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Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:22:12 EST

Carmona Award Deadline Extended!

DEADLINE EXTENDED _Friday December 12, 2014

 

 

JOAG VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award

 

2015 Call for Award Nominations

 

Nomination Deadline: Friday, December 12, 2014

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is requesting nominations for the VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration award to be presented at the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from May 18-21, 2015.

The JOAG VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award recognizes an active duty or retired senior officer at the rank of O-5 or above in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who exemplifies outstanding leadership by example, mentorship and empowerment of junior officers, unwavering support of the Commissioned Corps and its mission, and overall inspiration and motivation to the PHS community. Nominations are only accepted from junior officers (at the rank of O-4 or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps).

If you know any outstanding senior officers deserving the recognition of these awards, please see the JOAG Awards page for details here: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/awards.aspx. You can also contact JOAG Awards Committee Co-Chair LCDR Chinyelum Olele (Chinyelum.Olele@fda.hhs.gov) or the JOAG Award Lead listed below for nomination details. Nominations are due to the appropriate JOAG Award Lead listed below no later than COB on December 12, 2014.

Send nominations or questions for the VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award to:

LCDR Sara Azimi-Bolourian

Email: sara.azimi-bolourian@samhsa.hhs.gov; Phone: 240-276-2708

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:00:34 EST

Journeyman Speaker Series Seminar 14 NOV 2014 at 1300 EST

Fellow Junior Officers,

 

Please join us Friday, 14 November 2014 at 1300 EST for a Journeyman Speaker Series Seminar!

 

LT Megan Hayden and Ms. Michelle Brazil from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to speak about "Improving Health Care Through the Rulemaking Process".

 

Slides for the presentation are attached.  Please send any questions you have for LT Megan Hayden and Ms. Michelle Brazil to JSS Co-Chair LCDR Ashley Burns at Ashley.Burns@fda.hhs.gov.

 

Please note the new call in number below:

                Call in: 1-860-970-0300

                Passcode: 6904646

 

Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply

 

Notes about the conference line:

                * Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.

                * Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!

                * Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

 

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 

If interested in receiving an audio-recording the above Journeyman Speaker Series, please contact LCDR Patel at Hiren.Patel@fda.hhs.gov.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:02:28 EST

JOAG call for Carmona Award nominations

JOAG VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award

 

2015 Call for Award Nominations

 

Nomination Deadline: November 21, 2014

 

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is requesting nominations for the VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration award to be presented at the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from May 18-21, 2015.

 

The JOAG VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award recognizes an active duty or retired senior officer at the rank of O-5 or above in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who exemplifies outstanding leadership by example, mentorship and empowerment of junior officers, unwavering support of the Commissioned Corps and its mission, and overall inspiration and motivation to the PHS community.  Nominations are only accepted from junior officers (at the rank of O-4 or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps).

If you know any outstanding senior officers deserving the recognition of these awards, please see the JOAG Awards page for details here: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/awards.aspx. You can also contact JOAG Awards Committee Co-Chair LCDR Chinyelum Olele (Chinyelum.Olele@fda.hhs.gov) or the JOAG Award Lead listed below for nomination details. Nominations are due to the appropriate JOAG Award Lead listed below no later than COB on November 21, 2014. 

Send nominations or questions for the VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award to:

LCDR Sara Azimi-Bolourian

Email: sara.azimi-bolourian@samhsa.hhs.gov; Phone: 240-276-2708

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:54:34 EST

JOAG Journal - Volume 27 - Summer Edition

Dear Junior Officers,

The Communications and Publications Committee is pleased to present “The JOAG Journal” for Summer 2014.  We hope you enjoy the new format.  Your feedback is welcomed as always. If you have a suggestion to improve the Journal please Email us at joagcpcsubmissions@fda.hhs.gov.   

 

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:15:12 EST

JOAG Journeyman Series: PHS Deployments for the Unaccompanied Children Response

Fellow JOs:

 

Please join us Friday, 15 August 2014 at 1300 EST for a special JSS! We are honored to have, LCDR Elizabeth Lybarger, from OASH/DCCPR, to speak about PHS Deployments for the Unaccompanied Children Response at the U.S./Mexican Border.  Slides for the presentation will be sent for your viewing.

 

Please send any questions you have for LCDR Lybarger to JSS Co-Chair LCDR Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov).

 

                Call in: 1-213-342-3000

 

                Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply

 

                Participant Access Code: 6904646

 

Notes about the conference line:

 

                * Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.

                * Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!

                * Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

 

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx  

 

NEXT OPPORTUNITY: September JSS: 12 September 2014 at 1300 - 1400 EST Speakers: CDRs David Lau, Malaysia Gresham, LTs Cody Thornton, Angelica Chica Topic: USPHS and AMSUS (The Association of Military Surgeons of the United States)

 

Please forward any questions to LCDR Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov).

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:44:40 EST

With Pride and Distinction Vol. 10

The JOAG Communications and Publications, Uniform Subcommittee is pleased to present the tenth volume of the uniform announcement entitled, “With Pride and Distinction”. 

