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Elaine C. Wagner

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Elaine C. Wagner[1]
Elaine C. Wagner (3).jpg
Birth nameElaine C. Campbell[2]
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service1983–2017
RankUS Navy O8 infobox.svg Rear Admiral
AwardsLegion of Merit (4)
Meritorious Service Medal (4)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal(4)
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3)

Elaine C. Wagner is a retired United States Navy Rear Admiral. In addition to her other posts, she was the first female pediatric dentist to achieve flag rank in the Navy,[3] and served as the 36th Chief of the United States Navy Dental Corps[4]. Her retirement ceremony was held on January 9, 2017[5], and she was transferred to the retired list the following April,[1] after 33 years of service in the United States Navy. She is a member of the International College of Dentists.[6]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Wager was born in southern Indiana. She is a 1976 graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1980Note 1, and completed her residency at Riely Children's Hospital in 1982.[1] In 1991, Wagner was board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.[3]

Following 18 months of private practice, Elaine Wagner accepted a commission in the United States Navy in December of 1983.[3]

Military Career[edit | edit source]

Promotions
Rank Date
US Navy O8 infobox.svg Rear Admiral 2014[7]
US Navy O7 infobox.svg Rear Admiral (Lower Half) January 18, 2011[3][8]
US Navy O6 infobox.svg Captain Selected June 1998[9]
History of Assignments[1]
Assignment Dates
Director, Readiness and Health July 2015[10]
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery April 2014[11] - July 2015 [10]
Commander, Navy Medicine East September 2011 - April 2014
Naval Medical Center Portsmouth September 2011 - April 2014
Tidewater eMSMNote 2 September 2011 - April 2014
Chief, Navy Dental Corps 2010
Director, N931Note 3 2010
Naval Health Clinic New England 2009 - 2010
Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait April 2008[12]
Naval Hospital Beaufort June 2006[13]
Naval Hospital Jacksonville
Naval Medical Center Bethesda
Branch Dental Clinic WNY
Deputy Chief, Navy Dental Corps
Okinawa, Japan
Naval Postgraduate Dental School 1998
Bureau of Naval Personnel 1995
U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay July 1990
32nd Street Dental Clinic, San Diego July 1987
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms December 1983

Upon accepting her commission, Wagner was assigned to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. From there, she completed several more assignments, including Department Head tours, and tours in the Philippines and Japan. She was selected for an Executive Officer tour to Naval Hospital Jacksonville. In June of 1998, she would be selected for advancement to Captain.[7]

Wagner's first of many tours as a Commanding Officer would be at Naval Hospital Beaufort in 2006. In addition to this being her first CO tour, it would also be the first time the station was commanded by a female.[13] Following that assignment, Wagner reported to Naval Health Clinic New England as it's Commanding Officer. Within two years of her departure from that command, she would relieve her successor. [14]

In March of 2010, Elaine Wagner would be selected for advancement to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half),[8] and would be actually advanced to that rank the following January. Her advancement to Rear Admiral would mark the first time a female pediatric dentist held flag rank[3]. As a Rear Admiral, she would hold many senior leadership positions in the Navy including a tour as the 36th Chief of Naval Dental Corps.[4]

Elaine C. Wagner would ultimately retire in 2017[1] as a full two star Rear Admiral.

After Retirement[edit | edit source]

After her retirement from the Navy, Elaine Wagner accepted a postion in the International College of Dentists.[5] And she was also appointed to the BIOLASE board of directors on October 09, 2018.[15][16]

Honors, awards, and decorations[edit | edit source]

Over the course of her 33 year career, Elaine C. Wagner has earned multiple military awards and decorations. In addition to service and unit awards, her personal awards include the Legion of Merit (4 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards).

In addition, she was won several civilian awards in light of her long professional career. She won the Ann Page Griffin Humanitarian Award in 2016 for her "outstanding commitment to alleviating suffering and improving the oral health of under-served populations."[17][18] In 2014, she received a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa for her distinguished career in healthcare and service to her nation from Butler University. After receiving the degree, she delivered the university's 2014 Spring commencement address.[19][20]

She was also invited to give the 2012 commencement address at her alma mater, the Indiana University School of Dentistry. [21][2]

See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

^Note 1 : Carol I. Turner, a prior Chief of the United States Navy Dental Corps is also an alumnus of the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
^Note 2 : eMSM stands for enhanced Multi-Service Market, and is a geographic region served my multiple medical facilities from different services.[22]
^Note 3 : N931 is the office code for Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Navy.mil Leadership Biographies". US Navy. Archived from the original on 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Burrous, Ric (Spring 2013). "Best Job 'I've Ever Had' - Dentistry Grad Shaping Naval Health Care" (PDF). IUPUI Magazine. IUPUI. pp. 14–17. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Certified Pediatric Dentist Named US Navy Dental Corps Admiral". American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 2010. Archived from the original on 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "A History of the U.S. Navy Dental Corps". Archived from the original on 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner's Retirement Ceremony Honored her 33 Years of Leadership and Service in the US Navy Dental Corps". International College of Dentists. Archived from the original on 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  6. "Dr. Elaine C. Wagner". International College of Dentists. Archived from the original on 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "FY-14 Rear Admiral Line and Staff Corps Selections". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "FY-11 Active Duty Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Staff Corps Selections". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  9. "Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 105th Congress, Second Session Vol. 144 Part 9". United States Government Publishing Office. 1998-06-18. pp. 12450–12451. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Introducing Our New Registrar — Dr. Elaine C. Wagner". International College of Dentists. Archived from the original on 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  11. "New CO for Navy Medicine East, NMCP". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  12. "MTF/EMF Change of Command". United States Navy. Archived from the original on 2019-02-09. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Yount, Lori (2006-06-17). "First female commanding officer takes charge of Naval Hospital". The Beaufort Gazette. ISSN 1090-8285. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  14. Slavin, Erick (2012-04-12). "Navy medicine CO fired for poor command climate". Stars and Stripes. Archived from the original on 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  15. "Internationally Renowned Pediatric Dentist Appointed to BIOLASE Board of Directors". PR Newswire. 2018-10-09. Archived from the original on 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  16. "Elaine C. Wagner: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  17. "AAPD honors winners at annual session in San Antonio". Archived from the original on 2019-02-06. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  18. Rear Admiral Dr Elaine Wagner, given Ann Page Griffen award @ AAPD 2016. YouTube. 2016. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  19. Rear Admiral Elaine C. Wagner '76 Spring Commencement Address. YouTube. 2014. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  20. "Elaine Wagner, Brad Stevens to Be Honored at Spring Commencement". Butler University. 2014-04-04. Archived from the original on 2019-02-05. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  21. "2012 Commencement Celebrates 224 Dental School Graduates". IUPUI. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  22. "Multi-Service Markets". Military Health System. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
Military offices
Preceded by
Richard C. Vinci
Chief, Navy Dental Corps
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Stephen M. Pachuta


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Others articles of the Topic Biography : Saurabh Malik, JonTron, Olivia O'Lovely, Christopher Taber, Aliya Prokofyeva, Alexis Cohen, Dan Maes

Others articles of the Topic United States Navy : Howard B. Gist Jr., Grace Hopper, C. J. Bolin, Charles G. Hall, Morgan W. Walker Jr.

Others articles of the Topic Dentistry : Reach (brand), South Texas Dental, Canadian College of Dental Health


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