COL Robert J. Selders, Jr., is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and an alumnus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Bachelor of Science in biology, University of Louisville School of Dentistry (D.M.D.) and Indiana University (M.S.D. Periodontology).
COL Selders was in private practice in Batesville, Arkansas, and has served as an associate periodontist in Little Rock, AR, and Atlanta, GA. He held a full-time teaching position at the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology, for four years prior to accepting a commission with the U.S. Army Dental Corps in 2006.
COL Selders’ assignments include Clinic Periodontist, Kamish Troop Dental Clinic, Fort Wainwright, Alaska; OIC of the Fairbank Dental Clinic, U.S. Army Dental Activity, Fort Hood, Texas. He has served as Commander of the U.S. Army Dental Clinic at Fort Rucker Alabama, Commander of the U.S. Army Dental Health Activity at Fort Stewart, Georgia, as well as the Preventive Dentistry consultant for the Southern Regional Dental Command. COL Selders will assume command of the U.S. Army Dental Health Activity at Fort Carson, Colorado in August of 2019.
COL Selders is a graduate of AMEDD Officer Basic Course, AMEDD Officer Advanced Course, and Command and General Staff College. He is also a diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology. Currently, COL Selders is the Historian to the Chief of the Dental Corps and has presented numerous lectures to both military and civilian groups and has published several scientific articles.
His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.