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Dental x-ray machine back online

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, reviews dental images at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013.  The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, reviews dental images at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013. The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, reviews dental images at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013.  The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, reviews dental images at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013. The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, adjusts the digital x-ray machine at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013.  The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, adjusts the digital x-ray machine at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013. The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, adjusts the digital x-ray machine at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013.  The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician with the 139th Medical Group, Missouri Air National Guard, adjusts the digital x-ray machine at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, Mo., July 24, 2013. The Medical Group restored function to the x-ray machine this Spring after it being non-functional for more than two years. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Theo Ramsey/Released)

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The 139th Airlift Wing restored function to their digital x-ray machine this Spring after more than two years with the machine not functioning. Tech. Sgt. Carly Edwards, a dental technician for the 139th Medical Group, said that while the machine was offline, x-ray images had to be hand-carried between offices and locations.

Now that the digital x-ray machine is up and running, the 139th Medical Group has a goal of imaging all Air National Guard (ANG) members stationed at Rosecrans ANG Base by May 2014.

Dental exams by a military dentist are a 5-year requirement for all ANG members and each year in-between those exams, the member is required to submit to the military dental clinic an Active Duty/Reserve Forces Dental Examination form, DD Form 2813, filled out by their civilian dental provider. Active Guard Reserve (AGR) members need to also have a record of dental care form, Standard Form 603-A, filled out by their civilian dental provider every year.

"They need to be turning in those forms," Edwards said about ANG members trying to get a dental appointment completed on a drill weekend, "If you are waiting in the hallway for two and a half hours waiting to see the dentist then you're not getting your work done and readiness is affected."