Professional Bio
Starting as a volunteer at the age of 21 in the civil defense area, Ray
Derby expanded his knowledge and over the years has been recognized as
a leader in his respective field.  Positions he has held include: Civil Defense
Director for the largest city and county in Montana, a Civilian Disaster
Preparedness Officer for the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC),
the U.S. Air Force Europe (USAFE), the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA), and its predecessors, and the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA).

His education includes over 1,000 hours of specialized training in various
emergency management fields.  Training was received from institutions
such as, United States Air Force Disaster Preparedness schools, Nuclear
Weapon Effects schools, Civil Defense schools and others.  His
accomplishments are well known throughout the emergency management
community and include:

  • Serving as the principal policy advisor for FEMA on all wartime
    CBR issues.
  • At the request of the Canadian Government, served as a U.S.
    Government representative on committees providing
    conceptional guidance in support of the Canadian
    Government Preparedness Program.
  • For many years, served on various U.S. Government
    committees providing guidance and expertise in the continuity
    of government (COG) planning.
  • Designed, developed, upgraded and inspected hardened
    emergency operating facilities (EOFs) throughout the Federal
  • For over 20 years, provided expertise, guidance, training and
    classified resources to the White House in support of the
    President of the United States.
  • Assisted in the development of a specialized disaster
    preparedness training school for the White House.
  • Designed and developed CBR protected command and control
    centers for the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
  • Designed, developed and conducted in-depth inspections on
    all Federal agencies' relocation facilities and assisted in
    upgrading facilities to meet established standards.
  • As a member of the Shared Resources (SHARES)
    Communications System, served as the Federal Aviation
    Administration representative for nine years assisting in the
    development of a Federal agency-wide High Frequency (HF)
    system for support during National emergencies.
Due to the classified nature of many of the projects, they cannot be
addressed.  These projects have been extensive and all were
accomplished in a professional and successful manner.

Recognition of his efforts can be seen in the accomplishments he has
made throughout his career. Region 8 Civil Defense Counsel rated his
programs as the best in the state.  He was elected President of the
Montana State Civil Defense Directors Association and served as a
member of the United States Civil Defense Counsel.

The U.S. Air Force SAC recognized him for the highest ratings of any
Disaster Preparedness Officer in the command.  Letters commended his
efforts for responding to three nuclear accidents/incidents. He again
distinguished himself when his programs were used as modules for the
rest of the European Command and was recommended for the highest
award given for civilian service.

From his introduction in the civil side of government until his retirement,
Mr. Derby received letters of commendations and appreciation, certificates
and plaques from almost every branch of the Federal Government to
include the White House.
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