Michael White was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michael began attending the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007 after graduating from high school. At West Point Michael was a member of the Parachute Team, and commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 2011. After completing Ranger School Michael was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. Shortly after arriving to Fort Campbell in 2012, Michael deployed to Afghanistan where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader. Michael was selected to serve as the Mortar Platoon Leader after returning to Fort Campbell. In 2014 Michael deployed to Kuwait as his Battalion’s Logistics Officer.
Michael was selected to represent the 101st Airborne Division in the 2016 Best Ranger Competition, prior to separating from service. Of 50 two-man teams to begin the competition Michael is proud to be one of only 23 to finish the competition.
Michael is now pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Michael plans to use his degree to begin a career in international development so he can bring sustainable economic development to post-conflict states.