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Fort Hood Press Center
DATE: July 16, 2012 3:50:33 PM CDT

Fort Hood Dental Activity (DENTAC) change of command ceremony

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center                                             

Public Affairs Office                                                                        

36000 Darnall Loop                                                                          [email protected]

Fort Hood, Texas 76544                                                                  Phone: (254) 288-8087                                                        Follow us on Facebook



July 16, 2012

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Media who wish to attend this ceremony should contact

Patricia Deal, 288-8087 by 3:30 p.m. on July 17.


FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood Dental Activity (DENTAC) will hold a change of command ceremony at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 18, for Col. Johnette Shelley (outgoing) and Col. Troy Marburger (incoming) at Club Hood,  24th Street and Wainwright Drive near the East Gate at Fort Hood.

Shelley’s next assignment is a staff position at the Dental Command HQs (DENCOM ) in San Antonio, Texas.  Marburger comes to Fort Hood DENTAC from the Alaska DENTAC.

Colonel Lemuel Covington, Commander of U.S. Army Southern Regional Dental Command, is the reviewing officer for the ceremony.


Fort Hood Dental Activity (DENTAC) serves the dental needs of Fort Hood Soldiers through its main clinic, Billy Johnson Clinic located near Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, and five other clinics located throughout post.


Biographies follow:


Col. Johnette Shelley

Colonel Shelley was raised in Dallas, Texas and completed her undergraduate studies at Texas Tech and North Texas State University.  She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1976.  She was commissioned in the United States Army Dental Corps upon graduation from dental school in 1981.  She earned her DDS at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston.  Her military education includes:  the AMEDD Officer Basic Course, the Army Educational Program in General Dentistry (1 yr), the AMEDD Officer Advanced Course,  the Combined Armed Staff Services School, Command and General Staff College, the Army Advanced Educational Program in Comprehensive Dentistry (2 yr), the  Army War College and the United States Army Baylor Program in Health Care Administration. 

Colonel Shelley’s past commands include: Commander, 257th Medical Command (DS), Fort Bragg, NC (1998-1999); Commander, USA DENTAC- Japan  (1999-2001), Chief, Department of Dental Science, AMEDD Center and School (2002-2003), Commander, USA DENTAC- Fort Bragg (2003-2006) and Commander, Southeast Regional Dental Command (2006-2008). Colonel Shelley’s overseas tours include assignments in Korea, Honduras and Japan. She served as the 3rd MEDCOM Dental Surgeon during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel Shelley most recently completed a Master of Science in Dental Public Health at the University of Iowa.  Colonel Shelley is a diplomat of the Certifying Board of General Dentistry and a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. Her current memberships include the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and American Association of Public Health Dentistry.

Colonel Shelley’s awards include: the Legion of Merit (1OLC), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal (1OLC), the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Armed Force Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.  Colonel Shelley was also awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge and the Army Parachutist Badge.

Colonel Shelley’s next assignment will be a staff position at the Dental Command HQs (DENCOM ) in San Antonio. 


Colonel Troy Marburger

Colonel Troy Marburger is a native of Kerrville, Texas. He attended The University of Texas at Austin, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1985. He completed his dental training in 1990 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps upon graduation.

Colonel Marburger's military and civilian education includes the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advance Courses as well as the Command and General Staff College by correspondence. He completed the Army's 1-year and 2-year General Dentistry Advanced Residency Training Programs(1991, Fort Jackson; 2002, Fort Hood respectively). He is also a Diplomat of both the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and American Board of General Dentistry.

Previous assignments include Fort Jackson SC, Baumholder, Germany, Pentagon, Fort Hood, TX, Dexheim, Germany and Wiesbaden Germany. He served as Comprehensive Dentist and OIC of the Dexheim clinic from 2004-2005 and as Clinic Commander of Wiesbaden, Germany Dental Clinic from 2006-2009. Most recently, Colonel Marburger served as Commander of the Alaska DENTAC from 2009-2012. His tours include two deployments. He was attached to 2/6 infantry and deployed to Bosnia for 9 months in 1996 and as Division Dental Surgeon for the 1AD deployed for 15 months to Iraq in 2003-2004.

Colonel Marburger's awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) in 2009.





For more information contact:
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center
Public Affairs Office
(254) 288-8005
Mikaela Cade
Fort Hood, TX 76544
[email protected]