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Retired Denver Bronco promoted to major in Colorado Air National Guard

U.S. Air Force Major Ben Garland played offensive line for 11 seasons in the NFL, including five in Denver.
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U.S. Air Force retired Col. Hal Garland swears in his grandson Maj. Benjamin Garland at Buckley Space Force Base, Aurora, Colo. on Mar. 6, 2022.

AURORA, Colo. — U.S. Air Force Capt. Ben Garland has been promoted to the rank of major in the Colorado Air National Guard.

The former Air Force Academy graduate and former National Football League (NFL) offensive lineman was promoted in a ceremony on Saturday at Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora.

Garland, 33, played for the Denver Broncos from 2010 to 2014, the Atlanta Falcons from 2015 to 2018 and the San Francisco 49ers from 2019 to 2020.

The Colorado Air National Guard said Garland was stationed at Scott Air Force Base as a Public Affairs Officer from 2010 to 2012 while assigned to the Denver Broncos Military Reserve players list.

Garland left Active Duty in May 2012 and joined the COANG as a public affairs officer with the 140th Wing.

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Ben Garland, Colorado Air National Guard was promoted to the rank of major on March 6, 2022 in Aurora, Colo.
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Ben Garland (#63) in the second half of a NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 28. 2014, in Arlington.
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Ben Garland is sworn into the Colorado Air National Guard during a ceremony at the team's headquarters and training facility in Englewood on May 30, 2012.

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