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Dental Coverage

The Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) offers comprehensive dental coverage to retired service members and family members, retired National Guard and Reserve members and family members, Medal of Honor recipients and family members and survivors. Coverage includes diagnostic and preventive services, like exams and cleanings, at 100 percent. Emergency services and basic restorative services, like fillings, are covered at 80 percent. The annual deductible is $50 per person, each benefit year, and $150 per family per benefit year. The annual maximum benefit is $1,300 per person per year for enhanced enrollees. The annual maximum for orthodontia is $1,750. Premiums must be deducted through a monthly allotment from retirement pay. Electronic payment is available only as an alternative for beneficiaries who do not receive retired pay or whose retired pay is insufficient to cover the allotment amount. There is a 12-month commitment for initial enrollments. After a year, beneficiaries can continue on a month to month basis, if no additional family members have been added to the plan. If a beneficiary and spouse are already enrolled, adding a child or any other family member resets the 12-month period. For full information, visit

Another Joint Base

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has changed the name of the Massachusetts Military Reservation to Joint Base Cape Cod. It is the largest of the state’s six military installations in geographical size. Covering approximately 22,000 acres on upper Cape Cod, the area encompasses Otis ANG Base; the 6th Space Warning Squadron at Cape Cod AFS; Army National Guard’s Camp Edwards training area; and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

‘Candy Bomber’ Remembered

More than 160 children and service members gathered in Hondo, Tex., to see retired Col. Gail Halvorsen — the “Candy Bomber” - take to the skies once again in a vintage C-47 Skytrain. Colonel Halvorsen was a C-47 pilot in support of the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift when he fastened candy rations to tiny parachutes for local children. He would wiggle his wings — earning him the nickname “Uncle Wiggly Wings.” Heike Jackson was 6-years-old. “He was our savior,” she said. “We had nothing to eat.” Now in her 70s, Jackson attended the reenactment. “To see that wonderful man alive is amazing. ... It’s a full circle somehow,” said Jackson, who brought candy to the event. Colonel Halvorsen, 93, said, “I did it for the children, to see the smiles on their faces.”

The Retiree Activities Office is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit the office in Building 1604 at California and Colorado Avenues or call us at 301-981-2726. Our e-mail address is rao(at) Call the office before your visit to ensure a volunteer is on duty. The RAO has a website at; Under “Helpful Links” click on “Retirees Activity Office” for information on retiree subjects, including past copies of “Retiree Corner.”