Ep. 13: Col. (Ret.) Ines, Research Staff Member of Institute for Defense Analyses

COL (Ret.) Inès N. V. Beautiful Bald Eagle White

Ines N. White is a research staff member of the Strategy, Forces and Resources Division (SFRD) of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), Washington, DC.  She provides logistics expertise to the US Department of Defense and Department of State. 

Ines was born in Brussels, Belgium and before becoming a neutralized American at the age of 15 she traveled the world from Europe to Africa. She attended Eagle Butte High School and the University of South Dakota (USD).  

Ines served in the U.S. Army for 27 years as a Logistics Officer before retiring in December 2015 with the rank of Colonel.  Her last assignment was as the Chief of Staff, of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), Scott Air Force Base, IL.  SDDC is a $5B global transportation and distribution services provider to include truck, rail, ship and multi-modal transportation solution for the Department of Defense.  Her leadership position included: Battalion Commander of the 841st Transportation Battalion in Charleston, SC; Corps Transportation Officer in Germany and Baghdad, Iraq; Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer in the 21st Theater Support Command, Germany; Company Commander in the 2nd Armored Division (Heavy), Texas and Detachment Commander, 13th Corps Support Command, in Kuwait.  

Ines served as the Military Director of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), a principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Washington, DC.  She assisted and coordinated the research, analysis, development and gained Secretary of Defense approval of the annual DACOWITS Report.  This published document contains critical recommendations on policies relating to the retention, treatment, and employment of professional women in the Armed Services.

As Chief of Transportation, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Ines chaired the daily Joint Distribution Board managing all priority shipments, logistical operations and support functions across/into and out of Iraq.  She and her staff developed and implemented logistical and distributions plans and policies for the U.S., Joint and Coalition warfighting command in the Iraqi Zone of Operations.  

Ines White’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from USD, and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Development from Webster’s University. Her military education includes the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, Combined Arms & Services Staff School, Transportation Officer Basic & Advance Courses, and Airborne School.

Her awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ two Bronze Service Stars, the Global War Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), the NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Parachutist Badge.

Ines married Chris White in 1987, they have three children, 1LT Allie Olsen (married to Ian Olsen), Sam and Katie White, one granddaughter Emma Lynn Olsen. They currently reside in Vermillion, SD.

What We Cover:

  • Ines shares how she overcame a traumatic event in her childhood and became the first person in her family to go to college.
  • We learn about a call from her brother that changed the course of her life - when she debated leaving college altogether due to the cost, he connected her to ROTC and she jumped in feet first which led to the start of her 27-year military career.
  • We get a glimpse into the deployments and assignments that took her and her family all over the world.
  • We explore what it’s like to be a leader and mentor in the military.
  • First woman Battalion Commander in South Carolina & the first woman Chief of Staff of the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.
  • We get a great reminder that you can help other people, it doesn’t have to be major changes in people’s lives, you just have to be there and connect with people.
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Connect with Ines...

Email: ines.n.white@gmail.com

Kelsie Brunick