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**Volunteers Needed**

ACOA Men's Uniform Store 

Come Join Us! The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) is looking for 3-4 Officers to join the Men's Uniform Store team. 

Volunteers will assist with the following:

·     Plan, set-up, and operate quarterly pop-up sale events

·     Keep/store uniforms and insignia between pop-up events

·     Keep updated uniform inventories and sales records 

·     Assist with managing the ACOA Uniform Store email account

Interested? Please contact the Men's Uniform Store (

What is the ACOA Uniform Store? The ACOA Uniform Store allows PHS Officers to obtain uniform and rank items at reduced rates. The Uniform Store sells items at 50% off Navy NEX prices. There is no actual storefront for the ACOA Uniform Store. ACOA hosts uniform pop-up sales at least once a quarter in the Atlanta area. 

St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Atlanta is in need of volunteers to assist in their food program to feed the hungry. Each Saturday, St. Francis may feed as many as 500 people.

Volunteers should expect a variety of job assignments in preparation of a buffet-style setup in the dining hall. The food is either donated by or purchased from the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please remember those who may be homeless and looking for their next meal or place of shelter. Your time & talent is much appreciated!

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019

WHERE: St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW Atlanta, Georgia 30303

SHIFT: 0700 to 1200 (15 volunteers needed)

Volunteer Guidelines: Volunteers may bring children who are at least 12 years of age, but children must be supervised at all times. Family members will be accommodated, if possible.

Appropriate Attire: Please dress appropriately for kitchen and dining hall work (closed-toe shoes only). A PHS t-shirt and jeans are appropriate. St. Francis will provide protective gloves for food handling.

Parking: The closest parking is the Underground Atlanta Parking deck at the corner of MLK and Central Avenue. Parking is approximately $11.00 to $15.00 per car. Unfortunately, the Shrine is unable to validate for parking on Saturdays.There is very limited free parking by the Shrine. The Five Points Marta station is approximately 0.3 miles from St. Francis Table.

For more information about St. Francis Table:

Please email CDR Johanna Gilstrap ( and CDR Kanta Sircar ( by October 15 to sign up or to for more information. A reminder announcement will be sent prior to the event. 

Please include your name, rank, PHS#, email, and phone number in your email.

Preference will be given to current ACOA members.

ACOA members will receive a letter of appreciation at the end of the year which can be included in your eOPF.

ACOA Professional Development Committee is Seeking Senior Officers to Serve as

Speed Mentors 

Tuesday, November 19th from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

CDC Corporate Square

8 Corporate Blvd NE – Building 8, Atlanta, GA 30329

Conference Room 3B (3rd Floor)

ACOA is recruiting senior officers (O-5 and above) to serve as speed mentors to junior officers. ACOA will host a speed mentoring session in which senior officers will provide guidance on junior officers’ CVs and will answer questions related to career progression, promotions, awards, and any other PHS-related questions that arise. Mentors will be asked to spend several minutes with each junior officer and mentors who are ACOA members will receive a Letter of Appreciation from ACOA at the end of the ACOA operational year. Lunch will be provided. 

If you are willing to serve as a speed mentor, please contact CDR Lori Hall and LCDR Rachael Cook at by November 5th.

Volunteer at the USO!

 Join us in this rewarding service opportunity! 

The United Service Organization’s (USO) mission is to enhance the quality of life of United States Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide. Their flagship operation is the Jean Amos Center at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta USO is located in the world’s busiest airport and assists thousands of servicemen and women, and their families, every year.


Shift: We staff the USO every 3rd Saturday of each month in two shifts. Each shift is staffed with 3-4 officers. Shift 1 is from 0900 to 1200 and Shift 2 is from 1200 to 1500. 

Attire: Service khakis or ODU.

Guidelines: Family members over the age of 18 are allowed to participate in this event. The USO does not allow volunteers under age 18. Officers are encouraged to bring food or water to donate to the USO on their own accord; however, this is not a requirement for participation. A list of recommended donations is provided before each volunteer date.

Please provide the information below to CDR Terrance Jones (tcj9@cdc.govand CAPT Stardust Mazzariello ( if you are interested in volunteering:

  • Name & Rank

  • Employee ID

  • Agency

  • Telephone #

  • Preferred date and shift

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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