Dwayne Maurice DeGraff was born in 1961 to the late Theodore Pershing DeGraff, Sr. and Maria Estrill DeGraff. He is the fifth of their six children.
As a young boy growing up in Sevan, Dwayne began his formal education with the Dober Elementary School, Geroge Washington Elementary School (now Evelyn Marcelli Elementary School), Wayne Aspinal Junior High School (now the Addelita Cancryn Junior Hight School) and finally grauated from the Charlotte Amalie High School in 1979. Eight days after graduation, and with proficient vocational training in auto mechanics, Dwayne immediately joined the workforce with the Virgin Islands Government - Department of Property and Procurement - Police Motor Pool Division.
Compelled to serve his country and advance his leadership skills in May of 1985, Dwayne joined the Virgin Islands National Guard. He attended basic training in Fort Knox, Kentucky and later advanced to military communication training in Fort Gordon, Georgia. He propelled through the ranks and was subsequently promoted to Sergeant. In 2006, Dwayne was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 786-Headquarters Unit. While at war, Dwayne was privileged to serve as a Military Police beside the most elite of service men and women of the United States and United States Virgin Islands performing security and enforcement duties. After serving a little over 14-months at war, DeGraff returned home and retired after twenty-two (22) plus years of honorable service.
IN May of 1987, Dwayne joined the Virgin Islands Police Department and immediately submitted himself to leadership as the Class President of his police class -87-1. DeGraff worked on all three islands and served in various capacities to include Police Officer, Police Sergeant, and Zone Commander. In 1995, he found his passion in the Department when he was assigned to the Special Operations Bureau. In addtion to Special Operations, Dwayne was assigned to several other units to include the first marine unit and first joint task force unit with the Durg Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force (now known as the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Unit where he served as a cross designated frederal agent. In 2009, he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police for the St. Thomas and Water Island District. In 2013, and after serving 26 years with the Police Department and 34 years of government service, Dwayne honorably retired.
Throughout the years, Dwayne served as a community leader and activist. He organized numerous island-wide community clean-up initiatives. In the 1990s and for several years thereafter, he served as the PTA president of the Jane E. Tuitt Elementray School. In 1999, he was appointed and continues to serve as the class president of his high school class. Because of his love and passion for football, Dwayne has refereed and coached high school tackle and flag football since the 1990s and continues to segment his time to assist and mentor aspiring, young football enthusiast. He has also served as President of the St. Thomas/St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association and Chariman of the Judges' Committee for the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee. For his community involvement and service, Dwayne has been the recipient of numerous community service awards from orgainizations such as Positive Tree, the Virgin Islands Retired Police Organization (VIRPO), American Association of Retired persons (AARP), the St. Thomas Lioness Club and the CAHS Athletic Department.
Dwayne is a proud father and grandfather. His love and respcet for his family impels his affection for the Virgin Islands. Dwayne looks forward to serving our TERRITORY, building bridges and launching new and lasting legacies.