"Today we celebrate the 99th birthday of our Navy Dental Corps," said Vice Adm. Adam M. Robinson, Jr., Navy surgeon general and chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. "For almost 100 years our dentists have served in times of peace and war to ensure dental readiness and optimize dental health for those entrusted to our care."
The Navy Dental Corps was established in 1912 by an act passed by Congress and signed by President William Howard Taft.
"Our Dental Corps continues to maintain high operational readiness in support of all who deploy," said Robinson. "They deploy routinely with Marine expeditionary units and aboard ships, where beyond their dental duties, they assume roles in triage and surgical support at Marine battalion aid stations and battle dressing stations. Dental personnel continue to support our maritime strategy through their support of humanitarian relief and disaster response missions around the world."
The Dental Corps was the first corps to focus heavily on disease prevention, and one of the first to deploy self-contained mobile treatment units, a practice common today at many fleet support areas. The Dental Corps is also responsible for revolutionary advancements in dental air turbine hand pieces and ultrasonic vibrating instruments. Today, the Naval Postgraduate Dental School is recognized as one of the best in the world.
"It is their honor, courage, and commitment that we honor today," said Robinson. "We honor and celebrate the men and women of the Dental Corps and all they do to ensure our nation has a medically ready, fit, and fighting force; and that those who've served our nation, along with their families, can always count on the dental corps to help provide quality and compassionate patient and family-centered health care."
"To the over 1,250 active duty and reservist Dental Corps personnel, I thank you for your service and for the sacrifice of you and your families," said Robinson. "Happy birthday Dental Corps!"
Robinson oversees a global health care network of 63,000 Navy Medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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