 

The uniform announcement was created to compliment the JOAG Journal “Uniform Corner” article.  It is our hope that these resources will educate and assist junior officers on the appropriate wear of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform. 

 

Officers will be able to view these resources on the JOAG website, Junior Officer Resources section, under “With Pride and Distinction”  http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/resources_withpride.aspx .

 

Do you have a uniform question or an issue you’d like addressed?  Email the Uniform Subcommittee to have your questions answered in an upcoming edition.  Emails can be sent to LT Chitra Mahadevan at Chitra.mahadevan@fda.hhs.gov or LT Katie Burbage at Katie.burbage@tananachiefs.org

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:38:12 EST

JOAG Journeyman Series: The Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board

Fellow JOs:

 

Please join us 11 July 2014 at 1300 EST! We are honored to have, RADM Sarah Linde, Chief Public Health Officer for HRSA and Chair of the Commissioned Officers Women's Issues Advisory Board, to speak about The Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB) and how the CCWIAB relates to and impacts junior officers.  Slides for the presentation will be sent for your viewing.

 

Please send any questions you have for RADM Linde to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov).

 

Call in: 1-213-342-3000

 

Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply

 

Participant Access Code: 6904646

 

Notes about the conference line:

 

* Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.

 

* Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!

 

* Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

 

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx <http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 

Please forward any questions to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov).

Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:01:09 EST

June 2014 Get Fit Stay Fit

Check out the new Get Fit-Stay Fit article "Stand Up for Your Health!" from the Public Health and Community Service committee.

Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:26:46 EST

JOAG Journeyman Series: The Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board

 

JOAG Journeyman Series: The Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board; Friday, 11 July 2014; 1300EDT

 

Title: The Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board

Speaker: RADM Sarah Linde, Chair, Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board  (CCWIAB)

               

Fellow JOs:

 

Please join us FRIDAY, 11 July 2014 at 1300 EDT for a presentation by RADM Sarah Linde on the Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB) and how it affects and relates to junior officers.  Slides for the presentation will be distributed via the listserv when they become available.

 

Please send any questions you have for RADM Linde to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov) by COB 8 July 2014.

 

Call in: 1-213-342-3000

Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply Participant Access Code: 6904646

 

Notes about the conference line:

* Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.

* Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!

* Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

 

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 

Please forward any questions to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov) or LCDR Avena Russell (Avena.Russell@fda.hhs.gov).

Fri, 30 May 2014 09:56:07 EST

JOAG Awards Announced

Fellow Junior Officers,

 

Please join me in congratulating the 2014 JOAG Award winners.  Each of these officers has demonstrated leadership, enthusiasm, and dedication to advancing the mission of the Corps and JOAG.

 

The selections are the result of a 4 month nomination, rating, and selection process by which the candidates’ nominations are carefully scrutinized and evaluated using a rather robust scoring rubric.  It is truly a testament to these officers and their nominators to be final selectees.   A big thank you to all the nominators this year.  There were many outstanding nominations and the selection process was not easy.

 

The selectee names and a description of each award can be found below.

 

JOAG VADM RICHARD H. CARMONA INSPIRATION AWARD: CAPT Diann Shaffer

During his tenure as Surgeon General, VADM Richard H. Carmona exemplified qualities that junior officers throughout the Commissioned Corps admire.  These qualities include outstanding mentorship and empowerment of junior officers, unwavering support of the Commissioned Corps and its mission, overall inspiration, leadership, and motivation to the PHS community.  Nominations for this award are submitted by junior officers to recognize a senior officer in or retired from the Commissioned Corps who strives to exhibit the qualities above ascribed to VADM Carmona.  The recipient demonstrates the following:

 

 

 

JOAG Junior Officer of the Year (JOY) Award: LCDR Martin Casey

This award recognizes an active duty junior officer at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (O-4) or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who has made a significant contribution to the overall mission of the U.S. Public Health Service.  The recipient demonstrates the following:

 

 

 

Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) Excellence Award: LCDR Jessica Cole
The JOAG Excellence Award recognizes a non-voting junior officer at the rank Lieutenant Commander (O-4) or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps, who is an active participant of JOAG, for demonstrating outstanding, dedicated effort, leadership ability, and commitment to JOAG through active committee or workgroup participation.  The recipient demonstrates the following:

 

 

Awards will be formally presented at the Anchor and Caduceus dinner at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium. 

 

Congratulations recipients!

 

V/r,

 

LCDR Jessica L. Otto MPH, REHS, HHS

Chair-Elect, JOAG

Chair, Policy & Procedure Committee, JOAG

EHOPAC Liaison, JOAG

 

phone 301-443-8620

fax: 301-443-7538

email Jessica.Otto@ihs.gov  

Tue, 27 May 2014 13:31:43 EST

2015 Benchmarks available

Fellow Junior Officers,

 

The benchmarks for the 2015 promotion cycle have been posted to the CCMIS website: http://dcp.psc.gov/ccmis/promotions/PY2015.aspx

 

Category benchmarks have been developed by each of the categories to assist officers with career progression. These are guidelines that can be used to assist in career guidance and planning. These are not requirements, but are intended as recommendations only. The Promotion Board members use the benchmarks to assist in determining which officers are “best qualified” for promotion. These benchmarks assist the board members in scoring each officer during promotion review.

