PARRIS ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Each year, thousands of recruits go through boot camp on Parris Island to become a U.S. Marine and defend our country. But there are plenty of Navy sailors on base like HM2 Chan Bellamy who work behind the scenes to help keep them healthy and ready to train.
"Our basis here is for recruit readiness, getting those just coming into the Marine Corps ready to go our in the field and deploy," said HM2 Bellamy.
At the Branch Health Clinic on base, it's HM2 Bellamy's job to help make sure their teeth are up to par.
"I'm the leading petty officer for the prosthodontic department," said HM2 Bellamy. "Basically what that entails is replacing the teeth. It can be something from crown and bridge, implants, dentures."
HM2 Bellamy graduated from Wade Hampton High School and has now served in the Navy for 11 years.
"He was stationed at Parris Island when he was just a dental technician and was assisting doctors and decided he wanted to become a lab tech and he became an apprentice in this lab and then the Navy was able to send him to specialized training to become a dental lab tech," said Lt. Cmdr. Peter Barndt.
Years later he returned as an advanced lab technician.
"He's easily become our best technician in the lab and does some of the most demanding work we have here," said Lt. Cmdr. Peter Barndt.
For all of his accomplishments he was recently awarded with the Junior Sailor of the Quarter for Naval Hospital Beaufort.
"It was my first time going up and I was a little nervous about it at first I'll admit but I was happy when I was selected," said HM2 Bellamy. "It meant a lot to me."
For his service and dedication to our nation, we at WTOC Salute HM2 Chan Bellamy.