Denton Knapp is the Director of the Tierney Center for Veteran Services at Goodwill Industries of Orange County, California. He is an expert in leadership and character development, serving over 30 years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and Joint assignments. He retired honorably as a Colonel in May 2017. He continues to serve as a Brigadier General in the California State Guard as the Deputy Commander, 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard.
Originally from Gillette Wyoming, Knapp graduated from the United States Military, Academy at West Point in 1987, and was commissioned an Infantry Officer. He served in numerous command and staff positions throughout his military career in Infantry Units, as well as Joint Headquarters. His service includes multiple combat tours commanding in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as Director for the U.S. Army’s Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, commanded NATO’s Regional Support Command-East in Afghanistan, and led programs at the U.S. Special Operations Command and the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command for future concepts and capabilities.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; and Master of Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, PA. His highest military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device and Oakleaf Cluster, Ranger Tab, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
He currently serves as the Chairman for the Steering Committee of the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative; Deputy Commander, 40th Infantry Division, CA ARNG; Board Member, Greater Los Angeles Association of the United States Army; and Advisor, U.S. Veterans Business Alliance OC Chapter. He was recently selected to serve on the national advisory council to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs for Veteran Families, Caregivers, and Survivors. He is the Director of Federal Contracting for Patriot Source LLC, and serves as a training and development officer with Building Emergency Response Teams, Inc. His philanthropy includes veterans, suicide awareness, multiple sclerosis, and autism. He resides in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County, California.