Major General Bentley B. Rayburn retired from active duty in the U.S. Air Force on the 1st of April, 2006. He received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1975. During his Air Force career he commanded a fighter training squadron and two operational wings. The general also served on the personal staffs of the Secretary of the Air Force and of the commander of Air Combat Command, and has held the position of Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. General Rayburn also served as the Commandant or President of the Air War College, and Vice Commander of Air University, Maxwell AFB. He has Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and basic sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

After retiring from the Air Force General Rayburn served as the President/CEO of a local charity dedicated to helping Colorado military helping who have been impacted by combat deployments since 9/11. He also served as the President of Colorado Technical University in Southern Colorado. General Rayburn now serves as the President of the Board of Directors for a local language immersion charter school, The Global Village Academy, Colorado Springs.