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ACOA Formal Officer Portraits

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Appointments available from 0830 to 1045, 1230 to 1515


The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is pleased to announce the opportunity for ACOA member officers to have formalportraits taken by the CDC photographer.  Portraits are taken in the Service Dress Blue uniform (please do not forget to bring your combination cover).

Officers are encouraged to take a formal portrait. These portraits are useful for agency-related print and electronic materials(e.g., professional presentations, media write-ups, retirement notifications, and recognition for awards). The photo session and a digital file of your photograph are FREE.

Location:  CDC photography offices, Building 19, room B023, Clifton Road/Roybal Campus. 

Additional details: The portrait session is scheduled the same day as the CDC Commissioned Corps Expo to facilitate participation.Non-CDC ACOA members are welcome to schedule an appointment, but will need to allow additional time to meet security requirements to enter CDC. Details will be provided to officers after they sign up.

To schedule your appointment or if you have any questions, please contact LCDR Rachael Cook ( Please include your preferred time (any 15-minute interval on the quarter-hour from 0830-1045 or 1230-1515), Wednesday, September 25, 2019. You are encouraged to submit at least three preferred times to aid with scheduling.


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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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