Dear ACOA Membership,
We certainly have started out our ACOA 2017-2018 year with a jolt of activity! During our first month of operation as a new Executive Committee, ACOA hosted its first Officer Appreciation Picnic. The picnic was coordinated by CDR Anita Pullani, one of our many member-volunteers who work tirelessly to support ACOA events. We had an outstanding turnout of over 60 officers and their family members at Glenlake Park in Decatur. We hope to add this to our annual calen-dar as a fun way to get to know one another outside the office and to encourage participation in ACOA.
Preparation for our next big event is also well under way! The annual Anchor and Caduceus Dinner, to be held on Saturday, January 27th, is organized by our Events Planning Committee, which is supported by numerous member-volunteers. We look forward to sharing laughs and toasts with our Master of Ceremonies, RADM Michael Iademarco, and we’re excited about hearing words of inspiration from our keynote speaker, RADM Wanda Barfield. Get a sneak-peek at Anchor and Caduceus details from the advertisement on page 20!
I’d like to welcome our new 2017-2018 Executive Committee members. Some names you will remember (thank you for your continued service!) and some are fresh additions. The full listing of Executive Committee members can be found on page 4. I’d also like to take the opportunity to recognize the long-serving member-volunteers that support our uniform and pride merchandise stores:
Women’s uniform store leads – CDR Anne Purfield (2015-2016 ACOA President) and LCDR Elizabeth Irvin-Barnwell (2016-2017 ACOA Events Planning Co-chair)
Men’s uniform store leads – LCDR Andrew Geller (2016-2018) and LCDR Paul Smith (2016-2018)
Pride merchandise store leads – CAPT Bruce Tierney (2007 ACOA President; 11 total years served) and LT Shayne Gallaway (2016-2018)
I look forward to working with each of our Executive Committee members and their committees to support the profes-sional development and esprit-de-corps of officers in the Atlanta area! Finally, I look forward to meeting YOU. ACOA thrives due to the spirit of volunteerism and service of its membership. Throughout the year, ACOA activities support professional growth, leadership, and networking opportunities for officers. Currently, we have a number of members who are deployed to help people affected by the recent hurricanes in the southern US, Puerto Rico, and the USVI. These men and women exemplify the true spirit of service, and we honor their efforts to protect, promote, and ad-vance the health and safety of our Nation. Let’s make it a year of continued action in service to our country and to ACOA!
LCDR Erika C. Odom