Born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, in 1939, Dennis L. Benchoff graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1962. He holds Masters degrees from Michigan State University in Operations Research and Systems Analysis and from New York University in Economics Analysis. He held numerous commands, to include the 101st Airborne Division's 20th Chemical Detachment in Vietnam; the 707th Maintenance Battalion at Fort Ord, California; the 59th Ordnance Brigade in U.S. Army Europe; the Red River Army Depot at Texarkana, Texas; and the Industrial Operations Command at Rock Island, Illinois.
The final assignment in Lieutenant General Benchoff's distinguished career was as Deputy Commanding General, U. S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), from July 1996 to August 1998, where his leadership and technical skills proved instrumental in enhancing the Army's logistics system. He improved inventory control procedures and visibility on in-transit cargo within the supply system. He oversaw stockage-level reviews that led to improved repair parts availability in the field. Under his guidance, the Army's overseas pre-positioned equipment stocks were reorganized into up-to-date brigade packages to support rapid deployment. In response to Department of the Army mandated reductions, he orchestrated the consolidation of several AMC organizations with a minimal loss of capabilities. He instituted improved procedures for tracking base-operations expenditures at AMC installations. He pursued numerous international agreements with Allies for joint development efforts, to include a future scout vehicle. He devoted considerable time and effort to overseeing and visiting AMC's 60 program managers. Finally, he championed reform and reductions in AMC's military specifications and standards. Lieutenant General Benchoff retired in 1998.