Thomas E. White

Army General
Born Dec 14, 1943

Thomas E. White, Jr. is an American businessman and former United States Army officer who served as senior executive at the now collapsed Enron and as the United States Secretary of the Army from May 31, 2001 until April 25, 2003.

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1943 Birth Born on December 14, 1943.


1963 19 Years Old In 1963 White graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit. … Read More


1967 23 Years Old In 1967, White graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned in the United States Army.


1974 30 Years Old In 1974, he received a Master of Science degree in operations research from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.


1984 40 Years Old In 1984, he attended the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. … Read More
1989 45 Years Old In 1989, White was appointed executive assistant to the then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell, where he was described in The Washington Post by a mutual friend as Powell's "alter ego" in "a job that requires tremendous political sophistication."
1990 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In July, 1990 White retired from the Army with the rank of Brigadier General.


2000 56 Years Old …  In July, following news reports of the company’s involvement in the 2000-2001 California electricity crisis, White denied his involvement under oath before the Senate Commerce Committee.
2001 57 Years Old 1 More Event
White was sworn in on May 31, 2001 as 18th Secretary of the Army and was responsible for all matters relating to Army manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. … Read More
2002 58 Years Old In 2002, White became involved with a dispute with Donald Rumsfeld over the proposed cancellation of the Army's Crusader artillery project. … Read More
2003 59 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, White refused to publicly rebuke General Eric Shinseki for his statement to the Senate Armed services committee that it would take "something in the order of several hundred thousand soldiers" to occupy Iraq after invasion. … Read More
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