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New recruits gain a variety of new experiences like rappelling.

The Rappelling Wall

New recruits gain a variety of new experiences like rappelling.

LTC Ivan Denton

Commander, INARNG Recruiting and Retention Command

LTC Denton enlisted as an infantryman in the INARNG just prior to his High School graduation. He attended Indiana University and joined the ROTC program and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in 1986 and entered active duty fall of the same year.  He served almost four years on active duty and was initially assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea then was accepted into the 75th Ranger Regiment, and served in Savannah, GA with the 1st Battalion during OPERATION JUST CAUSE.  In 1990 he re-joined the INARNG were his most important assignment to date was as an infantry battalion commander in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  His battalion was the first reserve component infantry battalion to be deployed into combat since the Korean War. He has numerous badges and awards to include the Ranger Tab, CIB (2nd Award), and the Bronze Star.  Currently, he is enrolled in the Army War College, and will graduate in the summer of 2006. 

CPT Emily Birck

Adjutant, 71st Transportation Battalion, Fort Eustis, VA

CPT Birck graduated from Indiana University and was commissioned as a Transportation Officer in May 2002.  She attended her Transportation Officer Basic Course at Fort Eustis, VA with a follow-on assignment to the 89th Transportation Company stationed at Fort Eustis.  As a platoon leader, she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraq Freedom in 2003, running many convoys throughout Kuwait and Iraq.  In 2004 she became the 70th Movement Control Team Commander as well as the Executive Officer for HHD, 6th Transportation Battalion.  She deployed to Honduras to serve as a protocol officer during the Combined Joint Logistics-Over-The-Shore operation for part of New Horizons 04.  Her Battalion was then called up to deploy in supportof Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as the Battalion S-2 and Training Officer in Kuwait.  Currently, she serves as the 71st Transportation Battalion Adjutant.

MAJ Christopher Compton

Small Group Instructor for Field Artillery Captains Career Course

Major Christopher D. Compton is a Small Group Instructor for the Field Artillery Captain’s Career Course (FACCC) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  In his previous assignment, he was the Mechanized Infantry Task Force Fire SupportTrainer (Scorpion 27) at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin,California. He commanded C/1-94 FA (MLRS), 1st Armored Division in Germany where he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He also served as the Adjutant for the 1st Armored Division Artillery. Among other assignments, he was a Battalion Fire Support Officer (FSO), Battery ExecutiveOfficer (XO), and Battery Fire Direction Officer (FDO) in 2-8 FA, 1st Brigade,25th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington.  Major Compton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University in 1995 and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University ofOklahoma.