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Happy birthday, Navy Dental Corps

ADA, U.S. Senate extend greetings

August 22, 2012

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington—”We admire your dedication to our nation and are grateful for the important contributions you make to the dental profession,” the Association said in video greetings for the Aug. 22, 2012, U.S. Navy Dental Corps Centennial Leadership Symposium at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“The Navy Dental Corps has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the dental profession,” ADA President William R. Calnon said in the video offering for more than 200 celebrants. “During your century of service to the United States, you have served as advocates for the oral health of Navy personnel and their families. You have contributed to organized dentistry on an ongoing basis.”

The Navy Dental Corps centennial gala at one of the most spectacular works of public architecture in the nation’s capital, the National Building Museum, concludes a four-day celebration of 100 years of Navy dentistry.

S. Res. 544, approved by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate, congratulates the Navy Dental Corps on its 100th anniversary.

Whereas on August 22, 1912, Congress passed an Act recognizing Navy dentistry as a distinct branch among naval medical professions;

Whereas in the last century, the Navy Dental Corps has supported the Navy by sustaining Sailor and Marine readiness and providing routine and emergency dental care, ashore and afloat, in peace and in war;

Whereas the Navy Dental Corps works continuously to improve the health of Sailors, Marines, and their families by supporting individual and community prevention initiatives, good oral hygiene practices, and treatment;

Whereas the Navy Dental Corps endeavors to improve oral health worldwide by participating in the spectrum of military combat, peacekeeping, and humanitarian operations and exercises;

Whereas the Navy Dental Corps, in collaboration with national and international dental organizations, promotes dental professionalism and quality of care;

Whereas the Navy Dental Corps supports the mission of the Federal dental research program and endorses improved dental technologies and therapies through research and adherence to sound scientific principles; and

Whereas the Navy Dental Corps recognizes the importance of continuing professional dental education, requiring and supporting specialty dental education and postgraduate residencies and fellowships for its members: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

  1. congratulates the Navy Dental Corps on its 100th anniversary;
  2. commends the Navy Dental Corps for working to sustain the dental readiness and the oral health of a superb fighting force; and
  3. recognizes the thousands of dentists who have served in the Navy Dental Corps over the last 100 years, providing dental care to millions of members of the Armed Forces and their families.

S. Res. 544 was offered by Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-WVa.) and co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). The American Dental Association was the prime mover of the resolution with the assistance of the West Virginia Dental Association.