Buckley opens state-of-the-art dental clinic, first time since WWII
By Airman Jacob Deatherage, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 30, 2017
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 460th Medical Group hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 30, to celebrate the completion of the new dental clinic on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.
The clinic, built by Doyon Construction Group, will consist of 21 active-duty employees and will treat over 3,500 active-duty members.
“It’s about ensuring that we have a ready force,” said Maj. Gen. Roosevelt Allen, Medical Operations and Research Director and Chief of the Dental Corps Office of the Surgeon General in Washington D.C. “A force that is able to pick up, pack up, deploy and go wherever they are needed. And for a number of the warriors here, that mission is right here at home base. With this facility, we will be able to support them.”
Until today, Buckley has been the only base in the Air Force without a dental clinic on base. Prior to the opening of the clinic, military members and civilians from Buckley AFB were required to receive dental treatment from an off-base facility.
“The never fail warning and surveillance missions that are conducted here at Buckley demand a continuous high-level of medical readiness that would be impossible before today,” said Col. Matthew Hanson, 460th MDG commander.
This project will reduce the productivity lost when beneficiaries go off base for dental care and provide commanders with better awareness of the dental readiness of their personnel.
This also marks the first time in 31 years since the Air Force has constructed a dental clinic from the ground up, including the training of the individuals working in the clinic, and the first time since World War II that Buckley has had a dental clinic.
“The care that is going to be delivered is the same type of care that you and I expect to receive from any other facility,” said Allen. “The care will be high quality, preventative and the best care for our beneficiaries.”