Keynote Speaker Motivational Speaker

Brigadier General Kerry Denson (Ret.)

Leadership Development Speaker, Humorous Motivational Speaker

Brigadier General Kerry Denson served the nation with more than forty years of service.

General Denson began his career when he was drafted in December, 1965. He volunteered for pilot training, graduated March 14, 1967 and reported to his unit in Viet Nam within two weeks. General Denson's assignments included two combat tours in Viet Nam as a pilot. Between tours he served as a flight instructor at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia.

After active duty he returned to Wisconsin and immediately 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 culminated the last nine 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.


Schools and Courses Attended

(Partial Listing; Not in chronological order)

US Army Primary Helicopter Pilot Course
US Army

US Army Advanced Helicopter Pilot Course
US Army

Instrument Pilot Instructor Pilot Course
US Army

Infantry Officer Basic Course
US Army

US Army Command and General Staff College
US Army

United States Air Force Air War College
US Air Force

Aircraft Accident Investigation Course
University of Southern California

Night Vision Goggle Instructor Pilot Course
US Army

US Army Battalion Training Management System
US Army

Contracting Course for Senior Leaders
Office of the Department of Defense

Ethics for Senior Leaders
Office of the Department of Defense

OSHA Training and Certification Course
US Army

Future Planning for Senior Leaders
US Army

Professional Development for Senior Leaders Course
US Army

Classification for Federal Employees
US Army

Attack Helicopter Aerial Gunnery Instructor Pilot Course
US Army

Fixed Wing, Multi-Engine Pilot Qualification Course
US Army

US Army Pre-Command Course for Battalion Commanders
US Army

Personnel Management for Civil Service Employees
US Civil Service Commission

Middle Managers Development Course
US Civil Service Commission

US Army Aviation Safety Officers Course
Us Army

Data Processing for Senior Leaders
Mt. Senerio College

Position Classification for Federal Employees
US Civil Service Commission

Total Quality Management for Senior Leaders
US Army

Meeting Managers Course
State of Wisconsin

Dealing with Employee Attitude Problems Course
American Management Association

Risk Communications for Senior Leaders
US Army

Strategic Planning for Executives
American Management Association

C-12 Pilot Qualification Course
US Army

C-26 Pilot Qualification Course
US Army

AH-1S Pilot Qualification Course
US Army

Diversity in the Workplace
US Civil Service Commission

Our Diverse Army - For Senior Leaders
US Army

Bachelor of Science - Business Administration
Milton College