Deb was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, and was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate of her ROTC class. She earned a Master’s in Management from Webster University. During her 20-year Air Force career, Deb served as a Logistics Plans Officer and an Information Manager. After retiring from the Air Force, Deb was elected President of the Republican Women of St Mary’s in 2010 and president of the Republican Club of St Mary’s in 2012. She was also Protocol Chair and Southern Region Chair for the Maryland Federation of Republican Women, and was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.