Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS July 14, 2016

Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS

July 14, 2016

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 540 by Unanimous Consent. The Resolution was co-sponsored by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). COA Executive Director Jim Currie worked closely with staff for Senator Coons over the past year to draft the language. Resolution 540 is titled, "A resolution commending officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola." It also commended the Commissioned Corps for its Katrina, Rita, and Superstorm Sandy deployments as well as for its deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The resolution, as printed in the Congressional Record, follows...

114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. RES. 540

Commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 14, 2016

Mr. Coons (for himself and Mr. Isakson) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Commending the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service for their work in fighting Ebola.

Whereas the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (in this preamble referred to as the “Commissioned Corps”) traces its antecedents to the creation of the Marine Hospital Service in the Act entitled “An Act for the relief of sick and disabled seamen”, approved July 16, 1798;

Whereas the Commissioned Corps today consists of approximately 6,700 commissioned officers who serve in 11 specialty areas;

Whereas thousands of officers of the Commissioned Corps have deployed in the aftermath of natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and Superstorm Sandy;

Whereas almost 900 officers of the Commissioned Corps deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to support members of the Armed Forces stationed in those locations;

Whereas the officers of the Commissioned Corps constitute a rapidly-deployable force of medical professionals who serve public health in the United States and foreign countries;

Whereas more than 300 officers of the Commissioned Corps deployed to Liberia to treat Ebola patients, voluntarily accepting the risks associated with treating patients who carried this deadly disease;

Whereas hundreds of other officers of the Commissioned Corps provided support to the officers who were deployed to Liberia;

Whereas the Ebola epidemic in Liberia no longer represents a public health emergency of international concern, as determined by the World Health Organization, due in part to the intervention of officers of the Commissioned Corps; and

Whereas the United States was spared the danger of an Ebola outbreak because the disease was contained in West Africa: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate commends all of the officers of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service who participated in the effort to prevent an Ebola outbreak in the United States.

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"Thanking Vets" in Ashe County

May 31, 2016

* Ashe County "Thank a Vet" program goes live.

* A new program honoring vets began on May 31st...go by the Ashe County Courthouse with your DD214 to enroll and get your discount card. If you have already registered your DD214 with the Register of Deeds then you won't need to bring a copy. Just have a photo taken, get your new card and start saving!

* Click here for a list of participating businesses and check back often as new ones are being added on a regular basis.

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Tyler Wadsworth Commissioned a Naval Ensign
Tyler Wadsworth Commissioned a Naval Ensign

Tyler Wadsworth Commissioned a Naval Ensign

* Tyler Wadsworth, the first recipient of the New River Chapter's MOAA leadership award reached his goal of becoming an officer when he was commissioned a Naval Ensign and will soon report to NAS Pensacola to begin flight training and become a naval aviator.

* Very proud parents Tony Thomason and Cynthia Wadsworth sent the attached photographs and reported that Tyler had a wonderful college experience at Auburn University. He was able to study in Australia one semester and also changed majors which took another year of study, but the Navy supported him and his goal.

* At graduation, Tyler stopped on stage to take a selfie (below right) with the Auburn University NROTC Commanding Officer, CAPT Paul Esposito along with fellow officer, Ensign Waddell.

The below, downloadable file is the 2010 Chapter news article (page 3) of the ACHS JROTC award ceremony.

Link: June 2010 "New River Current"

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Marathon Jam May 21, 2016
Marathon Jam

Marathon Jam

May 21, 2016

* Ashe County’s New River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of American brought the first annual acoustic music Marathon Jam to Ashe County. A community service, the Jam was held with the cooperation and support of the member veteran’s organizations of the Ashe County Veteran’s Coalition and partnership of the Ashe County Arts Council, USAA, Rooster Ridge Arts, and Marathon Jam’s founder musician John Santa.

* Pictured below right, a Marathon Jam quilt is hung at the entrance to the Ashe County Arts Council on the 21st of May.

* Mouse over the thumbnail photographs to see additional photographs from the 1st Annual Ashe County Marathon Jam.

* Below, open a downloadable file that details what a Marathon Jam is and how to participate/get involved.

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Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Brianna McCoy May 27, 2016

Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Brianna McCoy

May 27, 2016

* The photograph (right) was taken at the Ashe County High School award ceremony on May 27, 2016.

* New River Chapter Co-President, Charles Knapp, COL, USA, Ret., presented the award to Brianna who was also named East Tennessee State Roan Scholar receiving a full tuition scholarship as part of the Class of 2018.

* Congratulations Brianna!

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Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Heaven Walker May 23, 2016

Sears Scholarship Award Presented to Heaven Walker

May 23, 2016

* The photograph (right) was taken at the Wilkes Central High School award ceremony at the Stone Family Center for Performing Arts in North Wilkesboro, NC on May 23, 2016.

* New River Chapter Personal Affairs Chair, Barbara Sears, surviving spouse of RADM Scott Sears, USN, in whose honor the Scholarship Award is named presented the award.

* Congratulations Cadet Walker!

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New River Chapter MOAA Leadership Award Presentations May 14 & 17, 2016
New River Chapter MOAA Leadership Award Presentations

New River Chapter MOAA Leadership Award Presentations

May 14 & 17, 2016

* The New River Chapter presented MOAA Leadership Awards for the three Junior Reserve Officer Training Programs - 2 AF JROTC and 1 USA JROTC - in our catchment area, as follows:

* On May 14, 2016 Chapter Secretary Col Ken Lynn participated in the Wilkes Central High School AF JROTC Award Ceremony at the North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church that consisted of a sit down dinner with families and school administrators. Following the rendering of honors and presentation of the colors, the AF JROTC program was held and awards presented. The picture (above right) is AF JROTC Cadet Logan Jones who was the MOAA Leadership award recipient, along with the Commander and Assistant Principal of Wilkes Central HS.

* On May 17, 2016 Chapter Board Member LCDR Steve Tucker participated in the North Wilkes High School AF JROTC Award Ceremony which was held at the school cafeteria. The program included a dinner buffet for families and school administrators in attendance; honors were rendered to the colors, and the AF JROTC cadets held a formal ceremony at which time awards were presented. The picture (below right) is the MOAA Leadership Award recipient, AF JROTC Cadet Rosa Munoz-Maya.

* On May 17, 2017 Chapter Co-President Lou Burge participated in the JROTC award program at Ashe County High School. The MOAA Leadership award recipient was Cadet Jacob Evans-Shepherd (thumbnail photograph, right).

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