U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tim White was in charge of Chattanooga’s Navy Operational Support Center on July 16, 2015–the day a homegrown terrorist shot at the center, killing five–and White was the first person to fire back at the terrorist. Later, while dealing with the stress of the experience and sorrow over the losses, he found solace through songwriting. Operation Song, a Tennessee nonprofit pairing veterans with hit songwriters, helped White write “When Terror Came to Chattanooga.” In this interview, White tells us about it all.

Listen to his song “When Terror Came to Chattanooga” on WUTC 88.1 Morning Music.