J’can appointed as battalion commander in US Army
honour bestowed upon me. As battalion commander, I am responsible for the health, welfare and training of approximately 450 soldiers, civilians and their families. As such, it is my job to provide guidance and direct all activities for my battalion to accomplish its mission. The mission of my battalion is to train, develop and educate soldiers to conduct and lead counterintelligence, human intelligence and support operations,” he said.
GROWING UP IN JAMAICA
A native of Dumfries in St James, Denton was unabashed in declaring that he uses his foundation and upbringing as a Jamaican to assist him in the way he leads his unit.
“I would often run through the streets of Dumfries barefoot with no shirt on. So much so, it contributed to my nickname. I could be seen every day after school chasing behind the sugar cane trailers en route to the cane factory. I loved to pull strands of cane off the trucks. I would eat so much cane that my stomach would be covered with the sugar from the cane juices, and I became known as ‘Sugar Belly’ to all the neighbours,” he said, as he shared recollections with The Gleaner.
The commander also shared fond memories of helping his grandfather in his butcher shop.
“I would often assist him with prepping and skinning the goats, pigs, chickens and other meats. The best part was creating an impromptu, makeshift wood, outdoor fire and cooking portions of the meat.”
The journey from Dumfries has indeed been a long one for Denton, who joined the US military in high school after his family migrated in search of better opportunities.
“Looking back, I think this way of living helped me to constantly be a problem solver. It helped me be humble, knowing where I came from and the hardship we endured as young kids. Although today I consider it hard, back then, I thought it was fun and just our way of life. I have a can-do attitude because of the foundation I received in Jamaica,” he said.
Although it is very adventurous to move around and travel the globe every two years, I do not get an opportunity to see my fam ily very often.