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Association of Army Dentistry debuts online

San Antonio, Texas—A new Association of Army Dentistry debuted Jan. 18 with a virtual splash of content, graphics and tradition and an invitation to a centennial birthday celebration for the U.S. Army Dental Corps March 1-4 in San Antonio.

“As our organization has begun there are two areas we have supported,” Dr. Bill B. Lefler says in a letter posted at the AAD website. “Donations have been made to a wounded warrior transition program known as ‘Operation Yellow Ribbon’ and the Medal of Honor walk, which will be constructed at our Army Medical Department Museum, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.”

Dr. Lefler is president and chair of the AAD board of directors, which includes six recent Army Dental Corps chiefs. Dr. Lefler, the 20th, is a private practice dentist in Hot Springs, Ark. A website history of the U.S. Army Dental Corps includes a photo gallery of corps chiefs 1901-present.

The organization begins with some 230 members, Dr. Lefler said. Active duty, reserve and retired Army dentists are eligible for membership. The AAD website debuts with a cornucopia of military dental and medical history and a home page link to ADA.org, the American Dental Association website.

Among AAD website entries:

  • Excerpts from an interview with Dr. William B. Durm, “on-scene commander until relieved” on Sept. 11, 2001 at the Pentagon (see also ADA News 11/05/2001);
  • Capt. Ben. L. Salomon’s Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty” (ADA News 05/20/2002), and
  • AAD vignettes of service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.