DENTAL BATTALION (DENBN)
A total of four dental battalions (three active duty
battalions and one reserve battalion) support the
FMF. Each DENBN is composed of 74 dental
officers, 2 medical service corps officers, 153 Dental
Technicians, and 9 enlisted Marines (Marines call
this a Table of Organization or T/O). The four dental
battalion names and locations are as follows:
1st Dental Battalion-Camp Pendelton, CA
2nd Dental Battalion-Camp Lejeune, NC
3rd Dental Battalion-Okinawa, JA
4th Dental Battalion (reserve battalion)
The DENBN is designed to attain maximum use of
personnel, while providing the most effective dental
healthcare to FMF operations. The organization of
each DENBN allows for task organized detachments
of individual dental companies or composite
detachments made up of elements of more than one
dental company, including the Headquarter & Service
company (H&S) elements, to support various Marine
Air-Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs). Figure 12-6
illustrates the organization of an FMF DENBN.
CONSOLIDATED DENTAL BATTALION/
NAVAL DENTAL CENTER
To reduce infrastructure and enhance access to
patient care, the consolidation of the co-located
DENBN and Naval Dental Center (NDC) under one
commanding officer, one executive officer, and one
command master chief was accomplished at the three
dental battalions at Okinawa, Camp Pendelton, and
Camp Lejeune in July 1994. Each commanding officer
is also responsible for each branch dental clinic under
his or her region. A nickname for this title is
Blue/Green, meaning the commanding officer is
responsible for both the shore-based (Blue) Dental
Treatment Facilities (DTFs) and the FMF Battalion
(Green). Figure 12-7 illustrates the organization of a
Consolidated Dental Battalion/Naval Dental Center.
HEADQUARTERS & SERVICE COMPANY
The H&S Company is responsible to the
commanding officer of the DENBN for coordination
of administrative and logistical support for all
elements of the DENBN.
DENTAL COMPANIES (DENCO)
Each DENBN consists of three dental companies
(DENCO), which provide clinical support, and a
headquarters and service company (H&S CO), which
provides administrative and logistical support.
The DENCOs are designed to provide dental
support to a major subordinate element of the MEF.
One company is in support of the MARDIV, one in
support of the MAW, and the other in support of the
FSSG. Table 12-2 illustrates each of the four DENBNs
and the DENCOs assigned to them.
Figure 12-6.FMF Dental Battalion (DENBN).