Questions on benchmarks should be directed to the Chief Professional Officers  and Professional Advisory Committee Chairs.

Tue, 27 May 2014 13:30:49 EST

Upcoming webinar from BCOAG

Next to home ownership, student loans are the largest debt that most people carry with them for over a number of years. Recognizing this fact, we have an exciting opportunity for you to share with fellow officers.

 

In an effort to answer the call to our Commander in Chief, the Retention Team for the Black Corps Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG), has organized an interactive webinar in conjunction with the Department of Education Federal Student Aid to discuss the various student loan forgiveness programs.

 

We ask that you distribute the attached flyer and encourage fellow officers to register to participate in this highly beneficial event on June 3rd. Due to the high interest in the topic, it is best that officer’s register as soon as possible.

 

Should you have any questions regarding this event, please feel free to contact Retention Team Lead LCDR LaMar Henderson {LHenderson@HRSA.Gov} at (301)443-8945.

Tue, 20 May 2014 08:41:12 EST

JOAG Journeyman Series: June 6, 1300 EST, “BCOAG 2014: New Orleans Mission (NOLA) Past, Present and Future: How Junior Officers Can Get Involved”

 

Fellow JOs:

 

Please join us for a special JOAG Journeyman Series Webinar,  FRIDAY, 6 June 2014 at 1300 EST! We are honored to have, CAPT Postelle Birch-Smith, PharmD and LT Yandace K. Brown, DVM, MPH, as they discuss a timely and important professional development topic: “BCOAG 2014: New Orleans Mission (NOLA) Past, Present and Future: How Junior Officers Can Get Involved”.   The webinar will discuss the history of the NOLA, what they are presently planning for the October 2014 Mission as well as other future missions and How Junior Officers can get involved.  Slides for the presentation will be available during the webinar for your viewing.

 

Please send any questions you have for  CAPT Birch-Smith and LT Brown to LCDR Avena Russell (avena.russell@fda.hhs.gov).

 

To access meeting content please use the following below:

Meeting Login URL: https://collaboration.fda.gov/bcoagnolamission/

You must login as a guest in order to access the meeting content

Call in: 1-213-342-3000

Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply

Participant Access Code: 6904646#

 

Notes about the conference line and Login URL:

* You must login as a guest in order to access the meeting content

* Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.

* Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!

* Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

 

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 

Please forward any questions to LCDR Avena Russell (Avena.Russell@fda.hhs.gov) or LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov).

 

 

To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change your email address for this listserv visit https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=JOAG&A=1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fri, 16 May 2014 09:47:41 EST

Volunteer for JOAG Booths

Hello Fellow Junior Officers,

 

The 2014 Symposium in Raleigh, NC is right around the corner.  If you plan on attending the symposium and want a great way to meet other officers while helping out JOAG, then consider volunteering to staff either the JOAG Booth or the JOAG Uniform Inspection Booth. 

 

All volunteers will receive a Thank You Letter for contributing their time.

 

To sign up to volunteer, please click on the links below:

 

JOAG Booth http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B48ADAB2AA1FB6-merchandise

JOAG Uniform Inspection Booth http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B48ADAB2AA1FB6-uniform1

 

For more details about volunteering at the JOAG Booth, please contact LCDR Judith Eisenberg at jne7@cdc.gov or LCDR Erica Sison at ilz7@cdc.gov

 

For more details about volunteering at the JOAG Uniform Inspection Booth, please contact LCDR Rachel Idowu at rbi0@cdc.gov or LCDR Jennifer Tate at Jennifer.Tate@ihs.gov

 

If you have problems accessing either one of the sign up links above, please contact LCDR Tricia Booker at tricia_booker@yahoo.com

Fri, 16 May 2014 09:04:30 EST

JOAG Professional Development Group Bookshelf

The JOAG Professional Development Group ‘Bookshelf’ on Goodreads is currently active and open to the public! This is intended to be a professional development tool for U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers, maintained by the JOAG Professional Development Committee. Joining the group is simple, just navigate to the JOAG Professional Development Group <https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/119893-joag-professional-development>  on Goodreads, sign-up and read!

Thu, 08 May 2014 09:59:35 EST

Spring 2014 JOAG Journal Issue

The JOAG Communications & Publications Committee (CPC) is pleased to present the Spring 2014 issue of the JOAG Journal.                                                                                                                                                                            

 

Respectfully,

LCDR Gene R. Gunn, Jr.

LT Daveta Bailey

Co-Chairs of the Communications and Publications Committee

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:44:22 EST

JOAG Journeyman Speaker Series

Fellow JOs:

 

Please join us FRIDAY, 11 July 2014 at 1300 EDT for a presentation by RADM Sarah Linde on the Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB) and how it affects and relates to junior officers.  Slides for the presentation will be distributed via the listserv when they become available.

 

Please send any questions you have for RADM Linde to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov) by COB 8 July 2014.

