The 2021 NASCAR Salutes Together with Coca-Cola campaign is more than just a military appreciation platform — it’s a campaign that salutes heroes next door. Each week, NASCAR.com will highlight multiple individuals in the week’s race markets who have made a difference with their service both in the military and to their communities.
In the latest profile of a next-door hero, NASCAR.com is highlighting U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Daniel “Dan” White.
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MSG White has served in the U.S. Air Force for 18 years. He has spent his service maintaining cable and antenna systems, providing key information technology to the U.S. Department of Defense. Born in the Philippines, White comes from a Navy family.
Currently, White is stationed at Dover Air Force Base with wife Sara and sons Douglas and Benjamin. Since moving to the area two years ago, he has dedicated more than 372 hours as a local Cub Scout leader. He has provided leadership training and moral value development to local youth through lessons involving conservation, basic navigation and team-building exercises. One such activity involved an immersion with the city of Magnolia’s Fire House, where scouts learned about fire safety and what it entails to become a firefighter. His pack is making every effort to meet in person, while following safety protocols to hold meetings in a safe manner.
“This past year has been a challenge with COVID-19 restrictions, but we’re resilient and found a way to move forward,” White said.
White’s sense of community extends beyond the Cub Scouts and into his own neighborhood, where he is a founding member of his neighborhood watch. There, he serves as an advocate for law enforcement and first responders, while hoping to inspire others to take an active role in their communities.