12 August 2014
Army Reserve Medical CommandLt. Col. Jack F. Thompson, an Army and civilian dentist from Fluvanna County, recently led soldiers on a medical mission to help the Santa Ynez, Calif., Band of the Chumas Indian Tribe.
Army Reserve Medical Command soldiers began a series of two-week rotations supporting the health clinic operated by the tribe. The effort will continue through the summer.
The soldiers are assigned to the 4215th U.S. Army Hospital, and two of its subordinate units, the 7202nd Medical Support Unit and the 2290th U.S. Army Hospital, said Thompson, who led the soldiers on this rotation. Both the 4215th USAH and the 7202nd MSU are based in Richmond. The 2290th USAH is based in Alexandria.
Thompson said the soldiers included other dentists, a doctor, nurses, medics and dental assistants, all contributing to the clinic’s mission of providing healthcare to members of the Chumash tribe and local residents.
The partnership with the clinic is part of the Pentagon’s Innovative Readiness Training program that pairs reserve military personnel with communities in need, he said.
The non-profit Walking Shield coordinates with the Department of Defense its IRT missions involving Native American communities.
“There is a local population here, uninsured and under-served,” he said.
“We are providing medical and dental treatment, including screenings and some lab work,” he said. “On the dental side, we are providing both emergency and sustaining care – extractions, periodontal work and identifying further needs for further treatment.”
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