Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 20, 2014

Local dentist pitches in for Operation Cajun Care


The Andover Townsman

---- — Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Charles F. McQuade spent two weeks this winter helping provide free dental care to residents of rural Louisiana during exercise Cajun Care.

Approximately 120 Navy and Air National Guard medical professionals set up shop in a former nursing home in Abbeville, La., from Feb. 25 to March 6 to provide area residents with medical, dental and optometry care. More than 2,000 people were expected to receive heath care valued at more than $1 million during the two-week program.

A Department of Defense-sponsored initiative called Innovative Readiness Training, Cajun Care is designed to provide U.S. military medical professionals valuable training as well as offer health care options to a medically underserved community. The program is in its 20th year.

McQuade is an administrative officer who works at Detachment V in Quincy. He is assigned to Operational Hospital Support Unit, Portsmouth, Va., and has six years of military service.

“This has been a great experience representing Navy dentistry on this joint military mission to an underserved area of the country,” McQuade said in a release.

The husband of Suzanne McQuade of Andover, McQuade earned his doctor of medical dentistry degree from Boston University Dental School in Boston.