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Dear Promoted Atlanta-Area PHS Officers:

Congratulations on your achievement! The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) invites you and your guests to save-the-date for the 2018 USPHS Atlanta Area Promotion Ceremony to be held on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 1 pm at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Harkin Global Communications Center, Building 19, 1600 Clifton Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30329.

We look forward to making this a multi-agency esprit-de-corps event! Further details for VIP/senior officials and promoted officers will be forthcoming. Please note that regardless of your promotion effective date, if you received a competitive temporary grade promotion during the 2018 cycle, you will be invited to participate!

The uniform of the day for promoted officers will be Summer Whites.

A reception for family members and guests will be held immediately following the ceremony.


LCDR Erika Odom

ACOA President, 2017-18

ACOA Professional Development Committee



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Give a Life Program 


The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association proudly supports the "Give-a-Life" program.  This Corps-wide campaign provides a life giving opportunity for everyone. 


The first ACOA event in support of the "Give-a-Life" program is encouraging Officers, family members and friends to make a commitment to be an organ donor by signing an organ donor card.


Organ and tissue transplantation gives hope to thousands of people with organ failure and changes the lives of many others.  Possible donations include heart, lung, liver, kidneys, pancreas, small bowel, corneas, ligaments, and bone.  The need continues to vastly outnumber supply.  The latest statistics show there are 111,736 patients waiting for organ transplants (with many more needing tissue or corneal transplants).  Over 60,000 of those patients are described as multi-cultural and 1,785 as pediatric patients.  Over 28,663 transplants occurred in 2010.  However, there were still over 111,000 people on waiting lists. 


As members of the world's foremost public health institution, we are confident that many of you have already individually taken the steps needed to be a donor however, there are undoubtedly many others who have not - usually for a reason as simple as an absence of opportunity.  But the COA, ACOA, and partners would like to take this campaign a bit further.  We recommend that every officer sign a donor card as well as talk to his or her family members and neighbors to recruit them to make a similar commitment.


Where do you get a donor card?  A card and a brief survey can be found at  The last page of the document has a printable version of a donor card that you and your friends and family can use.  That same card can be copied and used in community-wide registration drives.  The signed card should then be permanently carried in the donor's wallet or purse.


As an enthusiastic partner in the "Give-a-Life" campaign we thank you for your support and commitment to the first ACOA event of the "Give-a-Life" campaign, the organ donor card.




Free Pass to National Parks & Recreation Areas 

Did you know you can get a free pass to many of our country’s national parks and recreational areas?


The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series



This program provides officers and their dependents a free pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 years or younger are admitted free.

See: Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military and Their Dependents
 For active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)


Disclaimer:  There may be a problem at some locations and obtaining the pass may not work for PHS officers 



PHS Athletics Activity: Summer Kayaking Event


Description: Getting Active with the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) - Join RADM Susan Orsega in A Fun Kayaking Event.

Black Hill Regional Park is conveniently located in the plush green environs of Montgomery County, MD. Easily accessible off the 270 North Technology corridor; BHRP offers a great way to relax on Little Seneca Lake, while enjoying the beauty of the landscape around you. You will be sure to have lots fun engaging with fellow officers, fostering PHS pride, spirit, and at the same time participating in a wholesome exercise. 

This kayaking adventure is a 2 hour event that begins at 0930. Kayaks are available on a first come first serve basisAttire: Civilian clothing (i.e. athletic wear); please consider bringing a change of clothing; a hat and sunscreen are strongly recommended. 

*You are welcome to stay on your own time for an additional expense, after the culmination of the 2-hour event.* (**You will need to check out with PHS activity lead after the 2 hour timeline**)

Event Leader: CDR Carol Corbie,

When: Saturday July 14, 2018.

Time: Check in time and roll call begins at 0900

Location: Black Hill Regional Park (Visitor’s Center located 1.8 miles from park entrance)

20930 Lake Ridge Dr.

Boyds, MD 20841

Free parking available – Parking Lot #5

Cost: $13.00/person (2 persons per kayak- adults ONLY)

Paid on-site at the ticket booth.


Deadline to sign-up – July 7, 2018

* A light breakfast will be provided*


Park Website:

Participants must abide by safety rules of the park-i.e. wearing floatation device/life jacket while participating in kayaking event.



Carol Corbie, MS, RN

CDR, United States Public Health Service

Managed Care Coordinator

ICE Health Service Corps

Enforcement Removal Operations

500-12th St. S.W., 2nd Floor

Mail Stop #5203

Washington, D.C. 20536

Office: (202)-732-6534

IPhone: (202) 713-6158

Fax: (866) 397-9018

Dear Fellow USPHS Epidemiologist,

Please register for the Inaugural USPHS Epidemiology Forum taking place at the CDC on Friday, October 26, 2018. This FREE event and open to anyone (USPHS officers and civilians) who is interested in epidemiology. The call for abstracts will be distributed in July.

Register at 

For additional information, contact: LCDR LauraVonnahme, or LCDR Oliver Ou,


If you have information of interest to commissioned officers please contact a member of the ACOA Executive Committee.

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