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Major General Thomas R. Tempel, Jr.

Commanding General
Regional Health Command-Central

Chief, U.S. Army Dental Corps


Major General Thomas R. Tempel, Jr.

Major General Thomas R. Tempel, Jr. (Rob) is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Regional Health Command – Central (Provisional) and the 27th Chief of the U.S. Army Dental Corps.

Major General Tempel previously served as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Western Regional Medical Command, Commander of the U.S. Army Dental Command, Walter Reed Dental Activity, Northern Regional Dental Command, and as the Northern Regional Medical Command Readiness Director.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, and was a Distinguished Military Graduate, from Gettysburg College in 1987. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps and then attended the University of Maryland Dental School, where he received his dental degree in 1991. After dental school, Major General Tempel attended the Advanced Education in General Dentistry – One Year Program at Fort Jackson, S.C. He then went to Fort Bragg, N.C., for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection and Detachment Officers Qualification Course, then on to Fort Lewis, Washington, to be the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Dental Surgeon.

 Following the Advanced Education in General Dentistry – Two Year Residency at Fort Bragg, Major General Tempel was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta. He also served as the Professional Development Officer for the Dental Corps Branch, Army Personnel Command; commanded the 464th Medical Company, to include a year in Iraq as the 464th Commander and Multinational Corps - Iraq Dental Surgeon with Task Force 44th MEDCOM. He attended the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, after which he served as the Fort Meade Dental Activity Commander.

Major General Tempel is a graduate of the AMEDD Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He completed the Special Forces Detachment Officers Qualification Course; Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School; Combat Casualty Care Course; Jumpmaster School; Dental Clinic Management Course; Federal Healthcare Executives Course; and the Medical Capstone Course. He wears the Special Forces Tab, the Senior Parachutist Badge, and the Royal Thai Airborne Wings.

Additionally, Major General Tempel is a Diplomate of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry, the American Board of General Dentistry, and a Fellow in the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Association of Military Surgeons United States, and Association of the United States Army.

Major General Tempel’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with 2 OLC, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal 3 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 2 OLC, Army Achievement Medal 2 OLC, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Army Surgeon General’s “A” proficiency designator.