2014 – Ben Garland is first-year offensive guard who originally entered the NFL with the Broncos as a college free agent on April 30, 2010… Competed with the Broncos during the 2010 preseason before spending 2010-11 on Denver’s reserve/military list while fulfilling his obligations to the Air Force Academy… Competed as a defensive lineman on the club’s practice squad in 2012 before making the switch to offensive guard… Totaled 115 tackles (52 solo), 11.5 sacks (66 yds.), three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks in 39 career games (34 starts) for the Air Force Falcons… Opened all 13 contests as a senior and totaled 45 tackles (21 solo) and 4.5 sacks (30 yds.) to earn second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors from the league coaches… Started all 13 games at nose guard as a junior and placed fourth on Air Force with 7.5 tackles for a loss (28 yds.) while adding 39 total stops and four sacks… Played all 13 games (8 starts) as a sophomore and finished second among the team’s defensive linemen with 31 tackles (15 solo)… Played four games as a true freshman for the Falcons… Earned first-team all-state honors in football as a senior at Central High School in Grand Junction, Colo., and played one year of basketball at the school… Sworn into the Colorado Air National Guard on May 31, 2012, where he currently serves as a public affairs officer… Served as an element leader in Cadet Squadron 27 at Air Force and majored in systems engineering… Ben Garland was born on April 6, 1988, in Grand Junction, Colo.
2009 (Senior) During his Senior year as a Air Force Academy Falcon, Ben Garland started all 13 games. His 2009 achievements include being named the teams Most Valuable Player. Ben was also awarded the Bryan Bullard Award is the highest honor given annually to an Air Force football player and has been dubbed the “Air Force Heisman” by the former coach Fisher DeBerry. He was selected as 2nd Team All Conference for the Mountain West and selected for All Colorado.
2008 (Junior) – Started every game at nose guard … recorded 39 total tackles, including 15 unassisted … fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss for 28 yards … had 4.0 quarterback sacks for 17 yards … forced a fumble, the first of his career, vs. Southern Utah … four tackles, a TFL and a forced fumble vs. Utah … career-high two tackles for loss vs. UNLV … season-high, and matched career high, with seven tackles vs. Army … also had a sack … five tackles vs. CSU … pass breakup and 0.5 tackles for loss vs. BYU … two tackles and a sack at TCU … three tackles and a half-sack vs. Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl … enters the season with a streak of three straight games and four of the last five with a tackle for loss or a sack.
2007 (Sophomore) – Played in all 13 games, started the last eight … second on the team in tackles among the defensive linemen with 31 tackles (13-18-31) … three quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss on the season … first career start came against UNLV and then started every game the remainder of the season … career-high seven tackles in the UNLV game with 0.5 sacks … tied his career high with seven tackles vs. Army … career highs of four solo tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1.5 TFL.
2006 (Freshman) – Played in four games … had one tackle for a loss at TCU.
High School – Lettered four years in football and one in basketball … first-team all-state as a senior in football … was also an all-conference and all-district selection … all-conference as a junior … was a Wendy’s Heisman nominee … member of the National Honor Society … head football coach was Vern McGee.
Personal – Member of Cadet Squadron 27 … nickname is Benji … son of John Hildebrand and Syndee Garland … siblings include Jessica, Josh and Brandon … also recruited by New Mexico … majoring in systems engineering management … completed Global Engagement and Soaring in the summer of 2007 … also completed Operation Air Force at McConnell AFB, Kan., that summer … went to Lackland AFB in the summer of 2008 on Operation Air Force … also worked the Basic Cadet Training command center this past summer …… completed the powered flight program last summer … was also part of the cadet leadership team for Basic Cadet Training at the Air Force Prep School … is an element leader in his squadron.
Captain Benjamin N. Garland is a public affairs officer in the Colorado Air National Guard. As a traditional guardsman, he leads Airmen assigned to the 140th Wing Public Affairs office in Aurora, Colo. As a public affairs officer for the Colorado National Guard, Garland is responsible for maintaining the reputable image of the Colorado National Guard throughout the state and nation by planning and coordinating press releases and tours; responding to media queries; and preparing and posting command information.
Garland began his military career at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2010, graduating as a distinguished graduate in Systems Engineering Management. Upon graduation Garland was signed by the Denver Broncos on a three year contract and invited to attended Training camp after completing training camp; he was assigned to the athletic Department at U.S. Air Force Academy as a strength and conditioning coach and later to the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs at Scott Air Force Base as a public affairs officer. Garland conducted media engagements, developed the 2012 air show marketing plan, created in house public affairs awards program, conducted leadership training sessions, coordinated media for domestic hurricane relief efforts, initiated new photo approval policy, and coordinated a pro racquetball event. Garland also attended Defense Information School at Fort Meade Md. while stationed at Scott and graduated in the top 10% of his Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course.
In 2011, Garland managed an award winning team, winning 25 Air Force/Air Mobility Command media awards, earned 3 Air Mobility Command individual awards and one team award. He also led news operations to earn 1st place for both public website and social media at the Air Force level.
Garland joined the Colorado Air National Guard in May 2012 as a traditional guardsman.
- June 2006 – May 2010, Cadet, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- May 2010 – October 2010, Strength and Conditioning Coach, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- October 2010 – November 2010, Student, Air Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL
- November 2010 – June 2011, Strength and Conditioning Coach, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
- June 2011 – October 2011, Public Affairs Officer, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, IL
- October 2011 – December 2011, student, Joint Public Affairs Officer Course, Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Md.
- December 2011 – May 2012, Public Affairs Officer, 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, IL
- May 2012 – Present, Public Affairs Officer, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo.
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
- Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
- National Defense Service Medal
- Air Force Training Ribbon
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS:
- United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates
- NFL Players Association
- 2009 All Colorado, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- 2009 Academic All conference, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- 2009 2nd Team All conference, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- 2010 Brian Bullard Award, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- 2010 Most Valuable Player, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- 2010 Systems Engineering Distinguished graduate, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
- 2010 Training camp Iron man, Denver Broncos, Colo.
- 2011 1st Place, Social Media, U.S. Air Force
- 2011 1st Place, Public Website, U.S. Air Force 2012 7 x Scout team player of the week, Denver Broncos, Colo.
- 2012 Walter Peyton Ambassador Award, Denver Broncos, Colo.
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
- Second Lieutenant May 2010
- First Lieutenant May 2012