Major James D. Couch, USAF (Ret)
James D. Couch was born in 1970 in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Greenon High School in Springfield, Ohio in 1989. He voluntarily enlisted in the United States Air Force prior to Desert Shield/Storm in April of 1990. After completing 6 weeks of basic training at Lackland Air force Base, he attended the Security Police Academy at Lackland. His training them took him on to attend the Air Base Ground Defense Course held at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
Upon completion of his training in 1990, Major Couch had several assignments to include the Security Forces Alarm Response Team Leader and S-4 in Sembach AB, Germany from August 1990-August 1993, Security Escort Team Leader at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming from September 1993-June 1996, NCOIC Personnel Readiness Unit at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California from July 1996-August 1999, Security Forces Resources and Training in Little Rock AFB in Arkansas from July 2001-July 2003, Delta Flight Commander, 48 Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom from August 2003-August 2004, Security Forces Training and Resources Flight Commander, 48 Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom from August 2004-January 2006, Operations Flight Commander, 349 Recruiting Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma from January 2006-August 2009, National Police Training Coordinator, MNSTC-I/CPATT in Baghdad, Iraq from March 2008-March 2009, Operations Officer, 10th Security Forces United States Air Force Academy in Colorado from August 2009-February 2012, Chief, Plans and Requirements, Peterson AFB in Colorado from February 2012-June 2013, Commander, 10th Security Forces United States Air Force Academy in Colorado from June 2013-August 2013, Chief, Plans and Requirements, Peterson AFB in Colorado from August 2013-June 2014 and Commander of the 78th Security Forces Squadron at Robins AFB in Georgia from June 2014-September 2014.
Major Couch's major military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal and the Air Force Expeditionary Service ribbon with Gold Border.
Upon retirement, Major Couch immediately interviewed and accepted employment with Tecumseh Local Schools as the Senior Aerospace Instructor in January 2015.
Schools attended: Security Police Academy, Ground Combat Skills Course Level I and II, Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force, B.A. in Sociology from Wright State University, Security Forces Officer School, Ground Combat Skills Level 4, First Responders/Hazmat/Disaster Control, Ground Defense Command Course, Anti-Terrorist/Force Protection Level II, Squadron Officer School, Security Forces Command Course.
Major Couch is married to the former Brenda K. Garman. They have 3 children: Brittany, Ashley, and Tyler. Their family also includes their son-in-law A1C Mathew D. Miller who is married to their oldest child.
Chief Master Sergeant Dennis H. Orcutt, USAF (Ret)
Chief Orcutt is the Air Force Junior ROTC Aerospace Science Instructor at the OH-881st, Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle Ohio. The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community." The program is designed to educate and train high school students in citizenship, promote community service, instill personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline through classroom and extracurricular activities. The Air Force Junior ROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”
Chief Orcutt was an OK-81st AFJROTC cadet prior to enlisting in the Air Force in 1991. After basic training, he graduated the fuels specialist course at Chanute AFB, Ill. His background includes a myriad of roles including, information technology, recruiting, commander’s action group, protocol, Headquarters AFROTC, Civil Air Patrol-USAF, and additional-duty First Sergeant. He has served in every Air Force Component and status, and deployed in-theatre to support Operations Desert Storm/Provide Comfort, and Enduring Freedom.
CMSgt Orcutt’s final active assignment was at the Pentagon, Headquarters United States Air Force as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Force Management Integration, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.