May 21, 2011
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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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.