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52nd DS deactivates, transitions under 52nd OMRS

52nd Medical Group commander and former 52nd Dental Squadron commander cover the 52nd DS guidon.

U.S. Air Force Col. Alisha Smith, 52nd Medical Group commander (left), and Lt. Col. Elizabeth Bowman, former 52nd Dental Squadron commander, slide a cover over the 52nd DS guidon during the squadron’s deactivation ceremony June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. As part of an Air Force Medical Service realignment, the dental squadron deactivated in order to be restructured under the 52nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

Guidon bearer holds the 52nd Dental Squadron guidon during the 52nd DS deactivation ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daniel Von Schimpf, former 52nd Dental Squadron clinical dentistry flight chief, holds the 52nd DS guidon during the squadron deactivation ceremony June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. As part of an Air Force Medical Service realignment, the dental squadron deactivated in order to be restructured under the 52nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

U.S. Air Force audience members watch the 52nd Dental Squadron deactivation ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hokaj, 52nd Fighter Wing vice commander (center), and other leaders from different 52nd Fighter Wing units watch the deactivation ceremony of the 52nd Dental Squadron June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Now that the 52nd DS has deactivated, Spangdahlem AB beneficiaries will still receive dental care through the 52nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Elizabeth Bowman, former 52nd Dental Squadron commander, speaks during the dental squadron’s deactivation ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Elizabeth Bowman, former 52nd Dental Squadron commander, speaks during the dental squadron’s deactivation ceremony June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Bowman has been the commander of the 52nd DS since 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

52nd Medical Group commander speaks during the 52nd Dental Squadron deactivation ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Col. Alisha Smith, 52nd Medical Group commander, speaks during the 52nd Dental Squadron deactivation ceremony June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The 52nd Medical Group is comprised of multiple separate squadrons designed to support the medical needs of Spangdahlem AB’s nearly 9,500 beneficiaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

Medal presentation during the 52nd Dental Squadron deactivation ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Col. Alisha Smith, 52nd Medical Group commander (left), presents the Meritorious Service Medal to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Elizabeth Bowman, former 52nd Dental Squadron commander, during the dental squadron’s deactivation ceremony June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Bowman was the 52nd DS’s 11th and final commander since its activation in 1994. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Col. Alisha Smith, 52nd Medical Group commander (left), and Lt. Col. Elizabeth Bowman, former 52nd Dental Squadron commander, slide a cover over the 52nd DS guidon during the squadron’s deactivation ceremony June 10, 2021, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. As part of an Air Force Medical Service realignment, the dental squadron deactivated in order to be restructured under the 52nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Maeson L. Elleman)