USPHS JOAG - Welcome!

USPHS Junior Officer Advisory Group - Welcome!


Everyone is Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of the Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG); a website dedicated to the Junior Officers of the United States Public Health Service.

Any junior officer at the rank of LCDR/O4 and below who participates in the JOAG meetings and serves on one of JOAG's committees or workgroups is considered an active participant of the JOAG. There is no formal process for becoming a general member.

Subscribe to the JOAG Listserv

In addition to participating in our meetings and committees we also want to encourage you to join our Listserv, as this is the primary way we communicate with our fellow junior officers. To view the JOAG Listserv welcome letter click here [PDF - 54KB]

Click here to subscribe/unsubscribe to the JOAG Listserv


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 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 submission (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

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” .


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 or LT Katie Burbage at

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 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 ( 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:


Please forward any questions to LT Cara Halldin ( or LCDR Avena Russell ( 

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 or the attached documents for details.  You can also contact one of the JOAG Awards Committee Co-Chairs, LCDR Nichols Erin at or LCDR Adora Ndu at, 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:; Phone:  301-796-7401


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

LCDR Timothy Albright

Email:; Phone:  240-402-1413


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

LT Sara Azimi-Bolourian

Email:; Phone:  240-276-2708

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