Top ANG Clinical Dentist at 173rd Fighter Wing

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson
  • 173rd Fighter Wing

Maj. Paul Anderson, a 173rd Fighter Wing dentist, was named top clinical dentist for the entire Air National Guard for 2013 and was presented his award here April 6, 2014.

His accomplishments helped the 173rd garner the top spot in individual medical readiness across the Air National Guard and even at one point, the Department of Defense in May 2013.

He led a 20-member team to Martin, Tenn., where they provided free dental care to those unable to afford it on their own as a part of Innovative Readiness Training in an exercise called 'Hope of Martin'.

During this exercise Anderson and his joint team of 130 Navy and Air National Guard troops served more than 2,000 patients, with over 4,000 procedures completed at an estimated value of $300,000 in medical services.

Anderson was also selected for being generous with his time as evidenced by his mentorship of 25 dental students currently attending Oregon Institute of Technology.

When he is not on military status with the 173rd Fighter Wing, Anderson is a clinical dentist with the Veteran's Affairs Outpatient Clinic in White City, Ore.