Montgomery County Coroner retires from U.S. Army Reserve after serving 36 years

Doctor Kent Harshbarger, Coroner of Montgomery County, has retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 36 years of service.

Harshbarger enlisted in the Army National Guard at the age of 18 and earned the rank of colonel during his time serving, according to a release.

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“After 36 years, it feels rather strange not having a reason to put the uniform on,” said Harshbarger.

“I enjoyed my service time and considered it a true honor and privilege. I owe so much respect and gratitude to those I have served with, from my first infantry unit in the National Guard to my last assigned role with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.”

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He has worked for the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office since 2002 and began serving as the coroner in 2011.

While serving as coroner, Harshbarger assisted with the training of Armed Forces personnel in the field of forensics.

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“It was my honor to have served the country,” he said.

Harshbarger was presented with a Certificate of Retirement from the U.S. Army and a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the President of the United States, according to the release.

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