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      LCDR Meredith Pyle
LT Angela Coulliette-Salmond

ACOA Membership Co-Chairs


The mission of the Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is to offer opportunities to Atlanta-area officers to give back locally to the community, enjoy camaraderie and build esprit de corps. The Atlanta Branch is the largest COA branch in the state of Georgia and was named Branch of the Year in 1994, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2012!


Every year ACOA sponsors several events that provide members a variety of professional development, community service, and networking activities, as well as great discounts on merchandise and uniforms. 

  • Discounted PHS Pride Merchandise
  • Used Uniform Store
  • Atlanta-area Officers’ Promotion Ceremony
  • Anchor & Caduceus Dinner
  • Community Service Events (e.g. USO, Habitat for Humanity)
  • Professional Development Lunch & Learns on topics such as readiness, uniforms, & promotions.
  • APFT events
  • Quarterly publication of our newsletter, The Signal 

    And we can't do any of it without the help of our members!


    An officer must be a member of our parent organization the Commissioned Officers Association (COA). To become a member, officers must complete the COA membership application available on the COA membership page. When prompted, insert “Atlanta” as the name of the local branch you wish to join.  Annual dues for national COA are $105 for temporary 0-3 and below and $170 for temporary 0-4 and above; ACOA dues are $15 per year, regardless of rank.  The membership year starts July 1 and ends June 30.  National COA processes national and local dues.

    To join COA or to renew your membership, click here.

    If you have questions about ACOA or about how to become a member, please contact Co-Chairs of the ACOA Membership Committee, LCDR Meredith Pyle or LT Angela Coulliette-Salmond.

    ACOA Officer Testimonials

    What our members have to say about ACOA.

    Please click here to share your experience with ACOA!

    “ACOA has provided me a wealth of opportunities over the past decade, both professionally and personally, through professional development opportunities, community service activities and social events with fellow officers that I might not otherwise have had a chance to meet. Also, because of my belief in the importance and value that COA plays for all Commissioned Officers I decided to become a Life Member of the Association.”  CAPT Bruce Tierney (CDC/ATSDR)
    “As an ACOA member, I have benefitted from and enjoyed many ACOA services and activities, including: the formal officer portraits, opportunities for community service, informative professional development “lunch-and-learns,” the uniform store, and the Anchor and Caduceus Dinner. The annual dues are only $15; few organizations provide so many great services for such a small membership fee! If you are not already a member, please consider joining!”  CDR Danice Eaton (CDC)
    “Being a remote officer I am fortunate to have such a great COA branch within a relatively short drive. ACOA is not my first COA affiliate, but in my experience the branch has a lot to offer compared with similar or larger branches. I have been most impressed with the opportunities provided or coordinated by ACOA for volunteer inter-service events. ”  LT Brandon Heitmeier (FDA/Chatanooga Resident Post)


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    This page last reviewed September 10, 2019.

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