By Mr. Kirk Frady (Army Medicine)August 13, 2019
LIELVARDE, Latvia -- Five members of Dental Health Command Europe travelled to Latvia recently to provide dental support to members of the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade who are deployed on a nine-month aviation rotation from Fort Riley, Kansas as part of Atlantic Resolve.
The five-member mobile dental team provided readiness dental exams for the deployed Soldiers.
Participating in the Latvia dental support mission were: Capt. David Flanders, general dentist at Ansbach Dental Clinic; Capt. Jared Stewart, general dentist at Ansbach Dental Clinic; Spc. Roderick Hicks, dental specialist at Stuttgart Dental Clinic; Spc. Allysa Kennedy, dental specialist at Grafenwöhr Dental Clinic; and Pfc. Jah Mon Smith, dental specialist at Hohenfels Dental Clinic.
Dental Health Command Europe's mission is to ensure the dental readiness of all active duty military personnel stationed in the U.S. Army Europe area of responsibility with a secondary mission to provide peacetime community dental care for family members on a space available basis.
Activated in 2016, Dental Health Command Europe, located at Sembach, Germany, is a subordinate unit of the United States Army Regional Health Command Europe and oversees command and control functions of the three Dental Health Activities located throughout Europe: DENTAC-Bavaria, DENTAC-Italy and DENTAC-Rheinland Pfalz.
U.S. Army Europe's dental wellness and readiness rates are the highest in the U.S. Army. To date, the DHCE team has performed well over 700,000 procedures, deployed multiple personnel in support of USAREUR, U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Army Central, and supported the successful deployment of Regionally Aligned Forces and countless USAREUR and USARAF units. DHCE was also the first regional dental command within the U.S. Army Medical Command to receive Star Safety certifications for all of its clinics.
Since April 2014, U.S. Army Europe has led the Department of Defense's Atlantic Resolve land efforts by bringing units based in the U.S. to Europe for nine months at a time. There are approximately 6,000 Soldiers participating in Atlantic Resolve at any given time.
The Atlantic Resolve rotation mission builds readiness, increases interoperability and enhances the bonds between ally and partner militaries with multinational training events in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.
There are three types of Atlantic Resolve rotations -- armored, aviation and logistical (known as a sustainment task force). These rotations are overseen by the Mission Command Element, a regionally aligned headquarters based in Poznan, Poland.
The deployment of ready, combat-credible U.S. forces to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve is evidence of the strong and unremitting U.S. commitment to NATO and Europe. Through bilateral, joint and multinational training, Atlantic Resolve builds readiness, increased interoperability and enhances the bond between ally and partner militaries.