Ann Arbor.com has an interesting article this morning about Michael White, Austin White's dad, and his impending departure from the Principal's office at Ann Arbor Pioneer. Maybe this is old news to those more familiar with the White family, but Austin's dad served in a special ops unit of the Army Rangers from '82 to '86, and then served in the Reserves until '93. He rejoined the Reserves in 2006, and just received his orders to report to Ft. Benning for a 12- to 18-month deployment as a drill sergeant. He'll initially be training infantrymen for combat at Ft. Benning, but he could end up in Iraq or Afghanistan later.
During Austin's recruitment, there were plenty of comments and references to supposed behavioral "issues" that he had, with some commenters here more or less considering him sort of a punk. Given the positive family environment that Austin has grown up in, I'm going to hazard a guess that whatever problems he's had are more due to normal adolescent rebellion than anything truly fundamentally negative, and that as he matures Austin will gradually and fully take on the disciplined and upstanding character of his father and mother.