Gone but not forgotten: dental clinic at Fort Campbell named for fallen hero.
Subject: Soldiers
Author: Mascarenas, Omar
Pub Date: 11/01/2011
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Nov-Dec, 2011 Source Volume: 80 Source Issue: 6
Accession Number: 287748735
Full Text: Fort Campbell Dental Activity in Kentucky is proud to open a new soldier dental clinic The new clinic was named after a fallen soldier, SGT Dustin M. Adkins with the 5th Special Forces Group (SFG). A dedication ceremony was held at Fort Campbell, KY on November 1, 2011.

Construction of Adkins Dental Clinic has enabled the realignment of Troop Dental Clinic to the Medical Department Activity, which will serve as the new consolidated Integrated Disability Evaluation System Clinic. The dental clinic offers 14 general dentistry treatment chairs, three hygienists' bays, two endodontic treatment rooms, two oral surgery rooms, a sterilization room, a prosthetic laboratory and radiology services. This 21-chair dental clinic offers a state-of-the-art environment to address the dental treatment needs for over 9,000 soldiers.

SGT Dustin M. Adkins was born on January 6, 1984, in Finger, Tenn. He was a dental specialist assigned to the Group Support Battalion (GSB), 5th SFG (Airborne) at Fort Campbell. He died December 3, 2006, from injuries sustained after the U.S. Marine CH46 helicopter he was riding in made an emergency water landing in western Al Anbar Province of Iraq. SGT Adkins entered the Army in May 2003 from Finger, Tenn., as a dental specialist. After completing Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he was assigned to the GSB, 5th SFG (A). He deployed on his second tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in August 2006.

Family and friends gathered at the facility to unveil the plaque of our nation's hero and officially open the clinic for business. Adkins' wife, Tiffany Adkins, while admiring the plaque with their two children Matthew, 8, and Atlanta, 7, said, "This is part of their dad."

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Editor's Note: A memorial article about SGT Adkins appeared in the May/June 2007 issue of the Journal. The article was the Journal's feature story, with a photo of SGT Adkins appearing on the issue cover.

Master Sergeant Omar Macarenas is based at Oklahoma. He is currently serving as the ADAA Federal Trustee representing the US. Army Dental Command (DENCOM).
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