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 ACOA Community Service Committee Co-Chairs


            LCDR Tamara Henderso n                    LCDR Angela Thompson-Paul         



The Community Service Committee is responsible for providing service to the community, increasing visibility of the Commissioned Corps, and promoting Atlanta Branch membership with local community service efforts. The committee is a great opportunity for Atlanta-area officers to collaborate through service activities; it often brings officers from different agencies together either through planning and/or participating in the events. Committee members plan and organize more than 20 events each year that suits many officers’ interests, including feeding the homeless or cleaning and beautifying the Atlanta community.  The committee also organizes a monthly event at the USO at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and culminates with an end of year holiday party in December. After each community service event, committee members write an article describing the event’s activities for ACOA’s quarterly newsletter publication, The Signal.



ACOA Community Service Committee meets the last Wednesday of each month from 9am - 10am

Call in information

Bridge Line:  1-605-475-4000, Passcode:  496323#




ACOA Officers Volunteer at KidsTriathalon - August 2016

ACOA Officers Volunteer at KidsTriathalon - August 2016

ACOA Officers Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House - January 2016

ACOA Officers Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House - January 2016

ACOA Officers Prepare Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House - January 2016

ACOA Officers Prepare Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House - January 2016

ACOA Officers Volunteer with Intown Collaborative Ministries Food Pantry - August 2016

ACOA Officers Volunteer with Intown Collaborative Ministries Food Pantry - August 2016

Volunteer for the USO!

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport USO 

May-December 2017

Various shifts available!

Hello Fellow PHS Officers,

 The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is hosting the Atlanta Airport USO.  We hope you will consider volunteering some of your time to be a part of this special and fun annual event. We are in need of a total of 20 volunteers-5 volunteers per shift (1 lead and 4 additional volunteers).
 If you are interested in volunteering for the USO please:

  • Send an email to LCDR Katrina Sloan at, with cc to CAPT Star Mazzariello at
  • Include your name, PHS number,  rank, cell phone number, and preferred shift (options shown below).

 Shift 1: 1200 - 1500

Shift 2: 1500 - 1800

Shift 3: 1800 - 2100

Shift 4: 2100 - 0000 (midnight)


Thank you in advance for your participation in this event!


United Service Organizations (USO)


The United Service Organizations (USO) is chartered by Congress as a nonprofit, charitable corporation.  It is not a part of the U.S. Government. The USO is endorsed by the President of the United States and the Department of Defense.  Each President has been the Honorary Chairman of the USO since its inception.


The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel.  The original intent of Congress—and enduring style of USO delivery—is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military.  Thus, although some USO programs/services are similar to those provided by other agencies, the hallmark of the USO has been and will continue to be HOW--as much as WHAT--services are provided.


Volunteers needed for ACOA service at

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport USO





The USO’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of the United States Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide, and to create a cooperative relationship between United Military communities and those involved or supporting civilian communities. Their flagship operation is the Jean Amos Center at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ( This USO Center, because of its strategic location in the world’s busiest airport, assists thousands of service men and women and their families every year.


The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is seeking volunteers to support the monthly hospitality service at the Atlanta USO.  We staff the USO every 3rd Saturday of each month in two shifts. Shift 1 is from 1000 to 1230 and Shift 2 is from 1230 to 1500. Please note these are slightly new shifts. Commissioned Corps officers are needed to volunteer during the following days/times:


Officers are expected to serve in uniform.  The preferred uniform is service khakis.  Family members are not normally allowed to participate in the event, since USO volunteers are expected to be over 18 years of age.  Officers may bring food, groceries, games, movies, and magazines to donate to the USO of their own accord.  All officers are welcome. However, first preference for volunteering will be given to ACOA members. This is one of ACOA’s most visible activities. It is also a wonderful and rewarding service opportunity.


The USO team will send out three separate calls for volunteers each year.  One for January-June events, one for July-November events, and one for the December holiday party.


Thank you for your support!


Call for Volunteers for the Veterans Empowerment Organization Bedding/Linen Drive Collection 

August 21 - September 9, 2017

You are invited to help support homeless Veterans in the Atlanta metro area. The Veterans Empowerment Organization ( empowers the lives of military veterans through comprehensive social reintegration programs. This event will assist in the collection of new and gently used professional clothing (suits, dress shirts, shoes and socks) needed for Veteran residents (mostly males).

Please join the JOAG Public Health and Community Service Committee, Uniformed Services Community Service Subcommittee, and Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association to honor and support these service members who served in our military and made sacrifices for our freedoms and way of life. This activity also supports the National Prevention Strategy priority to improve mental and emotional well-being and will enhance visibility of USPHS in the community. We are seeking both volunteers to assist with this event.

Volunteers: PHS officers, civilian co-workers, family, and friends to serve as donors/volunteers. Volunteers will serve as points of contact during the donation period to assist with collecting items, inventorying items, and educating the public about VEO and veteran social reintegration programs. Volunteers will be provided an overview of collection procedures, timeline, and education materials during a one-time meeting the week of August 21st (exact date TBD). Volunteers are also tasked with bringing all collected professional clothing to the central collection point (Target parking lot) on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.


Uniform of the Day (Drop-Off Event): PHS t-shirt and loose fitting pants or jeans with no rips, holes or tears. Shorts or skirts at the knee are also permitted. Family and friends may wear similar, appropriate clothing.

There is no limit to the number of officers who may support this event. All officers are welcome to volunteer. No special skills are required and there is no associated cost to participate.

Those interested in serving as a Volunteer should contact LT Shayne Gallaway,, NLT August 18th, 2017. Please include your Name, Rank, and Employee ID. Those serving as a Volunteer will receive a certificate of appreciation.

If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please contact:

LT Shayne Gallaway,, (404) 477-7010

LT Nakia Clemmons,, (870) 413-1155

If you would like to volunteer to collect donations but are unable to make it to the central collection point on September 9th, please contact LT Shayne Gallaway ( and LT Nakia Clemmons ( to make arrangements.

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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USO Ribbon Cutting and Unveiling of the newly–renovated USO Center

The USO located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport celebrated the Ribbon Cutting of their newly renovated facility on July 14, 2015. This USO is the world’s busiest and most efficient airport. It has spent 38 years assisting troops being deployed, new recruits on their way to basic training and military families transferring all over the world. It is a place where the troops and their love ones are treated warmly are welcomed, respected and appreciated.

Mayor Kasim Reed, Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials, and USO dignitaries re-dedicated the newly-renovated USO Center. Mayor Kasim Reed of the City of Atlanta was the Special Guest speaker at the newly renovated USO facility to honor military service member and their family. A year ago the mayor vowed to create the facility for members of the U.S. Armed Forces that would emulate airline clubs located throughout the airport. The facility was upgraded to include a food and beverage hospitality suite a Skype-only dedicated computer for video conferencing, ample electrical outlets and beautiful modern furniture.

Present during the ribbon cutting ceremony was PHS officer,  LCDR Tamara Henderson, LCDR Tomika Bivins, LT Rachel Cook and myself, CAPT Stardust Mazzariello. We took a tour of the renovate facility and I must say it is simply beautiful.

The USPHS officers volunteer on the third Saturday of every month at the Atlanta Hartsfield- Jackson USO.  On Saturdays the PHS Officer’s cover two shifts, the first shift is from 9:00 am to 12 noon and the second shift from 12 noon to 3:00 pm.   We also have a Special Holiday Event in December that we host for the troops which we truly enjoy.

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