Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
Oct. 21, 2021


FORT HOOD – Fort Hood retirees and military families can keep their smiles bright without having to go off-post, thanks to the opening of a DOCS dental office at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s Clear Creek shopping center.

Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Chad Foster and DOCS CEO Dr. Larry Caplin joined Fort Hood Exchange General Manager Chris Haefner in celebrating the grand opening of the dental office on Oct. 21. Country music performers the Josh Abbott Band performed live and signed autographs for shoppers.

“The convenience of dental services on-post is a tremendous benefit to the Fort Hood community,” Haefner said. “The Exchange is committed to making life better for all who call Fort Hood home.”

In addition to retirees and military dependents, Veterans with service-connected disabilities, Department of Defense civilians and other Common Access Card-holders can also visit the dental office.

Fort Hood has been identified as one of “the Big Four” posts that are remote, austere or facing quality-of-life challenges. U.S. Army Installation Management Command is the lead agent for implementing the myriad aspects of the initiative, and the Exchange has been working with IMCOM to make Fort Hood a better place to work and live.

Recent Exchange projects include renovating the Kouma Express, including adding a Slim Chickens restaurant; piloting a DoorDash partnership for on-post food delivery; and opening two new dining options at the III Corps Express. The Fort Hood Exchange is also planning to add a Hunt Brothers Pizza, a Freshens restaurant and a Bath & Body Works in the coming months.

The DOCS dental office has 19 operatory rooms and provides a wide range of services to include general dentistry, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and cosmetic.  The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m, and accepts all TRICARE dental plans for beneficiaries, as well as the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and other insurances. For more information, call (254) 423-9234.



Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.4 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at



Media Notes:  For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Marisa Conner at (214) 312-5111 or [email protected].

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