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Gen. Allen Named Leader of U.S. Air Force Dental Services

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Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Roosevelt Allen was confirmed this year as the Commander, 79th Medical Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The wing consists of 1,550 Air Force health care professionals operating in eight locations and providing Air Force medical forces for expeditionary deployment, homeland defense operations and joint operations worldwide.

In addition, General Allen is the Command Surgeon, Headquarters Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews; and the Air Force Medical Component Commander, Defense Health Agency National Capital Region Medical Directorate, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. He provides the single voice for planning and implementing Air Force Medical Service activity in the National Capital Region.

General Allen also serves as the Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services, Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC, providing policy and operational advice to the Air Force Surgeon General on matters involving the dental practice of 1,000 dentists and 2,500 technicians.

Prior to this assignment, General Allen served as Deputy Command Surgeon, Air Education and Training Command, providing daily oversight to strategic planning, budgeting, programming, assignments, health plans management, clinical quality management, behavioral medicine, deployment medicine and medical policy for 14 medical units with over 10,000 personnel assigned to two medical centers, 11 medical treatment facilities and a training group.

General Allen received a direct commission in 1986. He has been a clinician, educator, commander and advocate for the Air Force’s Medical/Dental Service at various assignments throughout his military career.
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