Colonel Kendall R. Mower
Commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Activity
Colonel Kendall R. Mower assumed command of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Activity on August 2, 2018. His most recent assignment was as commander, Dental Health Activity, Fort Drum, N.Y.
He began his military career when he enlisted in the Utah National Guard in 1995 as a Thai translator. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he received a bachelor of science in microbiology in 1998. In 1998 he received a direct commission when he began dental school under the Health Professions Scholarship Program. He completed his dental training in 2002 at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pa. Upon graduation in 2002, he entered active duty as a captain.
Colonel Mower’s first assignment was in the 2-year advanced education program in general dentistry at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. He was then assigned as a staff dentist and U.S. Army Dental command infection control and hazardous communication consultant, Fort Lee, Va. He became an Executive Fellow at the Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, Va., and then deployed as the dental officer-in-charge at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. Upon return from his deployment, he became the chief of restorative dentistry at Fort Belvoir, Va., and later, special staff to the U.S. Army Medical Command, Falls Church, Va. He went on to serve as the dental officer-in-charge at Fort Myer, Va., and then the Director of Operations Regional Dental Command Atlantic, Fort Belvoir, Va.
His military and civilian education includes the AMEDD officer basic and advanced courses as well as the Army’s intermediate level education course, and the Army’s 2-year general dentistry advanced residency training program. He is a master of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry. He is also a fellow in the International College of Dentistry and a member of the American Dental Association.
Colonel Mower’s awards include the Army Staff Identification Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Troop Duty Proficiency Badge (Gold), Meritorious Service Medal (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (6th award), Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Iraq Campaign Medal with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon.
First Sergeant Brittany D. Graham
Senior Enlisted Advisor of Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dental Activity
First Sergeant Brittany D. Graham assumed responsibilities as the senior enlisted leader of the Dental Health Activity at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash on September 19, 2019. Previously, she served as first sergeant of the United States Institute of Surgical Research at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
First Sergeant Graham is a native of Tyler, Texas. She entered in the U.S. Army on March 27, 2003 and attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where she was awarded the military occupational specialty of 68E, dental specialist.
First Sergeant Graham’s other assignments include preventive dentistry specialist, 618th MD CO DEN SVCS, Yongsan, Korea; Camp Carroll Dental Clinic NCOIC, 618th MD CO DEN SVCS, Camp Carroll, Korea; hospital dental clinic ANCOIC, USA DENTAC Fort Knox, Ky.; Thomas Dental Clinic NCOIC, USA DENTAC Fort Knox, Ky.; Soldier Readiness Processing Dental Clinic (SRP) NCOIC, USA DENTAC Fort Hood, Texas; Billy Johnson Dental Clinic ANCOIC, USA DENTAC Fort Hood, Texas; recruiter, Shreveport Recruiting Company, Shreveport, La.; recruiter, Hattiesburg Recruiting Company, Gautier, Miss.; Vilseck Dental Clinic NCOIC, Dental Health Activity Bavaria, Vilseck, Germany; operations NCO, Dental Health Activity Bavaria, Vilseck; and the Dental and Craniofacial Trauma Research Directorate NCOIC, United States Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
First Sergeant Graham has completed the following Professional Military Education course: Dental Specialist Course, Preventive Dentistry Specialist Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Unit Armorer Course, Combat Life Saver Course, Field Sanitation Course, Combatives Level I and II, Army Retention Course, Equal Opportunity Leader Course, Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Master Resilience Training Course, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer Course, Basic Healthcare Administration Course, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Course, Practice Managers Course, Digital Training Management Systems Course, Dental Management Development Course, Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt), and the Company Commander and First Sergeant’s Course. She holds an associate of arts in general studies from Central Texas College and a bachelor of science degree in health care administration from Columbia Southern University.
First Sergeant Graham’s awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2 silver oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal (5th award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 4. Her badges include the Basic Recruiter Badge, Wheeled Vehicle Drivers Badge, German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), and Schutzenschnur (Silver).