Commander, 229th Military Intelligence Battalion
Lt. Col. Derrick C. Long enlisted in the US Army Reserves as a 68W (Combat Medic) and entered the Military Intelligence Corps after earning his commission through the ROTC program of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where he also graduated as the Distinguished Military Graduate. He has held several command/leadership positions to include Troop Commander and Detachment Commander (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom), US Army Office of Military Support (USAOMS); Company Commander, A Company, 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Hood, TX; Military Detachment Commander, 1st Battalion 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) Fort Bragg, NC; and Platoon Leader, B Company, 313th Military Intelligence Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.
His previous staff assignments include Deputy Commanding Officer, 902nd Military Intelligence Group, Operations Officer Joint Chiefs of Staff, J-37 Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, Sensitive Activities Division, Pentagon; Squadron Executive Officer, USAOMS; S-2 for 2nd Battalion 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX; Aide de Camp for the Deputy Commanding General of the Joint Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; G-2 Operations Officer, 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, NC; and S-2 for the 8-8th Field Artillery Battalion, Republic of Korea (ROK).
Long earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College, and Masters of Science in National Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. His military education includes the Military Intelligence Office Basic Course, Military Intelligence Advanced Course, Electronic Warfare/Signal Intelligence Tactical Operations Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, SERE (High Risk), Air Movement Operations Course, and US Naval Command and Staff.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Staff Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Air Assault Badge.