Colonel Derek Lane was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps on 12 July 1996, after graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He subsequently attended The Basic School where he was designated as a Communications Officer.
From March 1998 to May 2000, Lieutenant Lane served as the Communications Officer for 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this tour, the Battalion was designated as Battalion Landing Team 1/6 and deployed as part of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit where he participated in Operations ALLIED FORCE and NOBLE ANVIL.
From June 2000 to June 2002, Captain Lane served as the Information Systems Management Officer for 8th Marine Corps District in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the Marine Corps six recruiting commands. Concurrently, he served in a recurring Permissive Temporary Additional Duty Status as the Communications Officer for 4th Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment – a reserve Artillery Battalion in Bessemer, Alabama.
From 2003 to May 2006, Captain Lane served as the Alpha Company Commander for Marine Wing Communications Squadron-28 in Cherry Point, North Carolina. During this assignment, he deployed his Company to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Just before his return from Iraq, he transitioned to serve as the Squadron Operations Officer.
From June 2006 to May 2008, Major Lane served as the Communications Officer for the 22d Marine Expeditionary Unit in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this period, he deployed to the 6th, 5th, and 7th Fleets and supported Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and SEA ANGEL II, a Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Recovery operation in Bangladesh.
From 2009 to June 2012, Major Lane served in the U.S. Special Operations Command J6 as the Executive Officer to the J6/CIO. During this tour, Major Lane also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the J6 Operations Officer for one of SOCOM’s Joint Special Operation Task Forces from October 2009 to February 2010.
From June 2012 to July 2013, Major Lane served under the Office of Military Cooperation-Kuwait as the U.S. Military Advisor to the Kuwait Armed Forces J3 and J6.
From July 2013 to May 2014, Lieutenant Colonel Lane served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6 for the Second Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina supporting a variety of operations, exercises, and deployments.
From June 2014 to June 2016, Lieutenant Colonel Lane served as the Commanding Officer of 8th Communication Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this tour, he provided enabling support to Marine Corps forces deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Marine Air Ground Task Forces around the globe.
From 2017 to May 2019, Lieutenant Colonel Lane served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-6 for Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in Tampa, Florida. It was during this assignment that he was promoted to Colonel.
Colonel Lane’s professional military education includes The Basic School (1997), Communication Information Systems Officer Course (1998), Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School (2003), U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (2009), the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME II) (2012), and service as the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow to Yale University in International Security Studies (2017). He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Military Arts & Sciences.
Colonel Lane’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star.