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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 Atlanta Branch of the Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) endeavors 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


    2015 ACOA EC

    2015 ACOA Executive Committee



    Back Row (from left to right):


    LCDR Latasha Allen,  LCDR Laura Gieraltowski,  LT Roberto Garza
    LT Travis Mann,  LCDR Anne Purfield,  LCDR Zewditu Demissie,  LCDR Erin Grasso

    Front Row (from left to right): 


    CDR L. Hausman,  LCDR Neelam Ghiya,
    LCDR Erika Odom,  CDR Valarie Wilson,  LCDR Elizabeth Irvin-Barnwell,
    CDR Deborah Dee






    ACOA Promotion Ceremony
    Recognizing Atlanta-area Officers of the
    Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service


    Date:  Monday, August 3, 2015


    Time:  1:00–3:00 pm


    Location:  CDC Roybal campus, Building 19, Auditorium B


    Uniform for Volunteers & Promoted Officers: Summer White


    We are once again seeking active and energetic officers to donate their time, skills, and creativity to make the 2015 Promotion Ceremony as successful as in previous years. We hope you are willing to get involved!


    We are looking for volunteers for the following positions:


    ·Catering Liaison
    ·Parking Logistics
    ·Registration Table
    ·Ceremony Logistics Officer
    ·Adjutant Script Assistant
    ·Cake Liaison (i.e., assist with ordering, transport, cutting the cake, etc.)
    ·Auditorium Set-up
    ·Promoted Officer Liaison (i.e., provide instructions and obtain guest lists from promoted officers and spell-check names)


    If you would like to volunteer for a position as a lead, co-lead, or volunteer member,please send your area of interest to LT Travis Mann ( ASAP!


    More information about Membership 


    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, award-winning local COA branch that supports the National COA and ACOA’s active, inactive, and retired officers.


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    This page last reviewed July 23, 2015

    Please send website comments, newsletter ideas, and other ACOA feedback to ACOA Communication Co-Chairs LCDR Neelam Ghiya and LT Roberto Garza.

    The contents of the web site or communication of employee association information through other government resources does not constitute or imply endorsement of the operations and activities of the association by CDC or HHS.