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OUT FRONT News from the services. USPHS COMMISSIONED CORPS


Established Jan. 4, 1889


Secretary of Health and Human Services


Eric D. Hargan (acting) Alex Michael Azar II (nominated)


Active Duty 6,462


Celebrating its 129th birthday this month, the Commissioned Corps includes dentists, dieti- tians, engineers, environmental health offi cers, health service offi cers (a broad category rang- ing from computer scientists to social work- ers), nurses, medical doctors, pharmacists, scientists, therapists, and veterinarians.


USPHS COMMISSIONED CORPS* Mission


To protect, promote,


and advance the health and safety of the nation


Surgeon General


Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH


Reserve 17


*as of Nov.. 28, 2017


Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services


Don Wright (acting) Brett Giroir (nominated)


Colors Blue and gold


THE USPHS COMMISSIONED CORPS ORIGINALLY WAS ESTABLISHED AS A MOBILE FORCE OF DOCTORS WHO COULD BE ASSIGNED ANYWHERE. TODAY, ITS MAIN MISSIONS INCLUDE:


Preventing and controlling disease, fi nding and resolving


environmental health hazards, and promoting healthy lifestyles


Conducting and funding biomedical research


Ensuring the safety of


cosmetics, drugs, electronics, food, and medical devices


Improving the nation’s mental health


12 | MILITARY OFFICER | January 2018


Expanding health resources


Providing health care to medically underserved populations such as American Indians and Alaskan natives


IMAGES: ICONS, KRISTINA CODE/STAFF; BACKGROUND, APOSTROPHE/SHUTTERSTOCK


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