By Randy Lescault
Medical Recruiting Brigade
June 24, 2016
Medical Recruiting Brigade received a new commander at a June 10 ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as the former director of healthcare operations, Office of the Army Surgeon General, assumed command.
Col. Heather Kness assumed command from Col. Timothy Hudson, who is headed for an assignment at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, the commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, said Hudson is one of USAREC's finest commanders.
"During his two years here as commander, Col. Hudson has brought in over 2,500 medical professionals and nearly 500 chaplains," Snow said.
The MRB recruits for more than 100 areas of concentration in medical specialties and is responsible for administrative oversight of the Special Operations Recruiting Battalion.
Hudson's position at Fort Carson, Colorado, is to serve as the chief nursing officer of Evans Army Community Hospital. After a year, Hudson will take command of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Snow assured the incoming commander that though the job will be challenging, she is the right person to take the helm.
"I assure you, this assignment will challenge you in ways you've never been challenged," Snow said. "There's no doubt the Army has picked the right leader for the right job at the right time."
Kness said she is happy to be at MRB and credited many people with her journey to be commander of the brigade.
Previously, she also served as the Army Medical Command's plans, operations and training officer.