Boyd assumes command of Virginia State Medical Command

Lt. Col. David G. Boyd receives the Medical Command unit colors from Col. James A. Zollar, chief of staff for the Virginia Army Guard, during his change of command ceremony held Aug. 5, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Lt. Col. Boyd assumed command from Col. Thomas Koertge who served as the commander from June 2015 to August 2018. (U.S. National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Lyman)

FORT PICKETT, Va.- Lt. Col. David G. Boyd took command of the Virginia National Guard’s Medical Command from Col. Thomas E. Koertge, Aug. 5, 2018, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Col. James A. Zollar, chief of staff for the Virginia National Guard, presided over the exchange of organizational colors representing the transfer of authority from Koertge to Boyd.

“First of all I’d like to thank Tom for his outstanding leadership here at Medical Command over the past three years,” said Zollar. “One of the key indicators of your success is the state’s improvement in medical readiness. When he took command, Virginia was about 15th in the nation and due to his outstanding work, Virginia is now ranked number seven. This improvement is due in large part to the great work you and your Soldiers do, day in and day out, supporting our organization.”

“Your resilience, dedication to mission, selfless acts, support for each other, initiative and integrity have made this the most enjoyable and easiest command of my career,” Koertge said during his remarks. “It’s because of all of you Soldiers that Medical Command has been successful in its mission.”

Koertge served as the commander of Medical Command from June 2015 until August 2018 and will resume duty as a dentist, remaining at Medical Command.

“Is has been my pleasure to command you for the past three years and it is now time to pass the baton,” Koertge said to attendees. “I have absolutely the greatest confidence in turning over this command to Lt. Col. Boyd.”

Lt. Col. Boyd was previously assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based, 29th Infantry Division surgeon section serving as the medical operations officer. Much like Koertge, Boyd has a history spanning many assignments and he’s also worn the cloth of sister services. Boyd initially enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman. He went on to receive an ROTC commission into the Virginia Army National Guard.

“No job is beneath a leader and every one of us, like it or not, are leaders,” Boyd expounded to the audience. “If we are good stewards of what has been given to us: time, people and resources; then we will always be able to complete, with excellence, the work of the State of Virginia and the Virginia Army National Guard entrusts us to do.”

Additional Biographical Information:

Col. Thomas E. Koertge earned a B.A. in Biology and a doctorate of dental medicine in 1975 and 1978, respectively. He continued his professional education with residency training in periodontics and earned a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Iowa in 1983. He has served as a faculty member in the Department of Periodontics at Virginia Commonwealth University from Southern Illinois University since 1982 and is currently the professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Periodontics. He began his military career as a dentist assigned to the Virginia Air National Guard, 192nd Fighter Wing. He served as staff dentist, chief dentist and finally as the 192nd Medical Group Commander from 2007 until 2009. While serving in the Virginia Air Guard, he was activated for Operation Noble Eagle and National Guard relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina. He transitioned to the Virginia Army National Guard as the state dental officer in 2009 and served as Medical Command commander from June 2015 until August 2018. In 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and also to Kuwait in 2017 as the 29th Infantry Division Surgeon. He is a graduate of Air War College and is the recipient of multiple awards, including two Meritorious Service Medals.

Lt. Col. David G. Boyd earned a B.S. in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1996 and a masters degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2003. Boyd began his civilian career in forensic sciences with the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1997. While at the DEA, Boyd has served as a forensic chemist, supervisory forensic chemist, program manager and associate laboratory director. He currently serves the section chief for the DEA Training Academy’s Forensic Sciences Instruction Section at Quantico, Virginia. He began his military career in the U.S. Navy, serving as a Hospital Corpsman in 1990. In 1996, he received an ROTC commission and was assigned to Charlie Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in the Virginia Army National Guard. He served as Platoon Leader, Battalion Staff Officer, Company Commander, Health Services Material’s Officer, Deputy Commander of Administration for Medical Command and as the Medical Operations Officer for the 29th Infantry Division Surgeon Section. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and to Kuwait in 2016 as the 29th Infantry Division Medical Operations Officer. He is currently enrolled in Army War College and is the recipient of multiple awards including a Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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