Journal of a 2nd Lieutenant

Journal of a 2nd Lieutenant in Iraq: With the 133rd Battalion by Jason White

"Lt. White did all of those things. He challenged incompetence, celebrated outstanding performance, and kept his eyes on the mission, even while others basked in its limelight. He understood the therapeutic value of a good cheerleader, repeatedly putting finger to keyboard to sing his company's and platoon's praises in one newsletter after another. All of this while accepting that rank and timing had conspired to deprive him of close friendships - one of the few real havens in a war zone. Lonely by his own candid admission, he nevertheless performed his duty well and with honor."

- by Bill Nemitz writer for the Portland Press Herald, who was embeded in Iraq with Lt. White

About the Author

At the age of nineteen, Jason joined the US Army as an armor crewman. He served the first year of his military career in South Korea along the DMZ. After the one-year tour, he spent the next three years at Fort Carson, Colorado, and later transferred to the Maine Army National Guard (MEARNG). Jason worked at the Regional Training Institute in Augusta, Maine, as a traditional Guard soldier, where he eventually attended the Officer Candidate School and was commissioned. Shortly after commissioning, he was sent to serve as an engineer platoon leader in Iraq. Jason has served in a multitude of positions since returning from Iraq that include company commander and engineer plans officer. He retired from the MEARNG in 2014.

In civilian life, Jason is employed as the executive director of Maine Behavioral Health Organization, a nonprofit that provides mental-health and substance-abuse services throughout Maine. He spearheaded the development of this organization upon completing his master's degree at the University of Southern Maine. He is currently working on his doctoral degree in leadership. Jason also serves on the School Board for the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as appointed by Governor Paul LePage. Jason currently resides in Rockland, Maine, with his loving and supportive wife, Jessica, and their four children.
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Polar Bear & Company; First edition (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882190149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882190140