GILLETTE, WY – Dr. Sara Hartsaw, General Surgeon and Chair of the Campbell County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, was commissioned as a Lt. Commander is the United States Naval Reserve on Thursday, April 4, 2013. As a member of the Naval Reserves, Dr. Hartsaw will serve one weekend per month, and two full weeks a year, attached to the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. Though she has not received her orders yet, she will attend Officer Training School later this year in Rhode Island.
Dr. Hartsaw has been considering military service for some time. Both parents served in the military, son Ian served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and daughter Katie will be commissioned in the U.S. Army after she graduates from college in May.
“It took about 14 months to happen,” said Dr. Hartsaw. “I’m at a point in my career and personal life where I can serve on a part-time basis. My kids are older, my husband is at home for support, and we have a stable group of general surgeons In the community to provide coverage.”
Master Sergeant Richard Weber, a family friend, was the Master of Ceremonies for the Commissioning. Also in attendance were Lt. Zgarba, Naval Recruiter from Denver and Lt. Colonel Brian Austin, CRNA at Northern Plains Anesthesia, who administered the oath.