Working as a pain free dentist
on active duty
Doctor Alston in Iraq
Dr. Alston has used his skills as a pain free dentist in 40 years of practice in the states and as a member of the United States Army Reserve. He is a Lieutenant Colonel and is a member of the 143rd Medical Company (DS) stationed at Fort Douglas. Fort Douglas is located near the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
His military service requires a 14 day tour of duty each year for training purposes. Since 911 he has been gone over 30 days many years.
The unit has been deployed for humanitarian missions and to support the dental clinics in Germany during the combat phase of operation Iraqi Freedom where he has used his skills as a pain free dentist in a variety of locations and conditions.
During the time Dr Alston has been in the Reserves they have been deployed to:
|Panama - 14 days
|Alaska - 14 days
|Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana -14 days
|El Salvador - 15 days
|Officers Advance Course – Fort Sam Houston -14 days
|Germany -17 days
|Germany -31 days
|Costa Rica -31 days
|Operation Iraqi Freedom – Iraq 118 days
|Dominican Republic - 28 Days
|Operation Golden Medic, Camp Parks CA - 14 Days
|SotoCano Air Base Honduras - 17 Days
||Guatemala City, Guatemala - 15 Days
||Penoneme Panama - 15 Days
Dr Alston completed a tour where he was working as a dentist overseas in Tikrit Iraq from May 30,2005 until September 13,2005. The Army has a policy of 90 days “boots on the ground” for doctors. That means that they will only keep them in Iraq for 90 days. It takes several weeks to get ready to go and to return so the total time he was gone was 118 days.
Cara provided checkups and cleanings while he was gone. We had associate doctors available to handle any work that was needed while he was gone and to handle emergencies.
Thanks to everyone who came for recall. It helped keep the bills paid while he was gone and was greatly appreciated.