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NEWS | Oct. 22, 2014

METC AF Dental Assistant program staff win prestigious ADAA Awards

By Lisa Braun METC Public Affairs

Two staff members for the Air Force Dental Assistant program at the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) were recently recognized by The American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA) during its 90th Annual Session at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Master Sgt. Lisa Lund, dental assistant course supervisor, and Tech. Sgt. Audrey Hernandez, former dental assistant instructor supervisor, each received of one of the ADAA's coveted awards during the Oct. 11 event. 

The ADAA's highest award, the President's Award of Excellence., was presented to Lund for her outstanding achievements in promoting the objectives of the ADAA and furthering the profession of dental assisting.  Lund's achievements included leading her team of instructors to winning numerous awards and accolades, furthering her professional development by attaining her Master Instructor certification, promoting the profession of dental assisting by serving her local dental community and volunteering in community outreach events, and increasing the efficiency of the dental assisting profession within the Air Force. 

Hernandez was the recipient of the ADAA/Sunstar America's Pride Award in the Federal Services Air Force Member category.  Winners of this award are ADAA members who believe in loyalty to self as well as the profession of dental assisting. Hernandez was selected for helping to produce over 1,000 dental assistants for the Air Force worldwide, promoting the profession of dental assisting within the Air Force, volunteering for projects that assist her local dental community and other community service programs, and deploying in support of humanitarian and combat operations.

"The Air Force Dental Corps and the U.S. military are very fortunate to have such outstanding, dedicated individuals in our service and representing our country," said Lt. Col. Elizabeth Kutner, METC program director for the Air Force Dental Assistant Course. "Master Sgt. Lund and Tech. Sgt. Hernandez are outstanding Air Force dental assistants, leaders, community servants, and teammates. Each epitomizes the U.S. Air Force core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do in promoting and enhancing the dental assisting profession."