June 2013, CDR White was selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to pursue a degree in Operations Research. In September of 2015, CDR White received his Master’s degree and was promoted to the rank of Commander.
In October 2015, CDR White went back to VAQ-129 for refresher training in the EA-18G Growler. Upon completion of his training he reported to VX-9 at NAWS China Lake, California in December 2015, serving as Electronic Warfare Branch Head for the "Vampires", in charge of operational test of all EA-18G Growler software and weapons systems and FA-18E/F Super Hornet defensive systems. He currently serves as the VX-9 Executive Officer.
CDR White has flown 100 combat missions in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, ODYSSEY DAWN and UNIFIED PROTECTOR. He has also flew in numerous Joint and Combined exercises alongside inter-service and international allied partners.
CDR White has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and 358 carrier arrested landings. He is a qualified Prowler Tactics Instructor (PTI), Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) and Night Systems Instructor (NSI).
His personal awards include four Air Medal/Strike Flight Medals, one Individual Action Air Medal (with Combat V), five Navy Commendation Medals (one with Combat V), two Navy Achievement Medals, and various campaign and unit awards. CDR White was also the recipient of the 2012 Association of Old Crows Military Service Award – Navy.