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Retiree of the Year
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The COA Retiree of the Year Award recognizes excellence in continued service and contributions beyond active duty or government civilian service to the Association, PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF), and to the members thereof. This award was established to recognize outstanding individuals who have achieved notable actions through volunteer activities.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are due by December 31. Submit nominations online via SurveyMonkey.


Individuals who have demonstrated leadership and excellence through contributions to the COA and/or COF can be nominated for this award. Contributions include service on Committees and Boards, leadership of particular projects or initiatives, or outreach activities that serve to strengthen COA and/or COF.


Individuals considered will include those retired from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) or government civilian service. Membership in COA is a requirement for nomination; and, consideration will be given to the nominee’s knowledge and support of the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Individuals nominated for this award, must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. General Voluntary efforts – achievements resulting in a significant advancement of the mission of the COA and/or COF, or efforts that provide meaningful outcomes that strengthen the organizations and their memberships or constituencies.
  2. Committee or Board Administration – service in a leadership position of a COA Committee or leadership of the COA or COF Board, in which actions and initiatives have gone well beyond ordinary expectations of persons serving in such positions.
  3. Long term efforts - outstanding service, sustained contributions and productivity, over a number of years that result in noteworthy contributions to COA, COF, and/or the Commissioned Corps.
  4. Outreach efforts – noteworthy efforts with other organizations, institutions, and/or the legislature that amplify the prominence of COA, COF, and/or the Commissioned Corps