COA: Commissioned Officers
                Association (Atlanta Branch)

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Welcome to the Atlanta Commissioned Officers' Association

About ACOA

The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) is a voluntary professional organization of Commissioned Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). The mission of the Atlanta Branch of the Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is to advance the PHS Commissioned Corps by uniting and serving approximately 1,000 Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers and advocating for their interests through leadership and communication.  Led by the Executive Committee, the ACOA is working to:

  • Advance public health knowledge
  • Elevate the professional standards and efficiency of public health workers
  • Promote the interests of the USPHS and its officers
  • Strengthen the relationships between Atlanta area USPHS Commissioned Officers and other public health workers

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The mission of the Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service is to offer opportunities to Atlanta based officers to give back locally to the community, enjoy camaraderie and esprit de corps.

In meeting its commitment, the organization will provide various opportunities throughout the year to participate in professional development activities, volunteer in the community, and attend social and formal events.


The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service is the premier, awardwinning local COA branch that supports the National COA and ACOA’s active, inactive, and retired officers.

2013 ACOA Executive Committee

                              2013 EC
Back row (from left to right): LT Erin Grasso, LCDR Loren Rodgers, LTJG Roberto Garza, LCDR Deborah Dee, LT Candis Hunter
Front row (from left to right):
LCDR Tara Foley, CDR Valarie Wilson, LCDR Adriane Niare, LCDR Shane Davis, LCDR Jamie Mutter, LCDR Zewditu Demissie, CDR Lorraine Alexander

"We will never know true 'homeland security' without a robust public health system."  

-- Madeline Drexler

This page last reviewed February 13, 2013.

Please send website comments, newsletter ideas, and other ACOA feedback to ACOA Communication Co-Chairs CDR Valarie Wilson and LT Erin Grasso.



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