Dental Soldiers deployed in Kuwait
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Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. -- Soldiers of the 673rd Dental Company Area Support returned home Jan. 12 after a 9-month deployment to Kuwait.

Families and friends greeted the 11 returning Soldiers. The 673rd Soldiers supported more than 10,000 Servicemembers in Kuwait with $2.2 million-worth of dentistry services including oral surgeries, root canals, prosthodontics, operative, exams and cleanings.

The team continually conducted mass casualty exercises and provided support to the 86th Combat Support Hospital.

"The Soldiers that I deployed with here were of the highest caliber," said Maj. Ari Cylus, the officer in charge of the mission.

During the deployment, two Soldiers were promoted, six obtained promotable status and six were awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for volunteering at least 500 hours with the local Red Cross office.

"I really enjoyed the deployment," said Cpl. Jocel Bucad, a dental specialist. This was her first deployment.

"I loved the teamwork," Bucad said about her fellow Soldiers from the 673rd. "They really helped me out and they were always there for me and distracted me and helped me to not miss home so much."

Soldiers are now reintegrating with their families and rejoining the rest of the unit, sharing their deployment experiences.