On July 11, 39 Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers
who work at NIH were honored at the fourth annual PHS Commissioned
Officer Promotion Ceremony, held in Masur Auditorium.
NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and Surgeon General Richard Carmona
gave keynote remarks and officiated along with Rear Admiral Kenneth
Moritsugu, family members and coworkers in the placement of promotion
boards for each officer. Rear Admiral Richard Wyatt read personal
statements describing rewarding aspects of the officers' professions,
and Lcdr. Brent Bonfiglio read the "call to orders" for each rank.
Wyatt gave Zerhouni a Hurricane Katrina Operations coin in "recognition
of his support for NIH Commissioned Corps officers who deployed for
relief efforts in Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma." He acknowledged "the
increased number of officers being promoted this year," and noted
the future challenge of calling more officers to active duty annually
to meet or even exceed the number of retiring officers.
|NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni (l) accepts
the Surgeon General’s Medallion from Surgeon General
Zerhouni noted how important the corps is, especially in response
to Hurricane Katrina and how "during transformation of the Commissioned
Corps, each agency's mission should be enhanced as a result of
Carmona welcomed the opportunity to attend the ceremony to honor
the career advancement of the promoted officers and said they "inspire
him every day." He awarded Zerhouni the Surgeon General's Medallion
for his support of the corps.
Officers honored were:
Nurse Officers: Capt. Reginald Claypool, Capt. Edwina Smith, Cdr.
Lisa Barnhart, Cdr.Michelle Braun, Cdr. Chad Koratich, Cdr. Moira
McGuire, Lcdr. Robyn Bent, Lcdr. Wanda Chestnut, Lcdr. Martin Hamilton,
Lcdr. Michael Krumlauf, Lcdr. Laura Longstaff, Lcdr. Venetta Thompson.
Medical Officers: Capt. Judith Bader, Capt. Carlo Contoreggi, Capt.
Thomas Eggerman, Capt. Sharon Jackson, Capt. Jeffrey Kopp, Capt.
Mark Miller, Capt. David Ng, Capt. Calman Prussin, Capt. Pamela Stratton,
Capt. John Tisdale, Cdr. Mark Roth, Cdr. Jaye Viner.
| The 39 officers promoted at the July
Dental Officers: Capt. Michael Arnold, Lcdr. Sheetal Patel.
Health Services Officers: Cdr. Elizabeth Scott, Lcdr. Janet Cliatt,
Lcdr. Chauha Pham.
Veterinary Officers: Capt. Brent Morse, Capt. Kathy Perdue-Greenfield,
Capt. Joseph Schech.
Pharmacy Officers: Capt. Christine Chamberlain, Capt. William
Figg, Capt. Stacey Henning, Cdr. Richard Decederfelt.
Scientist Officers: Capt. Francois Lalonde, Capt. Richard Troiano,
Lcdr. John Stansberry.