MSgt Derek R. Power is the NCOIC of the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University. He has been in the Air Force 16 years.
In January of 1995, he arrived at his first duty station Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio, as a Mental Health Apprentice. During his assignment, MSgt Power worked as an inpatient technician, outpatient technician and partial hospitalization program technician. He was a by-name request to deploy to Korea for a PACAF wide reception, staging, onward movement and integration exercise. MSgt Power finished his assignment shortly after completing a TDY to the central Texas flood relief in 1998 where he received a Humanitarian Service Medal.
In March of 1999, MSgt Power moved to Sheppard AFB, TX. During his assignment, he was assigned as an inpatient technician, partial hospitalization technician and Drug Demand Reduction Program Administrative Manager. TSgt Power left Sheppard AFB in November 2000 to start his next assignment at Izmir AS Turkey.
While assigned to Izmir AS, MSgt Power worked as the NCOIC of the Life Skills Support Center. During this assignment, he was selected as the USAFE NCO Mental Health Tech of the year for 2001. In February 2002, TSgt Power was assigned to Little Rock AFB, AR.
While assigned to Little Rock AFB, MSgt Power was assigned as Clinical Services NCOIC, Psychological Services NCOIC, ADAPT NCOIC, Drug Demand Reduction Program Administrative Manager and Mental Health Flight NCOIC. During this assignment, he was selected for a short tasking deployment to an undisclosed location where his adaptability was identified early by the expeditionary medical group commander and selected as shift leader of the Medical Control Center. MSgt Power was again selected for a short tasking mission to Camp Bullis as a Basic Combat Convoy Instructor. During this TDY, he was the sole mental health asset for 370 combat convoy students.
MSgt Power has received such medals as the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device, two silver leaf clusters and three oak leaf clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border. He was also the 2005 AETC GEICO Military Service award and 2001 USAFE NCO Mental Health Tech of the year recipient.