RAADC’s crowning achievement
Members of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps (RAADC) gathered in Sydney to mark the corps’ 80th birthday last month.
CAPTION: Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Craig and Private Paris Plate cut the birthday cake at the celebration of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps’ 80th anniversary. Photographer unknown. Cake, lost when photo cropped to fit formatting, digitally replaced in photo by CONTACT.
The Australian Army Dental Corps was officially established on April 23, 1943.
The corps received its Royal Charter, becoming the RAADC, in 1948 in recognition of the corps’ valorous war service and its crucial role in maintaining the dental health and wellbeing of Army personnel.
Over the past 80 years, RAADC personnel have continued to serve with honour in their garrison roles and on deployment to support Australian troops on numerous exercises and operations.
The formal dinner at Sydney’s Victoria Barracks sergeants’ mess was also the recognition of Colonel Geoff Stacey’s retirement from the Reserve force after 42 years of exceptional service, dedication and leadership.
A RAADC forum was held at the barracks the following day to discuss the future of the corps.
Presentations from corps members and Commander 2 Health Brigade Brigadier Jocelyn King focused on enhancing the deployable dental capability.
Ideas from junior soldiers and officers have been critical in shaping a Corps Future Statement, which outlines how the RAADC remains ready to support Army and, in the spirit of the RAADC motto, ensuring ‘Strong Teeth, Strong Soldiers’ that are fit to fight.