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Do you know a first responder, military personnel, healthcare worker, or other frontline hero who goes above and beyond to make our community a better place? Nominate them as a Hometown Hero!

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Nalchajian Orthodontics knows the importance of first responders and all frontline workers in our community. These essential workers care for us and keep us safe, putting the needs of others above their own. Our Hometown Heroes program wants to help one of these heroes in our community smile a little brighter with a free orthodontic treatment (braces or Invisalign).

After reviewing the many applications, we selected Master Sergeant Thomas J. Fabrie. Known as Joe to his friends and family, he is an amazing father, husband, friend, and soldier. Joe has served our country proudly for more than 20 years.

“[Joe] always puts the children's needs and our family before anyone else and even though he could benefit from orthodontic work, he never thought twice about having the boys get theirs first,” Joe’s wife, who nominated him, wrote.

Joe joined the US Air Force directly after high school and was active duty for 6 years. He then became an active reservist for the last 15 years. He saw combat in Iraq and is a part of the 701st Combat Operations Squadron. He is the JACCE Superintendent for the 701st COS, March Air Reserve Base, California. After serving our country for more than 20 years, Joe will retire in July 2023.


  • Air and Space Commendation Medal
  • Air and Space Achievement Medal
  • Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award
  • Combat Readiness Medal
  • Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Korean Defense Service Medal
  • Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • Air and Space Longevity Service Award
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
  • Air and Space Training Ribbon

We look forward to helping Joe straighten his smile as he continues to make a difference and be a true hero in our community.

Stay tuned to our Facebookand Instagram pages for updates on Joe’s journey to a new smile!

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