Thomas E. White became
the 18th Secretary of the Army on May 31, 2001, after nomination to that
post by President Bush and confirmation by the United States Senate.
As Secretary of the
Army, Secretary White has statutory responsibility for all matters relating
to Army manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental
issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and
financial management. Secretary White is responsible for the departments
annual budget of nearly $82 billion. The Secretary leads a team of just
over one million active duty, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers
and 220,000 civilian employees, and has stewardship over 15 million acres
Secretary White began his public service career as an Army officer. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned in the United States Army in 1967, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in 1990. His distinguished military career included two tours in Vietnam and service as Commander, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, V Corps; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Mr. White attended
the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and graduated in
1974 with a degree in Operations Research. In 1984, he attended The United
States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Secretary White retired
from the Army in July 1990.
From 1990 to 2001, Mr. White was employed by Enron Corporation and held various senior executive positions.