Captain Derrick Dixon

Captain Derrick Dixon is a Native of Ossining, New York and graduated from Ossining High School where he lettered in track, football, basketball and tennis. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Science. He also earned 6 Varsity letters running Indoor and Outdoor Track and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in May 1986.


Derrick reported to Pensacola, Florida for aviation indoctrination in July of 1986. During his flight training he flew the T-34C Mentor, T-2B Buckeye and the TA-4J Skyhawk. Derrick received his Navy wings of gold in June of 1988 in Kingsville, Texas.


In September of 1988 Derrick reported to Attack Squadron 42 in Virginia Beach, Virginia for training in the A-6E Intruder. In June of 1989 he reported to Attack Squadron 35 “Black Panthers”. While with the “Black Panthers” Derrick was deployed on the USS Saratoga for 2 deployments and flew 13 combat bombing missions in support of “Operation Desert Storm”.


In February of 1993 Derrick reported toVT-7 in Meridian, Mississippi as a flight instructor in the TA-4J Skyhawk. He instructed student from the United States as well as numerous foreign militaries. He was also designated a Landing Signals Officer to instruct students to land aboard the Aircraft Carrier.


Derrick was honorably discharged from the Navy in April of 1994 and was hired as a Second Officer at UPS that same month. He flew as a Second Officer in the B-747 for one year before upgrading to First Officer in the B-757 and B-767. While flying the 757/767 Derrick flew mostly domestically, but he occasionally flew to Canada, Mexico and Germany.


In November of 2001 Derrick upgraded to Captain flying the DC-8. He later was displaced to fly as Captain on the A-300, where he currently is. He has accumulated over 5000 flight hours, 380 carrier landings and earned 2 combat air medals. He is married to Renee his wife of 20 years and they have 2 children, Taylor and Ryan.