A day’s work is set in motion in a barracks room on Camp Kuwae, Okinawa, Japan, my first duty station, in 1979. I worked at the Marine Corps dental clinic on Camp Butler, a short walk down highway 58. I assisted a Navy Dentist who was an endodontist (Root Canals). Marines are "Department of the Navy" and don't have Physicians or Dentists, Hospital Corps or Dental Technicians so, the Navy medical departments take care of the Marines. In the 1st photo, I was selected as Sailor of the Quarter for my performance as a dental technician at the Naval Dental Center Okinawa, Japan.
I remained in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, I became a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), the second photo is my last day of active duty, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, in 2008.