Denton Knapp is a Wyoming native with pioneer roots dating back four-generations in Campbell County. He grew up in Gillette, graduated from Campbell County High School in 1983, and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, West Point. He graduated in 1987 and was commissioned as an Army Infantry Officer. He married Heather Dale, a Gillette “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, and with their two sons, served as an Army Family for 30 years, keeping their hearts and roots in Wyoming. The Knapp’s home is in Gillette, WY.
During Knapp’s military career, he commanded at all levels. He deployed to combat 3 times for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq 2002-3 and 2005-6) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2012-13) and was awarded the Legion of Merit and two Bronze Star Medals (one with Valor). Knapp led programs at the highest levels of the Army, US Special Operations Command, the Pentagon and NATO in a multi-national command. He retired honorably as a Colonel in 2017, serving active duty for over three decades. Following military retirement, Knapp continued his lifetime service at a non-profit as the Director of the Tierney Center for Veteran Services, helping thousands of veterans and families receive benefits and services. He volunteered as a Brigadier General for three years in the CA State Guard and as the Deputy Commanding General of the 40th Infantry Division.
Knapp continues to serve on numerous advisory boards including the Association of the US Army, US Veterans Business Alliance, Combat Infantrymen’s Association, Leadership Tomorrow OC, and Building Emergency Response Teams Inc. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Infantry Association, and serves on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Advisory Committee for Veterans’ Families, Caregivers, and Survivors. Knapp is founding partner of ValorMade LLC. His philanthropic efforts include Veterans, Suicide Awareness & Prevention, Multiple Sclerosis, and Autism. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (West Point), Master of Aeronautical Science (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) and Master of Strategic Studies (US Army War College). His highest military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, 2 Legions of Merit, 2 Bronze Star Medals (one with Valor), 7 Meritorious Service Medals, the Ranger Tab, Parachutist’s Badge and the Combat and Expert Infantrymen’s Badges