Derrick graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2006 with a B.S. in Political Science (Legal Option) and commissioned into the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. His initial assignment was as a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Infantry Division where he deployed on a 15-month deployment in support of “the Surge.” Derrick also served as a Platoon Leader with the 3rd Infantry Regiment “The Old Guard” in Washington, D.C. where he competed in the Best Ranger Competition in 2009 and 2010 and was the Officer in Charge of Edward “Ted” M. Kennedy’s funeral in Arlington Cemetery. After completion of the Special Forces Qualifications Course, Derrick served as a Detachment Commander for two Special Forces teams and the Company Executive Officer for two companies over the course of five deployments to Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon. Derrick enjoys studying Arabic, running, and is pursuing his JD at Georgetown University Law Center as a member of the Class of 2019.