U.S. Air Force reservist Chief Master Sergeant Ray Birch served one tour in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq.
Hadyen resident Brett Barkey is one of several Routt County residents who put their lives on hold and chose to serve after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 10 years later Barkey has returned to civilian life and has started his new job as assistant district attorney for the 14th Judicial District.
Photo by Matt Stensland
A 1997 Hayden High School graduate Alex Epp did three tours in Afghanistan and two tours in Iraq as a U.S. Army Ranger.
U.S. Marine reservist Col. Brett Barkey served three tours in Iraq.
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Brett Barkey, left, stands next to fellow Marines after a rocket-propelled grenade made a dent in the armor-plated truck in Iraq on Aug. 21, 2006.