Derek graduated from United States Naval Academy in 2000. He accepted a commission in the Marines and flew F/A-18s during two deployments out of MCAS Miramar, CA. After his second deployment, he received orders to be a company commander at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. He finished his active duty career as an instructor pilot flying T-45s in Meridian, MS. In 2012, Derek entered the United States Marine Corps reserves and now flies KC-130s in Newburgh, New York. In 2014, Derek graduated from MIT Sloan School of Management and is currently a management consultant at Bain & Company in Boston, Massachusetts.