Bill Ransom, Commander of Old Forge American Legion Post 893, has announced that Major General Russell J. Czerw will be the guest speaker at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony that will be held on Monday, May 25.
Major General Czerw retired from the Army in July 2010 after serving as the 25th Chief of the Army Dental Corps and commanding both the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School and Fort Sam Houston. Following his retirement he became the CEO of Housing 1 Source.
He currently donates much of his time to special boards that serve members of the military and their families.
Born and raised in Utica, Major General Czerw received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from Saint Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he was also a Distinguished Military Graduate from the school’s ROTC program.
He received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Dental School in 1987.
After graduating from dental school he attended the Advanced Education in General Dentistry One-Year Program at Fort Jackson, SC.
He then went to Pirmasens, Germany before taking over as the OIC of 1st Platoon, 124th Medical Detachment (DS) and the Muenchweiler Dental Clinic.
Following his graduation from the two-year General Dentistry Residency Program at Fort Hood, TX, he served as the Dental Corps’ Professional Development Officer in Alexandria, VA.
He went on to command the 464th Medical Comapny (DS) in Landstuhl, Germany and deployed to Bosnia and Croatia. He then became the Chief of the Dental Corps Branch, PERSCOM, in Alexandria, VA.
Major General Czerw commanded the 93rd Medical Battalion (DS) in Heidelberg, Germany after graduating from the Army War College in Carlisle, PA in 2002.
During his tour, General Czerw deployed to Poland as the Task Force Medical Commander for Victory Force Commander Strike III and to Iraq for Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom where he was a Task Force Commander for Dental, Preventive Medicine, Veterinary and Combat Stress Control units.
After serving at the Office of the Surgeon General, he became the 7th Commander of the U.S. Army Dental Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
He has completed numerous military and training schools and wears the Expert Field Medical Badge and the German Abzeichen fur Leistungen in Gold.
He has received numerous awards including the Distin-guished Service Medal and Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Major General Czerw has a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.
He holds the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator and is a Diplomate of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and the American Board of General Dentistry.
He is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of various professional organizations.
General Czerw has published numerous professional articles and has presented several lectures on dental and military subjects.
He resides in San Antonio, TX and spends summers in Old Forge with his wife, Michelle. They have two chldren, Danielle and Brandon.