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 Government.
  • 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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