Dental flight steps to T-1 during SUPT familiarization

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  • By Airman 1st Class Taylor Crul
  • 71st Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The Airmen of the 71st Medical Operations Squadron Dental Flight toured the 3rd Flying Training Squadron recently to instill an “all hands on deck” mentality toward the mission.

Every Vance Airman contributes to the mission, but it is sometimes hard for them to see how their actions affect the big picture, especially for those away from the flightline, said Capt. Megan Graff, the dental flight commander.

When the Airmen journeyed through the 3rd FTS they got to see first-hand how dentists impact the mission when they saw the flight schedule for the pilots.

The Airmen looked at the schedule and saw how students were moved around from flight to flight, and how dental’s schedule of annual exams conflicts and coincides with theirs, said Graff.

“They kind of got to see the bigger picture there,” she said.

They then visited the rest of the building, sat-in on a T-1 Jayhawk briefing, and were bused to the flightline to see a T-1 in person.

The dental techs got to see a typical day for a student pilot in the 3rd FTS, said Tech. Sgt. Dawn Camp, the dental flight chief.

“When you are in medical, you are pretty much contained to medical, so it was nice to step outside of that and see a whole new side of things,” she said.

This visit helped to open the eyes of the Airmen in the dental clinic about how their actions impact the mission, said Camp.