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Major Marcus Corbett, commander of the Air Force Reserves 310th Security Forces Squadron, left, reads the oath of enlistment to Ray Birch on May 1 at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Birch, Routt County’s undersheriff, was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant, the highest rank an enlisted soldier can receive.

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Routt County undersheriff promoted to high rank

Ray Birch promoted to chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves

For the past 10 years, Ray Birch has juggled his responsibilities as a reservist with those of a husband, father and a cop. On May 1, Birch was promoted to the highest rank an enlisted soldier can receive and is now a chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Less than 1 percent of enlisted soldiers receive the rank.

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