|Larry M. Denton is a native of San Antonio and while serving in the Corps of Cadet at Texas A & M University, received a Bachelors of Business Administration. He entered the Navy through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate Program in October 1969. He was commissioned an Ensign in March 1970, and designated a Naval Aviator in March 1972.
Having completed Fleet Replacement Pilot Training for transition to the H-3 Seaking, Commander Denton reported to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron One (HC-1), Detachment One. Aboard aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, in April 1973 he was a primary recovery pilot for the crew of the nation's first orbital space station, SKYLAB.
After cruising aboard USS Kitty Hawk and USS Oriskany, he was selected in 1975 for the Training and Administration of Reserves Program, and reported as a plank holder to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Nine (HC-9). In September 1976 he was ordered to Fort Smith, Arkansas as Commanding Office of the Naval Reserve Center, and concurrent Officer in Charge of the Naval Reserve Facility in Fayetteville. In 1978 he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
In September 1979 he reported aboard Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts as Program Manager of Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Augment Unit 1197. After two years, he was reassigned to Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Seventy Four (HS-74). In October 1984 Commander Denton was assigned as Stand-up Officer-in-Charge of HS-75 to facilitate its move of the Reserve Forces Squadron from NAS Willow Grove, Pennsylvania to NAS Jacksonville, Florida. In September 1985 he was made Officer-in-Charge of the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron One (HS-1) Fleet Replacement Squadron Augment Unit.
He then received orders and reported in January 1988 to the staff of Commander, Naval Surface Reserve Force as Director of Readiness Analysis and in April 1990 he was assigned as the systems analyst for Commander Naval Reserve Force for matters concerning the status of resources and training. During Desert Storm, he served as one of four Watch Captains in the mobilization and recall cell of the echelon II headquarters command. He is currently in receipt of orders to the Automated Data Processing Department for Commander, Naval Reserve Force, New Orleans, Louisiana.
On 26 January 1991, Captain Denton assumed duties as Commanding Officer of the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Readiness Center, Phoenix, which has over 2,700 maritime personnel attached while having satellite centers in Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
On 01 February 1994, he assumed the position of Strategic Director for Information Technology on the staff of the Commander, Naval Reserve Force. He helped establish the Naval Reserve Information Systems Office in 1995. On 1 October 1996, Captain Denton returned to civilian life after serving over 26 years of active duty.
On 29 April 1997 was hired by Electronic Data Systems to continue his Information Technology Career. He has been promoted twice, and is a Technical Delivery Manager. He transferred from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Houston, Texas in 1999. He has continued his technology career while serving in numerous capacities in the Bayou City.
During his career, Larry has been awarded Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals and numerous unit and foreign awards earned as a result of service in Southeast Asia. He has received special recognition from the President of the United States, The Governor of Arizona, Mayor of Phoenix, the Navy League, the United States Sea Cadets, Explorer Scouts, and City Councilmen.
Larry Denton is married to the former Susan Gallimore. He has two adult children, Shannon Eric, and Julie Marie.