 

Call in: 1-213-342-3000

Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply Participant Access Code: 6904646

 

Notes about the conference line:

* Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.

* Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!

* Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

 

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 

Please forward any questions to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov) or LCDR Avena Russell (Avena.Russell@fda.hhs.gov)

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:39:29 EST

JOAG Scrapbook: Call for Submissions

Telling Our Story - Junior Officers WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! 

 

The JOAG Communications and Publications Committee (CPC) Outreach Subcommittee is developing the first ever JOAG Scrapbook. The scrapbook will be used to showcase the impact and diversity of roles, missions and activities of junior officers.

 

In order to tell our stories, we need your help! We are seeking photos and stories from junior officers that highlight your work, deployment experiences or other PHS activities in which you have been involved. 

 

In order for the first JOAG Scrapbook to be a success, we really need your enthusiasm and submissions. So, please send us entries for the Scrapbook!

 

To submit photos and stories, use the JOAG Scrapbook Project form at https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=DuWicP9yvoK116z2%2AmoTsg and submit it along with the photo release policy form. You may start  and save the JOAG Scrapbook Project form for up to 7 days before completing. Any information entered into the form that is not completed, and submitted, within 7 days will be lost. 

You can submit up to three (3) photos per submission, and only one (1) submission/entry per officer.

 

Criteria for submissions:

1.       Photo size must be at least 4 x 6 inches at 300 dpi (.jpeg or .gif only).

2.       Officers in the photo must be wearing the prescribed uniform properly.

3.       Consent must be obtained from all individuals in photos submitted. 

 

A signed photo release policy form MUST be included with your submissionhttp://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/joag/documents/CPC_photo_release_policy.pdf (2MB)

 

Please submit your completed JOAG Scrapbook Submission form with your photos and the signed photo release policy attached by COB Friday, April 18.

 

If you have any questions, please contact LCDR LaJeana Howie at lih7@cdc.gov.

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:34:23 EST

With Pride and Distinction Vol. 9

Dear Junior Officers,

 

The JOAG Communications and Publications, Uniform Subcommittee is pleased to present the ninth volume of the uniform announcement entitled, “With Pride and Distinction”. 

 

The uniform announcement was created to compliment the JOAG Journal “Uniform Corner” article.  It is our hope that these resources will educate and assist junior officers on the appropriate wear of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform.  To make this information more accessible to junior officers, in the near future. 

 

Officers will be able to view these resources on the JOAG website, Junior Officer Resources section, under “With Pride and Distinction”  http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/resources_withpride.aspx .

 

Do you have a uniform question or an issue you’d like addressed?  Email the Uniform Subcommittee to have your questions answered in an upcoming edition.  Emails can be sent to LT Chitra Mahadevan at Chitra.mahadevan@fda.hhs.gov or LT Katie Burbage at Katie.burbage@tananachiefs.org

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:17:50 EST

JOAG - Call for Nominations for Voting Members

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) requests nominations for nine (9) open positions for voting membership for the 2014-2016 term. 

JOAG is the voice for junior officers in the Commissioned Corps, and is responsible for advising the Surgeon General on matters that affect junior officers. Voting members serve as the leadership of this organization. Each category is represented by one voting member with an additional nine at-large members for a total of 20 voting members. Approximately nine to ten positions are available each year. The JOAG Executive Committee is elected from within the voting membership. Current voting members select incoming voting members based upon published criteria. The voting membership term is two years and begins on October 1st.

If you know a motivated and dedicated junior officer, please encourage them to self-nominate for the following open positions:

Engineer Liaison

Environmental Health Officer Liaison

Health Services Officer Liaison

Nurse Liaison

Therapist Liaison

At-Large Member (4 openings) 

Requirements: You must be an active duty junior officer (T-O4 and below) and you must not be eligible to pin-on T-O5 (Commander) prior to July 1, 2016.

For questions or to submit nominations for voting membership, contact LCDR Robert Kosko, Co-Chair, Membership Committee, at Robert.Kosko@fda.hhs.gov. Nominations are due no later than close of business, Friday, March 7, 2014

Additional information and related documents can be found here.

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:25:15 EST

JOAG Journeyman Series: Workplace Stress Management Jan. 14, 1300EST

Fellow JOs:

Please join us FRIDAY, 10 January 2014 at 1300 EST! We are honored to have CDR Jonathan White, Deputy Director Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Administration for Children and Families, speak on a timely and important professional development topic: "Workplace Stress Management". Slides for the presentation will be distributed via the listserv when they become available.

 

Please send any questions you have for CDR White to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov) by COB 7 January 2014.

 

Call in: 1-213-342-3000
Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply
Participant Access Code: 6904646

Notes about the conference line:
* Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.
* Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not do so, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!
* Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

About the Journeyman Series: The Journeyman Series is a speaker series developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 

Please forward any questions to LT Cara Halldin (challdin@cdc.gov) or LCDR Avena Russell (Avena.Russell@fda.hhs.gov). 

