Capt. Derek Granger, a native of Millbrook, Alabama, completed a year of college preparatory school at Marion Military Institute before attending the U.S. Naval Academy and graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in History. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Master of Arts in Maritime Affairs. He also earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he was a Stockdale Advanced Research Group fellow and graduated with distinction in 2011.
At sea, he served as anti-submarine warfare officer and damage control assistant aboard USS Halyburton (FFG 40) and chief engineer aboard USS Spruance (DD 963). As commanding officer of USS Zephyr (PC 8), he deployed to the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of counternarcotics operations; following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he led Zephyr on two 60-day deployments to the American Pacific Northwest, providing maritime security for ballistic missile submarines and Naval Submarine Base Bangor. He served as executive officer of USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81). During his tour as commanding officer of USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), he deployed with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 in support of counterpiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and participated in strike operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. As commanding officer of Patrol Coastal Squadron 1, he oversaw initial efforts to expand the number of patrol coastal ships permanently forward deployed to Bahrain. As deputy commodore, Destroyer Squadron 22, he deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve; fleeting up as commodore, he commanded a squadron of six guided-missile destroyers while serving as the sea combat commander for the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group during a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
His shore tours include service as an instructor in the damage control training department at Surface Warfare Officers School; surface department head detailer with the Bureau of Naval Personnel; director, capability integration directorate at the Joint Systems Integration Command, earning his Joint Service Officer designation; deputy executive assistant to the chief of naval operations, where he was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI fellow; and assistant chief of staff for combat systems readiness on the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic. Granger’s last tour was as a military instructor in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College.
Granger reported as commanding officer of Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in August 2019.
Last Updated: 23 November 2020