Captain Zachary Hague, Rapid City, took command of the 730th Area Support Medical Company, South Dakota Army National Guard, during a change of command ceremony Saturday, July 9, at the Vermillion armory.
Hauge assumed responsibility from former commander Maj. David Fossum, Brookings, who served in the command position since July 2009.
�I am excited and humbled to be taking command of a field medical unit of this caliber,� said Hauge during the ceremony. �We have the unique mission of preserving life and putting Soldiers back in the fight and I know this unit and the Soldiers who serve here do not take that responsibility lightly.�
The mission of the 730th is to provide valuable medical services for all National Guard units across the state. The unit has more than 100 Soldiers comprised of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, combat medics, radiological technicians and a variety of medical support personnel.
�The members of the 730th have an impressive work ethic,� said Hauge. �I look forward to creating the type of atmosphere where we come to drill for different types of intense training in order to prepare us for missions here at home or while deployed.