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images of Dencom Europe: Image 1. CONGRATULATIONS to CPT Stona Jackson from the Grafenwoehr Dental Clinic and to SSG Michael Nguyen, from the Vilseck Dental Clinic, for being awarded their Expert Field Medical Badges yesterday, 30 March 2017.  CPT Jackson set an EFMB record by finishing the 12-mile Ruck March with a time of 2:09.  CPT Jackson was presented an EFMB Coin by BG Phillip Jolly (USAREUR Dep Cdr) for his record-setting, exceptional accomplishment.  Dental Health Command-Europe and Dental Health Activity-Bavaria are extremely proud of both Soldiers. Image 2.  COL Stephen Tanner and SGM Conrad Walters hosted the Dental Health Command-Europe (DHC-E) Senior Leadership Conference from 08-10 March 2017 in Sembach, Germany.  Participants included leaders and speakers from the RHC-E HQs, DHC-E HQs, Rheinland-Pfalz, Bavaria, and Italy Dental Health Activities.  The pictures reflect BG Dennis Lemaster and CSM William O'Neal speaking to our DHC-E audience.  Topics included Dental IRIS, Metrics & Tools, Patient Safety, Safety Management Systems, NCO Business Mentality, New NCOERs and S.T.E.P.'s, Global Service Center, Readiness & Wellness, and Dental Clinic Issues. Image 3.  On 15 March 2017, the USAREUR CDR, LTG Ben Hodges, personally invited five Soldiers from the Wiesbaden Dental Clinic to his office to express his appreciation of the dental care he received.  He spent an hour with them showing his amazing rock collection and the battle story behind each rock. He also took them to his situation room and went through the USAREUR Area of Operation.  LTG Hodges was very appreciative not just for the level of care he received but most of all he expressed his appreciation that his dental provider, CPT Wesley Karlson, thoroughly explained WHAT his treatment options were and WHY he needed it. (COL Stephen Tanner, DHC-Europe CDR).  Pictured left to right:  LTC Lisa Norby, SPC Nicholas Thompson, SPC Kevin Tye, Mr. Larry Jackson, PFC Justin Quintero, CPT Wesley Karlson, and LTG Ben Hodges. Image 4.  CPT Matthew Eusterman, Pediatric Dentist from the Vicenza Dental Clinic, on, How to keep one-to three-year-olds cavity free, in front of an elementary school class. Image 5.  SSG Daniel Cleveland's promotion luncheon with his family. Image 6.  SGM Conrad Walter's Relinquishment of Responsibility ceremony. Image 7.  The DHCE and DHAE CDRs x4.

Dental Health Command-Europe (DHCE)

Activated in 1994, Dental Health Command-Europe (DHCE), formerly known as the Europe Regional Dental Command (ERDC), is a subordinate unit of the United States Army Regional Health Command-Europe, with both units located at Sembach Germany. DHCE’s mission is to ensure the Dental readiness of all active duty military personnel stationed in U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) and to provide peacetime community dental care. With the mandatory reduction in American military overseas presence under the Conventional Forces Europe Treaty, dental activities in Europe were reduced from eleven to three. Located in Heidelberg, the former ERDC headquarters oversaw command and control functions of the three dental activities; Landstuhl, Heidelberg and Wuerzberg. In 2008, the Wuerzburg DENTAC headquarters relocated to its current home in Vilseck and reflagged. In 2013, the ERDC headquarters relocated from Heidelberg to Sembach as part of the Heidelberg closure and medical realignment and closed the Heidelberg DENTAC. The two remaining DENTACs have 750 personnel working in sixteen dental facilities throughout Germany, Italy and Belgium. With the success of the dental "Go First Class" initiative, USAREUR's dental wellness and readiness rates are the highest in the U.S. Army. To date, the DHCE team has performed over 500,000 procedures, deployed 36 dental professionals in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and supported the successful deployment and redeployment of countless USAREUR units.

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