Building fellowships & growing mentorships: U.S. Army Dental Command finds success at the 2008 ADAA Annual Conference.
Article Type: Conference news
Subject: Soldiers (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Armies (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Military personnel (Training)
Military personnel (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Author: Drumm, Exerline M.
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2008 Source Volume: 77 Source Issue: 6
Product: Product Code: 9123100 Dept of the Army NAICS Code: 92811 National Security
Organization: Government Agency: United States. Army
Accession Number: 207643146
Full Text: The United States Army Dental Command (DENCOM) hosted their NCO/Soldier training conference in conjunction with the annual American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The event was a huge success.

Soldiers from every region, including soldiers from the Dental Research Detachment up at Great Lakes, Ill., were brought to San Antonio to attend training that would sharpen their skills and enable them to bond as an enlisted dental team. The training provided both fellowship among peers and mentorship from senior enlisted leaders for the NCOs and soldiers. Among the training courses offered were: Roles of the NCOIC;

Leadership Counseling; New Enlisted Promotion System; Management of Government Civilian Employees vs. Contract Employees; and one of the Army's newest programs--College of the American Soldier.

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It was not all work. Soldiers had the opportunity to relax and enjoy the splendors of the famed San Antonio Riverwalk and the city's numerous downtown sites. They were also able to meet some of their civilian ADAA counterparts from all over the United States. Together they attended various enjoyable events and, of course, were treated to SGM Drumm's fun and sweat aerobics session.

The conference ended on a high note at the ADAA Presidential Reception where SGM (Ret.) Stephen E. Spadaro, a past DENCOM Sergeant Major, was inducted as the new ADAA president.

Next year's conference will be held in sunny Hawaii, so study hard, bring your snorkels and get ready to enjoy a morning of aerobics on the beach. Hawaii, here we come. Aloha!!!

SGM Exedine M. Drumm is the fifth United States Army Dental Command Sergeant Major and the first female to take over as the DENCOM Sergeant Major. She has held a variety of positions in her career, most notably as the First Sergeant for the 464th Medical Company (DS) in Europe and the Fort Carson DENTAC in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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