502nd Dental Company Redeploys From Iraq

By Pfc. Amy M. Lane
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — It was an exciting beginning to summer for the Soldiers and Families of the 502nd Dental Company, 1st Medical Brigade, as the unit returned from Iraq.

Family members and friends greeted the 13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) Soldiers and celebrated their homecoming at the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center June 12.

“The Soldiers spent a year in Iraq, with the mission of providing dental services to Soldiers” said Staff Sgt. Douglas Smith. “They were spread out all over the country, from Basra all the way up to Mosul.”

The eagerly awaited return was originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m., but ended up being delayed until that evening.

Family members gathered in the gym waiting to cheer for their Soldiers, who were immediately dismissed for the evening after getting off the bus and getting into formation.

“We had 49 Soldiers deploy last June,” said Smith. “A few came back early for various reasons so 43 returned home today.”

The 502nd, which is the largest deployable dental company in the Army, supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at bases throughout the country.

They provided general and emergency dental care for Soldiers in theater.

Now that they have completed their year in Iraq, the unit will pick up where they left off providing the same quality of dental care to Soldiers at Fort Hood.

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Soldiers from the 502nd Dental Company, 1st Medical Brigade, embrace after a welcome home ceremony at the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center June 12 at Fort Hood, Texas. The 13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at bases throughout Iraq during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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The emotion was overwhelming for some as family members latched onto their Soldier after spending a year apart as the 502nd Dental Company, 1st Medical Brigade returned to the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center June 12 at Fort Hood, Texas. The 13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at bases throughout Iraq during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

 

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A Soldier from the 502nd Dental Company, 1st Medical Brigade, hugs his loved one after a welcome home ceremony at the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center June 12 at Fort Hood, Texas. The 13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at bases throughout Iraq during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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Family members latched onto their Soldier after spending a year apart as the 502nd Dental Company, 1st Medical Brigade returned to the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center June 12 at Fort Hood, Texas. The 13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at bases throughout Iraq during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)

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Family members captured their memorable moments during a welcome home ceremony at the Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center June 12 at Fort Hood, Texas. The 13th Sustainment Command (Expenditionary) unit supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn at bases throughout Iraq during their deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)