Lieutenant Colonel Bret A. White
U.S. Marine Corps Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
Lieutenant Colonel Bret A. White is originally from Houston, TX. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Texas A&M University and commissioned in May 2002. Lieutenant Colonel White attended Seton Hall University School of Law, graduating in 2005. He is licensed to practice law by the State of Texas and is authorized to practice in federal courts by the Southern District of Texas. Lieutenant Colonel White reported to The Basic School, Quantico,VA, in March 2010. He then completed the Basic Lawyer Course at the Naval Justice School, Newport, RI, in December 2010.
Lieutenant Colonel White reported to the Law Center, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA, in January 2011 and served as a Defense Counsel, Marine Corps Defense Services Organization, NCR, from January 2011 – July 2012. Lieutenant Colonel White deployed as an IA to the Office of the SJA, JTF-Guantanamo, aboard Naval Station Guantanamo, from September 2012 to March 2013 where he served as the Assistant OIC for the Legal Proceedings section. Upon redeployment, Lieutenant Colonel White served as the Regional Review Officer for the Legal Services Support Section, NCR until June 2014.
From June 2014 – July 2017, Lieutenant Colonel White served as the Deputy SJA of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command. During that time, he deployed to Iraq as the SJA of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Iraq, the first MARSOC-led CJSOTF. Lieutenant Colonel White then served in a B-Billet for the following year, until July 2018, within the MARSOC G-3 directorate. He was the Senior Information Operations Officer / Deputy STO Chief within the G-39, where he was responsible for the execution and integration of IO in support of training, exercises, and operations.
From 2016-2018, Lieutenant Colonel White completed the requirements to earn the MA in Diplomacy through Norwich University. From 2018-2019, Lieutenant Colonel White attended the University of Nebraska College of Law where he earned an LLM in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law. Lieutenant Colonel White is enrolled in the Air War College distance program with a projected completion in 2022.
In May 2019, Lieutenant Colonel White reported to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, US Indo-Pacific Command where he serves in the Joint Operational Law Team. His portfolio includes space, cyber, information operations (MISO, MILDEC, JEMSO), special operations, SAP/STO, and other sensitive operations. He supports OPLAN development and Crisis OPG plans and operations.