Dr. Caron assumes Air Force dental command
Joint Base Andrews, Md.—Maj. Gen. Gerard A. Caron, a former private practice dentist, assumed Air Force dental command and new medical command responsibilities in a Sept. 24 ceremony.
A delegate to the ADA House of Delegates, which sets professional policy, Dr. Caron in his military capacity provides dental policy and operational advice to the Air Force surgeon general on matters involving the dental practice of 1,000 dentists and 2,500 technicians.
The new assistant surgeon general for dental services in the Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, he also commands the 79th Medical Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, which is a mission partner with the subordinate 779th and 579th Medical Groups on Joint Base Andrews and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. These groups have medics posted at facilities across the national capital region and the military services, including the Pentagon.
He is also the command surgeon, Headquarters Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, and the Air Force medical component commander, Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
“I can think of no greater honor, privilege and responsibility than to lead this outstanding group of medics, here in our nation’s capitol, while we are at war,” Dr. Caron said. Maj. Gen. Caron commands 1,475 military and civilian health care employees serving more than 400,000 beneficiaries in the national capital region with a $59 million annual budget.
“Together with our Army and Navy partners in the Joint Task Force-Capitol Medicine, we are dedicated to excellence and timely health care for those we serve,” he said.
“We care for and serve our nation’s most precious assets–our military members, especially those who have been injured in the line of duty, their families and those retirees who served honorably in their time and their families.”
The 779th Aeromedical Staging Facility serves as the primary East Coast hub for aeromedical evacuation aircraft returning sick or injured patients to the United States for care.
A civilian dental group, including the ADA president at the time, welcomed incoming patients March 2, 2007, as a guest of Dr. Caron’s dental command predecessor, then-Brig. Gen. Gar S. Graham. Maj. Gen. Graham passed the reigns of command to Maj. Gen. Caron in the Sept. 24 ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Darrell D. Jones from the Air Force District of Washington.
Dr. Caron was in private practice before accepting a direct commission in the Air Force. His professional memberships include the ADA, Academy of General Dentistry, American Board of General Dentistry, International College of Dentists, Association of Military Surgeons of the US, Air Force Association and Military Officers Association.