Lieutenant Colonel Derek Oliver is a native of Whittemore, Michigan and attended the United States Naval Academy. In May of 2000 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and attended The Basic School and completed training in the spring of 2001.
Second Lieutenant Oliver reported to NAS Pensacola for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination in June of 2001. He was assigned to Primary Flight Training with VT-2 at NAS Whiting Field, FL Intermediate Jet Training with VT-9 and Advanced Jet Training with VT-7 at NAS Meridian, MS. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November of 2003 and completed F/A-18 training with VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar, CA.
In November of 2004, Captain Oliver reported to Marine Aircraft Group 11 in Miramar, CA and joined the Green Knights of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121. He deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program to Iwakuni, Japan in 2005. In 2007, Captain Oliver deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08.1. As a Green Knight, Captain Oliver served as the communications officer, a schedule writer, and flight officer.
In September of 2007, Captain Oliver reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego where he became a Series Commander in Bravo Company, First Recruit Training Battalion. After two “cycles” as a Series Commander, Captain Oliver became the Company Commander for Charlie Company, where he graduated four recruit training companies.
Captain Oliver was ordered to Marine Aviation Training Support Group 42 in September 2009, where he served as a T-45 Instructor Pilot for VT-7 at NAS Meridian, MS. At VT-7, Major Oliver was the Assistant Operations Officer and the Standardization Officer.
Major Oliver left Active Duty in April of 2012 and affiliated with the Marine Corps Reserve Instructor Program with VT-7. In 2014, Maj Oliver was ordered to Marine Aircraft Group 49 and joined Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 where he completed training and became a KC-130T copilot. He served as the Assistant Operations Officer of VMGR-452. In November of 2016, Major Oliver became the Officer-in-Charge of the Marietta, GA Site for Readiness Support Program 4 (RSP-4). In 2017, Major Oliver was assigned as the Group 1 Officer-in-Charge of RSP-3. In October of 2020, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver became the Operations Officer of RSP-3 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver’s personal decorations include the Air Medal with Strike/Flight bronze numeral 7, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, gold star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has over 2000 hours of military flight time.