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Congratulations Promoted Officers!!!

All recently promoted Atlanta area officers are cordially invited to participate in the 2019 Atlanta Area Promotion Celebration to be held on Monday, 19 August 2019 at 1300 hours at the Corporate Square location.

If you are a recently promoted officer and would like to participate, please provide your response by August 2, 2019. Complete the  RSVP, save document and email to LCDR Jessica Tomov If you know of a recently promoted officer in the Atlanta area who is not a member of ACOA please forward this invitation.  

We are still seeking volunteers to help with promotion celebration! If you are interested, please send the following information to LCDR Jessica Tomov at 

  • Name & Rank
  • Employee ID
  • Agency
  • Telephone #
  • Interested Positions


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Dobbins Air Reserve Base @ The Landing at Lakeside (Lakeside Pavilion)

*** Officer Must be able to access ARB using CAC ***


Send the requested information below to LCDR Samantha Morgan ( and CDR Dawn Braswell (

Number of adults (including the Officer) 

Number of children attending

Officer’s name, rank & agency




MENU: Pulled Pork & Chicken, Veggie Burgers, Chicken Tenders, Sides, Desserts, Drinks



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The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) is a voluntary professional organization of Commissioned Officers of the US Public Health Service. The Atlanta COA mission is to advance the PHS by uniting, serving and advocating for the approximately 1,000 Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers.


Commission Corp Activity  - All officers attending- whether on leave status or on duty status- should be in uniform.

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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.




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Dear Fellow Officers:


I want to thank all of you for the incredibly warm welcome at this year’s USPHS Scientific & Training Symposium, and for your continued dedication to the mission of our service. It was a pleasure to meet so many officers from around the country and hear of the work you do each day to preserve and protect the health of our nation. 

AsI detailed in my speech at the Symposium and my email to the Commissioned Corpson June 1, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been developing a comprehensive set of proposals to reorganize the U.S. government. Yesterday,OMB released these proposals for further consideration and assessment.  As expected, one of the proposals relates to the Commissioned Corps. It specifically suggests transforming the Commissioned Corps into “a leaner and more efficient organization” through a series of management improvements, including reducing the size of the Corps and building up a Reserve Corps for response in public health emergencies. 

We remain steadfast in our commitment to develop a modern vision for the Commissioned Corps that is aligned with today’s regional, national, and global challenges that I highlighted upon my arrival to the Department. The comprehensive assessment of the Corps is underway with the goal of measuring the substantial value of our officers to the federal government and providing insight on how to best maximize and evolve a contemporary workforce. In addition, we are proceeding with legislative processes to reauthorize the Reserve Corps, and have proposed funding of the Reserve Corps and training for the Regular Corps in the FY20 budget. 

The Commissioned Corps has very strong support among HHS Leadership, and all of us are working closely with OMB on an appropriate strategy that values the Corps and assures the public health and biosecurity of our nation. My commitment to you is that I will do everything I can, every day, and in every way, to honor our service, and to leave our Corps much stronger, more stable, and more capable than we have been in decades.   

I, along with the Surgeon General, Chief Professional Officers, Flag Officers, and Agency Liaisons will keep you updated on any significant developments. Again, thank you for your service and your work to better the health and prosperity of our nation.


BrettP. Giroir, MD


AssistantSecretary for Health and Senior Advisor for Mental Health and Opioid Policy


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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Saturday, August 24th 7:30am – 5:00pm and

Sunday, August 25th 8:00am – 12:00pm

The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is pleased to announce an opportunity to take the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course in the Greater Atlanta Area.

Instructors: CAPT Robin Hunter Buskey and CDR Alnissa Shaw

Dates: August 24th and 25th, 2019

Time: 7:30am – 5:00pm on Saturday and 8:00am – 12:00pm on Sunday

Location: United States Penitentiary (USP) Atlanta, 601 McDonough Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 – Training Building


· Obtain (on your own) course textbook; vendor information upon acceptance in the class (approximately $35; may be able to borrow a book, e-book option is available)

· $50 payable upon registration on site (includes food, snacks, beverages, completion card, and course supplies)

Pre-course work: Online pretest; must print and present score sheet upon registration on site

Prerequisite: must have and bring a copy of current CPR card

Attire: comfortable casual – no shorts or open toed shoes

Limited spots available – maximum 18 students

RSVP to CAPT Robin Hunter-Buskey (


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