Brigadier General (CA) Denton Knapp currently serves as the Director of the Tierney Center for Veteran Services of Goodwill of Orange County. He served 30-years as a Regular Army Infantry Officer and in Joint positions at the US Special Operations Command and NATO. He retired from active federal service as a Colonel in May 2017. Immediately after retirement, he applied to join the ranks of the California State Military Reserve.
Brigadier General (CA) Knapp grew up in Gillette, Wyoming. Knapp graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in May, 1987. During his 30-years of service in the Army Profession, Knapp served in numerous command and staff positions from Platoon Leader through brigade-level command. He had multiple combat tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, including the initial invasion in 2003, and later in 2005 as Battalion Commander of the 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 184th Infantry Regiment, California Army National Guard. Knapp also commanded the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment. As a Colonel, he led the futures programs at the U.S. Special Operations Command, commanded the Regional Support Command-East (NATO) in Afghanistan, served as the Director for the U.S. Army's Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, and culminated as the US Army Training and Doctrine Command Liaison to USMA, West Point.
His education includes a BS in Organizational Leadership from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and Master of Strategic Studies, from the U.S. Army War College. He currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative; Board Member of the Greater Los Angeles Association of the U.S. Army; National Board Member of the U.S. Veterans Business Alliance; Vice President of Safety for Building Emergency Response Teams, Inc; and Owner of Coulter Consulting LLC. His philanthropy includes veterans & their families, suicide awareness, multiple sclerosis, and autism.
Brigadier General (CA) Knapp's military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2 awards); Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7 awards), Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 stars), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (3 stars), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 star), Iraq Campaign Medal (4 stars), Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4), NATO Medal, California Medal of Merit, French National Defense Medal, the Polish Army Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and the Infantry Order of Saint Maurice.
Brigadier General (CA) Knapp is married to Heather Michelle (Dale) Knapp, has two sons, Brandon and Scott, daughter-in-law Ashley Reagan, and two grandchildren, Maddox and Stella. He and his wife reside in Irvine, CA, and his Army Forces Command Headquarters is at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos.