Lieutenant David Denning was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in Holly, MI. He graduated from The University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics and commissioned into the United States Navy in May of 2011.
After commissioning, he reported to USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58) during a 5th and 6th Fleet deployment in support of the Global War on Terror and theater security operations in the Black Sea. During his tour, he served as the Repair Division Officer and the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer. LT Denning completed the AEGIS CSO track III course in Dahlgren, VA as a distinguished honor graduate in route to USS ROOSEVELT (DDG 80) where he reported as the Training Officer in JUN 2014. Onboard ROOSEVELT, he qualified as an Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator and Engineering Officer of the Watch. In October of 2015, LT Denning reported to the University of Michigan NROTC Unit where he teaches Marine Navigation and Naval Operations.
LT Denning’s awards include the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement medal (2), the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Battle Effectiveness Award (2). In 2014, he was a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.
LT Denning is ecstatically married to Reta Kae Denning and has five children; Evelynn (7), James Bradley (5), Mark Wesley (3), John William (1), and Paul Eli (9 mos.).