Brigadier General (Retired) Albert J. White Jr.
Field Artillery – Enlisted
Armor, Field Artillery, Medical Service and Aviation Corps – Officer
Maine Army National Guard
Source of Commission: Officer’s Candidate School
Tour of Duty: 1956 – 1989
Brigadier General Retired Albert J. White Jr. was born in Bath, Maine.
He attended Morse High School, graduating with honors in 1955. He also was made a member of the National Honor Society.
He entered machinist apprenticeship training at Bath Iron Works graduating in 1961.
He worked at his trade until being selected to work as an Army Aviation Maintenance Officer (Civil Service) at Camp Keyes in Augusta, Maine during 1964. In 1987 he was awarded 56 credit hours by Mercer County Community College towards a general business degree.
His military education includes the Army Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox Kentucky, the Army Artillery Basic Course at Fort Sill Oklahoma, the Army Medical Service Corps Advance Course, the Army Officer Fixed and Rotary Wing Courses, as well a numerous flight instructor and aviation safety courses. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College.
General White completed more than thirty-three years of service in the Maine Army National Guard, he began in military career via enlistment in Battery B, 703rd Anti-aircraft Gun Battalion, Bath, Maine. He progressed through the enlisted ranks to Section Chief, 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer until his separation in 6 June 1959.
General White was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, upon graduation from Officer Candidate School on June 7, 1959. He was promoted to Captain in August 1965 and was designated Commander, Battery F, 152nd Artillery, thus starting a long Army Aviation Career culminating with his promotion to Colonel and appointment as Aviation Director on the Staff of the Adjutant General, Maine National Guard. During his aviation career he flew 8000 accident free hours.
General White retired on July 6, 1989, after serving as Director of Intelligence and Security for the Adjutant General of the State of Maine. He also retired from federal civil service at the level of GS-13 level at the same time.
Following retirement, he was employed as a Nuclear Security Officer at Maine Yankee Nuclear Power Plant for nearly five years. He was given several awards as the outstanding marksman and officer of the quarter.
He is a charter member of the Maine Army National Guard Retiree Council and is has been serving as its Chairman since 2001. The council keeps its 1400 members informed on areas of interest to military retirees by publishing a newsletter three times each year.
He is also active in the National Guard Association of the United States and of the State of Maine, the Association of the United States Army, Military Order of the World Wars and Maine Military Historical Society serving on the Board of Directors as Membership Chairman. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association.
General White has been presented with numerous military awards and decorations during his long military career.
He has been married to his wife, Jean for 49 years and has 4 grown sons.
He is now enjoying retirement and his hobbies of hunting, fishing, lobstering and travel.