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 07:19:03 EST

JOAG Call for Awards Nominations 2014

JOAG Excellence Award

JOAG Junior Officer of the Year Award

JOAG VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award

 

2014 Call for Award Nominations 

Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014

 

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is requesting nominations for three awards to be presented at the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium to be held in Raleigh, NC, from June 10-12, 2014. 

The JOAG Excellence Award recognizes a non-voting junior officer at the rank of O-4 or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps, who is an active participant of JOAG, for demonstrating outstanding, dedicated effort, leadership ability, and commitment to JOAG through active committee or workgroup participation.  Self-nominations welcome. 

The JOAG Junior Officer of the Year Award recognizes an active duty junior officer at the rank of O-4 or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who has made a significant contribution to the overall mission of the U.S. Public Health Service.  Self-nominations welcome. 

The JOAG VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award recognizes an active duty or retired senior officer at the rank of O-5 or above in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who exemplifies outstanding leadership by example, mentorship and empowerment of junior officers, unwavering support of the Commissioned Corps and its mission, and overall inspiration and motivation to the PHS community.  Nominations only accepted from junior officers (at the rank of O-4 or below in the USPHS Commissioned Corps).

If you know any outstanding officers deserving the recognition of these awards, please see the JOAG Awards website at http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/joag/index_files/Awards.htm or the attached documents for details.  You can also contact one of the JOAG Awards Committee Co-Chairs, LCDR Nichols Erin at igd1@cdc.gov or LCDR Adora Ndu at adora.ndu@fda.hhs.gov, or one of the JOAG Award Leads listed below for nomination details. Nominations are due to the appropriate JOAG Award Lead listed below no later than COB on February 14, 2014.

 

Send nominations or questions for the JOAG Excellence Award to:

LT Hong Vu

Email: hong.vu@fda.hhs.gov; Phone:  301-796-7401

 

Send nominations or questions for the Junior Officer of the Year Award to:

LCDR Timothy Albright

Email:  timothy.albright@fda.hhs.gov; Phone:  240-402-1413

 

Send nominations or questions for the VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award to:

LT Sara Azimi-Bolourian

Email:  sara.azimi-bolourian@samhsa.hhs.gov; Phone:  240-276-2708

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:37:35 EST

Fall 2013 JOAG Journal

Dear Junior Officers,

 

The JOAG Communications & Publications Committee (CPC) is pleased to present the Fall 2013 issue of the JOAG Journal.

 

Respectfully,

LCDR Gene Gunn, Co-Chair

LT Daveta Bailey, Co-Chair

JOAG Communications & Publications Committee

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:19:42 EST

JOAG OHWPS Announces Let's Move! Program

The First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, has challenged Americans to promote physical fitness and good nutrition habits in our youth.  As officers in the U.S. Public Health Service, it is important that we serve as leaders in our communities to respond to this challenge.  The OHWPS would like to announce a very exciting opportunity for JOAG officers across the country to participate in the national Let’s Move! campaign.  On behalf of JOAG, the OHWPS has created a Let’s Move! volunteer program, which offers JOAG members the chance to  lead projects that promote the ideals of Let’s Move! in their very own hometowns. 

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 10:55:02 EST

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Nominations: JOAG Senior Advisor 2013-2016

Call for Nominations: JOAG Senior Advisor 2013-2016

  

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) requests nominations for a

JOAG Senior Advisor for the 2013-2016 term. 

 

JOAG is the voice for junior officers in the Commissioned Corps and is responsible for advising the Office of the Surgeon General on matters that affect junior officers. Per Article III, Section 9 of the JOAG Bylaws, the JOAG Senior Advisor is an Ex-Officio member that must demonstrate willingness and the ability to serve along with providing guidance, as needed, to best address the interests of the JOAG.  The JOAG Senior Advisor must be able to serve a 3 year term coinciding with the JOAG voting member terms (01 October, 2013 – 30 September, 2016).

 

 

Objectives/Functions

The JOAG Senior Advisor will serve as a resource, advisor, and liaison to assist in the development and coordination of activities related to junior officers in the Commissioned Corps. The Senior Advisor is expected to be a consultant to the JOAG, advising on JOAG-related issues, concerns, policies, and procedures. The Senior Advisor may advocate for, but does not officially represent, the JOAG.

 

 

Requirements

The Senior Advisor serves as a liaison between the JOAG and the OSG, speaking and advocating on behalf of the JOAG. The Senior Advisor must be an officer ranked T-O6 or above, meet basic readiness standards, and have supervisory approval. The officer may be from any agency/OPDIV.

 

 

Nominations

E-mail complete nomination package to LT Tracy Tilghman at tracy.tilghman@fda.hhs.gov. Nominations are due no later than close of business, Monday, November 4, 2013.

 

For questions, please contact LT Tracy Tilghman, 2012-2013 JOAG Chair(Ex-Officio) at tracy.tilghman@fda.hhs.gov or LCDR Racquel Williams, 2013-2014 JOAG Chair at iic3@cdc.gov.

Tue, 17 Sep 2013 11:15:26 EST

PHS ODU slides

Junior officers,

 Please view this informative powerpoint presentation, which contains ODU standards and wear.  A special thanks to CAPT Bruce Tierney for creating the presentation on behalf of the ACOA.

