Welcome home, Indiana National Guard: Fort Knox Dental Activity treats returning soldiers over the holiday.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Prisons, Military (Care and treatment)
Soldiers (Care and treatment)
Dental care (Services)
Dental hygiene (Services)
Mouth (Care and treatment)
Mouth (Services)
Author: Mascarenas, Omar A.
Pub Date: 01/01/2009
Publication: Name: The Dental Assistant Publisher: American Dental Assistants Association Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Dental Assistants Association ISSN: 1088-3886
Issue: Date: Jan-Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 78 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 207540015
Full Text: The Fort Knox Dental Activity had the distinct pleasure in welcoming home over 2,900 soldiers of the Indiana National Guard, the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The 76th Infantry soldiers' deployment was the largest deployment of the Indiana National Guard since World War II and were provided with world class dental care.

The transitioning back process of the 76th Infantry was held at Camp Atterbury, Ind., one of the Army's major transition points for Reserve and National Guard Soldiers. The Fort Knox Dental Activity, with a team of 16 dentists and support staff of 27 assistants from other locations within the North Atlantic Regional Dental Command, assisted with this mission. They came from various locations that include Fort Brag& Fort Drum, Fort Meade, Walter Reed, Fort McCoy, and Fort Knox.

The dental team examined up to 320 soldiers per day and processed over 1,500 soldiers a week. These dedicated dentists and dental assistants even worked through Thanksgiving Day, on which 309 soldiers were examined and treated. It was truly an honor to treat these heroes who spent nine months in Iraq fighting the war on terrorism.

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Sergeant First Class Omar A. Mascarenas is a native of El Centro, Calif. He entered the Army in June 1992, attended Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Advanced Individual Training for MOS 68E (Dental Specialist) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He is currently assigned to the Fort Knox Dental Activity, Fort Knox, Ky., as the Senior Dental NCO. SFC Mascarenas brings expertise and experience to the soldiers of Fort Knox as a recently deployed NCO with the 257th Medical Company (DS) out of Fort Bragg, NC
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