Mike White rejoins family after deployment
Mike White speaks with his family. (Debbie McGuiness/News-Review / May 16, 2013)
U.S. Coast Guard First Class Boatswains Mate Mike White, returned from deployment in Bahrain. He served aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Adak, a 110-foot patrol boat patrolling the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
White was greeted by family, friends, representatives of all branches of the military, television cameras and a photographer from Welcome Them Home, a Detroit area photographer in a network of volunteers who donate their time and skills to returning veterans. Many in the airport were waving American flags and holding welcome home banners and signs.
Whites wife, Amber, sons, Aiden, age 8, and Nolan, 6, are very happy to have him home. The Coast Guard BM1 is joining his young family in Pellston, and will now serve in St. Ignace.
Whites parents, Doug and Kathy White of Kewadin, and formerly Harbor Springs, both say they are very happy upon Mikes return to the area, and, with a few happy tears, Kathy said "We are very thankful he is home."
Gathering gear and family, the Whites made their way to a waiting car. They drove the short distance to their home in Pellston, escorted by several fire trucks. An open house potluck party is planned from noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at McKinley Township Hall.