Kerry Denson

Position title: Brigadier General, US National Guard

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Brigadier General Kerry Denson served the nation for more than 40 years.

General Denson began his career when he was drafted in December 1965. He volunteered for pilot training, graduated in March 1967 and reported to his unit in Viet Nam within 2 weeks. General Denson’s assignments included 2 combat tours in Viet Nam as a pilot. Between tours he served as a flight instructor at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Georgia.

After active duty he returned to Wisconsin and joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He served in a variety of Command & Staff assignments, including Commander of the 147th Attack Helicopter Battalion, Director of Aviation for the Wisconsin Army National Guard and, for the last 9 years of his career, as the Commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and its 7700 Soldiers. As the commander he was responsible for the largest mobilization of the Wisconsin Army National Guard for combat since WWII.

General Denson has flown over 10,000 hours — 1,277 of them in combat. He is rated to fly both helicopters and airplanes. His many military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and 35 Air Medals.

General Denson is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Air Force’s Air War College, and numerous military training courses. He holds a degree in Business Administration.

General Denson and his wife Mary Ann Jackson reside in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.