 V/R,

Tracy Tilghman, MPH
LT, U.S. Public Health Service
Chair, Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG)
tracy.tilghman@fda.hhs.gov  

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:59:43 EST

Get Fit-Stay Fit -- Popular Races

New Get Fit-Stay Fit article posted for Septmeber 2013!

Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:56:55 EST

August 2013 Meeting Minutes posted!

The August 9, 2013 JOAG General Meeting Minutes are posted. 

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:31:23 EST

Spring-Summer 2013 Issue of the JOAG Journal

Dear Junior Officers –

 

The JOAG Communications & Publications Committee (CPC) is pleased to present the Spring-Summer 2013 issue of the JOAG Journal.

 

Respectfully,

LCDR Gene Gunn, Co-Chair

LCDR William Lanier, Co-Chair

JOAG Communications & Publications Committee

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:13:54 EST

May 22, 2013 JOAG General Meeting Minutes

Fellow Officers,

 

The May 22, 2013 JOAG General Meeting Minutes are attached. Congratulations to all the certificate recipients.

 

V/R,

Scott

 

Scott Steffen, Ph.D.

LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service

Executive Secretary, Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG)

Fri, 10 May 2013 09:04:56 EST

With Pride and Distinction (WP&D) Volume 8

The JOAG Communications and Publications, Uniform Subcommittee is pleased to present the eighth  volume of the uniform announcement entitled, “With Pride and Distinction”. 

 

The uniform announcement was created to compliment the JOAG Journal “Uniform Corner” article.  It is our hope that these resources will educate and assist junior officers on the appropriate wear of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform.  To make this information more accessible to junior officers, in the near future. 

 

Officers will be able to view these resources on the JOAG website, Junior Officer Resources section, under ‘Uniform Corner’ http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/resources_withpride.aspx 

 

 

Do you have a uniform question or an issue you’d like addressed?  Email the Uniform Subcommittee to have your questions answered in an upcoming edition.  Emails can be sent to LCDR Kristina Estes Kristina.Estes@fda.hhs.gov  and LT Jessica Schwarz Jessica.Schwarz@ihs.gov  

Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:30:38 EST

Winter 2013 issue of JOAG Journal

Dear Junior Officers –

 

The JOAG Communications & Publications Committee is pleased to present the attached Winter 2013 issue of the JOAG Journal.

 

Respectfully,

 

LCDR Gene Gunn, Co-Chair

LCDR William Lanier, Co-Chair

JOAG Communications & Publications Committee

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:56:22 EST

Call for JOAG Voting Member Nomination

JOAG - Call for Nominations for Voting Members 

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) requests nominations for 10 open positions for voting membership for 2013-2015. 

 

JOAG is the voice for junior officers in the Commissioned Corps and is responsible for advising the Surgeon General on matters that affect junior officers. Voting members serve as the leadership of this organization. Each category is represented by one voting member with an additional nine at-large members for a total of 20 voting members. Approximately ten positions are available each year. The JOAG Executive Committee is elected from within the voting membership. Current voting members select incoming voting members based upon published criteria. The voting membership term is two years and begins in October.

If you know a motivated and dedicated junior officer, please encourage them to self-nominate for the following open slots:

 

Dietitian

Environmental Health Officer

Pharmacist

Physician

Scientist

Veterinarian

At-Large (4 openings)

 

Requirements: You must be an active duty junior officer (T-O4 and below) and you must not be eligible to pin-on T-O5 (Commander) prior to July 1, 2015. 

To submit nominations for voting membership, contact Membership Committee Co-Chair, LCDR Lori Snidow at lori-snidow@cherokee.org and Voting Membership Subcommittee Co-Chair, LTJG Chris Sheehan at christopher.sheehan@fda.hhs.gov. Nominations are due no later than close of business, Friday, March 29th, 2013.

If you are interested in becoming a voting member, would like to know more about the process, and/or have questions please join us for a Q&A session/conference call, hosted by the JOAG Membership Committee on Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 1300-1400 EDT (1200-1300 CDT).   This call will cover general responsibilities/duties, as well as try to answer any questions you may have.  Call-in number 712-451-6175; access code is 674654#.

For questions, please contact Voting Membership Subcommittee Co-Chairs, LTJG Sheehan at christopher.sheehan@fda.hhs.gov or LCDR Robin Toblin at robin.l.toblin@us.army.mil.

Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:34:00 EST

February General Meeting Minutes

General Meeting Minutes for February 2013 posted.

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:43:08 EST

The Recruitment and Retention Committee present a new Career Fairs page

The Recruitment and Retention Career Fair Information Subcommittee has changed the format for listing upcoming Career Fairs.  A new map and calendar can be found here: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/joag/resources_careerfairs.aspx

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:51:26 EST

JOAG Awards Nominations Packet

JOAG JUNIOR OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD

JOAG EXCELLENCE AWARD

JOAG VADM RICHARD H. CARMONA INSPIRATION AWARD 

 

2013 Call for Award Nominations 

Nomination Deadline: Monday, January 28, 2013 

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is requesting nominations for three awards to be presented at the annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium to be held in Glendale, AZ May 21-23, 2013. 

