Drills buzzed while soldiers lay back, mouths open as dental specialists worked.
In one chair, a soldier relaxed as a dental specialist took X-rays of his molars. In another, a soldier was having his teeth cleaned.
The bustle was just like any dentist office – except these dental specialists worked off generators in tents with traces of sand on the floor.
“This helps our unit with our wartime mission,” said Col. Stacy Larsen, commander of the 257th Dental Company Area Support. “We’re making sure we’re ready for our inherent job to treat patients.”
The company — one of three in the Army — is scheduled to deploy to Kuwait as part of a regular rotation next spring. This week, these soldiers got out of their brick-and-mortar clinics to practice their skills in an austere environment.
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