Lieutenant Commander White honored in Change of Command ceremony

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The man who shot back during the July 16th terrorist attack is moving on.

Lieutenant Commander Tim White was honored in a Navy Operational Support Center Chattanooga Change of Command ceremony.

The ceremony took place this morning at the Tivoli Theatre.

He is relieved by Lieutenant Commander Joseph Tanner.

Several elected officials attended the ceremony.

White was given a proclamation from Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

He was also given a key to the city.

Many thanked for him for his time in Chattanooga, and for his bravery during the attack.

Mayor Andy Berke said, “Lieutenant commander white will be greatly missed by the citizens of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who wish Lieutenant Commander White the very best in his new assignment to the naval air station of Pensacola, Florida.  We’ll always welcome him and his family back with open arms.  Now, therefore, I, Mayor Andy Berke, here do by proclaim May 6th, 2017 as US Navy Commander Timothy White Day.”

Lieutenant Commander White also spoke at the ceremony.

He said, “Chattanoogans thank you for caring thank you for rallying around the servicemen and their families and veterans.  We’ve experienced your support in amazing ways especially in the past two years.  It has been awesome.  I hope that you can continue to care, continue to be an amazing example, of what working together and what loving each other like a community looks like.”

Five soldiers lost their lives during that tragic attack almost two years ago.

White is credited for helping prevent more lives lost.

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