The Junior Officer of the Year Award recognizes an active duty junior officer, O-4 or below, in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who has made a significant contribution to the overall mission of the U.S. Public Health Service.  Self-nominations welcome. 

The JOAG Excellence Award recognizes a non-voting junior officer, O-4 or below, in the USPHS Commissioned Corps, who is an active participant of JOAG, for demonstrating outstanding, dedicated effort, leadership ability, and commitment to JOAG through active committee or workgroup participation.  Self-nominations welcome. 

The VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award recognizes an active duty or retired senior officer, O-5 or above, in the USPHS Commissioned Corps who exemplifies outstanding leadership by example, mentorship and empowerment of junior officers, unwavering support of the Commissioned Corps and its mission, and overall inspiration and motivation to the PHS community.  Nominations only accepted from junior officers, O-4 or below, in the USPHS Commissioned Corps. 

If you know any outstanding officers deserving the recognition of these awards, please see the JOAG Awards website at http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/awards.aspx (will be updated by December 14) and the attached documents for details.  You can also contact one of the JOAG Awards Committee Co-Chairs, LCDR Liatte Krueger at liatte.krueger@fda.hhs.gov or LCDR Adora Ndu at adora.ndu@fda.hhs.gov, or one of the JOAG Award Leads listed below for nomination details. Nominations are due to the appropriate JOAG Award Lead listed below no later than COB on Monday, January 28, 2013.

                                                                                                               

Send nominations or questions for the Junior Officer of the Year Award to:

LT Sara Azimi-Bolourian

Email: sara.azimi-bolourian@samhsa.hhs.gov; Phone: 240-276-2708

 

Send nominations or questions for the JOAG Excellence Award to:

LCDR Mathilda Fienkeng

Email: Mathilda.fienkeng@fda.hhs.gov;  Phone:  301-796-3692

 

Send nominations or questions for the VADM Richard H. Carmona Inspiration Award to:

LCDR Shannon Hill

Email: Shannon.Hill@fda.hhs.gov;  Phone: 240-276-8650

 

Sincerely, 

LCDR Adora Ndu & LCDR Liatte Krueger

Co-Chairs, JOAG Awards Committee

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:25:51 EST

With Pride and Distinction Volume 7

Dear Junior Officers, 

The JOAG Communications and Publications, Uniform Subcommittee is pleased to present the seventh volume of the uniform announcement entitled, “With Pride and Distinction”.  

The uniform announcement was created to compliment the JOAG Journal “Uniform Corner” article.  It is our hope that these resources will educate and assist junior officers on the appropriate wear of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps uniform. 

Officers will be able to view these resources on the JOAG website, Junior Officer Resources section, under ‘Uniform Corner’ http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/resources_withpride.aspx  (PLEASE note: this is a change to the previous website link). 

Do you have a uniform question or an issue you’d like addressed?  Email the Uniform Subcommittee to have your questions answered in an upcoming edition.  Emails can be sent to LCDR Kristina Estes Kristina.Estes@fda.hhs.gov  and LT Jessica Schwarz Jessica.Schwarz@ihs.gov

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 10:56:09 EST

JOAG Journal Summer/Fall 2012

The JOAG Communications & Publications Committee (CPC) is pleased to present the Summer-Fall 2012 issue of the JOAG Journal.

Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:43:45 EST

JOAG Journeyman Series 11/9, 1300 EDT

Fellow JOs:

Please join us this Friday, 9 November 2012 at 1300 EST. We are honored to have Dr. Mary Beth Bigley speaking on the timely and important professional development topic, "JOAG and the National Prevention Strategy". Slides for the presentation are forthcoming.  If you have any questions for the speaker please email them to amay@cdc.gov by COB Wednesday, 7 November 2012.

Call in: 1-213-342-3000 (Note: this is a toll line and long distance charges apply)
Participant Access Code: 6904646

Notes about the conference line:
* Because of the number of people calling in, it may take more than one attempt to connect to the conference line. (You may hear a message that "All circuits are busy.") Please keep trying to connect, and consider dialing in several minutes before the call begins.
* Once connected, you may be instructed to announce yourself to the call. Please do not announce yourself, as it interrupts the call. Thanks!
* Please put your phone on mute when not speaking. If your phone does not have a mute button, press *6 (star 6).

About the Journeyman Speaker Series: The Journeyman Speaker Series is developed by the JOAG Professional Development Committee to bring relevant information to Junior Officers about Corps-related issues. For more information on Journeyman Speaker Series, visit the JOAG Website:  http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/meetings_journeyman.aspx

 Scott Steffen, Ph.D.

LCDR, U.S. Public Health Service

Executive Secretary, Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG)

scott.steffen@fda.hhs.gov

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:37:24 EST

October 12, 2012 General Meeting Minutes posted

General Meeting Minutes for October 2012 posted.

Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:08:46 EST

2012-2013 Chair Welcome and Call for Volunteers

Greetings Junior Officers! 

