Derrek Schultheiss enlisted in the Army in July of 1988, and served two tours in Germany while on active duty; two years in Fulda Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR), and two years in Wiesbaden Germany with the 12th Aviation Brigade. Upon completion of active duty service, he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard (WIARNG) and was assigned to C Battery, 121st Field Artillery in Sussex WI, and then the 64th Rear Operations Center in Monroe WI. At the same time, he enrolled in college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he earned his commission through their ROTC program. Upon commissioning, he was assigned to the 1158th Transportation Company, and then the 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB). In 2009-2010, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Upon his return from Iraq, he was assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ) of the Wisconsin National Guard. He is currently a Major in the WIARNG and assigned as the Support Operations Officer for the 132nd Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) out of Portage WI. Mr. Schultheiss has been with the Badger Battalion since June of 2006, and is currently the Senior Military Science Instructor at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI.