Fort Hood DENTAC Command Staff


COL Michael E. Garvin

COL Michael E. Garvin was born in Greenwood, South Carolina, and was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Citadel (Charleston, SC) in 1980, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army Transportation Corps. He completed the Transportation Corps Officer Basic Corps at Fort Eustis, VA, in May of 1981 graduating as the Honor Graduate of his class. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine (Charleston, SC) from 1982-1986, graduating with his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in May 1986. Following graduation from dental school and then the AMEDD Officers Basic Course, COL Garvin completed the Advanced Education in General Dentistry One-Year (AEGD-1) Residency at Fort Riley, Kansas, graduating in June 1987. He was then assigned to Hunter Army Airfield, GA, as a general dental officer from 1987-1989, and left the Army in June 1989 for private practice in Columbia, SC. Activated as a reserve dental officer during Desert Storm in 1990, COL Garvin elected to come back on active-duty and was assigned to the USA DENTAC at Fort Jackson, SC. In August 1991 he was assigned to the 122nd Medical Company (DS) and deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was redeployed to Fort Jackson in November of 1991 where he served as OIC of the Demobilization Clinic until his attendance at the AMEDD Officers Advanced Course from January-May 1992. He then returned to Fort Jackson, SC, and served as a general dental officer and then OIC of the 120th Reception Battalion Dental Clinic until June 1994. COL Garvin attended the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Two-Year (AEGD-2) Residency at Fort Hood, TX, from June 1994-June 1996 and upon graduation was assigned to the First Infantry Division, 701st MSB, in Kitzingen, Germany, as the 1st Division Dental Surgeon. In March 1997, COL Garvin deployed to Bosnia in support of the Stabilization Force (SFOR) with the 201st FSB and redeployed to Germany in November 1997, where he was assigned to the USA DENTAC, Wurzburg, Germany. He served as assistant OIC of the Kitzingen Dental Clinic and then as OIC of the Giebelstadt Dental Clinic until his PCS from Germany in July 1999. COL Garvin served as the Dental Clinic Commander at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, from July 1999-July 2002. In July 2002, COL Garvin was assigned as the Assistant Director of the AEGD-1 year Program at Fort Jackson, SC, and subsequently became the Director of this program from June 2004-June 2009. He then served as the OIC of Caldwell Dental Clinic, Fort Jackson, SC, until June 2011, when he moved to Carlisle Barracks, PA, to take command of the Carlisle Barracks Dental Clinic Command from July 2011-June 2015.

COL Garvin is a graduate of the Transportation Officer Basic Course, the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combat Casualty Care Course, the Medical Management of Chemical Casualties Course, and the US Army Command and General Staff College. His military awards include the MSM (4 OLC), ARCOM (4 OLC), AAM (2 OLC), MUC, ASUA, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. COL Garvin is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, a Diplomat of both the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and the American Board of General Dentistry, a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, and holds the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator in Comprehensive Dentistry.

COL Garvin and his wife, Margaret Jones Garvin, will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary on 15 August 2015. They have a son, Paul (29), a daughter, Lori McCall (27), and a son-in-law, Timothy McCall (32).


1SG Robert Garcia
First Sergeant

1SG Garcia hails from Dallas, Texas. He entered the Active Army in October 1994 and attended Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, graduating as a Dental Specialist.

His assignments include Dental Specialist, 48th FSB, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas; Preventive Dentistry Specialist Course (X-2), Fort Hood Dental Activity, Texas; NCOIC, Hospital Dental Clinic, Fort Wainwright Dental Activity, Alaska; NCOIC, DC#1, Fort Carson Dental Activity, Colorado; Drill Sergeant, Sheppard AFB, Texas; NCOIC, Jordan Dental Clinic, Fort Knox Dental Activity, Kentucky; Operations NCO, U.S. Army Dental Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Operations NCO, 673rd Dental Company Area Support (DCAS), First Sergeant, 673rd DCAS, Fort Lewis, Washington. 1SG Garcia has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF 11/12) as the Operations NCO, 673rd Dental Company (AS). He recently served as the Headquarters Headquarters Detachment, 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, Detachment Sergeant, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington. Currently he is serving as the First Sergeant, Fort Hood Dental Activity, Fort Hood, Texas.

1SG Garcia is a graduate of the First Sergeants Course and all prerequisite levels of the non commissioned officer education system. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (3nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (4th Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal (6th Oak Leaf Cluster), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Number 3), National Defense Service Ribbon (w/bronze star), Armed Forces Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (Number 2), Drivers Badge with (W) device, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (w/1 campaign stars), NATO Medal, and the Expert Field Medical Badge.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), Army Achievement Medal (5th Award), Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), National Defense Service Medal with Gold Star, Iraq Campaign Medal (3 Gold Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd Award), Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

1SG Garcia has attended the Preventive Dentistry, Unit Prevention Course, Drill Sergeant School, Battle Staff Couse, Air Assault Course, Level IV Combatives Course, and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. He is married and has 4 children.


Mr. Timothy Schimmels
Executive Officer (XO)

Mr. Timothy Schimmels graduated from Caldwell Sr. High School in May 1984. He entered the US Army in September 1984. After completion of basic training in Fort Jackson South Carolina he completed AIT at Fort Sam Houston, Texas as a Dental Specialist. Mr. Schimmels military education includes: AMEDD 68E Basic Course, AMEDD 330-X2 course, Primary Leadership Development Course; where he earned the Douglas MacArthur Distinguished Leadership Award, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, NBC Course and the EO course. During his military career Mr. Schimmels served in numerous positions to include: dental assistant, dental therapeutic assistant, supply NCO, Unit NBC NCO, Unit EO, Assistant clinic NCOIC, Clinic NCOIC and culminating as the administrative NCO for the Great Plains Regional Dental Command.

Mr. Schimmels military assignments include: US Army Dental Activity, Fort Hood, Texas, 122nd Medical Detachment, Darmstadt Germany, 56th Medical Detachment, Camp Greaves/Camp Casey Korea and the Great Plains regional Dental Command, Fort Hood, Texas.

Mr. Schimmels military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (3 OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (4 knots), National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, 2nd award, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 2nd Award. Expert Marksmanship Badge, the Drivers Badge and the German Marksmanship (Schutzenschnur) in Silver.

Mr. Schimmels started his Civilian Service career in April 1999 at the US Army Dental Activity as the Readiness Coordinator from 1999-2002. From 2002 to present he has served as the Executive Officer.

Mr. Schimmels civilian awards include: The Order of Military Medical Merit, Superior Civilian Service Medal and the Commanders Award for Civilian Service Medal. He also earned a diploma for Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Coursework completion.

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