It is both an honor and a privilege to officially welcome you as the Chair of the Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) for the 2012-2013 operational year. 

It is hard to believe that JOAG has been around for about a decade, and is now known as the voice of junior officers that provides relevant information and tools to help junior officers make it to the next level in their careers.  To help sustain long-term growth and development, JOAG must find ways to utilize the experience and wisdom of junior officers above and beyond their technical skills and advocate for the professional developmental needs of junior officers at different stages of their careers.  

My vision for JOAG is to provide resources and programs that actively engage all junior officers in continuous professional growth, and to work to bridge the gap among junior officers across duty stations and agencies.  Improving the communication among junior officers, while also increasing opportunities for professional collaboration and educational advancement, will help contribute to the success of all junior officers as they move forward in their careers. 

My priorities for this year are as follows:

Please take a moment to review the 2012-2013 Call for Volunteers (http://usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/documents/JOAG_Call_for_Volunteers.pdf), which outlines the mission and purpose for each JOAG committee.  I am sure you will find a committee that fits your personal and professional interests. Also attached is an updated roster of 2012-2013 Voting Members, Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs, and Liaisons. 

Lastly, I would like to thank those officers who served before me as JOAG Chair, whose commitment and support over the past ten years helped lay a solid foundation for the Group in the years to come.  With your support, I hope to continue to improve upon their legacy of leadership, service, integrity, and excellence. 

I welcome the new challenges I will experience as JOAG Chair, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you this operational year. 

Respectfully,

LT Tilghman

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:57:46 EST

November 2012 Career Fair List

The Recruitment & Retention Committee has compiled and posted the November 2012 Career Fair List.  Questions and comments can be directed to LCDR Caroline Le at Caroline.Le@fda.hhs.gov or (303)-236-3088, or LT Scott Wiegand at Scott.Wiegand@ihs.gov or (605)-747-2231.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 07:32:28 EST

Update on Operational Deployment Uniform (ODU)

Junior Officers,

The Personnel Policy Memorandum announcing the authorization of the Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) and accoutrements is now available on the Commissioned Corps Management Information System (CCMIS). Also available is the Personnel Operations Memorandum for ordering the ODUs. Direct links to both documents are below.

http://dcp.psc.gov/eccis/documents/POM12_009.pdf

http://dcp.psc.gov/eccis/documents/PPM12_002.pdf

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:24:09 EST

Announcement of 2012-2013 JOAG Executive Committee

Fellow Officers,

 

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Executive Committee:

 

Chair: LT Tracy Tilghman

Vice Chair: LCDR Eva McLanahan

Chair Elect: LT Racquel Stephenson

Executive Secretary: LCDR Scott Steffen

Financial Liaison: LT Tina Walther

Please join me in congratulating your fellow junior officers and future leaders of JOAG.

 Sincerely,

 LCDR Smith

 Damon A. Smith, MPH

Lieutenant Commander, USPHS

Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:53:35 EST

JOAG October 2012 Career Fair List

Dear Officers,

The fall semester for the 2012-2013 academic school year will begin soon and the JOAG Recruitment and Retention Committee has compiled a list of upcoming career fairs for October 2012. We encourage all officers to get out there and represent the Corps! Note that this list will soon be found on the JOAG website under Junior Officer Resources at: http://www.usphs.gov/corpslinks/JOAG/resources.aspx. Please see the attached list for further details and information.  

Questions and comments can be directed toward LT Scott Wiegand at scott.wiegand@ihs.gov or (605)-747-2231, or LCDR Caroline Le at Caroline.Le@fda.hhs.gov or (303)-236-3088.


Sincerely,

The JOAG Recruitment and Retention Committee
Career Fair Information Subcommittee

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:38:08 EST

New JOAG Voting Members for 2012-2014

 

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is pleased to announce that the following officers have been selected for JOAG voting membership (pending CPO & Agency Liaison concurrence and OSG approval) for the Oct 2012 – Sep 2014 membership cycle:

LCDR Elizabeth Garza – Health Services PAC Liaison

LCDR Gene Gunn – At-Large Member (HSO)

LT Chandra Jolley – Nurse PAC Liaison

LCDR Adora Ndu – At-Large Member (Pharmacy)

LT Kazuhiro OkumuraAt-Large Member (EHO)

LCDR Cathleen Shields – Therapist PAC Liaison

LCDR Lori Snidow – Dental PAC Liaison

LT Samantha Spindel – Engineer PAC Liaison

LT Racquel Stephenson – At-Large Member (EHO)

LT Tina Walther – At-Large Member (HSO)

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:49:43 EST

With Pride & Distinction June 2012

Check out the June 2012 issue of With Pride & Distinction and learn about the history of the Physician category!

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:02:11 EST

Spring 2012 JOAG Journal

The Spring 2012 edition of the JOAG Journal is available!

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 11:16:54 EST

Website Migrated to ASP .Net 4.0

The JOAG site has been migrated to the new ASP .Net 4.0 format.  Please click on the email us link to the left and drop us a comment if you have one about the migration.