Army dentistry's first involvement in the Vietnam War was by Lt. Col. (later BG) Jack P. Pollock, during a 120-day temporary duty assignment to the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group, Vietnam. He served as the Medical Advisory Team chief and the dental adviser for the team. Later (1967-1968) Colonel Pollock served as commander of the 932d Medical Detachment (AI) in Vietnam, and in 1970 he was the first armed forces dental officer to be appointed as the Special Assistant for Dental Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. He was promoted to brigadier general in April 1972 and was the first Deputy Commander, Health Services Command (1973-1977). In 1974, his alma mater recognized him for his outstanding accomplishments and duty to his country by naming him Alumnus of the Year.