Russell man to retire from U.S. Army after 22 years
RUSSELL -- Sergeant First Class Bryan C. White will retire from the United States Army in October 2012. SFC White is the son of Sally-Beth Finnerty and Charles W. White Jr. of Russell. SFC White has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career ranging from Cavalry Scout to Brigade Master Gunner. White was born in Abiliene, TX and entered the Army in Brooklyn, NY in April 1990. He attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and graduated as a 19D Cavalry Scout. White served in all Scout positions and has had multiple tours as a Troop, Battalion and Brigade master gunner. He has served in the 2nd ACR, 24th Infantry Division, 1st Armored Division, 3rd Infantry Division, 479th Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, 2d Infantry Division, U.S. Army Armor School, and 158th Infantry. White’s combat tours include Operation Desert Storm and two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
White’s military and civilian education includes Primary Development Leadership Course, Basic NCO course, Maneuver Senior Leaders course, Bradley Master Gunner course, A3 Master Gunner course, Basic Instructor Course, and various other professional development courses. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University.White’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (2d OLC), Army Commendation Medal (7th OLC), Army Achievement Medal (10th OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal (2d Award), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (3d Award), Iraq Campaign Medal (2d Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Service Ribbon (Numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), NATO Medal (Yugoslavia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal (Kuwait). Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2d Award), and the Superior Unit Award. He is a recipient of the Order of Saint George (Bronze Medallion and a member of the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
SFC White and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of five children: Curtis, Taylor, Mariana, Steven and Carolina. Upon retirement, SFC White and Family will be settling in South Carolina.