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 ACOA Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs

LCDR Rachel Cook



The Professional Development Committee is charged with creating great Lunch & Learn events, hosting the annual September President’s update and State of the ACOA, planning group APFT events, organizing officer photo sessions, arranging speed-mentoring events, and organizing other exciting learning opportunities throughout the year. It’s a fun, energetic committee great for anyone who is interested in advancing the careers and experiences of ACOA officers.

Preparing for Promotion

Are you curious about what a promotion board looks at when evaluating your materials? Do you have questions about the type of information that should be included in your CV, OS, and ROS? 

If you were unable to attend, CAPT Brandon Taylor, Chief of Staff at IHS recorded presentation is provided below.





For more information, contact LCDR Rachael Cook, or LT Bradley Goodwin,

Be sure to check out the ACOA webpage for the latest update on ACOA events, uniform information and new PHS pride items.

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The general membership of ACOA meets throughout the year during our Lunch and Learn Series. ACOA typically holds at least four events per year. The Lunch and Learns relate to professional development, uniform wear, promotion, and more. If you would like to suggest potential topics, please contact the Professional Development Co-Chairs.


ACOA Call for Volunteers for the Professional Development Subcommittee


Co-Chairs: LCDR Rachel Cook and LT Bradley Goodwin

Come Join Us! The Professional Development Committee provides information and opportunities to officers regarding career and professional development. We welcome volunteers to help assist and lead events.

4-8 volunteers are needed for positions on subcommittees listed below. Subcommittees will be responsible for helping with the events.

  • “Lunch and Learns”: Seminars that are held four times a year for officers. These seminars will address Promotions, Awards, and uniform wear.

  • Officer Portrait Events: Sessions held on a bi-annual basis at the Roybal Campus.

  • APFT (Annual Physical Fitness Test) events: Held throughout the year

If you have any questions, or would like to participate on this committee, please send your name and area of interest (indicate if previous experience) to

LCDR Rachel Cook ( and LT Bradley Goodwin (

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