BRIGADIER GENERAL IVAN E. DENTON
Brigadier General Denton enlisted as an infantryman in the Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG) just prior to his Paoli, Indiana High School graduation in 1982. He continued to serve in the INARNG, while also serving in the Indiana University ROTC program in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated in 1986, received a commission as an infantry officer, was a distinguished military graduate and also earned the George C. Marshall Leadership Award.
He served four years on active duty as an infantry officer from 1986 to 1990, including two demilitarized zone (DMZ) tours between North and South Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division as well as a TEAM SPIRIT exercise. He also served in OPERATION JUST CAUSE with the 75th Ranger Regiment. His Ranger Rifle Platoon conducted a combat parachute assault onto the International Airport in Panama.
He left active duty in 1990 and re-joined the INARNG. His INARNG command and staff assignments are numerous and include: Rifle Company Commander, Battalion Adjutant, Battalion Operations Officer, Deputy Division Operations Officer, State Training Officer, Infantry Battalion Commander, Brigade Executive Officer, Recruiting Battalion Commander, INARNG Director of Army Personnel, 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BFSB) Commander and Commander of Camp Atterbury, which is a premiere Army National Guard Training Site. He currently serves as the National Guard Director of Manpower and Personnel.
Brigadier General Denton has served in four major ARNG operational events: the 76th IBCT Joint Readiness Training Center rotation at FT Polk in 2000, the 38th DIVISION WARFIGHTER exercise at FT Leavenworth in 2001, and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003. He commanded 1-293rd Infantry, which was the first reserve component infantry battalion to be forwardly deployed into a combat theatre since the Korean War. He also commanded the 219th BFSB, which was the last major INARNG rotation in support of OPERATION NEW DAWN in Iraq.
He has numerous badges and awards, including the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Legion of Merit (2 OLCs), and Bronze Star (2 OLCs). Brigadier General Denton lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife Kim. She serves as a second grade teaching coach for Lawrence Township Schools. They have three children. Allison recently graduated from Butler University. Joe is a sophomore at Duke University on an Army ROTC scholarship, and Robbie is a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
Mr. Kevin Crowley is the Deputy Director, Manpower and Personnel for the National Guard Bureau.
In this capacity, he assists in the overall human resource strategic planning, integration, analysis, manpower and personnel policy, and oversight for the Chief, National Guard Bureau in order to enhance National Guard Bureau and Joint Force Headquarters initiatives, personnel readiness, operational capabilities and sustainment of the National Guard Community.