Major Michael White official photo in uniform with flag

MAJ Michael White

Instructor of Persian

Desk Chief


Major Michael White graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in Marketing in 1999. He enlisted as a Crypto-Linguist Analyst in 2002 and studied Persian Afghan (Dari) at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA. In 2005, MAJ White was selected for the ROTC Green to Gold program at the University of Oklahoma and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 2007.

MAJ White served as a Company Executive Officer in the 192nd Infantry Brigade at Ft. Benning, GA for his first assignment. From Summer 2010-2011, he served as a liaison officer for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force at the Afghan Presidential Information Coordination Center in Kabul, Afghanistan. In Jan 2013, he was selected to be a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with a regional specialty in Central and South Asia. His FAO training included graduating from the Nepali Army Command and Staff College and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and studying Urdu at DLI. As a FAO, he has served stateside as the Afghanistan/Pakistan/Tajikistan Country Desk Officer at U.S. Army Central and overseas as the Military Assistant to the Commanding General of the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

MAJ White holds master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations (2007), Tribhuvan University (Nepal) in Strategic Studies (2014), and NPS in Security Studies (2016). In July 2022, MAJ White assumed duties as Persian Section Desk Chief and Instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages at West Point.

MAJ White’s awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service and Army Achievement Medals, and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award.