Garry R. White
Rear Admiral (Ret.), United States Navy
Rear Admiral (Retired) Garry R. White is President of The Light Connection (TLC), the industry leading fiber optic cable manufacturer. As President, he leads an impressive team of experts to develop, manufacture, test, and distribute a wide array of advanced fiber optic cable. The Light Connection has over 30 years of innovative experience in the fiber optic cable industry and consistently exceeds customer expectations with the most technologically advanced products available.
Prior to joining TLC, Admiral White served as President of Excelsior Enterprises, a diverse consulting and investment firm. In this capacity he drew on his years of experience as a corporate executive and military leader to benefit Executive and Corporate Clients. In addition to Executive coaching, he used his broad and extensive expertise to provide specific technical assistance to a wide variety of customers.
Admiral White serves on a number of Boards including Vice Chairman of Busek Incorporated, an advanced Space Propulsion and Systems company. He works with the Chairman, President, CEO and Directors to oversee the strategy and operation of Busek’s research, development, testing and manufacturing. In addition to Admiral White’s service with Busek, his board service includes the Military Officers Association of America; George Washington’s Mount Vernon; the Northwoods Homeowners Association; and the Broward County Navy Days.
Previously, as Global General Manager of Terex Utilities, and corporate Vice President, Admiral White gained expertise leading Strategy, Personnel Management, Product Development, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales, and Profit/Loss management of an international utility construction equipment business.
Admiral White was commissioned a Naval Officer and subsequently designated a Naval Aviator; qualified flying the A-4 Skyhawk, A7E Corsair, and F/A-18 Hornet. After attending the Navy Fighter Weapons School “TOPGUN”; he was designated an Adversary Instructor. In 1989 Admiral White was selected to be Officer-in-Charge of the VFA-125 Detachment in Fallon, Nevada and took charge of the "Desert Raiders" in July 1989. In February 1991 Admiral White was chosen as Aide to Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe/U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and served in the NATO headquarters, Naples, Italy and the U.S. Navy Headquarters in London, England. During this tour he was selected for Operational Command and after undergoing F/A-18 refresher training, reported to the "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron 113 in July 1993 and assumed Command on August 25, 1994. While flying operationally Admiral White deployed on USS AMERICA, USS RANGER, USS KITTY HAWK, USS NIMITZ and USS CARL VINSON. Admiral White relinquished Command of the "Stingers" on October 26, 1995 and was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, DC under the Chief of Naval Operations, Commander in Chief Liaison Division, OPNAV N-83.
In January 1997 Admiral White commenced Nuclear Power Training and in November 1998 was assigned as Executive Officer of USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. While deployed from June-October 2000 in the Arabian Gulf/Mediterranean Sea, the GEORGE WASHINGTON was involved in operation Southern Watch and combat operations against Iraq. Upon detaching from GEORGE WASHINGTON Admiral White reported to USS ARCTIC in November 2000 as Commanding Officer. In April 2001 ARCTIC deployed to the Mediterranean/North Seas and Arabian Gulf as part of the Enterprise Battle Group. Under Admiral White's Command, ARCTIC provided logistics support for the Second/Sixth/Fifth Fleets in addition to leading Maritime Intercept Operations, boarding and towing United Nations Sanction violating vessels, and providing armed escort for other U.S. Vessels. On September 11th 2001, ARCTIC was the first warship on station in the Northern Indian Ocean and part of the initial response to the terrorist attack and Operation Enduring Freedom. After relinquishing Command on 14 June 2002, Admiral White served as Chief of Staff, for Second Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic from July 2002 to February 2004. He was selected for CVN Command in October 2002, and took Command of USS GEORGE WASHINGTON on 30 September 2004, leading Fleet Response Plan sustainment operations, a “Partnership of the Americas” Deployment to Southern Command, and Dry-docking Phased Incremental Availabilities.
Relinquishing Command on 14 December 2006; Admiral White reported to Washington, DC where he served on the OPNAV Staff as Director, Total Force Manpower Requirements and Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations for Comprehensive Casualty Care. On 6 February 2009, Admiral White returned to Command as Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic where he oversaw the training, assessment and certification of USN/USMC forces, until he transitioned to the civilian sector in October 2010.
Prior to entering the Navy, Admiral White worked in various capacities in general retail management culminating as the Assistant Manager of a major retail Department Store.