Franklin College will host its 7th annual Veterans Day Luncheon and Lecture on Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the Branigin Room of the Napolitan Student Center. The guest speaker will be Col. Ivan Denton, the Garrison Commander at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center. Morning Pointe in Franklin is sponsoring the event.
The topic of Denton’s lecture will focus on the new role Camp Atterbury has assumed, especially since the sequestration this past March by the federal government.
Denton enlisted in 1982 as an infantryman in the Indiana Army National Guard. Four years later, he received his commission and graduated from Indiana University, where he received the George C. Marshall Leadership Award. He later received a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from Army War College. Denton served in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division and acted as a Ranger rifle platoon leader during Operation Just Cause in Panama with the 75th Ranger Regiment during his four years as an Army active duty infantry officer. He rejoined the Indiana Army National Guard after leaving active duty in 1990, where his command and staff assignments included: Rifle Company Commander, Battalion Adjutant, Battalion Operations Officer, Deputy Division Operations Officer, Infantry Battalion Commander, Recruiting Battalion Commander, Director of Army Personnel, and 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Commander. In 2003, as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Denton commanded the 1-293rd infantry battalion. Most recently, he led the 219th BfSB on the last Indiana National Guard rotation in support of Operation of New Down. Of his numerous badges and awards, Denton has received the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award), Legion of Merit and Bronze Star (2nd Award).
The cost for the luncheon is $10 per person for the general public. Cost for veterans, active duty military, Franklin College alumni, employees, trustees and students is $5 per person. Guests must reserve seating no later than Monday, Nov. 4 by calling the Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for challenging careers and fulfilling lives through the liberal arts, offering its approximately 1,000 students 36 majors, 39 minors and 11 pre-professional programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, go to www.FranklinCollege.edu.